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.

Fundraising Campaign for New Military Museum Launched

Limerick Civic Trust Seeks €350,000 to ‘Open Doors’ by 2019 Tourism Season

Limerick Civic Trust has launched a campaign to help raise €350,000 so it can complete the conversion of St Munchin’s Church, a deconsecrated church, into a Military Museum.

The Trust began restoring the historically important St. Munchin’s Church and converting it into a museum in 2016. Work completed to date has been funded through the Trust’s own funds but this pot is almost completely expended.

David O’Brien, CEO, Limerick Civic Trust explained, “We are happy with our progress to date but it has been slow and piecemeal because of the lack of funds, we need financial support if we are to open this museum by our target date of 2019. As with all large historic building projects, the conversion is costly and Limerick Civic Trust, as a voluntary organisation, is dependent on external support.”

“All donations, however large or small, will help us achieve our target of opening next year. Whether it is a €20, €200 or €2,000 donation, personal, corporate or philanthropic, all will be gratefully received and personally acknowledged. Alternatively, individuals or corporate organisations can support our efforts by becoming members of the Trust or we have a number of corporate donation options available too,” he continued.

The “Open Doors” campaign goal is to raise €350,000. This will allow Limerick Civic Trust to speed up the conservation work and to specifically improve accessibility, make minor roof repairs, install a new floor and bathrooms and fit out an appropriate controlled environmental system for the safeguarding of the collections.

“The question is, ‘Does Limerick need a military museum?’ and I think overwhelmingly the answer is, ‘yes’, for two reasons,” said Brian McLoghlin, Chairman, Limerick Civic Trust. “Firstly, the military history of Limerick from the time of the Siege of Limerick right up to the world war needs to be properly recorded and told. Secondly, this will become a unique visitor attraction that will greatly enhance the tourist offering in Limerick’s medieval quarter.”

The Museum, which will be non-political, will commemorate the regiments of Limerick since the Siege in 1691 and provide a home for three historically significant collections; the Armstrong Collection, the Carrol Collection and the Patrick Casey Collection.

The Armstrong Collection is a vast collection of memorabilia from the Armstrong Family in Co. Tipperary that includes military artefacts going back as far as the Boer War. Artefacts include a coach from the mid 1900’s, uniforms, medals, helmets along with correspondence from the decorated hero, Paddy Armstrong, in the form of postcards and old photographs.

The Carrol Collection, which is currently housed in the Trust’s headquarters at Bishop’s Palace, is a very important exhibition bringing together the military memorabilia and family heirlooms collected by five generations of the Carrol Family starting with Major General William Parker Carrol. It includes paintings, swords, photographs, trophies, maps, military decorations and personal family documents relating to the Peninsular campaign, the Boer War and both World Wars.

To expand on the museum’s offering Limerick Civic Trust is working with several interested parties on the repatriation of other artefacts of Irish historical significance from abroad back to Ireland, just like the Bannatyne staircase – a World War 1 memorial that has been donated by Cotswold’s District Council in the UK recently. The Bannatyne staircase will be installed in the museum.

Since the early 1990’s, Limerick Civic Trust has been entrusted to take care of St. Munchin’s Church and graveyard on King’s Island. This now deconsecrated church was once home a 6th Century monk who was a contemporary of St. Patrick. A newer church replaced a crumbling oratory in 1827 and was designed by the Pain Brothers. Up until recently, Limerick Civic Trust used this space as a training centre and a hub where local groups could use the space to launch art exhibitions and the like.

While primarily a visitor attraction centre, the museum will be developed as an historical and educational resource for the local community and schools. Specific educational outreach programmes will be developed so students can learn more about their local history through a hands-on learning experience.

Donations can be made via www.limerickcivictrust.ie or by contacting David O’Brien at 061-313399