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).

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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…)

New Chairperson is focused on Ambitious Plans for Limerick

Limerick Civic Trust’s New Chairperson is focused on Ambitious Plans for Limerick. Over 50 Restoration and Improvement Projects Earmarked – But Reliant on Funding.

Brian McLoghlin, a company director, mediator and lawyer, who was recently appointed Chairperson of Limerick Civic Trust, wants the voluntary organisation to play a bigger role in improving Limerick’s heritage and environment for the benefit of its citizens and tourists.

Speaking about his aspirations for the new role, Mr McLoghlin said, “My focus and that of CEO David O’Brien for the year ahead will be on attracting more contributing members and (more…)

Sponsored Climb of Mount Brandon UPDATE

Due to unforeseen circumstances we must postpone our sponsored climb of Mount Brandon. We are now hoping to reschedule for Saturday 3rd September. We’ll keep you posted.

Many thanks to everyone who expressed an interest in the climb – we regret any inconvenience caused by the change in date.

Mount Brandon Climb 29th May 2016

Dear Members and Friends,

Following on from previous successful climbs, we are once again planning to host a sponsored return to Mount Brandon Co. Kerry on Sunday the 29th of May.

The bus will leave Limerick at 8am from the Bishops Palace, pick up at 8.10am at Punches Cross and 8.30am at Adare primary school.

Sponsorship cards will be issued by Limerick Civic Trust and we would hope that each card obtains a minimum of €100 in supportive sponsorship. In return for the sponsored card, we will provide the bus to and from Mount Brandon, showers and changing rooms after the hike along with a 3 course meal.

We plan on being back in Limerick at circa 9pm.

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Introducing the new Canal Bank Walk

Introducing the new Canal Bank Walk:

Our team have been hard at work on a new pathway running the length of the Corbally side of the canal. The reopening of the path will see the canal loop walk open to the public from Clare Street to the Guinness Bridge on both banks.

This project will be finished shortly but already hundreds of walkers and joggers are enjoying the new amenity. Enjoy!

Christmas Message

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.

2015 was a busy year for the Trust and saw the implementation of some management changes in September. The effects of these changes will be documented in the end-of-year report for the AGM in the New Year.

We are particularly pleased with the positive feedback from our 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 the public, business professionals, the state and its officials. We intend to build on this in 2016 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 2016 to be a year of growth and development. The central 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 since my arrival mid ’15. 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 executive, who give so much of their time and effort to guide and support the management of the Trust, along with the tireless efforts of our Chairman, David Deighan, who deserves a special mention for his support during the changes this year.

Every best wish for Christmas and the New Year and we look forward to being in touch more regularly over the course of 2016.


Rose Hynes Speaks at Annual Christmas Lunch

“Putting Our Best Coat On”

It was a full house at our annual Christmas Lunch in No.1 Pery Square on 4th December

A broad spectrum of companies were represented at the festive lunch, including VHI, Limerick Chamber, Glenstall Abbey and many, many more.

Guest speaker was Rose Hynes, Chairperson of Shannon Group. During her speech, Rose praised the cultural activity undertaken by Limerick Civic Trust and expressed her desire for Limerick Civic Trust and Shannon Group to ‘build links’.

She noted how she is “a big supporter” of the Trust and hopes that as economy upturns “more people will get behind the Trust as it is really doing a great job”.

“If we want investors and tourists coming to our city to recommend us, it’s important they see pride in place and a good presentation of our heritage assets and spaces. It is important that we put our best coat on at all times and Limerick Civic Trust is helping us do that.”

Oral Archives Presented to UL

Limerick Civic Trust presented its Oral History Archive to the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick. President Don Barry officially launched the Limerick Civic Trust Oral History Archive at a reception held in UL. This special collection was donated by The Limerick Civic Trust and contains over 148 individual voices featuring Limerick people spanning over 16 years of history.

This collection of oral history brings to life the voices of 50 people which include artists, writers, politicians, millers, fishermen, artisans, soldiers, publicans and a variety of people living in the city. The interviews were conducted between 1995 and 2011. The Special Collections and Archives Department at the Glucksman Library will undertake to preserve the collection and give access to this unique Limerick archive to both the public and the University community.

Speaking at the presentation, President of UL, Professor Don Barry said, “I am delighted to welcome this collection here today as it is a significant addition to the Glucksman Library. Many of the voices are those of eminent people in our community. The archive is a reflection of the changing political, social and cultural climate of Limerick and it does so not just as a series of ‘facts’ but as what people believed, lived and understood, conveying all the joys, sadness and sometimes even anger that the written form cannot touch.”

David Deighan, Chairman of Limerick Civic Trust added, “The Glucksman Library at The University of Limerick has now brought this oral history collection of Limerick people, a significant Limerick Civic Trusts history project, to a new and higher level. It has protected, preserved and now presents the Trust’s research work and makes it accessible to a world-wide audience. It will be particularly valuable to historians, anthropologists, Limerick’s local historians and people interested in people and their lives. Limerick Civic Trust will continue to collect oral history. The collection has been started and the Trust will continue the research and recording. This is a working project with a rich future.”

Some of the interviews include people like Tony O’Farrell who spoke of his family’s tradition of full-time fishing on the Shannon since the 1860s and of the many colourful characters in the fish market on Nicholas Street. Eileen Brown, who in the late 1920s and early 1930s, scrubbed and waxed floors in Mary Immaculate College while her husband John, packed coal in the open air as a Limerick dock labourer for twelve shillings a day.

These collections now join the many treasure troves of Limerick that have been entrusted to the University of Limerick’s care including The Fr. John Leonard Limerick Collection, the Kemmy papers and the literary papers of Kate O’Brien to name just a few.

Limerick Civic Trust giant clean-up of Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery

Over 40 staff from Limerick Civic Trust conducted a giant clean-up of Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery in advance of All Souls Day.

The Mass Clean-Up was part of ongoing work by Limerick Civic Trust in Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery. Staff at the Trust have already restored and repaired 50 graves and tended to over 150 graves in Mount Saint Lawrence.

David O’Brien, Limerick Civic Trust Manager explained, “The giant clean-up marked our final project in Mount Saint Lawrence for the year. Unfortunately, many areas of the graveyard showed a lot of signs of neglect. Thanks to the great work by the team, the graveyard is prepared and well presented for the winter months. The cemetery has many visitors between All Souls and Christmas time, so it’s nice to have it in a more respectful and fitting condition. I would also like to thank the supervisors for organising the day and the Limerick City & County Council for their support.”

Brian Henry, Limerick City & County Council, commented, “We are indebted to Limerick Civic Trust for their invaluable work. Projects like these make a big difference to so many in our community.”

Limerick Civic Trust is also involved with the restoration of the Mortuary Chapel at Mount Saint Lawrence cemetery. Work is progressing steadily with the total restoration and refurbishment of the apse roof near completion.

The Limerick Civic Trust, which was formally constituted in 1983, is an independent, non-profit making voluntary society. It is mainly supported from donations by industry, business, charitable trusts and individuals. Its mission is to improve Limerick’s city environment through positive action.