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Child's Play for Barbarians in Adare Child's Play for Barbarians in Adare


Child’s Play for Barbarians in Adare



Pictured Above: Luke Hayes, age 19 months, from Limerick perfecting the line-out at the new playground in Adare with the Barbarians players Shane Jennings, Leinster & Ireland, Adam Jones, Cardiff Blues & Wales, Ruan Pienaar, Ulster & South Africa, Gio Aplon, Grenoble & South Africa, Deon Fourie, Lyon, before there big clash with Ireland on Thursday evening at Thomond Park. Picture by: Paul Mullins Dream Studios Photography.

The Manor Fields Project, in Adare is soon embarking on Phase 2 of it’s development plan. The Manor Fields, which is already home to one of Ireland’s finest All Abilities playgrounds, recently hosted The Barbarians RFC, as they prepared to play Ireland in Thomond Park last week. With a further €200,000 to be raised to see Phase 2 through to completion, the Barbarians were delighted to show their support for the imminent fundraising campaign.

The team, affectionately known as the BaaBaas were eager to try out some of the specialist play equipment in the playground which is integrated for children of all abilities to play together.

The local, community owned and driven playground is currently raising funding to build Phase 2 of the project which will include a floodlit, synthetic astroturf pitch for GAA, soccer and rugby on the 25 acre property in Adare Co. Limerick. The playground will use an online fundraising website to help fundraise for the next stage in its development.



Phase 1 of the project was the first all-abilities playground in Limerick, as well as the entrance and parking facilities. Phase 1 was supported with a grant aid of €334,000 from West Limerick Resources under the Rural Development programme.

The Manor Fields Project is planning to also add tennis courses, cricket oval, additional multi-purpose pitches, walking trails and pavilion building incorporating changing facilities over the years.

You can donate to the project on the fundraising website here.

Check out the Manor Fields Project – Adare Recreation & Community Complex Facebook page here.

Read more about the Barbarians here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.