Markets Field

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Markets Field
Location Garryowen, Limerick
Coordinates 52°39′37″N 8°36′54″W / 52.6603°N 8.6149°W / 52.6603; -8.6149Coordinates: 52°39′37″N 8°36′54″W / 52.6603°N 8.6149°W / 52.6603; -8.6149
Public transit Limerick railway station
Mulgrave Street bus stop
Capacity 3,000
Surface Grass
Opened 1880s
Limerick FC

Markets Field is a stadium in Garryowen, Limerick, Ireland.[1] It has recently[when?] been redeveloped and is now a UEFA Category Two stadium with a capacity of over 3,000.


The site was originally a Gaelic games ground, having been used as a venue for Munster championship games in both hurling and Gaelic football. Most of the All-Ireland semi-finals between Munster and Connacht teams also took place there in the early years of the 1900s. It was also the home of Garryowen, a rugby club founded in Limerick in 1884, from 1886 until 1957.[2] Garryowen have since moved to new facilities in the Dooradoyle area of Limerick. For most of its life it has been greyhound racing stadium. Greyhound racing ceased on 17 July 2010 with the opening of a new greyhound stadium at Greenpark in the south of the city.[3]

The Markets Field is also the former home of soccer side Limerick F.C. as well as a possible, future Rugby League side known as Limerick Flame.[4] In 1962 Limerick F.C. played Liverpool in a friendly at Markets Field with Liverpool winning 5-3.

Current use[edit]

Limerick F.C. is now the anchor tenant, after the ground was purchased by LEDP (Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership) with funds provided by the JP McManus charitable foundation.[5][6] The ground is also available as a municipal stadium. During late 2013 Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) redeveloped the pitch, investing €400k in a brand new playing surface.[7] In early 2014 after the granting of planning permission for the ground redevelopment the government announced additional funding to redevelop the stadium. The stadium hosted its first match in the refurbished ground on 5 June 2015[6] The refurbished main stand holds 1350 spectators with additional seating for 360 behind the Geraldine Villas goal