Shannon Pipeline Plan to be Scrutinised at Next Lecture

Emma Kennedy, Kennedy Analysis, will travel from Zurich to speak about Irish Water and the Shannon to Dublin Pipeline project at the Limerick Civic Trust’s third Annual Lecture Series on Thursday 18 October at St Munchin’s Church, King’s Island, Limerick. She will discuss Ireland’s “decrepit” water pipes and the potential impact of Irish Water’s plans for Parteen Basin and Birdhill.

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Emma Kennedy is the founder of Kennedy Analysis, whose work in relation to Ireland’s water supply and leakage levels has become well publicised.

She appeared before the Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government in April relation to the proposed Shannon pipeline and also on Prime Time where she highlighted “misleading” statements made by Irish Water to justify the Shannon pipeline and its lack of a plan to prevent water outages in Dublin.

The Shannon Pipeline Project – which aims to pipe water from the River Shannon to a reservoir in south Co. Dublin – will involve the abstraction of water from the lower River Shannon at Parteen Basin in Co. Tipperary, with water treatment nearby at Birdhill.

The project has been subject to much criticism and opposition, particularly amongst landowners and people concerned with the fisheries.

Organised in conjunction with UL’s Kemmy Business School and the support of LIT and Limerick Council, the five-part series of public lectures will examine a wide variety of topical issues like the impact of Brexit, immigration, military interventions, Irish water, urban planning, Russia and lots more.

Other speakers in the series include; Colonel Colm Doyle who will deliver his address on 25 October entitled ‘Responsibility to Protect: Sovereignty via Intervention’.  Professor Peter Bishop, University College London and Allies & Morrison Architects, will talk about urban design and planning. Conor O’Clery, journalist and writer, completes the line-up. He will share his unique perspective on Russia and Putin’s influence.

All speakers are known for their ability to invigorate a good debate and discussion and are expected to share their thoughts, insights and views on subjects relating to the central theme of ‘Peripherality and Centrality – The Centre Cannot Hold!’.

Speaking about the theme for the lecture series, David O’Brien, CEO Limerick Civic Trust, said, “This is the same theme we used last year but as 2018 draws to a close and dividing opinions about Brexit and Trumpism persist, alongside other global issues like migration, climate change and securing basic human rights for millions, it appears more relevant now than ever. These challenges and issues are having a direct impact on our local economy, environment, society and culture. So as a local economy, how do we become a stronger hub and mitigate against the impact of external forces?  And as a society, how do we adapt and change or ensure the decisions we make are for the betterment of our society now and in the future?”

“Over the past few decades, there seems to be a worldwide trend towards the division of public opinions about several issues such as political views, immigration, equality, global warming. The rise in extreme opinions in society is evident.  Our lecture series seeks to provide a platform for moderate speakers to inform and share their insights on their areas of expertise and to hopefully provide a middle ground where new opinions can take form and existing ones can be either strengthened or weakened,” he continued.

The lectures will run on Thursday evenings from 11 October to 15 November in St. Munchin’s Church. Lectures start at 8pm and admission is €10 or concessions €8 per lecture. Tickets are available online at  eventbrite  Tickets are also available from The Limerick Civic Trust offices in the Bishop’s Palace, Church Street, 061 313399 or on the door on each of the nights.

Proceeds from the series will be used by the Limerick Civic Trust for the conversion of St. Munchin’s Church into a military museum.

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About the Speaker:

Emma Kennedy is the founder of Kennedy Analysis, whose work in relation to Ireland’s water supply and leakage levels has become well publicised.  Emma was formerly a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance in London, one of London’s biggest law firms, and a financial analyst at a major global bank. Her background is in carrying out forensic analysis of companies and projects. She has recently been seen and heard on the TV and radio in relation to Irish Water’s controversial proposal to pump water from the River Shannon to Dublin.  The analysis work for the Shannon Project has been produced pro bono, in the public interest.

Spooktacular Haunted Tours for Halloween

Dark nights provide the perfect backdrop for Limerick Civic Trust’s Haunted Halloween Tours taking place from 26 October to 4 November at the ancient Bishop’s Palace on Church Street, King’s Island, Limerick.

