120 new jobs for Limerick tourism projects

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

CONSTRUCTION has yet to start on the long-waited upgrade of King John’s Castle, but the works on this project and an upgrade of the neighbouring quays will create 120 jobs in the short-term.

CONSTRUCTION has yet to start on the long-waited upgrade of King John’s Castle, but the works on this project and an upgrade of the neighbouring quays will create 120 jobs in the short-term.

Fine Gael Deputy Kieran O’Donnell said he “wholeheartedly welcomed” the “worthwhile investment” of €10.5 million in King John’s Castle and the quays.

Both of these investments are expected to create 120 jobs between them in the construction phase, while the investment in King John’s Castle will create 17 full-time jobs when it is completed. It is due to be completed by the summer, but has been beset by a number of delays to date.

“Both projects will have significant spin-off effects that will benefit the economy here in Limerick for years to come. It is essential for Limerick to have a comprehensive and up-to-date visitor offering to underpin tourism here. Both of these developments are very exciting and encouraging. These investments complement the vigorous efforts we are making to attract foreign direct investment into Limerick, and the measures we are taking to stimulate job creation from within the local economy in Limerick,” he said.

Once re-opened to the public, the 13th century castle will offer tours by guides in period costume to a number of new attractions including a battle campaign tent and blacksmith’s forge from a 17th century siege.

The cost of the redevelopment work is €5.7 million, with €4.7 million coming from Failte Ireland and €1 million from Shannon Development. The redevelopment of the city quays will include a walking trail between Shannon Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge, a new boardwalk and extensive landscaping. The total cost of this project is €4.8 million, with €3.15m from Failte Ireland and €1.65m from Limerick City Council.