LRFC Sign Contracts for new state of the art 4G Artificial Pitch   16/09/2020

Contract Signing Photo (from left to right): Colm Teehan (PST Sport), Damian Curley (LRFC Club President), Tony Headon (Pitch Project Committee) .

Last Wednesday was a momentous day in the history Longford Rugby Football Club when contracts were signed with PST Sport for our new 4G full size community artificial pitch with work due to commence immediately.  The target opening date for the pitch is the end of December, which will be perfect timing to coincide with Winter Weather. PST Sport are one of Irelands leading installers of artificial pitches and have worked on many projects both home and abroad (  The surface when finished will be up there with the best installed worldwide and will be one of the only fully flood light 4G artificial pitches suitable for contact sports outside Dublin and will be available for use by the whole community. It will allow year round sport to be played in the heart of Longford Town in anything but the most extreme weather and will mark a huge investment in County Longford and surrounding counties.

Longford Rugby Club received confirmation in late 2019 that it had secured a provisional grant of €491,231 for the extension of our current 4G artificial training area to a full size state of the art flood light community artificial pitch. The grant was made by the Longford Community Development Committee (LCDC) under the Rural Development Programme (Leader) 2014-2020 implemented by Longford Community Resources (LCRL).

It marks the next stage of development for Longford Rugby Club, which has always been at the forefront of innovation in Irish Club Rugby. Developments in Longford Rugby Club over the years include the first all weather ‘Prunty’ pitches outside Northern Ireland, the first fully match standard flood light pitches outside Dalymount Park, a full extension/refurbishment of the club house including state of the art bar, function room and restaurant, gym, separate female changing facilities and most recently the Mel Diffley 4G training pitch which will be extended to form the new community pitch, the Hugh Connolly Youth Centre and fully tarmacking the car park.

While the grant will cover a large part of the cost’s, the club has embarked on a large fund-raising campaign to raise the short fall.  Donations to date by members/friend’s from near and far have been very appreciated, however we still some more help.  If you can make a donation towards the project no matter how small, please contact Derick Turner on 086 2559624. 

This facility will be to be a brilliant addition for Longford, the Midlands and surrounding counties for rugby and a range of other sports.

Longford Rugby Club is a progressive club that fields Men’s/Women’s teams at Senior Level and has more than 400 Mini/Youth Players training every week both male and female from U6 right through to U18. We are always looking for more players, coaches and volunteers at all levels of the club. If you would like to join Longford Rugby Club at this exciting time, please contact any club coach or volunteer. More information can be found on

 Group photo at the contract signing (from left to right): Gerry Carthy (Chair of LRFC Youth/Mini Rugby), Mick Kennedy (PST Sport), Karen Lennon (Senior Men's Manager), Colm Teehan (PST Sport), Michael Connellan (LRFC President), Tony Headon (Pitch Project Committee), Derick Turner (Pitch Project Committee), Damian Curley (LRFC Club President), Glenn Baskett (Senior Men's Head Coach), Cllr Seamus Butler (Chair of Longford County Council LCDC, Gerry Larkin (LRFC Covid Officer), Ger Teehan (PST Sport), Oliver Scott (Pitch Project Committee) & Niall Moran (LRFC Chair of Rugby).

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