Questions over old tourist office in Limerick city

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The old tourist office in Arthur's Quay Park in Limerick city. Picture: Adrian Butler
THE old tourist office at Arthur’s Quay would be a perfect location for a band-stand and a place for other big public events.

THE old tourist office at Arthur’s Quay would be a perfect location for a band-stand and a place for other big public events.

That’s according to Fianna Fail councillor Kieran O’Hanlon, who sought an update on the empty building.

The tourist office moved from the front of Arthur’s Quay park to O’Connell Street earlier this year. The park building has lain idle since.

Speaking at the metropolitan district meeting, Cllr O’Hanlon said: “It would be a great spot for a band-stand. The old tourist office would also be ideal for big public events.”

He said last Sunday, while the turning-on of the city’s Christmas lights was a fine event, there was very little space for the estimated 5,000 crowd.

The park, he argued could have been a better space.

But Mary Hayes, who works in the council’s economic directorate, said the property is in the ownership of the Shannon Group.

”No decision has been made on it. But there is a longer term plan for that part of the city,” she said, in reference to Limerick 2030.

This will see the Revenue office knocked, moved to the Opera Centre site, and the creation of a huge park.

However, metropolitan mayor Jerry O’Dea offered to make contact through his office to the Shannon Group to make the area available in the interim.