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.

Christmas 2019 Update

What a year! As a very busy 2019 draws to a close, it is worth taking one last look at what was achieved. Limerick Civic Trust opened The People’s Museum of Limerick at No. 2 Pery Square in May, and we are still fundraising for this project. More details on how you can support this below. We also launched the Renaissance Fund – a new idea that would accommodate the repurposing of historic buildings before they become dilapidated. It is hoped that 2020 will see strong fundraising on this project, as it is needed more than ever before in the current climate.

In regards to the Community Employment Scheme that the Limerick Civic Trust sponsors, we renewed our contract with the Department of Employment and Social Protection for the year, and increased the number of participants from 68 to 74. In 2019, they completed over 65,000 hours of labour to the maintenance and restoration of the historic environment of Limerick City and County, with the support of the department, the supervisors, and the board of the Trust.

Other key events which happened during the year were the Halloween Tours from the Bishop’s Palace in October, for which we thank Fiona Kiely, the launch of the People’s Museum also in October, the beginning of the Leonard Lectures series in November, the opening of two important art exhibitions by artists Thomas Ryan and Tom Greaney (the former of which garnering national press attention with the Trust appearing on the RTE News twice), and the close of the year with the Annual Christmas Business Lunch which this year featured speaker Paddy Cosgrave of Web Summit fame.

There is a such a huge number of people to thank for all their contributions but I would like to highlight the generosity of Mark Carey of Careline, Frank Keohane of Litho-Circuits, the Countess of Dunraven, the Earl of Limerick, Ellen McCourt, and very importantly our Chairman, Thomas Wallace-O’Donnell, who has ably steered us through a very difficult period.

Finally, thank you to Dr Rose Anne White who came on board halfway through 2019, and has had an enormous positive impact on Limerick Civic Trust and its future growth.

Thank you so much for all of your support in 2019, and we look forward to continuing our work in 2020. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at the Trust.

David O’Brien, CEO.

2019 Christmas Business Lunch Will Host Paddy Cosgrave

We are delighted to announce this year’s Christmas Business Lunch will have Paddy Cosgrave as speaker.

You will enjoy a delicious lunch at No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa, listen to Paddy talk about his experience in founding Web Summit, and meet likeminded people with an interest in sparking business in #Limerick.

All of your ticket fee will go straight into maintaining, restoring, and bringing awareness to Limerick’s historic streets and monuments. Limerick Civic Trust is an independent non-profit charity, and has been carrying out this kind of work in Limerick since 1983.

Email info@limerickcivictrust.ie to book your spot, and thank you for your support.

Renaissance Fund Launched to Revitalise Georgian Limerick

Limerick Renaissance Fund to Resource Built Heritage Refurbishment Projects & Support City Living

 

Limerick Civic Trust, an independent, non-profit making voluntary society, has announced details of the Limerick Renaissance Fund, an evergreen revolving fund that will be used to restore and renovate historic buildings in the City of Limerick with a focus on urban regeneration.

Limerick Civic Trust has established the Fund to support the renaissance of derelict and under-used properties in the Newtown Pery area of Limerick through redevelopment for use as mixed commercial and residential.

David O’Brien, CEO of Limerick Civic Trust, explained the inspiration behind the fund, “Limerick’s Georgian Quarter is an architectural gem and the biggest in Ireland outside Dublin but it needs an overarching plan in regards investment, preservation and restoration, enabling it to be repurposed and used for modern living and commercial activity. The potential of Georgian Limerick is well-documented, so are the hindrances. The Limerick Renaissance Fund will breathe new life into historic buildings, thereby securing their future but also bringing life back into the city centre and improving the attractiveness of the area as a destination – a Magnet City.”

Limerick Civic Trust will work closely with Limerick City and County Council, government bodies and private property owners to identify suitable buildings for development.

