MUNSTER’S next generation of players are going to have top-class facilities to train in over the coming seasons after the province was granted planning permission by Cork County Council for the construction of an indoor training facility at Musgrave Park.
Acting CEO Phillip Quinn spoke before Munster’s AGM about the Reds commitment to underage rugby in the province and how the age-grade teams, as well as other sports in Cork, will benefit from the new facilities when they are completed at Munster’s Pearse Road headquarters.
The planned new facility will be built primarily for Munster’s underage sides and the development will also include a synthetic all-weather playing surface, a gymnasium, dressing rooms, treatment rooms, a kitchen and public toilets which have all been approved by the council for construction at the Pearse Road end of the stadium.
The all-weather playing surface will be 60 by 40 metres and the gymnasium will be 2,000 square feet.
The facilities are at the centre of Munster’s strategy for growing the game in the province and engaging with the local community.
Quinn says the province envisages starting the work by the end of this year or early next year.
“Planning has been approved and we have made an application to the large-scale sports infrastructure fund and we will be hopeful of a positive outcome.
“If it all goes well, work will start on the new facility at the end of the year or early next year once the grant funding is announced. We want a high-quality hub for provincial rugby and a superb facility for our surrounding community and that’s exactly what we’re going to bring.
“The new facility will be available to local schools, clubs and community groups as necessary.
“Long-term, we see Irish Independent Park as being a municipal stadium, open to all. Rugby will always be number one here but let’s engage, let’s get people in here to what is a fantastic sporting facility.”