Minister Patrick O’Donovan and Mayor O'Hanlon with Hunt chair John Moran open the new gardens Picture: Keith Wiseman
THE Hunt Museum’s historic gardens in Limerick city will become a major public space following a multi-phase development, it was announced this week.
The first phase of the project will be the opening of the gates to the railed-off garden, which will create a new public walkway from Rutland Street, through the gardens, over to Sylvester O’Halloran Bridge, and through to the Potato Market, Merchant’s Quay.
There are also plans for further additional space for museum activities, including development for the museum’s educational, cultural and community outreach programmes.
Launching the former Custom House gardens development on Tuesday morning, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan said that the museum and its garden “play an important role in Limerick’s cultural and tourism fabric.
“I welcome this greater public access of the old Custom House Gardens at the Hunt Museum. The initiative by both the museum and Limerick City and County Council is certain to greatly enhance Limerick’s riverfront offer. I hope the greater public and tourists to our city take full advantage of this new public amenity and wish the project well as it continues to develop into the future,” he said.
Hunt Museum board chairperson, John Moran said the new development will “aim to break down any remaining barriers between the Museum and our public.
“The garden occupies a magical vantage point of the river and the city and we are delighted to be able to play our part in bringing it back to life and sharing that with the Limerick community.
“I would particularly like to thank the council for their ongoing support for this project since we first raised the idea with them and we invite everybody to come and enjoy our riverside grounds and to experience one of the city’s finest historic buildings and major cultural landmarks.”
The launch also marks the release of the Hunt Museum’s annual report for 2015, which will be outlined in this weekend’s broadsheet editon.