Limerick snooker hall to close in break with long tradition

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

The former temperance hall on Cecil Street has been home to St Michael's snooker club for over a century. Picture: Adrian Butler
ST MICHAEL’S snooker hall on Cecil Street is to close at the end of the month as it has become an “unsustainable drain” on the finances on its parent sports club, it was claimed this week.

ST MICHAEL’S snooker hall on Cecil Street is to close at the end of the month as it has become an “unsustainable drain” on the finances on its parent sports club, it was claimed this week.

But experienced snooker players who used to frequent the club have challenged this saying a lack of investment and interest by club officials in recent years - in contrast with their support for St Michael’s Rowing Club across the river - made the closure a fait accompli.

It brings to an end a tradition of over 150 years of snooker at St Michael’s club, over 100 of those at the present site.

“It used to be the best snooker hall in Ireland but they haven’t touched the tables for the last seven years and the committee are only interested in the rowing,” complained one snooker fan this week.

“They will tell you that the overheads are too high and that income is falling. And that is true but it is only half the story,” he added.

Messages were left with St Michael’s Sports Club this week but there had been no official response at the time of going to press on the reasons for the closure.

It is unclear what future use the club intends for its beautiful redbrick premises on Cecil Street, a former temperance hall, once the snooker hall closes.