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Limerick United group to field teams at underage level with view to senior League of Ireland return in 2021

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Tommy Barrett will manage Treaty United

Tommy Barrett will manage Treaty United

Tommy Barrett will manage Treaty United

Limerick will have representation at League of Ireland level in 2020 with the new Limerick United grouping set to field teams in the national underage leagues and the Women's National League.

United already exist as an entity in the top flight of the women's game and the departure of Limerick FC from senior football has led to interested parties coming together under the United umbrella with a view to plotting a fresh direction for the game on the Shannonside.

It means there will be a Limerick side in the U13, U15, U17 and U19 leagues in addition to the Women's National League and U17 League.

The plan is to work towards having a senior men's side from the 2021 season.

Proposals were submitted to the FAI after talks over the Christmas period and it's understood the grouping have received a positive response from the Abbotstown hierarchy this week - although Limerick FC owner Pat O'Sullivan has continued to fight to save that entity and even attended the recent meeting between League of Ireland clubs and Minister Shane Ross.

But the FAI view the new operation as the solution to the problems facing the game on Shannonside.

Tommy Barrett - the manager of Limerick's first team last term - has been lined up to take charge of United's U19 team and it's believed he will also have a broader role overseeing the academy section.

Further details of the Limerick United plan are set to be outlined next week.

The group working on the project includes Conn Murray, the former CEO of Limerick City and County Council.

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