Opening of the new Wild Geese Museum!

The Limerick Wild Geese Museum was officially launched as part of the 2021 Limerick Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival on 9th July.

The Mayor of Limerick City & County, Cllr Daniel Butler at his first official event welcomed the guests and visitors to the Wild Geese Museum in the old St Munchin’s church (King’s Island) on Friday evening to mark the occasion of its official opening.

A joint project by the Limerick Civic Trust, the Limerick Museum and the Consular Agency of France in Limerick (French Embassy) this new museum celebrates the city’s rich Wild Geese heritage by giving an overview of the history of those who left Ireland over the centuries and went on to fight in foreign armies across Europe and the world.

The term Wild Geese was originally coined to refer more specifically to the 14,000 Jacobite soldiers and their families who left Limerick, led by Patrick Sarsfield, following the signing of the Treaty in 1691. The majority of them, including Sarsfield, ended up joining the French army of king Louis XIV. Many of them, and their descendants, settled and prospered in France (a significant number of them, known as the ‘wine geese’, in the Bordeaux engaging in wine production) greatly contributing to strengthening the links between France and Ireland.

The museum tells their story and features a wide range of objects from the collections of the Limerick Museum which had never been put on display before.

Opening Times:

  • Monday 10-4
  • Tuesday 10-4
  • Wednesday 10-4
  • Thursday 10-4
  • Friday 10-4
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Limerick in ISL (Irish Sign Language)

As part of the Limerick St. Patrick’s Day festival, Limerick Civic Trust, in conjunction with Failte Ireland, organised two feel-good videos to spread a positive message for St. Patrick’s Day and to promote Limerick and her people.

The first video was ‘Love Limerick’, which featured a collage of much-loved faces and celebrities who all shared a message of joy and love from Limerick. The second was this video from the students of the Mid West School for the Deaf, who stole our hearts with their St. Patrick’s Day message!

Given its’ small size, the entire school was able to take part in wishing the world a Happy St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Sign Language. Despite a very busy first week back to school, their dedicated teachers arranged for the students to come to school in green clothes, with flags and banners galore! The students even took the time to create green hearts to symbolize virtual hugs, which they waved proudly (alongside a few Limerick flags) at the end of the video. This video may be short in length but it is certainly packed with positivity and hope!

‘Love Limerick’ – St. Patrick’s Day video released by Limerick Civic Trust

A fantastic, diverse line-up of well-known personalities, including actor Dominic West, and actor/writer Malachy McCourt feature in a new video just released by Limerick Civic Trust to mark St. Patrick’s Festival). The St. Patrick’s Festival ‘Love Limerick’ video captures faces and voices strongly associated with Limerick, including Sean-Nós musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Richard Lynch of ilovelimerick.com, musician Emma Langford, President of UL Kerstin Mey and owners of ‘Dolans’ Live Music Venue and Bar’ Mick and Valerie Dolan.

The great affection for Limerick is a theme running throughout the video where these well-known people share their messages of hope and support as they look forward to a better time when everyone can visit again and enjoy those essential Limerick experiences – like a gig in Dolans, a pint or a session in some of the atmospheric Limerick pubs like Nancy Blakes or Mother Macs or seeing the outline of an iconic castle like King John’s Castle or Glin Castle against the skyline.

LCCC Funding for 2021 Limerick Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival

Following a joint-application for funding to the Limerick City and County Council’s Festivals and Events Grant Scheme, the Consular Agency of France in Limerick and the Limerick Civic Trust, who are the co-organisers of Limerick’s new annual Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival, were awarded €10,000 by the Council to turn the 2021 festival’s edition into a three-day event.

The Limerick Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival was launched in July 2019 by the City and County Council and the Consular Agency of France in Limerick as an annual commemoration of the Flight of the Wild Geese and a celebration of the longstanding friendship between France and Ireland. The Limerick Civic Trust and the Consular Agency of France decided to join forces this year to co-organise all future editions. This year’s second edition had to be cancelled and replaced by a symbolic ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic but the organisers have big plans for the 2021 edition.

Commenting on the successful application for funding, the Honorary Consul of France, Dr Loïc Guyon, said ‘next year’s edition of the Limerick Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival will mark the 330th anniversary of the Flight of the Wild Geese and, with the Limerick Civic Trust and our partners, we are putting together an exciting programme of commemoration, celebration and entertainment which will place Limerick on the map of Ireland’s summer festivals and should attract thousands of local and international visitors to the city’.

Mr Thomas Wallace O’Donnell, Chairperson of the Limerick Civic Trust, added ‘Following the ceremony this year, which was one of the very few events hosted after lockdown, I am much looking forward to an enhanced and developed programme and event in 2021. The support of Limerick City and County Council and the French Honorary Consul is greatly appreciated and we look forward to working with those key partners and others in delivering next year’s festival.’

Bridge Tournament Fundraiser

We are delighted to invite you to take part in an entirely online Bridge Tournament Fundraiser. It will take place on Thursday 23rd July, at 11am. Tickets are 12.50e per person. Please email caroline@limerickcivictrust.ie for more information or to book.

