FUN for all the family is being promised in Bruff on July 6 as Limerick FC host the first major event on the grounds of the former FCJ convent.
Last November the senior soccer club struck a deal to purchase the grounds with the intention of transforming it into a state-of-the-art sports facility complete and top class underage facilities.
According to club chairman, Pat O’Sullivan, the fun day on July 6 is an opportunity for Limerick FC to introduce themselves to the local community.
“We want to particularly emphasise the point that we are opening it up to the community - we see that as a fundamental part of the overall concept. We are inviting past pupils to come along on the day,” said Mr O’Sullivan.
“It’s a family day out. There are lovely grounds for people to relax in and if they want to bring along a picnic – there is ample room to enjoy one either inside or outside in the gardens.”
The event, which takes place between 2pm and 8pm, includes a barbecue, children’s games, a penalty shootout, bouncing castles, bar facilities, a DJ, and a band.
There is no admission charge.
Work has been ongoing at the six-and-a-half-acre site for the last two months. The facility will be known as the Kirby O’Sullivan Sports, Social and Business Park.
“It is an iconic area and we want to breathe life back into it. We are moving our offices out there. Once we get our pitches done we will be out there 100%,” Mr O’Sullivan explained.
“I like a classical concept and there is so much of that about the building so we will be making sure we collaborate with conservation officer Tom Cassidy and his people to make sure we do not damage any of that. There is a graveyard in the convent and there are a number of nuns who have requested that they be buried there and we have that as part of our agreement.”
The school will become a training centre and the club are also assisting small local businesses who have difficulty in finding office space to work from. “We have about four of those people committed already,” said Mr O’Sullivan.
“The dormitories will be multi-functional. It is our intention that international teams will come to learn English, and use it as an English school. They will train there – play soccer there. We already have basketball courts and we will probably change one of those into a tennis court.”