Adare community asked to support next phase of Manor Fields

Colm Ward

Reporter:

Colm Ward

James Collins Elaine Sparling and Barry O'Halloran of the Manor Fields committee
The people of Adare are being asked to get behind the Manor Fields project by pledging money to support the next phase of the initiative.

The people of Adare are being asked to get behind the Manor Fields project by pledging money to support the next phase of the initiative.

This will consist of the building of a 100 x 70 metre floodlit, multi-purpose synthetic playing pitch, which will cater for hurling, soccer, gaelic football and other sports.

The cost of this phase of development is €575,000, with €475,000 of this amount already secured through sponsorship from the Sports Capital Grants Programme, the JP McManus Fund and local benefactors.

The fundraising drive aims to raise the remaining €100,000.

“To ensure the successful completion of Phase 2 of the development, which has now begun, the financial support of the community is now essential,” said James Collins, chairman of the Manor Fields committee.

Households are being asked to contribute €100 each towards this phase of the project. In return, they will be entered into a draw for a Hyundai car, valued at €13,500 (or cash equivalent of €8,000), which will take place in January.

“The ultimate aim in the development of The Manor Fields is to create a flagship, self-funding, recreational resource that can be used by people of all ages and all abilities - in a safe environment,” Mr Collins added.

Phase 1 development of The Manor Fields was completed in March 2014 and includes an all-abilities playground, a carpark and a multi-purpose playing pitch. Current users include Adare Bord Na nÓg, Adare GAA Club, Adare Camogie Club, Adare United, Limerick Cricket Club, AK United, the Desmond League and Adare Ladies Gaelic Football.

Tickets can be purchased at Londis Adare or at Adare Pharmacy or from Manor Fields committee members. They can also be bought on line at www.manorfieldsadare.com or at the fund-raising launch for this project in The Parish Hall, on Sunday December 13 at 2pm.