The pupils and staff of Laurel Hill FCJ Schools celebrated the opening of their new astro-turf pitch on the Laurel Hill grounds on Friday, September 28 with a showcase exhibition between current Laurel Hill students and a team of past pupils.
The Astro-Turf pitch project was a joint venture between Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Laurel Hill FCJ Secondary School and the JP McManus Invitational Pro- Am 2010. Principal of Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ Aedín Ni Bhrian said that many years of planning had gone into the project and both schools were thrilled to finally see it opened.
“This is something we have wanted for a long time and through the power of local initiative we are now opening our new, state of the art astro-turf pitch and I would like to thank everyone involved in the project especially the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am for all their help and support,” she added.
“I can remember playing hockey on this pitch when I was a student here and something like this is a great asset, not only to the school but to the wider community,” said past pupil and former Mayor of Limerick Cllr Maria Byrne.
Director of hockey at Laurel Hill Coláiste Christine O’Shea said that it is hoped the new pitch will encourage more students to get involved in sport in both schools.
“It’s a phenomenal amenity to have here on the grounds and it will make such a difference being able to host games here in Laurel Hill rather than having to travel to a different pitch. The girls are very excited and I think it will encourage participation in sport within the schools as well. The girls already have a huge choice of sports within the school and hockey was always a very popular choice. It’s like having an extra classroom on the grounds as the PE classes can come down and use it as well so it’s a great addition to both schools,” she added.