All proceeds will be shared between Limerick Civic Trust and Dublin Civic Trust; thank you for supporting the work that we do.

Annual Ladies Lunch Fundraiser

We are delighted to invite you to this year’s Annual Ladies Lunch!

Adapting to the COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s lunch will take place in the comfort of your own home.

Each participant will receive a beautiful presentation box filled with a gorgeous selection of Limerick-sourced food for a cold-plate style lunch for one. The ingredients have been carefully selected and curated by the head chef in No. 1 Pery Square Boutique Georgian Hotel, Keith Piggott. This is professionally paired with an exquisite half-bottle of wine. All this is delivered to your door on the morning of the event.

At 1pm, ladies will join together on Zoom for a hosted chat, and a wonderful talk from Bibi Baskin on her story. Bibi will talk about how she made her dreams come true from her prestigious job as a TV presenter in RTE, her move to London to work with the BBC and ITV, and then a move to India which brought unexpected change on many levels. The informal chat of about thirty minutes will also include a question and answer session.

This promises to be a really fantastic afternoon, and we hope you join in. A ticket to this would make a wonderful gift for one of the women in your life! All proceeds raised will go to supporting the work that Limerick Civic Trust does in maintaining and restoring the historic city in Limerick. Thank you so much for helping us carry on with this work in these difficult times! Any ticket you buy will be helping us bridge the gap in our income caused by COVID-19, and is very much appreciated.

Email caroline@limerickcivictrust.ie with any queries or to book.

Virtual Table Quiz Fundraiser Announced!

Grab a drink, a snack, three of your cleverest pals, and join us for a night of fun from your own home. Limerick Civic Trust needs your help to bridge our fundraising gap during this pandemic, and what better way to support the vital work we do on the historic streets of Limerick than enjoying a night of friendly banter and competition with your friends!

The quiz will take place by Zoom. Sort out three friends (coming alone is also fine – we will team you up!), and email caroline@limerickcivictrust.ie with the pun-tastic name of your team. One person from that team then will be tasked with emailing the answers to each round on the night. All instructions will be provided, but don’t worry, it will be a very simple format 🙂

We miss all our friends and supporters, and are really looking forward to reconnecting with you on the night of Thursday the 28th of May. See you then!

New: Book Sale Preorders Available

We are delighted to announce the relaunch of the sale of one of the classic publications by Limerick Civic Trust – The Pery Square Tontine, written by James McMahon in 1999. This thorough study of the extraordinary history of the terrace of six houses on Pery Square, Limerick City, built from 1834 to 1838, has proven difficult for many to purchase since its last print run.

You can now order a copy with post and packaging to Ireland included, for just €10 (contact us if you need it posted elsewhere and we will post at cost before you pay).

To order – just click here – and pay €10, leaving a note with the name of the book, and the address you would like it posted to, if different from the main address entered. All orders will be shipped as soon as restrictions ease.

We are really looking forward to distributing this wonderful work of scholarship again! By buying this book, you are supporting the work that Limerick Civic Trust does, and we thank you so much for that.

Limerick Civic Trust Announced as Local Champion in Community Response to COVID-19 Crisis

David O’Brien, CEO Limerick Civic Trust. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

Limerick Civic Trust has been announced as the Local Champion for Limerick City and County. The initiative, brought together by the Government of Ireland, The Wheel, and Irish Rural Link, aims to ensure that no area or household is left behind during the COVID-19 crisis, and Local Champions have been created in every county. The Local Champion works as part of the Local Authority response, and sits on the Local Authority COVID-19 Community Response Forum. 

Discussing the role, Limerick Civic Trust CEO, David O’Brien, said, “We are delighted to take on this role for Limerick, and consider it to be within the remit of the long record of civic duty that the Trust has carried out in the city and county. In full partnership with state agencies, Limerick Council, and community organisations, we will help to streamline the community response so that vulnerable people receive timely and quality information and support from their own homes.” 

People who do not have a family member or neighbour living nearby, and who need to cocoon, are urged to contact Limerick’s Local Champion, Limerick Civic Trust, who will then link them with the service that is most appropriate for their needs. Family members are also invited to get in touch if they are concerned about a relative living locally who may need help. Please use the email caroline@limerickcivictrust.ie or the phone number 086 0281828.

COVID-19 Update

At Limerick Civic Trust, we are actively monitoring the current situation in Ireland with regards to Covid-19 and have undertaken all recommended precautions with regards to the health and safety of our own staff, volunteers, and partners.

We have contingency plans in place to ensure that we are operating as normal. Our management and supervisory staff are working as normally as possible, remotely when possible and can be contacted via email or their mobile phones. Applying the highest level of caution, we have suspended our normal practice of meeting the public face-to-face.

Our contact details are:
Bishops’ Palace,
Church Street,
King’s Island,
Limerick, Ireland.

Phone: +353 (0)61 313 399
Email: info@limerickcivictrust.ie

And our friends at The Wheel have a lot of practical advice HERE.