The crazy ghoulish tours will be held three times daily, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm by Limerick Civic Trust and their chilling friends.

Hundreds enjoyed this unnerving experience last year so additional dates have been added. The Haunted Tour is suitable for all ages and takes in the historic Bishop’s Palace building and its ancient cellars through to the old St Munchin’s graveyard. Tales of some spine-tingling characters from Limerick’s medieval quarter are also incorporated.

The evening terminates in the church with some old fashioned fun and games for young and old alike to celebrate the Samhain child in all of us. Everyone receives a certificate of completion and all children receive a goodie bag. Dressing up is encouraged!

Come join us for this creepy tour of old Limerick.

Children free, Adults €7 – limit 2 children per adult.

Dates: 26 October – 4 November 2018

Times: 4pm, 5pm & 6pm.

Book online now via Eventbrite or phone 061 313399

All proceeds will go towards the Limerick Civic Trust restoration fund. Thank you for your support!

Web Summit Co-Founder to Open Lecture Series

Paddy Cosgrave, the co-founder of Web Summit, will open the Limerick Civic Trust’s third Annual Lecture Series on Thursday 11 October at St Munchin’s Church, King’s Island, Limerick. [Get tickets online now]

Organised in conjunction with UL’s Kemmy Business School and the support of LIT and Limerick Council, the five-part series of public lectures will examine a wide variety of topical issues like the impact of Brexit, immigration, military interventions, Irish water, urban planning, Russia and lots more.

Other speakers in the series include; Emma Kennedy, Founder, Kennedy Analysis who will travel from Zurich to speak on 18 October about Irish water.  On October 25, Colonel Colm Doyle will deliver his address entitled ‘Responsibility to Protect: Sovereignty via Intervention’Professor Peter Bishop, University College London and Allies & Morrison Architects, will talk about urban design and planning. Conor O’Clery, journalist and writer, completes the line-up.

Download lecture series brochure here

All speakers are known for their ability to invigorate a good debate and discussion and are expected to share their thoughts, insights and views on subjects relating to the central theme of ‘Peripherality and Centrality – The Centre Cannot Hold!’.

Speaking about the theme for the lecture series, David O’Brien, CEO Limerick Civic Trust, said, “This is the same theme we used last year but as 2018 draws to a close and dividing opinions about Brexit and Trumpism persist, alongside other global issues like migration, climate change and securing basic human rights for millions, it appears more relevant now than ever. These challenges and issues are having a direct impact on our local economy, environment, society and culture. So as a local economy, how do we become a stronger hub and mitigate against the impact of external forces?  And as a society, how do we adapt and change or ensure the decisions we make are for the betterment of our society now and in the future?”

“Over the past few decades, there seems to be a worldwide trend towards the division of public opinions about several issues such as political views, immigration, equality, global warming. The rise in extreme opinions in society is evident.  Our lecture series seeks to provide a platform for moderate speakers to inform and share their insights on their areas of expertise and to hopefully provide a middle ground where new opinions can take form and existing ones can be either strengthened or weakened,” he continued.

The lectures will run on Thursday evenings from 11 October to 15 November in St. Munchin’s Church. Lectures start at 8pm and admission is €10 or concessions €8 per lecture. Tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.ie. Tickets are also available from The Limerick Civic Trust offices in the Bishop’s Palace, Church Street, 061 313399 or on the door on each of the nights.

Proceeds from the series will be used by the Limerick Civic Trust for the restoration of St. Munchin’s Church into a military museum.

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About the Speakers:

Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and co-founder of Web Summit
Web Summit is a global technology conference hosted annually in Lisbon. In 2018, more than 70,000 attendees from over 170 countries will fly to Lisbon for Web Summit, including over 20,000 companies, 7,000 CEOs and 2,600 international journalists. Speakers include the founders and CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies as well as political leaders and major sports, fashion and music personalities.

In less than 8 years the Web Summit has grown from a small team of 3 people to a company of over 200 people with operations in Dublin, Lisbon, Hong Kong, Toronto and making hires in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Shanghai, Singapore, Beijing, New York & San Francisco.

