Thomond Park Like?
External View (photo)
Looking Towards The South Terrace (photo)
Where To Drink?
East Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
West Stand (photo)
North Terrace (photo)
South Terrace (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Thomond Park Location Map
|What's Thomond Park Like?|
Known as the home of Munster
Rugby Club in Limerick, Thomond Park is simply
stunning. Its current 26,500 capacity makes it one
of the largest provincial Rugby Grounds in Europe,
and rather obviously, the largest stadium of
the 12 Irish Premier League football clubs. The
ground is located around 1 mile to the North-West of
Limerick City Centre, across the river in the
suburban Hassetts Cross area. The stadium has open
terraces behind both goals, the South terrace which
backs onto Cratloe Road holds around 2,000 with the
slightly bigger North terrace, with its scoreboard
holding around 2,500, backing onto a housing estate.
The graceful curved roof steelwork of the East and
West Stands can be seen for miles around and were
opened in 2008 to finally complete the stadium
Club are proposing to return to their spiritual home;
the Market Field Greyhound Stadium, in the next few
years. The stadium site, a 10 minute walk due east of
Limerick City Centre is at present boarded up and in a
dilapidated state. Architectural plans for the site
show a rebuilt ground with no greyhound track. The
existing Main Stand and clubhouse building being
refurbished with three new stand builds round the new
playing surface giving a capacity of 8,100. Not
re-instating the greyhound track not only brings the
existing Main Stand closer to the action but it also
allows more space for a floodlit training ground at
the far end. We understand that planning permission
has been granted so the build can go ahead however it
likely there will be a further one or two seasons at
Thomond Park, with a move sometime in 2015 the most
|As far as we are aware visiting fans are
accommodated in the East Stand where you have the
choice between the Upper Tier Seating deck and the
Lower Tier Terrace. The seating offers the best view
of the pitch though obviously with a majority of
supporters favouring the terrace you may feel you have
the entire stand to yourself! The lower tier terrace
is deep enough to allow an elevated and unobstructed
view of the pitch, and with home and away fans in the
same stand you can expect a bit of friendly banter
though with the roof line being so far overhead in
heavy rain you should expect a soaking!
|Looking Towards The South Terrace|
|Where To Drink?|
|There is a
bar at the stadium which welcomes away supporters,
otherwise Limerick City Centre is a 10-15 minutes
walk away where there are plenty of pubs to be
found. Just follow Sexton Street North away from the
stadium, then along the riverbank walk before
crossing the bridge into the City Centre.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
Follow the M7 south of Nenagh,then exit at Junction 28,turning right onto the R445 to take you into the East suburbs of Limerick. Follow the road into the City Centre. You will then see a river on the right hand side, turn right into Island Road to take you onto Kings Island. At the end of the Junction turn left into Castle Street,passing Limerick Castle on the left hand side as you cross the River Shannon bridge into Old Thomondgate. The stadium is on the right hand side.
Follow the M18 South of Ennis, continue past Shannon Airport Junction 9.Exit onto the R445 into the North suburbs of Limerick. You will pass County Limerick's GAA Stadium on the left. Turn left at the R464 crossroads into Shelbourne Road. You will then be able to see the curving roof of the stadium ahead on you.
Follow the N20 North of Charleville. Join onto the M20 at Junction 5 and head North, then at the N18 / M7 Junction turn left onto the N18.Once you have passed over the River Shannon take the next exit which will lead you into the north suburbs of Limerick. Continue straight on at the R527 roundabout and R445 crossroads. You will then see the curved roof of the stadium direct ahead of you.
Parking is available at the nearby Limerick Institute Of Technology Campus on Cratloe Road. Please note that parking restrictions are in force in streets surrounding the stadium.
Map showing the location of the Thomond Park Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
|Limerick Station is
situated just under two miles away from Thomond
trains from Dublin and Cork call at Limerick Junction
which is around ten miles to the East of Limerick.
From here you will need to change trains to take a
local service into Limerick. Having arrived at
Limerick Colbert it will take you around 20-30 minutes
to walk through the city centre and over the river
bridges to Thomond Park (P.S Limerick's old ground of
Jackman Park is next to the Bus Eireann coach station
to the left hand side as the train approaches the
There are a number of different ways to get to Thomond Park from Limerick City Centre. The route we are describing may not be the quickest route but it is the most straightforward. When you come out of the Railway Station concourse turn left and take the first right turn into Mallow Street, which will take you around the edge of the City Centre. After 5 minutes walk you will come to the Shannon Bridge Roundabout. Turn right into the Bishops Quay and follow the road along the riverbank, you will then come to the Sarsfield river bridge which has a house perched on an island. Turn left and cross over the bridge, you will see Limerick Castle in the distance to the right. Keep following this road, the R445 as it bends to the left and becomes Ennis Road. After 5 minutes you will come to a crossroads, turn right into the R454 Shelbourne Road.(If you end up passing County Limerick's Gaelic Ground Stadium you have gone too far and need to turn around). Walking along Shelbourne Road you should be able to see the curving white roofs of Thomond Park ahead of you. Keep following the road for 5 more minutes and the stadium will emerge on the left hand side, with the East Stand main entrance directly across the road.
operate a number of Expressway Services from the
main Dublin coach terminal of Busaras to the South
West of the Irish Republic with similar routes taken
by the Irish Rail networkfrom Dublin Heuston.Service
12 Dublin Busaras-Portlaoise-Roscrea-Limerick has
the advantage of not having to change at Limerick
For those travelling from the Mid-West of the Irish Republic Service 051 travels from Galway to Cork
via Ennis, Shannon Airport, Limerick & Mallow.Service X51 is quicker, travelling direct from Galway to Limerick.
For those travelling from County Kerry Service 13 takes the far more direct route than the train, travelling from Tralee into Limerick via Adare. There is also Service 14 which starts at Killarney and travels to Kerry Airport before picking up a similar route as Service 13 into Limerick.
For those travelling from the South-East of the Irish Republic Service 55 follows a similar route as the
train, starting at Waterford and calls at Tipperary and Limerick Junction Railway Station before terminating at Limerick.
All the above services arrive at Limerick Coach station, which is neatly positioned between Limerick FC's former ground of Jackman Park and Limerick Colbert Railway Station. From here it will take you around 20-30 minutes to walk through the city centre and over the river bridges to Thomond Park Stadium. See walking directions By Train above.
* Must be accompanied
by an adult (Max three Under 12's per one adult)
|Official Programme €4|
|League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record And Average Attendance|
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