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Limerick secure new base described as a 'new sporting jewel in the region's crown'

Updated: Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 16:14 | Comments

Limerick FC will move to a new base in Bruff
Limerick FC will move to a new base in Bruff

Limerick have purchased a new training, business and community base in what is a major boost for the Munster club.

The former boarding school in Bruff will be transformed for the development of grass and artificial pitches as a home to a significant portion of training for the club.

It will also house offices, a museum and facilities for underage soccer.

A full-sized Astro Turf pitch will be developed, which will incorporate a stand adjacent to the pitches.

The club will also use the facility to help stimulate Limerick Businesses and Community groups and already have agreements in place to open parts of the site to local groups and businesses who need a base.

Office spaces will be available to rent by local businesses and people.

The campus will be known as the Kirby O’Sullivan Sports, Social and Business Park. Chairman Pat O’Suillivan said: "We need to leave sustainability behind us.

"Kieran Judge, our General Manager, has always said to me that we need to find a home for the club, so no matter what happens that the club has a base and a home. We have to have a dream.

“The first team that will go into it is the local camogie team who have used it for years; we’ll allow them back into it again. It will be an integral part of the community and we appreciate the willingness of the community of Bruff to support us in this. They love the concept.

“We’re much more than just a football team that turns up to play, we are passionate about Limerick and the Mid-West region. We want to be central in the everyday life of Limerick people, sharing their love of sport, their community pride and their values.

“The recent floods were devastating for the region, but they also showed our strength of character, our community spirit and our abilities when we work together.

"We’re asking all of you to work together on this project with us, to create a new sporting jewel in the region’s crown to match that of Thomond Park and the Gaelic Grounds.

“We have been overwhelmed by the goodwill and support from the community in the region and we look forward to working with them to develop a facility from which all of the Mid-West can benefit."

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