Paddy graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2006 with a BA, MA in Political Science and Economics. He worked in a number of start-ups before setting up Web Summit in 2009 with his co-founders.

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Emma Kennedy, Founder, Kennedy Analysis

Emma Kennedy is the founder of Kennedy Analysis, whose work in relation to Ireland’s water supply and leakage levels has become well publicised.  Emma was formerly a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance in London, one of London’s biggest law firms, and a financial analyst at a major global bank. Her background is in carrying out forensic analysis of companies and projects. She has recently been seen and heard on the TV and radio in relation to Irish Water’s controversial proposal to pump water from the River Shannon to Dublin.  The analysis work for the Shannon Project has been produced pro bono, in the public interest.

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Colonel Colm Doyle (retired)

Colonel Colm Doyle retired from the Defence Forces in 2007 after 42 years service. During his career he served in a wide variety of appointments both at home and abroad. His appointments included Director of Public Relations for the Defence Forces, Commandant of The United Nations Training School Ireland and Commandant of the Military College. He is a former Commanding Officer of the 12thInfantry Battalion, Limerick.

He has extensive experience of overseas service. These included tours of duty with the United Nations in Cyprus, Lebanon, The Middle East and New York. He commanded the 82nd Irish Battalion in Lebanon in 1997, during which he hosted the visit of Irish President Mary McAleese.

He is a former head of the European Union Monitoring Mission for Bosnia in 1991 and returned there as Personal Representative of the Chairman of the International Peace Conference, Peter Carrington during the lead up to war in 1992. He was directly involved in negotiating cease-fires in the city of Sarajevo and in particular, securing the hostage release of President Izetbegovic.

Colonel Doyle was selected by the United Nations to serve as Chief of Staff of the Military Division in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, New York from 2004 to 2006. He was responsible for the day to day operations of 17 United Nations Missions across the world.

He has assisted the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague since 1995, testifying as a prosecution witness at the trials of Slobodan Milosevic in 2003, General Pavle Strugar in 2004, Radovan Karadzic in 2010 and General Ratko Mladic in 2012.

Colonel Doyle holds a Masters Degree in International Studies from the University of Limerick. He has appeared on national TV and radio as a military commentator on the conflicts in The Balkans, The Arab Spring, North Korea, Gaza, Chad, Syria and Islamic State. He is periodically a panellist on The Marian Finucane Show commenting on international issues and has been a guest lecturer at third level institutions. In 2009 he was invited to present a paper at the Royal Irish Academy’s International Conference on ‘A responsibility to Protect’, the dilemma of state sovereignty over military intervention. He is currently Chairman of the JFK Memorial School Board of Management in Limerick City.

He has written a memoir of his time in Bosnia under the title “Witness to War Crimes: The memoirs of a peacekeeper in Bosnia”. It is published by Pen & Sword in the UK and in Ireland by IAP/Merrion Press.

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Professor Peter Bishop, University College London and Allies & Morrison Architects

Peter is a Professor of Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and a Director at Allies and Morrison Architects.

For 25 years he was a planning director at four different Central London Boroughs, and has worked on major projects at large and complex sites in the UK, including the Canary Wharf and King’s Cross.

In 2006 he was appointed as the first Director of Design for London, the Mayor’s architecture and design studio, and in 2008 served as the Deputy Chief Executive at the London Development Agency. In 2011 he carried out a policy on behalf of the Government, “The Bishop Review”, on ways in which the quality of design in the built environment may be improved. Recent projects include master planning frameworks for Old Oak Common (High Speed 2 interchange), the Palace of Westminster, and Ansan City Centre (Korea).

Peter lectures and teaches extensively, has been a design advisor to the Mayors of London, Bucharest and Zhuhai and on the Sochi Winter Olympics Legacy project and Central Dallas regeneration. He is an honorary fellow of University College London, an honorary fellow of the RIBA, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Kingston and is Distinguished Visiting Scholar at UTS Sydney.

