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New multi-million-euro Sarsfield Barracks sports facility officially opens

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Sarsfield Barracks sports facility upgrade is one of a suite of new infrastructure projects for the first brigade.

The Sarsfield Barracks sports facility is an important element in modernising and enhancing the training, operational and accommodation facilities on site

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

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Limerick Mayor Daniel Butler and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney officially opened the new sports facility.

On Friday, May 6 Defence Minister Simon Coveney presided over the official opening of Sarsfield Barracks new sports facility.

The building of the facility represents the start of a suite of new infrastructure projects for the barracks.

A new gym will cater to the physical fitness and well-being needs of over 530 defence force personnel stationed at Sarsfield Barracks and in the surrounding area.

The new €3.2m facility plays an essential role in modernising and enhancing the training, operational and accommodation facilities available to members.

Having a state-of-the-art gymnasium on site will deliver high-quality support to the Defence Forces’ health and physical fitness levels.  

The facility will provide spaces for sporting activities, with safety zones either in the main sports hall area or in adjacent rooms.

Included in the multi-purpose upgrade is a basketball court, indoor soccer court, unarmed combat practice area, volleyball court, trained soldier physical training practice area and more.

In addition, provisions have been made to facilitate the installation of a climbing wall in future.

The new sports hall will also host indoor parades and addresses when weather conditions are unsuitable.

Minister Coveney acknowledged all those involved in delivering this facility in challenging times, particularly the design team and contractor.

“The provision of this new gymnasium and multi-purpose hall will improve the living and working environment for military personnel at Sarsfield Barracks and will be of major benefit in achieving the high standards of physical fitness necessary for the development of military fitness, which is essential to meet the operational requirements of the Defence Forces both at home and overseas,” the Minister commented.

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