Limerick GAA officially apply for planning permission for a stand in Mick Neville Park

Jerome O'Connell

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Limerick GAA officially apply for planning permission for a stand in Mick Neville Park

Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale set for a face-lift

LIMERICK GAA have officially applied for planning permission to develop Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale.

This week, Limerick officials submitted their plans to Limerick County Council, applying for a 10 year planning permission.

Limerick GAA are looking to construct a spectator stand, changing rooms, gymnasium and toilet facilities.

The development project appears much scaled back from the initial plans, which were first unveiled almost seven years ago.

LeaderSport understands that the stand they now plan to build will have approximately 500 seats.

In early 2012, planning permission was granted for works to complete the main playing pitch in the centre of excellence facility in Rathkeale.

Those plans included ‘the construction of a stadium complex to incorporate a seated spectator stand’ and ’four players dressing rooms, treatment rooms, referee’s changing facilities’. Also included in those state-of-the-art plans were ‘gymnasium and indoor handball court with spectator seating’ and ‘first floor conference room and office area with second floor press and media rooms’.

However, that planning permission has now lapsed and a new proposal will have to be submitted.

Back in December 2008 the first stage of the Mick Neville Park development was unveiled at Limerick’s Annual Convention by then chairman Liam Lenihan.

In January 2015, it appeared back on the agenda when Limerick received a €500,000 grant from the Munster Council but work never commenced on the stand.

“It is our intention to proceed with the completion of the development and upgrading of facilities that are there,” said the chairman John Cregan at last July's Limerick GAA County Board meeting.

“We have revised the plans to suit our pocket,” he accepted.