Cultural garden to bloom in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

It is anticipated the garden will be housed in a green space at City Hall
A GARDEN highlighting Limerick’s very rich medieval heritage is to feature at Bloom 2014 in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

A GARDEN highlighting Limerick’s very rich medieval heritage is to feature at Bloom 2014 in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

Visitors to Ireland’s largest gardening event on the June Bank Holiday weekend will enjoy the ‘Limerick Culture Garden’, a medieval pleasure garden which is being put together as part of the City of Culture project.

Promoting Limerick’s medieval heritage to a wider audience, the garden will feature castles, monasteries and manor houses of the middle ages.

Once the festival - which is expected to attract 120,000 people between May 29 and June 2 - is over, plans are in place to rebuild the bloom garden in Limerick.

A number of sites, including the fireplace site on Nicholas Street, Fanning’s Castle and the Hunt Museum were considered.

But the City Hall courtyard has been chosen, due to the number of visitors which pass by it. It is hoped it will create a new destination for sightseers.

Speaking at this week’s sporting and cultural meeting, Fine Gael councillor Michael Hourigan said: “It has a very prestigious location in the Bloom festival, where 120,000 people will see it. This is a huge opportunity to bring it back to Limerick, and keep it as a legacy to our year as City of Culture.”

Fine Gael councillor Michael Sheahan, who also sits on the committee added: “This would be a lasting cultural and artistic footprint for Limerick.”

County councillor Francis Foley, Fianna Fail said it is “only right and proper” the garden is returned to the city.

Cllr Hourigan, who chairs the sporting and cultural committee has also welcomed imminent plans to transplant the city museum from its temporary home in the Istabraq Hall to the Franciscan Church.

This is expected to happen by the middle of this year.

“We don’t want buildings like the Franciscan Church lying idle. It makes a huge statement about the city. We need to keep living buildings in the city centre,” he said.