Plans underway for Limerick sporting monument

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

James Ring, director of Limerick Civic Trust
LIMERICK Civic Trust is preparing to unveil plans for a sculpture dedicated to Limerick’s past and present sporting heroes in the coming months.

LIMERICK Civic Trust is preparing to unveil plans for a sculpture dedicated to Limerick’s past and present sporting heroes in the coming months.

Dr James Ring, director of the Trust, said the plans are at an advanced stage, and this will be an “eye-catching” monument in a park in the city.

“It’s going to be a big project. There will be two parts to it, with one centrepiece, but it’s not going to be a six-figure project,” he said.

The Trust which has operated under a financial deficit for the past number of years and had to make seven staff redundant, has just returning to operating a small profit.

However, Dr Ring, who took up the position three years ago, said the focus of the Trust for the foreseeable future will be on smaller scale, low cost projects, which will have a big impact on the community.

“When I started the Trust was in the midst of a recession and had huge financial problems. Membership had dropped by 50% and Government funding was cut by 50%. We had to stabilise the organisation and are still fighting financially,” he said.

Membership has climbed back, but he said they “no longer have money for the €1m projects”, such as the Georgian House and gardens in Pery Square, which was restored for that figure but was forced to close in recent years.

Dr Ring said they are still seeking to attract new members who care about their communities. “This is all about helping Limerick. People who join see that the city needs their help. When they join no one seems to want to leave, they all stay with the Trust.”

The Trust initiates and undertakes a programme of projects for the general improvements of Limerick’s environment, including the upkeep of graveyards, improvement to the city’s parks, environmental initiatives, community gardens.