AFTER a year of construction work, Johnâ€™s Square has finally reopened to the public.
The â‚¬1m works included the laying down of granite paving, new street lining and traffic calming measures.
This, the council said, gives an appropriate setting for the historical buildings which surround Johnâ€™s Square, including St Johnâ€™s Cathedral, St Johnâ€™s Hospital and the limestone townhouses.
A new one-way traffic system has also been introduced, to make the area more pedestrian friendly.
A key gateway to the east of the city, Johnâ€™s Square was build by John Purdon and Edmund Sexton in 1751.
Designed by Francis Bandana, it was one of Limerickâ€™s first exampleâ€™s of fashionable architecture and civic spaces.
Labour councillor Tom Shortt welcomed the reopening.
â€œIt will provide enormous benefits to the city in a broad sense,â€ he told a meeting of Limerick City Council.
The completion of the redevelopment works was delayed for a number of weeks due a change of contractor mid-project.
For more see this weekendâ€™s Limerick Leader, print edition
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