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LEDP Sign Contract Appointing Pinnacle Homes as Contractor for Markets Field Second Stage Development

Posted on December 18th, 2014
Gerard Boland, Board member of LEDP, John Delaney is the current Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland & Liam McElligott CEO of LEDP pictured in the Markets Field in Limerick at the Launch of the Refurbishment of the Markets Field.The ambition of having the Markets Field Stadium once again retaking its place in the hearts and minds of Limerick People everywhere has come a step closer With a pristine playing surface. The plan to have Limerick FC start the new SSE Airtricity season in the ground that witnessed Limerick Soccer win the League and Cup in the early 1980′s is very much on track. The stadium which has in the past played host to GAA Munster Championship Finals, the first Munster vs All Blacks Rugby match in 1905, Cycle Races, Garda Sports Days and which was of course the ground where the “Garryowen” was first used during the restablshment years of the now Dooradoyle based club, will shortly re-echo to the unique humour that senior soccer in the Markets Field evokes

Gerard Boland, Board member of LEDP, John Delaney Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland & Liam McElligott CEO of LEDP pictured in the Markets Field in Limerick at the Launch of the Refurbishment of the Stadium.

 

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Following on from the “hard hat” launch of the Markets Field redevelopment with LEDP representatives John Delaney of the FAI , the Chairman and Officers of Limerick FC,  and the design team and contractors appointed by LEDP on Wednesday last, contracts were formally signed by LEDP at their headquarters in Roxboro this Thursday.

The contractor, Pinnacle Homes, who was chosen after an open tendering process in line with public procurement guidelines is already mobilising to be on site in the days running up to Christmas so as to be ready to “hit the ground running” in order to deliver the project on time for the start of the soccer season in March.

Speaking at the official document signing the CEO of LEDP, Liam Mc Elligott  hailed the project as one of the largest that LEDP had engaged in since the company purchased the former Krups facility in 1999. He spoke of the significance of the project and its relevance to the founding principles of the  charitable trust company where the combined goals of  Community, Business and Education betterment could be tangibly seen to have a great impact on the People, the City and the Region as a whole.

LEDP Director Gerry Boland spoke of his joy at seeing the  progress of the project  and expressed the wish that in addition to it becoming a city  base for Limerick Soccer to once again return to, that it would also become a place where all codes would equally feel at home. He thanked all those that had helped bring the project to the point it was now at paying particular thanks to Keith Wood for his good advice and counsel and to the team at LEDP who had worked hard to get the project to the stage where a contractor could now be appointed for the second stage of re-development.

LEDP’s George Lee speaking at the launch in the stadium hailed the development at the ground as a “momentous day” for all involved and for the people of the area, the city and the region and said he looked forward to once again witnessing some of the great days of Limerick Sport at what is the oldest stadium of its kind in the city.

Interview with George Lee

 

 

Innovate Limerick established at LEDP

Posted on August 7th, 2014

Innovate logo_FNL (2)Innovate Limerick has established its headquarters at LEDP.

AK Ilen Boat School participate in Battle of Clontarf Commemoration

Posted on April 28th, 2014

April 23rd 2014 Battle of Clontarf Gandelow Races, Dublin

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The Ilen school’s fleet of Gandelows, crews and builders gently entered the River Liffey on the morning of April 23rd. Their arrival was not a spontaneous one but one that emerged from a conglomeration of elements, some stretching back a thousand historical years.

The myth that is the Battle of Clontarf draws as much historical speculation as it does erudition, but for the Ilen School and its builders and boatmen it was a celebration of an every present past and the unchanging rhythms of our great rivers.

It was a joyous waterborne day, a day on which the Ilen School renewed old and made new friendships.

 

LEDP Takes To The Air With New Aerial Photography

Posted on April 22nd, 2014

LEDP today uploaded the latest stunning views of the 16 acre park filmed utilising technology supplied by Tony Grehan and the team at Press 22. For the technically minded it was filmed utilising a DJI Phantom 2, H3 2D Gimbol, Hero 3 + black Edition, essentially a quadcopter with HD Camera mounted and it provides a comprehensive view of the park filmed at low altitude.

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Aerial view LEDP

 

 

Martin O’Neill, Irish Soccer Manager, Gives New Look Markets Field His Seal Of Approval

Posted on February 20th, 2014

 

Another chapter in the illustrious history of  The Markets Field began today as Irelands Soccer Manager Martin O’Neill visited the ground and gave the new playing surface a “run out”. Expressing his delight that the historic ground was soon to become active once again he was loud in his praise of everyone associated with the tremendous effort.

After being briefed on the development plan for the ground he presented match tickets to underage players and watched a skills demonstration.

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AK Ilen Project @LEDP Rolls Out Sport and Legacy Project for Limerick 2014 City Of Culture Celebrations

Posted on February 14th, 2014

An international and local team of boat builders and naval architects have assembled at the Ilen School, LEDP, Roxboro, as part of the Limerick City of Culture 2014 celebrations. The school is well underway towards the rollout of its Limerick City of Culture Sport and Legacy Project, which involves the design and build of a new innovative sailing dinghy for Limerick City and a fleet of new 23′ rowing Gandelows. The school, which is devoted to excellence in teaching and learning through the medium of boat building and related crafts, offers to the local and wider community, direct involvement in boat building, rowing, sailing or visits to the school workshop, to see at first hand the ongoing work. .
Back row l-r. volunteers John Furlong and Liam O’Donoghue, Master Shipwright Patrick Beautement graduate Boatbuilding Academy, Lyme Regis UK, Master Shipwright Stephen Morris Auckland New Zealand
Front row l-r, Mike Grimes AK Ilen Instructor, James Madigan AK Ilen Instructor, Master Shipwright Matt Dirr graduate Apprentice Shop, Maine USA, Jim McInerney AK Ilen Instructor

 

 

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