Historic area of Limerick city set for €1m upgrade

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

ONE OF Limerick’s most historic areas is set for a €1m renewal project, following on from a spate of street upgrades in the city in recent months.

ONE OF Limerick’s most historic areas is set for a €1m renewal project, following on from a spate of street upgrades in the city in recent months.

John’s Square, which was built around 1750, is in line for an “ambitious but sensitive” scheme for upgrade, according to the council.

The upgrading will consist of repaving the square in granite sets, providing new public lighting, street furniture, and introducing a one-way traffic flow, from Garryowen to the city centre.

When it was built 250 years ago, the square was regarded as “Limerick’s first taste of fashionable urban architecture and civic space.”

Fifty per cent of the funding has been provided by the EU’s European regional development fund.

Mayor of Limerick, councillor Jim Long, said the upgrade is “necessary to protect the heritage of this historic square and to improve the streetscape for the many visitors to the Square.”

The upgrade contract value at just under €1 million euro has been awarded to Wills Brothers Limited, Civil Engineering Contractors, with offices at Dooradoyle Road, Limerick and Foxford, Co. Mayo.

The works will commence shortly and will take about five months to complete.

Design work and public consultation for this project has been carried out by the Roads Section of Limerick City Council, Nicholas De Jong & Associates of O’Connell Street, Limerick and Lawlor & Partners of Ennis, Co. Clare.

Director of service with City Hall, Oliver O’Loughlin, said earlier that ultimately they plan to upgrade O’Connell Street, but this is dependent on funding available and will be in full consultation with traders.

Limerick City Council would like to thank the businesses and residents of the affected areas for their assistance during these works.