Planning Permission granted, Field of Dreams

Planning Permission granted

We received news yesterday that Field of Dream’s application for planning permission to Cork County Council has been successful. If dreams like ours were fueled by excitement then we’d be up and open for business on the excitement of the last 24 hours alone.

Our dream will become a reality because the momentum is building. For the past couple of weeks we have approached a number of Cork businesses about the possibility of building sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships into the future. The response has been very positive – if we haven’t chatted yet please get in touch. The excitement is infectious. You’ll find more information on the nuts and bolts of our project here.

planning permission granted

Visiting the Field this morning were Tony McGrath ( not in photo ), Jason Bane and Ray O’Callaghan, all Field of Dreams Board members, who walked the site with Eoin English, Irish Examiner senior journalist. The sun shone and it was easy to envisage that our dreams and those of countless adults with Down syndrome who will work and learn in this field will be realised.

Read more on the Field by Eoin English in tomorrow’s Irish Examiner or watch the taster video on Diarmuid Gavin’s recent visit here.

Location of Field of Dreams Cork


*Update – we are waiting for Google maps to verify our identity- it may be a day or two before our dropped pin is visible! If you need to find the location of Field of Dreams before then the coordinates are 51°52’37.3″N 8°33’48.0″W

It feels great to drop a pin on the map of Cork marking the location of Field of Dreams.
Quite literally

putting the location of Field of Dreams on the map

It may not look like much yet but the Field of Dreams is shaping up to be a fun and magical place of learning and meaningful employment for adults with Down syndrome. We share the large field with neighbours, UCC who have already begun to grow vegetables for on-campus use. We are looking forward to some neighborly banter and collaboration. We are still awaiting planning permission from Cork County Council but that hasn’t dampened our enthusiasm … the Field of Dreams is most definitely on the Cork map.

Next up are plans for our participation in the Cork Summer show – also our neighbours so we won’t have far to travel.