Side angle shot of the running track at the National Indoor Arena

Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena to Assist with Emergency Refugee Accommodation

02 Sep 2022
David Gash

In response to a request from Government, Sport Ireland will be making the National Indoor Athletics Training Centre in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena available for a period of up to six weeks as part of an emergency response initiative.     

Sport Ireland welcomes the opportunity to support the initiative, with the state-owned facility - managed and operated by subsidiary company Sport Ireland Facilities DAC – being well appointed with permanent shower and recreational facilities available.

While Sport Ireland understands that this will have a temporary impact on the regular users of the facility, it is grateful for the support shown by the wider sporting community in making all refugees feel welcome to Ireland.

Sport Ireland Chief Executive Dr Una May commented: “Sport Ireland is pleased to be in a position to respond positively to the Government’s request to make the National Indoor Athletics Training Centre available to support the ongoing refugee accommodation challenges. This emergency initiative will be for a period of up to six weeks, allowing the relevant authorities to provide more permanent accommodation for the refugees. Following this, the arena will be available for the beginning of the indoor athletics season.

“Sport has been a welcome lifeline for many refugees arriving into Ireland in recent months and the wider sport sector is to be commended in that regard. Sport Ireland Facilities will be offering the use of the facilities on the Sport Ireland Campus for use by the refugees for the duration of their stay.

“Sport Ireland would like to place on record its gratitude to customers of the National Indoor Athletics Training Centre for their patience and understanding on this matter.”

All impacted customers have been contacted, however any queries regarding bookings in National Indoor Athletics Training Centre should be directed to