Tuesday 27 September 2016

Boost for Liberties as Munster reveal €1.9m loss

Published 04/06/2016 | 02:30

Munster Rugby yesterday announced a forecasted deficit of €1.9 million for the year ending 30 June 2016. Photo credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Munster Rugby yesterday announced a forecasted deficit of €1.9 million for the year ending 30 June 2016. Photo credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

The Liberties has received a major boost with the news that an area in the inner city has been rezoned with plans in place to build a multi-purpose all weather pitch to facilitate the entire community.

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There are currently no playing pitches in the Liberties but the hope is that the first steps have been taken to remedy a problem that has long been in the area.

Tom Magee is not only the coach of Liberty Saints, but was also instrumental in founding the rugby club that has an U-13 and an U-17 team with 20 players on each.

The problem Magee and his youngsters face is that they must play all of their 'home' games away from home but as he explained, there is finally hope that they will soon have a pitch that they can call their own.

"Over the past couple of years we've been lobbying councillors, we've had community meetings, we've been engaging with the council all with a view to solving the problem which is a lack of sporting facilities," Magee said.

"In the Dublin Development Plan and Dublin City Council meeting on Monday, the area at the back of Marrowbow Lane has been rezoned as Z9 recreational.

"At least now we have light at the end of the tunnel but it does mean that we're all going to have to work harder to make it happen.

"The dream is slowly turning into a reality and it's how we bring that forward is what we need to agree on. We'll be meeting in the next week to plan the next steps."

Meanwhile, Munster yesterday announced a forecasted deficit of €1.9 million for the year ending 30 June 2016 at their Annual General Meeting in Limerick on Thursday.

It is expected that the IRFU will cover the bulk of the debt which in June 2015 was €333,000. 'Reduced gate income and rising player costs' were cited by the province as the main reasons for such dire figures.

Elsewhere, the IRFU have confirmed that next season, Division 1A and 1B teams in the Ulster Bank League will be permitted to include four contracted players in a match day squad.

The figure is doubled from last season while players on development and academy contracts will, as before, be permitted to play. The existing structure of five divisions of 10 teams will remain in place until at least the end of the 2017/18 season.

Irish Independent

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