His book, “The Temporary City”, explores the origins of current thinking on temporary urbanism (Routledge 2012). He also examined the political processes behind major developments in his more recent book “Planning, Politics and City Making – a case study of King’s Cross” (RIBA Publishing 2016).

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Conor O’Clery, Journalist and Writer

Conor O’Clery holds a unique perspective on the former Soviet Union, as resident Irish Times correspondent during the last four years of communism and as a frequent visitor since then, having married into a Russian-Armenian family in Krasnoyarsk. After Moscow he was a foreign correspondent in Washington, Beijing and New York. He has been twice awarded Journalist of the Year, for his dispatches from Moscow and for his reporting of the 9/11 attacks in New York. He is the author of several books including Melting Snow, on the fall of the Soviet Union; The Greening of the White House, about the Clinton presidency,The Billionaire Who Wasn’t, a biography of the philanthropist Chuck Feeney; and Moscow,December 25, 1991, an account of the last day of the Soviet Union.

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Civic Trusts Seek Capital Fund in Pre-Budget Submission

Revolving Fund to Resource Built Heritage Refurbishment Projects & Support City Living

Limerick Civic Trust and Dublin Civic Trust have requested that a capital fund is allocated to the NGO and civil society sector in a pre-budget submission to the Minister for Finance.  The shared heritage building fund, set up as a ‘revolving fund’, would be used to invest in historic buildings with a focus on urban regeneration.

The joint submission sets out the core objectives of both organisations and how they are ideally placed to preserve the unique built heritage of Ireland’s past with a keen eye to the needs and demands for residential accommodation in town and city centres over the coming decades.

The document suggests that the capital fund could be sourced from existing funding streams announced under the Government’s Ireland 2040 – National Planning Framework.  The revolving endowment model would sustain itself from project to project as all monies borrowed from the fund would be invested in heritage buildings destined for resale and returned to the fund upon successful disposal.

Speaking on behalf of Limerick Civic Trust, David O’Brien said: “There has rarely been a more pressing time to secure the conservation, refurbishment and residential renewal of marginalised districts of heritage assets, such as those in the Newtown Pery area of Limerick for instance. The operating model proposed is an ideal mechanism to support the focus on urban regeneration while enhancing Ireland’s built heritage.”

“Both Dublin Civic Trust and Limerick Civic Trust have demonstrated that the rehabilitation of urban-based older buildings leads to multiple tangible and intangible benefits. With government support we can support new city centre living models while simultaneously conserving Ireland’s built heritage,” he continued.

CEO of Dublin Civic Trust, Geraldine Walsh, said: “Dublin Civic Trust has successfully demonstrated over 25 years how historic city centre buildings can be refurbished to best conservation practice while securing vibrant new uses. The Trust’s current remarkable transformation of 18 Ormond Quay Upper, an 1840s merchant premises on the river Liffey, is a model of how the unique resource value of Ireland’s period buildings can be harnessed for residential living. We need government support to ensure this work continues.”

A copy of the submission can be found here

Harp Recital

Limerick Civic Trust, in association with Children’s Grief Centre, proudly present:

Fiana Ní Chonaill & Cuisle Harp Ensemble Recital

 

6pm – Doors open – join us for a history tour of St Munchin’s Church (beside Bishop’s Palace)

7pm – Concert recital

 

All funds raised will go to Children’s Grief Centre and Limerick Civic Trust conservation fund.

 

Tickets €20 now available online on Eventbrite

For more info, call 061 313399

 

Jean Butler to Address Ladies Lunch

We are delighted to announce that Jean Butler, a leading figure in the world of Irish dance performance, will be the guest speaker at the 2018 Limerick Civic Trust’s Ladies Lunch.

This annual fundraising event which supports the work of the Trust takes place on Friday 5th October at No.1 Pery Square Hotel, Limerick from 12.30pm

Jean Butler is Executive and Artistic Director of Our Steps Foundation. She originated the female principle roles and co-choreographed Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, the latter, which Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times reviewed as “channeling Irish step dancing into genuine artistic expression.”

