Munster Rugby says a planned multi-million euro upgrade of facilities at Musgrave Park will be of benefit to the surrounding community as well as their own players. Last month, Cork City Council granted planning permission to the IRFU Munster branch for a significant development at the Tramore Road stadium.
It will involve the construction of a substantial indoor training facility, which will contain a large synthetic pitch. The building will also house dressing rooms, treatment rooms and a 3,000 square foot weights rooms and gymnasium. The plans include a new single-storey ticketing booth and increased parking for both cars and buses.
It is estimated the project will cost more than €2.5 million and Munster Rugby hopes to receive a grant from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to help fund it. “We are shovel-ready, we are waiting for the grants to come out,” a Munster Rugby spokesperson told The Echo. “It will be a four to six month project from when we turn the sod.”
The stadium is already in use by numerous local groups and the new facilities will also be made available to the community. “The development will allow us to provide our players and members with state-of-the-art facilities in the future,” acting CEO Philip Quinn wrote in the planning application. “We also make our facilities available to local schools and community groups as necessary and view ourselves as an inclusive organisation who plays a key role in the community as a whole.”
“We are trying to look after our up-and-coming Munster stars and are also looking to reach out to the community,” the spokesperson added. “We have various groups and fitness classes on the main pitch from Monday to Friday night and we want to build on that.” The new development will be accessed from the existing entrances at Pearse Road.