Our Halloween Tours are back with a bang!!

Limerick Civic Trust presents – Spooktacular Halloween Tours! Limerick’s spookiest tour promises some family fun with a few tricks & treats!

Tours begin outside the Bishop’s Palace, Church St., King’s Island. Get ready to see the ghost of the Bishop’s Lady, and take a chilling walk through the graveyard of old St. Munchin’s Church…with plenty of ghastly stories! For kids of all ages.

Be sure to dress your best – All goblins, ghosts, and ghouls are welcome!!

Limited spaces available, pre-booking is essential through Eventbrite.

Tours will take place daily from 26th – 29th October, 5-6pm. You must book tickets in advance by following this link.

*Update* Wednesday 27th October is SOLD OUT.

Ladies’ Business Lunch 2021

Limerick Civic Trust’s 2021 Ladies’ Business Lunch, which will take place at One Pery Square Hotel on Friday 24th September. The Ladies Lunch is one of our major annual fundraisers and we are seeking your valued support for this year’s event.

We are delighted to announce Virginia Teehan as our guest speaker for our 2021 Ladies’ Business Lunch. Virginia is a cultural leader with significant experience in the fields of heritage protection & interpretation with a wealth of executive and non-executive experience across museums and galleries & universities. She is the current Chief Executive Officer of The Heritage Council & her impressive work history includes Limerick’s own Hunt Museum.

The Civic Trust has no commercial income so we are dependent on successful fundraising events such as our Ladies’ Lunch for continued existence. For 2021, we have planned a number of projects for Limerick, with our biggest project the continued development of the Wild Geese Museum in St. Munchin’s Church.

By supporting the event, you help to maintain the employment of up to seventy persons who work on environmental, restoration and other projects that contribute to the positive improvement of Limerick. Your support enables you to share in our projects and create employment opportunities while promoting and improving Limerick’s built heritage.
On behalf of Limerick Civic Trust, I thank you for your valued support in the past and hope that you will join us on 24th September. We are well aware of the demands on business people to support charitable causes, but would greatly appreciate an early positive response from you.
2020 was a tough year for all of us, and like most charities, our fundraising efforts were drastically affected by the Covid pandemic. It would mean so much to us if you could support our our Ladies Lunch in whatever way you can.

Payments can be made by cheque to Limerick Civic Trust, or through the donations page on our website linked here. For bank transfer, please contact us for bank details.

Feel free to get in contact with us for more information on how to show your support, you can email info@limerickcivictrust.ie or call us on 061 313 399. This year the contact in the Civic Trust is Meadhbh Nolan, who will be assisted by Frederica Clohessy. Either Meadhbh or Frederica would be delighted to hear from you.

With your support, we hope to make our 2021 Ladies’ Business Lunch a successful and enjoyable event.

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.