The Gaelic Grounds or Páirc na nGael is the principal Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Limerick City, Ireland, home to the Limerick hurling and football teams.
October 9, 1926 saw first steps taken towards creating the Limerick Gaelic Grounds as a GAA stadium of note. A farm containing 12 acres (4.9 ha) was purchased at Coolraine on the Ennis Road for development as a sporting grounds. Two years later the new grounds officially opened with two junior hurling games. The first big effort to raise funds for the development of the grounds was in 1932, with the establishment of a development committee, whose remit was to level the pitch, providing sideline seating and erect a boundary wall.
The 1950s saw crowds of up to 50,000 attending games in the grounds. 1958 saw a new stand being built at Páirc na nGael, incidentally it was the Old Hogan Stand from Croke Park. A record paid attendance of 61,174 witnessed the Munster hurling final between Cork and Tipperary at the stadium in 1961 and it is estimated that another 10,000 spectators piled in without paying after the gates were broken down. In 1979 a major decision was taken to update the grounds completely. It took three years before plans were drawn up for a new stand and in 1986 planning permission was granted by Limerick Corporation for the Mick Mackey Stand. The updated stand was completed in 1988, just in time for the Munster hurling final. 2004 saw the biggest rejuvenation of the stadium completed with the opening of a new 12,000 uncovered stand along with 2 new terraces behind both goals at a cost of €12 million. The current capacity of the Gaelic Grounds is 50,000
Stadium Health and Safety Rules & Regulations
All personsentering the ground are admitted subject to thefollowing health and safety rules which are designed to protect all entrantsto the ground.
Stadiummanagement reserves the right to refuse admission.
The instructionsof stewards and the Gardaí must be obeyed at all times.
All persons entering the ground agree to be searched by amember of the Garda Síochana if this is deemed necessary.
Every person, including infants, entering the ground musthave a ticket. This applies to all areas.
The following are not permitted:
- Entry onto the pitch.
- Throwing any objects onto the pitch.
- Engaging in conduct that causes, or is likely to cause, injury or harm to, or otherwise interfere with, disrupt, hinder or distract a person playing in, refereeing or otherwise having a role in a match at Pairc na nGael.
- Any unauthorised contact with the boundary wall surrounding the pitch or incursion on the pitch. Unauthorised contact or incursion constitutes a trespass to property.
- The climbing of floodlights or other pylons, stands or buildings. This constitutes a trespass to property.
- Loitering in gangways or aisles.
- Behaving in an offensive or indecent manner.
- Bringing alcohol into the ground.
- Bringing fireworks, smoke canisters, bottles, glasses, cans, flags, banners, poles, distress signals, laser pointers and other similar articles or containers, including anything that could be used as a weapon.
- Excessive noise such as that from the use of radio sets or other appliances and behaviour likely to cause nuisance of any kind including foul or abusive language.
If a person commits a trespass, reasonable force may beused to prevent, restrain or terminate the trespass.
Any photograph, image, film or recording taken of a team, ateam member or of Pairc na nGael Stadium may not be reproduced for anycommercial purpose whatsoever.
Where a person is in breach of any of these rules, or wherestadium management believes that a person constitutes a source of danger toothers, or to the ground, such persons may be refused entry to, or ejectedfrom, the ground and reasonable force may be used for this purpose.
There is no smoking in the stadium except in designatedareas within the grounds.
There is no alcohol permitted into the seated areas of thegrounds.
Tickets are non transferable.
Pairc na nGael Luimneach looks forward towelcoming you and thanks you for your co operation.
Mick Neville Park Rathkeale
University of Limerick North Campus
At the end of 2011 saw the opening of Europe's Largest synthetic playing facility at the University of Limerick through the vision of Dave Mahedy and his excellent staff. We at Limerick GAA are delighted to be associated with UL and from Jan 2012 our Coaching and Games staff have relocated to the new Pavillion on the North Campus. The facility has a full size synthetic playing pitch, meeting rooms, dressing rooms and catering facilities. The facilities will be used for the development of Coaching and Games, underage hurling, County Teams and the office base for Coaching and Games.