Just a quick link to this.
Just a quick link to this.
Phase 1 & 2 of the floodlighting works are almost complete and we have a link to a few photos HERE.
All credit for the above has to go in particular to Alan, Gearóid and Co. from the development committee who along with a few others at different stages have managed to complete all the groundwork and bases, cabling, etc. with absolutely NO disruption to the pitches, NO stoppage time. It’s a minor “work of art”, which will allow vastly improved lights for training to pitch three and four and AIL Match Standard lighting to the main pitch. Preparatory work for phase three (Front Pitch) is underway and will be completed as soon as timetables and Weather/game requirements allow.
Congrats and Well done to the lads for the trojan work done to date. That showed em, It’s both on time and on budget.
This coming Friday night sees the return of the fashion show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for Drinks reception and disco follows until the early hours.
All welcome. Tickets available from committee members or at the door on the night. All proceeds to the Club Underage Committee.
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
It struck me earlier tonight that in the last month the first XV have beaten three Senior clubs from divisions above them, one Former division one team now playing in Div. 2 and two Div. 1 clubs. As little as three years ago these teams were beating us by 60 and 70 points in the Senior Cup.
Now I remember some years ago being at a game in which the last penalty decided whether we would be demoted to Junior Division three and discussing the ramifications of that in Keatings bar well into the early hours of the morning with John “Bull” Hayes, Pat Dunne, Pat “Scoby” O’ Callaghan along with our host Ger Whelan.
In the years in between we have won under 16, under 18 and under twenty All-Irelands. We have taken on the most famous, most glamorous and have come through. We have numerous Community games wins, We have won all of the Munster under-age competitions and Munster Junior competitions (except the Junior Cup which evaded us, due in no small part to the great rivalry with Nenagh Ormond). We have been through three AIL Round Robin series having won the Munster Junior league three times, qualifying finally on the third attempt with a clean sweep. In the three years as a senior club we are reigning Division three champions and have now laid our hands on the Limerick Charity Cup, both for the first time. We have a referee in the International and Heineken cup series, we have had players or former players on all of the provincial and National representative sides, including Lions. We have had former players return to play in their own provincial leagues in the southern hemisphere.
We have a great solid membership, a good clubhouse, fine grounds, nice facilities improving constantly, are getting match standard floodlighting to enable nighttime matches when we are required to do so. We have introduced the game of rugby football to many, many, primary and secondary schools throughout the county, where it had never been seen before. We have spread the good word and continue to do so.
We now “Box above our weight” on a regular basis.
When other clubs have folded under the pressure we have met all the challenges and have raised the bar constantly. We are recognised throughout the length and breadth of the country as one of the most progressive clubs in all facets of our development (It’s true, I’m not simply blowing our own trumpet).
We’re not doing too bad at all for a small little country club in the middle of County Limerick. We evolved, we did it our way (to paraphrase the great Frank). We need to keep evolving, together, changing to meet the challenges of the future as we have done in the past.
We cannot rest on our laurels.