One of the very first organisations to see the potential in The Manor Fields, was Limerick Cricket Club! Initially, their cricket crease was smack bang in the middle of Pitch 1. It certainly created an interesting topic during GAA and soccer games, as to why there was this very bald strip in the middle of a very green grass pitch. Since then, The Manor Fields has become the home ground to Limerick Cricket Club and a synthetic cricket crease has been installed – in a new position!
Our first grass pitch, inventively known as Pitch 1, is also available for hire. Our Grass pitch opened in June 2009. That bank holiday weekend, teams of volunteers crawled across the pitch picking stones out of it. Watching from a distance, it was like a forensic squad searching an area! With herring bone drainage it is playable for most of the year. The size of the pitch means that GAA games, football, hurling and camóige, can be played to championship level. The width of the pitch allows 2 full sized soccer pitches to be played across it. It is not unusual to see hurling training and soccer training going on side by side!
We are currently in the process of developing Grass Pitch 2. We aim to have this fully operational by Spring 2021. This will double our capacity and enable both Cricket and GAA or Soccer matches to go on concurrently
Since opening, the Manor Fields has become a fixture for walkers. In fine weather people will walk around the grass pitches and when it is wet, they use the walking trail around the synthetic pitch. In 2017 we received funding to develop the walking paths more and part of it was used to line the paths around the synthetic pitch. So if you feel the need to do a sprint or two, go for it!