Always known as a club that continuously strives to move forward, It’s quite fitting that the 200th post on the revamped website is about club development.
Following on from the appointment of Abacus Lighting and John Keane Electrical as the lighting contractors for phase 1 of the floodlighting works at the club, we can confirm that preparatory works took place at the grounds over the weekend.
Alan and Gearoid from the Development committee and some subbies put in some Trojan work getting the concrete bases for the new Floodlighting system prepared on one side of the main pitch.
The Holes were dug, pipes and drains were diverted, trunking was laid, cables were rearranged, Post holding bolts were fitted and twenty four cubic metres of concrete were poured, using an elevator for one base and a half tonne dumper for the other two, all on Saturday, continuing while the U20’s game against Cork Constitution was underway on the front pitch. It was completed finishing in near darkness at around Seven O’ Clock, when the footpath around one of the bases was finally re-instated and made good by Gearóid.
All of this work was down in a manner that while extremely slow and painstaking, allowed for minimal damage and disruption. The footpath under the main viewing stand and the stand itself remained undisturbed albeit with over 8 cubic metres of concrete (Over a truckload) being placed underneath to support the central lighting column. All machinery work and Everything else was done in the 5m space between the touchline and the railing on the Pavilion side of the pitch, thereby ensuring that there will be no down time for the pitch itself. This was the most awkward of the work as it involved the only bases that intrude onto any pitch and even more sensitive as it was the Main Pitch. The timing of course was important as the first home AIL game will take place there in a fortnights time. The remaining three bases to the main pitch will be on the side of the training area and will be much less troublesome to work on as there will be much more room.
The Bases to the front pitch will be situated in the car park on the front side and between the Leylandii Cypress trees on the away side of the pitch.
Thanks guys, a great days work.
Link to the Planning application on the Limerick County Council Website