Green light for 'iconic' Paul O'Connell fronted Limerick rugby experience

Green light for 'iconic' Paul O'Connell fronted Limerick rugby experience

The Limerick Leader first revealed plans for the towering International Rugby Experience late last year

MORE than 100 new jobs are set to be created after plans for a new €10m international rugby attraction backed by Paul O’Connell and JP McManus got the green light.

Limerick council planners this Monday morning gave conditional planning permission to the International Rugby Experience Museum, set for O’Connell Street in the city’s heart.

The development will take place between 40 and 42 O’Connell Street, bringing 100 construction roles as well as many permanent roles thereafter.

The ambitious proposals will see a high-tech 30,000 square foot exhibition space, as well as dramatic 4D interactive galleries and exhibits celebrating historic moments from the history of rugby.

Munster legend O’Connell, who chairs the board behind the project, has already described it as “very special for the city”.

Numbers 40 and 41 O’Connell Street will be knocked, as well as the first three floors at the neighbouring building. Number One Cecil Street will also make way for the development.

In their place, there will be a seven-storey buiding, with a two-storey portico fronting O’Connell Street, and a two-storey block to the rear.

There will be a three storey block built over the existing Fine’s Jewellers business at the junction of O’Connell Street and Cecil Street.

Inside, the development will see “a multi-media visitor experience, exhibition and education space” plus retail and cafe at ground floor level, according to the planning application.

Council planners gave the development the green light subject to 18 conditions.

These include a stipulation there must be a special design at the top of the tower, conveying its three dimensional appearance.

On top of this, planners have ordered no work on the scheme can take place before 8am or after 6pm, or at weekends.

One submission was made during the planning process for the International Rugby Experience, which it’s hoped will open by early 2019.

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