UL President Calls on Limerick to Support University

Dr Desmond Fitzgerald, the newly appointed president of University of Limerick, spoke of his ambitions for the University at the Limerick Civic Trust’s May business lunch and called on the City to support the University.

Over 80 business people attended the event which took place at No.1 Pery Square to hear the internationally renowned academic.

During his first public address in Limerick since he was announced as incoming president, Dr Fitzgerald set out his vision for the University noting that it has been “a power house in terms of its impact on the economic, social and cultural development of the region”. He commented on the movement 40 years ago to put a university here and said “we need that spirit again so the University can move forward in challenging times.

He also noted that the University of Limerick has supported the rejuvenation of Limerick in recent years and “now the city needs to support the university. A great city needs a great University.(more…)

Kemmy Painting Presented to Kemmy Business School

Limerick Civic Trust commissioned a painting of Jim Kemmy, the former mayor of Limerick, for the Kemmy Business School (KBS) at University of Limerick which was named in his memory.

The powerful portrait, painted by Limerick Civic Trust’s in-house artist Marjorie Daly, was unveiled by Jan O’Sullivan, T.D. at a special ceremony with Dr Philip O’Regan, Dean of KBS.  Amongst the guests were family and friends of the late Jim Kemmy, the artist and the Labour party.

The new painting now hangs outside the Dean’s office.

UL-Kemmy-Portrait-045a-webFollowing the presentation, David O’Brien, CEO of Limerick Civic Trust, said, “Limerick Civic Trust and UL have collaborated on a number of projects over the years and on a visit to the KBS last year I noticed a gap! This painting will hang at eye level and afford passers-by the chance to get up close with big Jim. We are delighted that Marjorie has done such a wonderful job. Jim Kemmy was a champion for Limerick and social justice – it seems fitting that he takes pride of place in a business school carrying his name which prides itself on having the credentials for business ethics and community spirit.”

Limerick Civic Trust undertakes projects that make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive.  Whether it’s improving or maintaining a graveyard, river walk, community garden or city street, the Trust’s work aims to promote civic pride.  The Trust also undertakes conservation and preservation projects as well as Educational and Research work.

End of Year Reflection

On behalf of the management and staff of Limerick Civic Trust, I would like to wish all our members, friends, associates and supporters the very best for Christmas and the New Year.

We are particularly pleased with the positive feedback from our recent events, especially the Christmas Lunch, and the discussions that have followed. Central to these discussions is the future of the historic fabric of the city and county and how we might better engage with the public, business professionals, the state and its officials. We intend to build on this in 2017 through a variety of conduits and we will keep you posted on progress.

In addition to our ongoing efforts to clean our city’s streets, restore key sites and improve river walks, graveyards and public spaces, we are aiming for 2017 to be a year of growth and development. The core remit of the Trust is the conservation of our heritage, in all its many guises, and the protection of our environment through civic pride. More than ever, we require external support to help us realise these goals. So next year we will be increasing our membership drive and actively seeking public and private assistance.

There are over seventy people involved in the delivery of the Trusts ambitions and I would like to thank each and every one of them for their invaluable contributions. Whether they were involved in the restoration of the church at Mount Saint Lawrence, the maintenance and cleaning of the canal, the graveyards, or working in Bishop’s Palace and supporting the changes, their assistance and hard work helped us promote the good name of the Limerick Civic Trust. Last, but not least, there is the board, who give so much of their time and effort to guide and support the management of the Trust under the leadership of our Chairman, Brian McLoghlin.

Every best wish for Christmas and the New Year and we look forward to being in touch more regularly over the course of 2017.

David

P.S.: Please click here to see the gallery of photographs taken at the Christmas Business Lunch.

Mass clean up of Limerick’s Cemeteries

Over 40 staff from Limerick Civic Trust are in the midst of a giant clean-up of five Limerick cemeteries. Mount St Laurence, Mount St Oliver, St Patrick’s, St John’s and St Michael’s will all be cleared of rubbish, leaves and debris in preparation for Christmas.

The clean-up is part of ongoing maintenance work by Limerick Civic Trust at the various cemeteries throughout the year with the support of Limerick City & County Council. In the last two years, staff at the Trust have restored and repaired 50 graves and tended to over 150 graves in Mount Saint Lawrence. They have also been involved with the restoration of the Mortuary Chapel at the graveyard.

David O’Brien, CEO, Limerick Civic Trust said, “The team do tremendous work throughout the year maintaining the graveyards. This end of year giant clean-up ensures that the various cemeteries are presented well and in good order in the run up to Christmas when so many visitors are expected. I would like to thank the team for all their hard work, the supervisors for organising the days and the Limerick City & County Council for their support.”

