Limerick skatepark marks tenth birthday

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Limerick skatepark marks tenth birthday

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Mount Kennett Skate Park were some of the original team involved in its opening

LIMERICK city centre’s only dedicated skate park at Mount Kennett Place has celebrated its tenth anniversary this week.

Back in August 2008, after years of campaigning, the then Mayor, Cllr John Gilligan cut the ribbon at the skate park facility, which has been widely used since.

Former Labour councillor Tom Shortt was a driving force behind its opening, working to secure it since 2004.

He said: “It took quite a while. It was a slow process to get a council commitment. It was clear at the time there was a need for skateparks among teenagers.”

Before its opening, Mr Shortt said boarders used to skate around shops, causing annoyance to business owners. 

“It was a problem, but they literally had nowhere to go. They used to be up at the Locke Bar, and Tait’s Clock, in front of the new Dunnes Stores, and it led to clashes with shop owners,” he recalled.