Boost as new shops open in Limerick city centre

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

JOHN Street has received a boost after two new shops opened up, while another is celebrating a successful first year in business.

JOHN Street has received a boost after two new shops opened up, while another is celebrating a successful first year in business.

Two new arts shops have opened on opposite sides of the street - Art Mad at the former Normoyle and Frawley gallery, and Paints and Pencils.

Meanwhile, former RTÉ camera woman Deirdre Noonan has enjoyed a tough, but rewarding first year in business, with her outlet, The Cloth Shop, which has secured customers across Ireland.

She admits it is a tough time to go into business, but added: “It’s a good time to negotiate leases, if anyone else is thinking of opening up, and its a great time for people to do things for themselves. Instead of getting an interior designer or dressmaker, they might think of doing it themselves, and this is what my stock is all about.”

Ms Noonan said she finds John Street as a shopping location great for all the family.

“All the shops are very useful. You have second hand shops, two art shops, and electrical and motorbike shops. We often find that while the husband will be in the motorbike shop, and the wife will be in with us,” she laughed.

Meanwhile, despite just opening, Katrina Burns, proprietor of Paints and Pencils at 3 John Street, has agreed a deal to supply Gaelcholáiste Luimni with art equipment, including portfolios, A4 pads, markers, notebooks, and sketching pencils.

Her decision to open last week was because she felt there is no arts supply shop near the Limerick School of Art and Design.

Katrina said she will tailor her trading hours in order to meet college schedules - opening from 8.15am, until 5.15pm, although she says this will be fluid!