Limerick's 2030 city centre is being shaped before our eyes

Nigel Dugdale's City View

Nigel Dugdale

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Nigel Dugdale

Limerick's 2030 city centre being shaped before our eyes

Denis Brosnan announcing the grand plans for office and residential development in the city centre recently. This vision is being complemented by a number of exciting new food and entertainment venue

OVER the weekend as I walked through Limerick city it was refreshing to notice the level of activity currently taking place as new restaurants, bars and entertainment venues enter the final stages of development.

As most of you will have read, over recent weeks the city and its suburbs have seen a number of important jobs announcements.

The IDA assures us that there is more to come.

These announcements naturally help greatly when it comes to inspiring confidence in independent business people to invest in our city.

Take La Cucina for example. Final preparations are being put in place for the much anticipated arrival of La Cucina Centro on Henry Street. 

Many of you will already be aware of the success husband and wife team Lorraine Fanneran and Bruno Coppola have seen in their Castletroy-based restaurant.

Since its inception La Cucina is a business that has gone from strength to strength winning awards such as Best Casual Dining in Ireland 2010 & 2011 & Best Casual Dining in Munster 2012. La Cucina were leaders when it came to promoting their business via social media.

La Cucina’s arrival in the city centre is a welcome addition to the city’s food offer but is also testament to the fact that young business entrepreneurs are now seeing a market for such an investment.

This fact is probably better illustrated in the fact the operators of the popular House venue in Dublin are in the final stages of work to establish a Limerick presence. 

Located in what once was Clohessy’s and the Sin Bin on the quays, designs are under wraps but the word on the street is that House Limerick will be one of the most interesting night venues to hit the scene in years.

I would like to think that the operators of House are savvy businesspeople. 

The success they have seen in Dublin is testament to that. 

Their decision to take a Limerick city centre location as their next project bodes well for the city.

Other ventures being undertaking in the heart of the city include Damien Varley’s reimagining of the White House Bar on O’Connell Street while just across the road Fran O’Donnell is only week’s away from bringing the former Ted’s nightclub back to the Limerick market.

We have spoken a lot of late about job creation and office space. What we are now slowly seeing is a city that is changing and changing fast. Those who are investing in our future deserve to be supported.

As mentioned last week the missing link in Limerick at present is how we can create a city where quality living and residential developments are undertaken.

Just like the small independent businesses mentioned above, it will be private developers who will be responsible for creating new residential properties in the city. The recent jobs announcements will help greatly to bring confidence back to the residential market in the city centre.

When viewed as a neutral observer it is clear that the recent years of planning are now reaping rewards. The year 2030 may seem far away but Limerick’s future is being shaped as we speak.

Long may it last. 

Credit due to IDA for jobs boost

News this week of Casa System’s intention to create 50 jobs in Limerick as the company expands its European footprint was a welcome continuation of the positive FDI investment the city has seen recently.

Casa Systems is a worldwide leader in next-generation ultra-broadband access technology. The company will be located in the National Technology Park in Limerick, with close proximity to the University of Limerick.

Initial operations will include manufacturing, distribution, customer technical support and related activities. The company is also evaluating the potential for research and development opportunities in the future.

It was particularly inspiring that Senior VP of Operations for Casa, Lucy Xie, credited Limerick’s talent pool of highly skilled technical, logistics manufacturing graduates as a key reason for their decision.

Credit is due to the local IDA representative team and all the local stakeholders who have worked behind the scenes over recent months to secure this important investment.

Come on in to the Open House

A reminder that many of Limerick’s architectural treasures, such as Bannatyne Mills, Ranks Silo, West Limerick Children’s Centre and Shannon Rowing Club, will open their doors to the public for the very first time this weekend as part of OpenHouse Limerick 2016.

Open House Limerick  will take place from Friday to Sunday, October 7-9 across the city and county.

The Open House Limerick event fosters appreciation, understanding and learning amongst the  community as well as nurturing the appreciation of the value of architectural excellence.

Among the houses and factories opening their doors to the public include the Docks Tour of Ranks Silo, Bannatyne Mills and the Dock Clock, 18 Rhebogue Avenue in Corbally, Old Westfields, Derravoher Villiers and the Stonehouse, O’Callaghan Strand. Limerick Sailors’ Home will also be open.

Full details of the buildings open to the public and their opening times are available on www.openhouselimerick.ie.