Limerick city club to reopen after €1m renovation

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

'A real nightclub experience': Philip Geraghty and Patrick Purcell hard at work on the renovation of the Crush 87 club on Michael Street, which is to open early next month. Picture: Sean Curtin
THE troubled nightclub once known as the Trinity Rooms is to reopen next month after a €1 million renovation, creating 50 jobs in the process.

THE troubled nightclub once known as the Trinity Rooms is to reopen next month after a €1 million renovation, creating 50 jobs in the process.

The club, now under new management, will be called Crush 87, a nod to the Granary building’s heritage, which was built in 1787.

Trinity Rooms closed in June 2011 amid some controversy at the time, with the management claiming there was an issue with rats from the neighbouring Opera Centre site, a claim that was strenuously denied by Limerick City Council’s environment department.

The club is to reopen this July under the control of Savage Management - made up of local men Philip Geraghty, Patrick Purcell and well known city publicans Clem Smith and Anthony O’Dwyer.

Geraghty, Smith and O’Dwyer have together been running the Orchard venue - located in the courtyard and bar area of the Granary building - since September.

In May Limerick City Council sanctioned the sub-leasing of the area to Savage Management LTD, granting permission for the disposal of part of the Lower Ground Floor of the Granary building to the company.

Refurbishments to the 14,000 square foot nightclub are ongoing and, according to Geraghty and his partners, are costing “close to €1 million to complete and will create 50 permanent jobs and a further 20 jobs during the re-fit phase”.

In a statement, the new management said the refurbished club would offer a “real nightclub experience”, adding that they hope to attract some top DJ talent to Crush 87 over the coming 12 months.

“As Limerick natives, we are all committed to the city and to working with local suppliers and the relevant groups to help promote and sell Limerick as much as possible,” said Mr Geraghty.

“I look forward to ‘Crush 87’, a leading city centre venue being very much a part of the growing city festival scene going forward,” he added.

The doors of the club are to open six nights a week from early next month.