Since 2005, she has been working in a contemporary context as a choreographer and performer and holds the position of UCD Fellow in Creative Practice, Director of the UCD Irish Dance Scholars, Assistant Professor of Irish Studies at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, and recently taught at the prestigious Princeton Atelier.

Butler’s work as a choreographer, performer and academic bridges the gap between a culturally specific practice and a contemporary approach to dance making and thought. She is committed to idiosyncratic exploration within traditional form and is dedicated to expanding the canon and perception of Irish dance performance. Ourstepsfoundation.org

 

Tickets €55p/p

Book your tickets now online or call Limerick Civic Trust on +353 61 313 399 or email: [email protected]

Irish Hotels Federation Supports Civic Trust

The Shannon Branch of Irish Hotels Federation has donated €3,000 to support the work of Limerick Civic Trust.

On presenting the cheque, Brian Harrington, Chairperson Irish Hotels Federation, Shannon Branch, said, “We chose to make a contribution to Limerick Civic Trust to support the marvellous work that the Trust does, including the protection and enhancement of our built heritage, which is a very important element of our growing appeal to Limerick’s visitors.”

David O’Brien said, “We are thrilled to receive this donation which will be used to complete another phase of converting St Munchin’s Church into a Military Museum. As with all large historic building projects, the conversion is costly and Limerick Civic Trust, as a voluntary organisation, is dependent on external support. We are extremely grateful to the Federation for this generous donation.”

Earlier this year, Limerick Civic Trust launched a campaign to help raise €350,000 so it can complete the conversion of St Munchin’s Church into a Military Museum which began in 2016. This will allow Limerick Civic Trust to speed up the conservation work and to specifically improve accessibility, make minor roof repairs, install a new floor and bathrooms and fit out an appropriate controlled environmental system for the safeguarding of the collections.

Demonstrating further support for Limerick Civic Trust, the Irish Hotels Federation, Shannon Branch, held its monthly meeting in the Limerick Civic Trust’s Boardroom in Bishop’s Palace which is now available for hire.  The private meeting room provides a unique, striking and intimate meeting space.  With breath-taking views of the River Shannon and King John’s Castle, it is the ideal setting for board meetings, brainstorming sessions or a strategy off-site day.

Thomas Wallace O’Donnell Appointed Chair of Limerick Civic Trust

 

16 July 2018:  Three new appointments have been made to the board of Limerick Civic Trust.  Thomas Wallace O’Donnell, a practising barrister, has been appointed Chair of the voluntary organisation for the next two years.  Alec Gabbett, Leahy & Partners Solicitors, has been appointed Vice-Chair and John Leonard from Grant Thornton has been appointed chair of the Finance Committee.

Speaking about his aspirations for the new role, Mr Wallace O’Donnell said, “There are two particular projects that I am keen to see delivered. The first is getting the Military Museum at St Munchin’s up and running and developing it into a functioning civic space beyond that.”

Limerick Civic Trust is currently converting St Munchin’s Church, a deconsecrated church which was built in 1827 on King’s Island, Limerick, into a Military Museum.  When the conversion to a museum is complete, the Trust plans to exhibit two important military collections already in its care – the Carrol Collection, which is currently housed in Trust’s headquarters at Bishop’s Palace, and the Armstrong collection.

The Trust is aiming to open the museum by the tourist season in 2019; however, progress has been slow due to lack of funds.  Earlier this year they launched a campaign to help raise €350,000 to complete the conversion.

“Our campaign for donations of artefacts and memorabilia of Irish historical significance from abroad has enjoyed relative success; however our campaign to attract financial donations needs some impetus. People think we are an extension of the council but we’re not. We are our own entity – a voluntary organisation funding our work through membership, a few corporate sponsorships and the ongoing support and goodwill of Limerick City & County Council and other public entities.   We need to engage more with Corporate Limerick and seek their support if we are to open the museum in 2019 and complete other worthwhile projects.”

