Shankill Tennis Club

About The Club

About Shankill Tennis Club

Located on a most picturesque and tranquil lane, Shankill Tennis Club is anything but quiet - it is buzzing with tennis enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. This community based club offers you:

  • A great place to play tennis with a warm and welcoming atmosphere
  • The opportunity to play both social and competitive tennis
  • Excellent coaching team - learn for the first time or develop your skills further
  • A thriving and growing Junior section
  • Continual club development - new clubhouse built in 2008, new Tiger Turf court resurfacing in 2010
  • Detailed plans for future Indoor Tennis Centre
  • Membership is great value and the club is now open for new members
  • Non-members are very welcome to play and avail of coaching - simply phone the club to book a court

We have grown over the past 25 years both through the hard work and contribution of members of the club and strong support from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and funding from the National Lottery through the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Opening Hours

  • Normal opening hours are 9.30am - 9.30pm
  • At weekends the courts close at 6.00pm

To access the courts outside these hours, a fob is required - application forms are in the office.
Parents are reminded that juniors may not be left unsupervised at the courts when the club supervisor is not on duty.

Booking Procedures

Courts may be booked 3 days in advance by notifying the supervisor.
Each adult has two booking hours per 7 day period. Play is on the hour and for the duration of an hour unless for a round robin match or championship game, and this must be notified in advance to the supervisor.
Players must vacate the court when asked to do so by the supervisor.
The cost for playing under floodlights is €6 per court per hour for singles and €6 per court per hour for doubles

Club Executive for 2015

Chairperson Cathy Grehan
Vice Chairperson Liam O'Donohoe
Secretary Pauline Laragan
Membership Secretary Mary O'Grady
Treasurer Fearghal Hannaway
Vice Treasurer Simon Ahern
Mens Captain David Heffernan
Ladies Captain Sarah Cannon
Junior Co-ordinator Eunice Chapman
Ordinary Members David O'Connor (PRO)
Aideen Murphy (Coaching Co-ord)

Club History

This year Shankill Tennis Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary and its rise from modest beginnings has been remarkable. Established in 1986 and based on four Dublin County Council courts, the Club was opened with 700 members and a small portacabin clubhouse. The portacabin was burned to the ground in March 1989 and the members began to fund raise for a new clubhouse. Having spent one year in a B & I container, the Club in a productive joint venture with the County Council and supported by the National Lottery, soon had permanent Clubhouse facilities. These were opened in July 1990. Further developments followed apace.

  • Floodlights were erected in 1991
  • Three new hard courts were added in 1995
  • In 1998 the original four courts were extended, realigned and upgraded to an artificial surface
  • 2003 saw the provision of floodlights and a new synthetic Omni-Pro surface on three remaining courts
  • 2008 with major investment, the club built its new clubhouse
  • 2010 new court surfaces were laid with new floodlighting and nets on four courts
  • Next steps - in late 2011/early 2012 two additional "mini-tennis" courts for juniors, three full courts plus a hitting wall are hoped to be added to the facilities. These are currently the subject of an application for Planning Permission. This includes the plan to create the Indoor Tennis Centre over the three new courts as Phase II of this development. Click here to view proposed development...

Success off the court has been matched by success on it. The Club regularly fields seven men’s, seven women’s and several junior teams in the DLTC Leagues and has numerous pennants to its name. In 1991, it became the first County Council based Club to be given a permit by Tennis Ireland to host a Junior Open Tournament. This year this popular Grand Prix Event, the Junior Open celebrates its 20th anniversary and continues to attract young players of the highest calibre. The Club organises coaching for all standards, runs regular tournaments and social events and has a very active Junior section. One of its members, David Mullins, competed in Junior Wimbledon and later represented Ireland in the Davis Cup (2003).

The club's achievements have been recognised through awards by the Leinster Tennis Council by attaining the title Tennis Club of the Year in 2008.

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