New gallery bringing life to Limerick city centre

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

It once was a church and later a cinema but now 13 Bedford Row has been turned into an impressive art gallery.

It once was a church and later a cinema but now 13 Bedford Row has been turned into an impressive art gallery.

And already it is starting to bring visitors into the heart of Limerick city.

The official opening of The Gallery at 13 Bedford Row was held last Wednesday May 30 and was a huge success with over 80 people attending.

People from the arts, business, retail and rugby worlds, as well as a good representation of photography students from Limerick College of Further Education and arts students from Limerick College of Art and Design, attended.

The ceremony was performed by Deputy Mayor Cllr Kathleen Leddin who gave a brief outline of the history of the building, which was once a Methodist Church from 1821 to 1924.

“It was turned into the Central Cinema which was running up to the late 1990s and now it is fitting that a gallery be situated in such a historical building,” said Cllr Leddin.

She wished the gallery owners, Sadhbh and Eoghan Lyons, well and hoped that it would help to attract people back into the city centre.

Sadhbh retired from the HSE two years ago and decided to open the gallery with her son Eoghan, who has just graduated from a photography course in LCFE.

Sadhbh said she was delighted that the Gallery now had grown from three artists to exhibiting for 25 local artists, a woodcrafter, a sculptor and a creative glass and felt and mosaic designer.

“There is great interest in rugby and we have already sold two paintings of Paul O’Connell by the same artist,” she explained.

She thanked Cllr Leddin for her kind words and the Creative Limerick Department of Limerick City Council and the landlord John Costello for making the entire venture a reality by providing them with the building.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Thursday from 12 noon to 5pm and also on Saturday at the same times.