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10 December 2008
Construction of new Limerick track set to start in March
By Colm Oâ€™Connor
AT last, some good news in these recessionary times.
The Irish Greyhound Board yesterday confirmed that the construction of their new stadium in Limerick will commence in March.
The project will generate 250 jobs through to its completion in September 2010 and over 100 permanent jobs when the doors are open at the Dock Road site.
It was also revealed that the existing headquarters of the IGB on Henry Street in Limerick will likely be put on the market in the New Year.
IGB Chief Executive Adrian Neilan described the project as “a cornerstone of our long term ambition for the sport of greyhound racing.”
Continued Neilan: “Limerick is a multi-million development, making it one of the biggest construction projects in the south west next year.
“It will create 250 construction jobs up to its completion in September 2010 and then over 100 permanent jobs at the stadium which will be a long term top class addition to the sporting tradition of which Limerick is justifiably proud.
“There is no doubt that the next few years will be challenging, but the Limerick project is a cornerstone of our long term ambition for the sport of greyhound racing and its support of nearly 11,000 jobs in Ireland.
“The capital funds established during recent years are being invested wisely for the long term benefit of the sport and the industry. These will be supplemented in this instance by the savings generated by relocating our Head Office from the City Centre to the new stadium.”
He revealed: “The original plans approved by the Irish Greyhound Board in 2005 have been updated to accommodate greater building and environmental efficiency. This stadium will be right on the cutting edge of sports and leisure building and will reflect the confidence generated within our sport in recent years.”
The tender for the main construction contract will be published on 16th January with return of tender documents by February 28th and contractors moving on site during March.
John J Casey and Company has been appointed as project manager for the construction of the new stadium. The company oversaw construction of Curaheen Park in Cork and the renovation of Shelbourne Park and Harolds Cross Stadiums in Dublin, as well as Galway greyhound stadium in over the last decade. More recently it served as Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers on the â‚¬60m redevelopment of Juryâ€™s Hotel in Cork, and on the â‚¬6m new pavilion stand at Mallow racecourse.
Good news indeed.Will be a great facility once up and running.Hope on the back of this that markets field will become home once again for limerick football.Heard recently that limerick fc are in talks with possible investors about returning there.May happen, especially as there will not be a huge interest from developers for residential or coomerical property due to the finacial climate.