These projects would be for the betterment of society. The projects undertaken vary greatly in size and kind, but are most important for community benefit.
Walking tours of Georgian and Medieval Limerick
A new project for 2011. This is currently in the latter stages of planning and will be launched early in the New Year. After researching effective methods of tours around the country the LCT has devised a selection of the most interesting sites for a highly entertaining tour. Expert guidance has been given by Limerick Institute of Technology Tourism department. It will be aimed at school tours and chiefly at tour operators around the country in an effort to bring much more tourists to the city.
Schools Art Competition
This event was a great success for 2010 with over three hundred students from schools all over the city and county participating and will be carried on in 2011. The subject for the art competition was the Russel Fountain in the People’s Park. This years Limerick Landmark has yet to be decided.
St. Munchin’s Community Centre
St. Munchin’s Family resource Centre are extremely grateful for the Limerick Civic Trust’s FAS trainee, who visits the Centre on a weekly basis and entertains the older members of the community.
The replacement of some of the more important commemorative plaques throughout the City and the up-dating the interpretative booklet on the plaques is complete. The new plaques are currently placed around the city; the official launch was in April 6th.
New marketing initiatives for the Georgian House and Garden
We are aware of the very positive marketing impact of running special events in the Georgian House. To this end, we have begun a series of small-scale events aimed at encouraging use of the house for private functions.
Partnership with disadvantaged groups
We are now in the early stages of developing a literacy project in collaboration with key community groups, focusing on the language of heritage. This project is in the early stages of development.
Date Trail Markers
Last year, Limerick Civic Trust assembled over 600 significant historic dates with the help of two students from the University of Limerick. We will select some of the more important dates for display on ‘Date Stones’ in locations to be decided. Subject to funding, we propose to begin work on this project in 2011.
My Limerick, Citywide Youth Arts & Heritage Project
In conjunction with the newly refurbished Belltable, the Hunt Museum and other partners, we are inviting young artists to consider a visual arts ‘response’ of their own vision of Limerick. The age range targeted will be between 16 and 22, young people who have grown up within a negative national media image of Limerick. Discussion forum will take place in October with a view to exhibiting early in 2011.
Guided Tours of Limerick City
There are 5 tours available, the medieval quarter, Masonic Lodge, Georgian House, Peoples Park, Georgian Quarter.
Limerick Civic Trust Archive
This entire collection has been properly stored and filed and is a fantastic resource to be used by the city.
Lawerence Tibbett Evening
A most successful fundraiser was held in the Georgian House during March. Martin Bourke presented an overview of the life of this artist and raised funds for the maintenance of the Georgian House and Garden.
Outreach Programme to Schools
We have recently commenced a new outreach programme to local schools and community groups. One of our JIS employees visits a number of schools and community groups located within walking distance of the Bishops’ Palace. Art workshops with a civic theme are at the core of this outreach programme at present. It is currently under planning to extend this outreach to history classes and focus on the Limerick area.