LIMERICK City Council has this week started works to give the area around the O’Connell monument a much needed face lift.
Staff from City Hall’s environment department are upgrading the flower beds around the monument, which lies at The Crescent.
Limerick City South councillor Maria Byrne welcomed the development.
The Fine Gael councillor, who lives in the area, said: “It will be very complimentary. They will be putting in warm colours, and new flower beds. They will also be upgrading the fountain to give it a new lease of life.”
The development is part of a number of works on historical monuments in the city, with the key project being the redevelopment of John’s Square.
The works at the O’Connell Monument are expected to take around three weeks, Cllr Byrne said.
“It is something to be welcomed. From what I have been told, it will look very nice when it is finished. It will make the area very attractive. You drive by at the moment, and the flowers are beautiful, but the bedding was not very interesting or impressive. They are trying to make it attractive looking and complementary to the historical monument that is there,” the local councillor said.