€1,256,276 has been awarded for the new regional athletics hub at Cloonyschrehane, Newcastle West, which includes the construction of an athletics track to international IAAF standard, floodlights and all associated track facilities with disability access.
The Limerick Regional Athletics Hub in Newcastle West is nearing completion, following a grant totalling just over €1.25 million under the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund. The date for the final layering of the track surface will now take place in the Spring of 2023.
The total cost of the construction of the hub is around €2.5 million, with the majority of the balance of the funding coming from Limerick City and County Council’s own resources as well as smaller sums from the Sports Capital Programme and Hinterland Fund.
The aim of the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund is to provide Exchequer support for larger sports facility projects. These would be projects where the Exchequer investment would be greater than the maximum amount available under the Sports Capital Programme (SCP). All project proposals will be subject to appropriate economic analysis.
The facility will contain the following:
- Athletics track to international World Athletics standard
- Floodlights for the track and a fully lit walking path on the track perimeter.
- Field sports such as shot putt, discuss, hammer, javelin, long jump, high jump and pole vault.
- Car, bus and bicycle parking along with toilets and water point.
The facility is funded by:
- Limerick City and County Council.
- Large-Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund, which is part of Project Ireland 2040 administered by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
- Hinterland funding has been received from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
- JP McManus Benevolent Fund.
- ESB Community Windfarm Fund.