Limerick FC have announced ambitious plans for a training, business, and community centre after securing a site outside the Treaty City in a move dubbed ‘unprecedented’ in Irish domestic football.
The Super Blues have purchased the old FCJ convent and boarding school in Bruff, Co. Limerick, with the intention of creating a permanent home and lasting legacy for the League of Ireland Premier Division outfit. The new complex will be named the ‘Kirby O’Sullivan Sports, Social and Business Park’ in honour of the contribution of the O’Sullivan family to Limerick FC, through Chairman Pat O’Sullivan and his wife Helen.
“First and foremost, the Kirby O’Sullivan Sports, Social and Business Park will provide the club with a home, a place to call our own. The club has long sought a home where we can shape our own destiny while continuing to integrate ourselves into the social and sporting fabric of the Mid-West region” chairman O’Sullivan told limerickfc.ie.
The move will position Limerick to the forefront of Irish football in terms of facilities. Few clubs can boast such an amenity, certainly not under their own ownership. O’Sullivan is keen to stress the League of Ireland side will not be the only one to benefit.
“For the club, it will house our offices, it will have a museum, there will be facilities for underage soccer who have no base and who do enormous work in the community. 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.”
As well as offices, a state-of-the-art training complex with small and full sized grass pitches, and a full sized astro-turf pitch will be developed, with adjacent stand.
The school buildings will form the base for a series of education in sport initiatives and there are plans to link up with business and community interests.
Limerick are currently playing their home games at Thomond Park with a view to moving to the Markets Field in the near future, a venue dubbed the spiritual home of Limerick soccer. This new facility reflects the ambitions of the club which has endured tough times in recent times through its various incarnations. Limerick will now have a permanent base to build upon, and will draw envious glances from their fellow league members.
“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,” added O’Sullivan.
“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.”
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