Commemoration for Viscount Glentworth Held at St Mary’s Cathedral Propeller Presented to Limerick Civic Trust

The centenary of the death of Viscount Glentworth was commemorated at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 8th April 2018. Originally from Pallaskenry, he died when his plane was shot down during World War 1.

At the commemoration, a wooden propeller fashioned into a cross was presented by the Pery family, who have strong ties to Limerick, to the Limerick Civic Trust. The propeller will be put on display in a new military museum which Limerick Civic Trust is hoping to open next year.

Among the Pery family in attendance were Sylvia Countess of Limerick CBE and her son, Edmund, 7th Earl of Limerick, who are both patrons of Limerick Civic Trust.

Edmond Claude de Vere Pery, Viscount Glentworth was raised at Dromore Castle, Pallaskenry. He served in World War I as a soldier and airman and died in 1918 aged 23, shot down over the Western Front in France. 

His sister Lady Victoria Pery who was a distinguished aviatrix in her own right died in 1919 of the Spanish Flu. Both are commemorated on the rood screen erected in their honour in the Cathedral.

Speaking at the presentation, David O’Brien, CEO, Limerick Civic Trust said “We are extremely grateful to the Perry Family for this donation. The propeller will be a fantastic addition to the artefacts we are gathering for our museum project at St Munchin’s Church that will help tell Limerick’s military history, in all its guises, from the time of the Siege of Limerick right up to the world war.”

“Our campaign to gather other unique artefacts with a strong Limerick connection is gathering momentum and we are delighted to announce that we are due to receive some documents relating to the structure of the city which we will be making available to UL’s Glucksman Library for research and documentation,” he concluded.

Army of Heroes Spend Over 50,000 Man-Hours on Environmental Projects in 2017

Limerick Civic Trust Seeks Support for Ambitious Heritage Plans for Limerick

David O’Brien, CEO, Limerick Civic Trust, hailed the Community Employment workers under the care of the Trust ‘an army of heroes’ as he confirmed they spent over 50,000 man-hours so far this year on improving the environment. He was speaking at the Trust’s annual Christmas Business Lunch in No.1 Pery Square, Limerick, where over 60 business people were in attendance.

Under the Community Employment Scheme, Limerick Civic Trust manages over 70 participants or trainees at any one time. Through on-the-job training, individuals are allowed the opportunity to improve their core skills, learn new skills and are exposed to constructive challenges of the work place. They are also assisted in finding long term employment.

Speaking about the work they have undertaken this year, David O’Brien said, “The CE scheme workers have dedicated over 50,000 man-hours so far this year on making places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. They have cleaned our city’s streets, improved river walks, maintained graveyards and community gardens, restored city boundary markers and more. They are an army of heroes who’ve delivered on so many projects and we know that people in our communities benefit from them, enjoy them and value them.” (more…)

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.

1691-Inaugural-Treaty-of-Limerick

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 [email protected]

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.

Seventh Series of Exploratory Lectures on Limerick’s Unique Built Heritage

Limerick City and County Council will host the seventh series of exploratory lectures on Limerick’s unique built heritage this autumn.

The lectures look at a variety of architecture through the ages including the earliest houses from pre-history in Lough Gur, the great castles and range of medieval art and architecture in the region, the consideration of hidden dwellers in our buildings and structures, and the contemporary domestic design for 21st century Limerick. (more…)