“This is not just about hand-outs and quick fixes.  The projects we embark on make a real difference to our region. For instance, the military museum will become a unique visitor attraction that will greatly enhance the tourist offering in Limerick’s medieval quarter as well as benefiting the local economy and community. As an organisation we are prepared to step up to the plate and play an active and leading role in the conservation and preservation of our unique heritage but we need support from industry and the tourism sector to secure the maximum social, economic and environmental benefits from our efforts,” Wallace-O’Donnell continued.

The second priority for Wallace-O’Donnell is the erection of a memorial wall to commemorate the Limerick people who died in the Great War – a project that is being driven by Limerick Civic Trust in association with EML architects and others.

“It’s a shame we haven’t managed to get agreement from the local authority on a suitable site yet in Limerick, especially as we have such strong military pedigree. Places such as Midleton, Ballina and Woodenbridge – even Kilkenny this weekend – have managed to undertake similar projects with great success and if we are blocked from having this very important project completed by the time the centenary commemorations are over it would be most unfortunate and a missed opportunity.  We are fully behind it and ready to go, we just need the support of the local authority and I’m hopeful we will get it,” he said.

As one of the youngest members of the board of the Civic Trust, the new chair is also keen to encourage younger people  to get involved with civic society through the Trust but realises it will be a challenge.

Wallace-O’Donnell explains, “There seems to be a notable decline in young people getting involved with civic groups or group organisations nationwide but I’m keen to turn this around for the Trust. We know that anyone who does get involved has a deeper appreciation of their surroundings as they have a vested interest in them. Instead of looking down at the pavement or at their phones we want the younger generation to look up and at the buildings and environment around them, appreciate them more and realise that they are the custodians of our heritage. It has been handed to them to preserve for future generations.”

Limerick Civic Trust undertakes built and environmental projects that make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive.  Whether it’s improving or maintaining a graveyard, monument, 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.

 

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People’s Park Information Panels Refurbished

Limerick Civic Trust has updated and refurbished two information panels in People’s Park. The two information panels, one near the Limerick City Gallery of Art entrance and the other by the Pery Gates on Upper Mallow Street, provide information on the history of the park and what can be found in it.

The original panels were in need of updating as they pointed to a number of trees which were lost during Storm Darwin in 2014. Limerick Civic Trust worked with Michael Sheehan and his team of park rangers to identify and catalogue over 120 trees in People’s Park.  Instead of replacing like with like, the Trust used the opportunity to enhance the information panels visually and update the historical information on the panels pertaining to the Pery family who has contributed to the public park since the 1870’s.

The information panels are now available for everyone to see and discover more about the Park.

Commemoration for Viscount Glentworth Held at St Mary’s Cathedral Propeller Presented to Limerick Civic Trust

The centenary of the death of Viscount Glentworth was commemorated at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 8th April 2018. Originally from Pallaskenry, he died when his plane was shot down during World War 1.

At the commemoration, a wooden propeller fashioned into a cross was presented by the Pery family, who have strong ties to Limerick, to the Limerick Civic Trust. The propeller will be put on display in a new military museum which Limerick Civic Trust is hoping to open next year.

Among the Pery family in attendance were Sylvia Countess of Limerick CBE and her son, Edmund, 7th Earl of Limerick, who are both patrons of Limerick Civic Trust.

Edmond Claude de Vere Pery, Viscount Glentworth was raised at Dromore Castle, Pallaskenry. He served in World War I as a soldier and airman and died in 1918 aged 23, shot down over the Western Front in France. 

His sister Lady Victoria Pery who was a distinguished aviatrix in her own right died in 1919 of the Spanish Flu. Both are commemorated on the rood screen erected in their honour in the Cathedral.

Speaking at the presentation, David O’Brien, CEO, Limerick Civic Trust said “We are extremely grateful to the Perry Family for this donation. The propeller will be a fantastic addition to the artefacts we are gathering for our museum project at St Munchin’s Church that will help tell Limerick’s military history, in all its guises, from the time of the Siege of Limerick right up to the world war.”

“Our campaign to gather other unique artefacts with a strong Limerick connection is gathering momentum and we are delighted to announce that we are due to receive some documents relating to the structure of the city which we will be making available to UL’s Glucksman Library for research and documentation,” he concluded.