Varadkar confirms €3.15 million investment for Limerick city centre

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

TRANSPORT and Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed €3.15 million in funding for major improvement works to Howley’s Quay which could include a performance area at Poor Man’s Kilkee.

TRANSPORT and Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed €3.15 million in funding for major improvement works to Howley’s Quay which could include a performance area at Poor Man’s Kilkee.

Limerick City Council will contribute the balance of the €4.8 million to be invested between the Shannon Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge and the works will complement the successful redevelopment of O’Callaghan and Clancy Strand completed on the other side of the Shannon.

The Failte Ireland grant to Limerick city was by far the biggest in a €6.6 million tranche of tourism capital funding for nine projects around the country - and announced by Minister Varadkar on a visit to Bunratty on Friday.

The minister said the project would tie in with other major tourism developments in the city including the redevelopment of King John’s Castle, which is soon to commence.

“The investment in Limerick builds on King John’s Castle and the river boardwalk, and helps re-orientate the city towards the River Shannon, its greatest natural feature,” said the minister.

“Walking and cycling facilities along the eastern shore of Limerick’s quay will open up this area. The funding will also open up the riverfront and the surrounding city, including attractions like the Hunt Museum and King John’s Castle.”