No home for Limerick City Museum due to council “resources”

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

PLANS to move the City Museum into a temporary site in the Opera Centre have been shelved by City Hall, a council meeting heard this week.

PLANS to move the City Museum into a temporary site in the Opera Centre have been shelved by City Hall, a council meeting heard this week.

Speaking at an arts and culture meeting of City Hall, director of corporate services Pat Dowling said the move would not be going ahead as planned.

With the €6m works at King John’s Castle just weeks away, it had long been scheduled to move the museum from Castle Lane, Nicholas Street, to a Patrick Street site in the Opera Centre as a temporary home for the Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum.

However, the council meeting heard that only a “limited” selection of the museum’s collection will be on display in Istabraq Hall in City Hall for the “foreseeable future”.

Mr Dowling said there is “total commitment that it will be up and running in a new location.”

He said “everyone wants to see a proper museum in Limerick”, and urged councillors to bring the issue up at the next full council meeting.

“The outcome of this could be to everyone’s satisfaction sooner rather than later,” Mr Dowling added.

Independent councillor Kathleen Leddin branded the decision “just disgraceful”.

“It’s very disappointing. This is too important to just be told that the money isn’t there. We’ve been talking about this for years and nothing is happening,” she said.

Founded in 1906, the museum was renamed in honour of the late TD in 2000 and contains thousands of artefacts.

Curator Brian Hodkinson said the decision “is not the best but we’ll have to make do”. He said due to security in Istabraq Hall not all the valuables, such as its silver collection, will be on display.