“Through the Fund we will work with the owners of derelict and underused properties, some of whom may not have the resources to restore the buildings and find that developers are not offering them the necessary incentive. We can narrow the gap and offer a viable solution.  Some owners would get a greater portion of the market value when the building is repurposed or sold and are reassured by working with a local heritage-focused body,” Mr O’Brien noted.

The Limerick Renaissance Fund is aligned to and will support the Georgian Neighbourhood Limerick project which is being driven by the Urban Innovation Department of Limerick City & County Council.

Rosie Webb, Senior Architect for Economic Development, Limerick City & County Council, said, “The Georgian Neighbourhood is not just a place – it’s a new way of living. People are waking up to the value inherent in these buildings, both in terms of heritage, and in terms of the possibilities they hold for the future.  We welcome the launch of the Limerick Renaissance Fund, it is a much needed incentive and will enhance and support the measures we have already put in place to help people renovate or refurbish a Georgian building.”

Agreeing, Mr O’Brien said, “Together we can support new city centre living models while simultaneously conserving Ireland’s built heritage for the benefit of today’s city and future generations. The revolving endowment model means the Fund will sustain itself from project to project as all monies provided by the fund would be invested in heritage buildings destined for resale and returned to the fund upon successful disposal.”

The launch of the Limerick Renaissance Fund comes on the 250th anniversary of the launch of the plans for Newtown Pery.  In 1769 Edmund Sexten Pery commissioned an Irish engineer Christopher Colles to design a town plan on his estate which is now known as Newtown Pery.This land had belonged to the St Mary’s Monastery and St Francis Priory before the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1538. A direct descendant of Edmund Sexton Pery is now leading the fundraising element of the Renaissance Fund. Edmund Pery, Earl of Limerick, has already commenced work in securing grants/funding along with corporate and philanthropic donations in Ireland, UK, EU, and USA where the template for this initiative is the Historic Charleston Foundation’s revolving fund set up in 1957 for very similar purposes.

Thomas Wallace O’Donnell, Chair of Limerick Civic Trust, said, “Demand for high quality urban accommodation is not being met.  As a trusted heritage developer we can kick-start the restoration of derelict buildings, thereby improving the fabric of our city centre neighbourhoods. The operating model proposed is an ideal mechanism to support the focus on urban regeneration while enhancing Ireland’s built heritage and we are very lucky to have Edmund promoting our ambitions both here and beyond our shores.”

The Limerick Renaissance Fund will source derelict building projects from the both national and regional public bodies and state agencies, private individuals, and in the case of abandonment, will claim title to properties under existing regulations.

All net development proceeds will be reinvested in the Fund.

ENDS

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About Limerick Civic Trust

Limerick Civic Trust, which was formed in 1983, is an independent, non-profit making voluntary society.  It is mainly supported through donations from local government, industry, business, and individuals.  Its mission is to protect and enhance Limerick’s heritage and environment through conservation and preservation, improving civic amenities and education and research.

The Trust undertakes projects that make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive.  Whether it’s improving or maintaining a graveyard, a riverside walk, community garden or City Street, the Trust’s work aims to promote civic pride.  The Trust also undertakes conservation and preservation projects as well as Educational and Research work.

How Revolving Funds Work

Revolving funds are used to gain control of historic properties through purchase or donation. Once the property has been rescued, the fund protects the property with permanent covenants while seeking a sympathetic purchaser. When the property needs emergency attention, or when the magnitude of the rehabilitation job is a deterrent to buyers, some funds will do renovations prior to resale, acting as developer of last resort. Most well established funds attempt to intervene on behalf of endangered properties earlier, avoiding last minute rescues in favour of thoughtful negotiations with interested parties. Many revolving funds focus on the needs of a particular neighbourhood as part of their stated mission. Revolving funds also vary on whether they purchase buildings outright or use options and other strategies to hold properties until buyers are found.

The Limerick Renaissance Fund will acquire, refurbish and turn over city centre large-scale, single Georgian properties sensitively to meet the needs and demands for growth and densification in city centre living over the coming decades.