Pictured at the launch of the Limerick Sports Social Club were Shane Tracy, Limerick FC, actor Myles Breen, John Mulligan, Limerick Sports Social Club, Holly Kenny, ilovelimerick and Magda Mulligan, Limerick Sports Social Club. Picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick.
Shane Tracy of Limerick FC and actor Myles Breen launched the Limerick Sports Social Club on O’Connell Street in Limerick this week.
The Limerick Sports Social Club was set up by Limerick man John Mulligan and his wife Magda, as a way to bring people with similar interests together, adding an extra social side to the lives of the Limerick community, making it easier for people to meet up and organise events together.
Club founder John Mulligan came up with the idea through his own love for running events but decided to start the Limerick Sports Social Club after the Limerick inter-firm soccer league finished.
“When the inter-firm soccer stopped in Limerick, to me that was a big event, it went on for years. I played it for years,” said John. He added how the inter-firm league gave him the idea to bring communities and businesses back together through events.
At Limerick Sports Social Club, people can expect a variety of sporting events such as tennis and pool, outdoor events including historical treasure trails and hill climbs and varied social events such as game and music nights.
The club aims to host as many free events as possible. “People can get more of a social outlook, something different. A lot of the events might be something you are used to, but we will add our own spice to it. We will bring all sorts of people together – tourists, businesses, people that are new to Limerick.”
Limerick Sports Social Club aim to hold their first event in the coming weeks; John hopes to hold a pub treasure trail which focuses on history in Limerick and its buildings.
“We will create groups, such as chess groups, tennis groups and the like. I would like to form a group of like-minded people that we call ‘rent-a-crowd’, where people get together and go to any event. If charities need a group somewhere, I am hoping to form something like that.”
John has previously organised a number of events for charities, working with foundations such as Haven and Child of Haiti. Through Limerick Sports Social Club, he hopes to work with and promote charities through the events.
“Limerick has an amazing history, an unbeatable sporting culture, incredible people and a buzzing social scene. We want to invite everyone to have a chance to part of that. To be part of the Limerick we love. Fun is our goal, friends are a bonus!”