PLANS by Thomond RFC to replace a vehicular entrance at Pineview Gardens with a new one at Craeval Park “will allow greater connectivity with the community in Moyross”, the club has said in the face of local objections.
A planning application due to be decided upon in the coming days also looks to install floodlighting to allow Friday night AIL games.
Thomond’s plans have attracted two objections from residents of Craeval Park on grounds including the potential risk to children from traffic, parking, noise and disturbance.
A couple living locally wrote to Limerick City and County Council that since Thomond RFC’s address was in Woodview, the club would be better off seeking to build a new entrance on that side.
But the proposal has the full support of Moyross Community Enterprise Centre, whose manager Paddy Flannery wrote to the council that the plans would bring “the facility more to the centre of Moyross and create greater viability and connectivity between community and club”.
Writing on behalf of Thomond RFC, Joe O’Shaughnessy said the existing entrance at Pineview Gardens had been unable to accommodate large coaches “on numerous occasions”, forcing them into a 5km detour around by Woodview.
“The current vehicular entrance at Pineview Gardens has led to a complete disconnect between the community and the rugby club due to its remoteness and proximity to a disused lane where anti-social behaviour is prominent and an open green where loose horses are prevalent has been difficult for the management committee...to police.
“The management committee have stated that on numerous occasions burnt-out cars have had to be removed from outside this gate on the morning of All-Ireland League games or underage blitz tournaments,” Mr O’Shaughnessy stated. Safer access for local schools using the grounds was a “primary goal”, he added.