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Plaques unveiled at two historic sites in Limerick city

Cllr Maurice Quinlivan has welcomed the new information panels at the fireplace site and the 1916 memorial

Cllr Maurice Quinlivan has welcomed the new information panels at the fireplace site and the 1916 memorial

LIMERICK City Council has moved to install information panels at two historic sites in Nicholas Street and the Sarsfield Bridge.

The remains of the Medieval Town House Walls and Fireplace, which date from the 15th Century, were uncovered in the 1990s when the area was cleared for development.

However, up until now, tourists visiting Nicholas Street were unaware of the historical relevance of the site.

However, the council has put information plates in place, in a move welcomed by Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan, whose party’s offices are a stones throw away.

“I have looked for this for a number of years. Often I see tourists looking at the site and being oblivious to what it is, because it just looks like a derelict site,” he said.

The plate explains how on the northern wall sits a round headed doorway with limestone jambs, while the southern wall features a fine-looking medieval fireplace on the first flood, giving the site its common name.

However, Cllr Quinlivan believes the council should go further, moving the site altogether.

“I think we should look at moving that fireplace to the city museum, so we can redevelop the site. I don’t think it is really attractive where it is at the moment,” he argued.

In place on that site in Nicholas Street, a new build should be put in place, he added.

“I don’t think it works at the moment. If you look at the street as a whole, it just looks like a derelict site. I have come across American tourists who do not know what it is,” Cllr Quinlivan said.

Separately, the council has also installed a plaque at the 1916 memorial on Sarsfield Bridge.

The front of the memorial contains a plaque inscribed with the 1916 Proclamation, plus the names of the 16 men executed during May 1916.

To the side are the names of others killed in action during the Rising. The memorial was designed by Albert Power, and was unveiled in 1956.

 

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