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Pitch Perfect: Maguire’s Fields open

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By: Mike Finnerty

Maguire’s Fields have officially opened at the University of Limerick.

The pitches, which were voted for in a student referendum in 2016, consists of 4 full-length football pitches, 2 GAA pitches, 1 grassed pitch, 3 “ball walls” and is complemented by a “golden mile” running and walking track.

Alan Ward, manager of the 50 metre swimming pool at the UL Sports Arena, took to Twitter to hail the “historical” day.

“What a facility to add to our world class portfolio and an incredible legacy left by our students. So very proud.” his tweet read.

In attendance at the opening were Michael Sheahan, Mayor of Limerick City and County, James Collins. Cathaoirleach of the Metropolitan District of Limerick, Gerry O’Brien, Deputy President of UL and Chief Operating Officer, Kilkenny hurling legend Dr. Eddie Kehler, and David Mahedy, who was director of Sports and Recreation at UL between 1985 and 2019.

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A plaque that was unveiled at the opening of Maguire’s Fields. Photo via Alan Ward (@AlanWardSport) on Twitter.
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