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 – culminating in Indoor Tennis Centre – May 2016
- 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 on 01 282 5400 to book a court
We have grown over the past 30 years both through the hard work and contribution of members of the club as well as strong support from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the Sports Capital Programme of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
A full list of Club Rules is available here
- 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.
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.
Established in 1986 and based on four Dublin County Council courts, Shankill Tennis Club opened with 700 members and a small portacabin clubhouse. The portacabin was burned to the ground in March 1989 and the members began to fundraise 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.
- In 2008 with major investment, the club built its new clubhouse.
- In 2010 new court surfaces were laid with new floodlighting and nets on four courts.
- 2011 – Planning permission was obtained for a large development for the club which included an indoor centre and plans for further outdoor courts.
- 2016 – Superb new Indoor Tennis Centre opened with three new courts – bringing the total number of courts to ten.
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 popular Grand Prix Event, the Shankill Junior Open 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 our 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, attaining the title Tennis Club of the Year in 2008
In February 2018, Shankill Tennis Club was named the IPB/LAMA Best Community Sports Club in Ireland for its efforts to make tennis available and accessible to all members of the community.