Treaty of Limerick Celebration

Limerick Civic Trust has organised a number of events to mark the 325th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Limerick. A walking tour and two lectures will take place on Saturday 8th October, kicking off what Limerick Civic Trust hopes to be an annual commemoration of the signing of the 1691 Treaty. The Treaty of Limerick ended the Williamite War in Ireland between the Jacobites and the supporters of William of Orange and concluded the Siege of Limerick.

David O’Brien, CEO of Limerick Civic Trust, said, “The signing of the Treaty of Limerick is a significant event in our history. We hope that this inaugural lecture series will initiate an annual commemoration of the signing of the Treaty.”

Led by archaeologist John Elliott, a walking tour will depart St John’s Square at 2pm and follow the circuit of the Williamite forts that besieged the city in 1690 and 1691.

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At 5pm historian Liam Irwin will deliver a lecture in St Mary’s Cathedral on the famous Jacobite soldier Patrick Sarsfield, who led the cavalry attack on the Williamite siege train at Ballyneety in 1690 and defended the city in 1691, later leading the Wild Geese to exile in the continent.

Also in St Mary’s Cathedral, Padraig Lenihan, historian at NUI Galway, will deliver an illustrated lecture at 6pm on the context of the military campaign of the Williamite sieges of Limerick.

Further information and bookings please contact Limerick Civic Trust on 061 313399 or email info@limerickcivictrust.ie

Event Details:

2pm – 4pm    Walking Tour from St John’s Square
5pm – 6pm    Lecture by Liam Irwin, St Mary’s Cathedral
6pm – 7pm    Lecture by Padraig Lenihan, St Mary’s Cathedral

Purple 4 Polio – Limerick Civic Trust to Plant 5,000 Purple Crocus Bulbs

Limerick Civic Trust will plant 5,000 purple crocus corms at various locations around Limerick in support of the Rotary Club of Limerick & Shannon’s Purple 4 Polio campaign.

Earlier this year Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland launched the Purple4Polio campaign, which encourages everyone to join together in the final push to eradicate polio worldwide. One initiative involved teaming up with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Bloom Groups to transform public spaces and brighten up local communities by planting five million purple crocus corms across Britain and Ireland.

The Limerick Shannon Rotary Club have donated 5,000 Crocus bulbs to the Limerick Civic Trust, which are to be planted as part of a End Polio Now campaign, pictured with members of the Limerick Civic Trust was Limerick Civic Trust CEO, David O'Brien with James O'Donnell, Limerick Shannon Rotary and Tom Burke, President of Limerick Shannon Rotary

The Limerick Shannon Rotary Club have donated 5,000 Crocus bulbs to the Limerick Civic Trust, which are to be planted as part of a End Polio Now campaign, pictured with members of the Limerick Civic Trust was Limerick Civic Trust CEO, David O’Brien with James O’Donnell, Limerick Shannon Rotary and Tom Burke, President of Limerick Shannon Rotary

Not having the resources to plant the crocus corms, the Rotary Club of Limerick Shannon enlisted the support of Limerick Civic Trust.

David O’Brien, CEO of Limerick Civic Trust, said, “We are delighted to support the Rotary club and the Purple 4 Polio campaign. We already maintain many open green spaces and gardens across the city so this is a natural extension of our work. Plus, it’s a very worthy cause and our whole community gets to benefit. It will be wonderful to see the crocuses bloom next spring.”

The Trust will plant the bulbs on the Canal Bank walk, the Mill Road flower beds, Kings Island Community Garden and other open green spaces that they currently maintain. The Crocus corms must be planted by November to ensure early spring flowering to maximise their impact.

Limerick Civic Trust Gathers Internationally Renowned Commentators for Lecture Series

Brian McLoghlin, Chairman and David O'Brien, CEO, Limerick Civic Trust at St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick

Brian McLoghlin, Chairman and David O’Brien, CEO, Limerick Civic Trust at St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick

Limerick Civic Trust has announced details of its 2016 Autumn Lecture Series which will take place in the unique setting of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick.

Sponsored by UL’s Kemmy Business School with support from the Limerick City & County Council, the six-part series of public lectures will be delivered by internationally renowned commentators and thought leaders in their field. The opening lecture on 7 September will be given by Quentin Peel of the Financial Times. He will be followed by historian and cultural critic Angus Mitchell, professor John O’Brennan, artist Robert Ballagh, Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International and Dr Ed Walsh (see speaker biographies below).

The central theme for the lectures is (more…)

Limerick Civic Trust Throws its Weight Behind Monument Refurbishment

A monument to one of Limerick’s strongest men has been restored to its former glory by Limerick Civic Trust. The monument at the Fair Green commemorates champion weight thrower John O’Grady from Ballybricken who died in 1934.

The top part of the monument, which represents the handle of a weight, was damaged and dislodged. It was found by a local resident who handed it over to members of Limerick Civic Trust working in Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery at (more…)