MAYOR Gerry McLoughlin has said there is “no doubt” Limerick FC’s soccer team deserves a civic reception.
The mayor, a former rugby player, believes it is fitting the city would afford its highest honour to the Jackman Park outfit, which was promoted as champions on Friday night.
“It is fantastic. It is the best news we have had in ages in Limerick. It is well deserved. They are a fantastic team. They have been great and entertained the crowds,” Mayor McLoughlin said, adding he hopes they return to the Market’s Field for Premier League soccer.
Asked on a civic reception, Cllr McLoughlin paid tribute to the club benefactor, businessman Pat O’Sullivan.
“There is no doubt about it. Pat O’Sullivan is a great man, not just in soccer but also in the communities. He is a true Limerick man, he has shown his heart is in the city,” he said.
Limerick FC secured promotion without kicking a ball on Friday night after their only remaining rivals for the title Waterford United lost 2-1 at home to Mervue United.
To get a civic reception, the proposal needs to be accepted by the council.