Goddess Sionna casts her eye over Limerick's Bridge Street in giant mural

Alan Owens


A GIANT mural designed by local students has been unveiled in Limerick of Sionna, the goddess of the River Shannon.

The giant artwork, spread across a gable on Bridge Street, is part of an ongoing programme by Limerick City and County Council to enhance the aesthetics around disused city sites.

The authority collaborated on the project with Limerick Civic Trust to transform the long-since disused location into a public amenity.

The mural of Sionna is located at one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city, with thousands of people passing by the site daily, which is directly across from one of the city’s top visitor attractions, the 12th century St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Funding for the project, designed and painted by Bold Details - two Limerick School of Art & Design students, Cormac Dillon and Jonathan Noonan - was provided by the Council.

Maria Donoghue, Executive Architect with Limerick City and County Council said: “As the landscaping works on the site were being completed, the opportunity to include a mural on this very prominent wall presented itself. Bold Details certainly responded to the task to create something simple, relevant and striking for this site that is so closely located near St Mary’s Cathedral.”

"The site is in a very strategic location between Medieval Limerick and the Georgian grid, and this wall acts as a doorway between the two. Borrowing from Georgian architecture, which sometimes features Greek or Roman gods and goddesses, we decided to paint our own ‘Georgian doorway’ and include our local goddess, Sionna, the Goddess of the Shannon.

She added that the council was "very happy with this powerful work that Bold Details have created for us and the impact that this mural has had, not only on the site, but more so on the people of Limerick judging by the very positive response it has received so far".

The mural is the second phase of the rehabilitation of the site; with phase one having commenced in the summer with the clearing of the site and development of a public amenity garden. The third and final phase will be the planting of a scented garden in the spring of next year.

David O'Brien of the Civic Trust said: "We are really pleased with the outcome. The mural is a really striking piece and reflects the history and heritage of this inner Limerick gateway brilliantly. The two guys were a pleasure to work with and we are delighted also that they are from the Limerick School of Art and Design, a great Limerick institution that is renowned internationally.

"Our next phase is to finish the garden itself and we look forward to doing that next year. We will effectively have taken out an eye sore close to the city centre and turned it into something really positive and powerful for everyone to enjoy. It’s another fine public amenity for Limerick and part of the great new fabric of the city."