Council call to put Thomond Park name up in lights

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK City Council is to write to Thomond Park bosses in a bid to get the name of the stadium printed its side.

LIMERICK City Council is to write to Thomond Park bosses in a bid to get the name of the stadium printed its side.

At this week’s culture and sport committee meeting, councillors said the iconic northside rugby stadium was one of the few not to have its name printed across it.

And they want it on there in time for the visit of international mega-star Bruce Springsteen next year, especially as the concert will be beamed around the world next July.

Fine Gael councillor Cormac Hurley says he has been campaigning for this for a number of years.

“Thomond Park is one of the best stadia in the country. It is a shame the name of the stadium is not on the building. It should be along the wall to show it as a place we are proud of,” he told the meeting.

Fellow northside councillor Kathleen Leddin, Independent, agreed, saying: “This is particularly important as the Bruce Springsteen concert is going to be screened around the world.”

After the meeting, Kieran Lehane, who is heading up Limerick’s year as Irish City of Culture in 2014, said he will raise this with bosses at the stadium.

Meanwhile, Mr Lehane said that a committee will soon meet to put in place the first stages of Limerick’s year as Irish City of Culture.

With the city to play a role in the Gathering next year, councillors asked many events organised for this have a direct link to the City of Culture project.

Mr Lehane is seeking “something for everybody” from the year.