Limerick’s historic John’s Square reopens after €1m redevelopment

AFTER a year of construction work, John’s Square has finally reopened to the public.

AFTER a year of construction work, John’s Square has finally reopened to the public.

The €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 John’s Square, including St John’s Cathedral, St John’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, John’s Square was build by John Purdon and Edmund Sexton in 1751.

Designed by Francis Bandana, it was one of Limerick’s first example’s of fashionable architecture and civic spaces.

Labour councillor Tom Shortt welcomed the reopening.

“It will provide enormous benefits to the city in a broad sense,” 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 weekend’s Limerick Leader, print edition

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