Limerick FC’s Markets Field return delayed

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

5 March 2014; A general view of a football. UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Montenegro, Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
LIMERICK FC have announced that it will not be in a position to play their opening SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures of the new season at the Markets Field as the venue ‘will not be available to the club for the month of March’ due to circumstances beyond the club’s control.

LIMERICK FC have announced that it will not be in a position to play their opening SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures of the new season at the Markets Field as the venue ‘will not be available to the club for the month of March’ due to circumstances beyond the club’s control.

Making the announcement on Limerick FC’s official website last night, Club Chairman Pat O’Sullivan added: “We will continue to work closely with the LEDP (Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership) (owners of the Markets Field) to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.

“The club is making alternative arrangements to play the games that had been scheduled for the Markets Field. The club will provide further information and clarification as it becomes available.”

In their own statement which also appears on the Limerick FC website, the LEDP revealed: “Having consulted with the design team, contractors, the local authority and statutory bodies, LEDP in conjunction with the related parties has decided that due to Health and Safety and initial capacity concerns that the Markets Field Stadium will not be available for play in the short term. It is envisaged that this position will be reviewed at the end of March.”

Limerick FC were due to face Bohemians at the Markets Field in their opening home league fixture of 2015 on Saturday, March 7. The Blues were also due to host Longford Town at the venue on March 21 and St Pat’s on March 28.