BREAKING: Limerick GAA confirm Gaelic Grounds to be renamed

Jerome O'Connell

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Jerome O'Connell

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A general view of the Gaelic Grounds

THE Gaelic Grounds is to be renamed the 'LIT Gaelic Grounds'.

Confirmation of the renaming of the Limerick GAA Headquarters came this Monday with Limerick GAA and LIT announcing the signing of a 10-year partnership.

The new name comes into operation on May 1 this year and runs for a 10 year period.

Limerick GAA will receive €300,000 - €30,000 per annum, as well as a host of partnership deals.

Among the partnership deals will be:

* Dedicated scholarship scheme for Limerick GAA club members to attend LIT;

* Limerick GAA internships and work experience for LIT students in sports coaching, event management, marketing and other areas;

* LIT support for Limerick GAA clubs;

* Use of LIT campus facilities by Limerick GAA teams and administration;

* Use of the inter-county grounds as a 'Living Lab' for LIT students for educational and other purposes.

According to Limerick GAA secretary Mike O'Riordan, the 10 year partnership will cover a period which sees plans for Limerick GAA’s headquarters to be substantially redeveloped and opened up to the community, including a new plaza-type area and new stadium facilities.

LIT President Dr Vincent Cunnane stressed that the €30,000 per annum would not be drawn from state funding but from LIT commercial activities.

“We are delighted to be entering this partnership with Limerick GAA. Our two organisations have a shared ethos, a shared set of beliefs and a common history, which makes this partnership a natural fit. This agreement is unique in Ireland, and reflects a new confidence here in Limerick that we can go our own way, find our own models and deliver benefits for the people of Limerick. We have both been in the business of supporting our communities for a long time, and coming together to do this in a defined way now makes huge sense," said LIT President Dr Vincent Cunnane. 

“This partnership is a win-win-win for Limerick, for LIT students and for Limerick GAA. It’s a symbiotic relationship where, for example, our students with be able to get invaluable and relevant work experience around for their chosen career area, with the benefit of their energy and education also being very much felt in the GAA. At the same time we will also be offering scholarships every year for Limerick GAA club members to come to college in LIT, and we will also be putting in place programmes drawn from specific LIT expertise to support smaller clubs," said the LIT President.

Limerick GAA Chairman John Cregan said they were "very excited" about the partnership.

"This partnership helps bring Limerick GAA to another level. We are on an exciting trajectory and this partnership reflects that new energy and vibrancy. LIT and ourselves are close neighbours on the Northside of the city, and we are very much building on the shared history of our two bodies here," said the chairman.

"By partnering like this, we are reaching into each other’s communities, unlocking a range of benefits for Limerick, for our clubs and for students. This is a far deeper relationship than a typical commercial one, and brings with it huge benefits that a conventional commercial relationship simply could not deliver. It is a win for all concerned and we look forward to working together for the benefit of all," said John Cregan.

LIT President Dr Vincent Cunnane signing the partnership with Limerick GAA chairman John Cregan and Gaelic Grounds chairman Paul Foley