Official opening of an ‘oasis’ in Limerick city centre

Petula Martyn

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Petula Martyn

A LITTLE oasis in the heart of the city is how residents of O’Donnell House described their new apartment complex which was officially opened by Mayor Maria Byrne this week.

A LITTLE oasis in the heart of the city is how residents of O’Donnell House described their new apartment complex which was officially opened by Mayor Maria Byrne this week.

Standing in her balcony overlooking the courtyard, Catherine McNamara showed the Mayor the view from her Lower Gerald Griffin Street apartment. “I love it here, you are near every place,” she said.

Charmayne O’Brien, who moved from Annacotty into the city apartment, loves her new abode. “I sold my car because it is so central that you can just get on a bus and go in any direction. I feel so blessed that I was offered one of these apartments. I love it to bits. The next time I move it will be out in a box,” Ms O’Brien told the Limerick Chronicle.

“They’re beautiful. I can’t say enough about them,” said resident Michael O’Shaughnessy.

The scheme was designed by architect Brian Grubb, and constructed adjacent to the Kingdom Hall, using stonework from the derelict building that originally occupied the site. The six apartments are arranged two on each floor and consist of one and two bedroom accommodation. It is the second phase of an earlier development of seven apartment at James Street that was completed in 2000.

“So often we have projects that have second phases that never get realised and this did, thanks to Limerick City Council who went ahead with it,” said architect, Brian Grubb. “It is really nice to hear how happy people are, because we don’t get to meet the end client, as it were.”

Mayor Byrne unveiled the plaque, officially opening the apartment block. “The residents here couldn’t speak highly enough of them. It’s like a little oasis. And to look around and see the way they are keeping the garden, they are very proud of where they live. It is city centre living at its best,” she said. “To walk by, you’d never think they were local authority apartments, they are beautifully kept. I’d like to compliment everyone involved because they are very tastefully designed.”