Limerick community group’s pub move ‘will allow for expansion of services’

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

Garryowen CDP members who have helped with planned move to Brannigan's pub
IF the Garryowen CDP gets permission to move into Brannigan’s Bar, it will be able to significantly expand its services to the elderly.

IF the Garryowen CDP gets permission to move into Brannigan’s Bar, it will be able to significantly expand its services to the elderly.

The Community Development Project (CDP) is looking to relocate from its John Street offices to the former bar in Mulgrave Street.

This has lain vacant since 2005 when it was burnt out in suspicious circumstances.

Once owned by exiled state witness Steve Collins, the bar is set for a new lease of life, with discussions to take it over at advanced stages with the City Council.

City Hall took ownership of the bar when the Collins family left the country last year.

Michelle Hannan of the CDP said the move will give the chance for the organisation to grow and expand its services.

“At the moment, in John Street, we just rent one office from the Limerick Youth Service, so we are limited in what we can run,” she explained, “We have over 100 young people coming in, and different volunteers, so we are hoping to be able to bring in more people from the community.”

Michelle added: “The CDP are thrilled with this development as we will finally have our own home and we will be able to continue to strengthen our services and expand our volunteer base. It is also recognition for the CDP that Limerick City Council is committed to supporting the Garryowen area. It is a very positive development for the area.”

The impending move was celebrated over the weekend at the community’s annual fun day on Garryowen Green.

Glorious summer weather ensured that more than 1,100 people turned out for the event, which is funded by City Council.

The event saw face painting, a bouncy castle and a Bucking Bronco.

An inter-pub soccer match saw The Track Bar run out 3-1 winners over the Claughaun Bar.

Ms Hannan said: “It was a great success, pulling all the young people together. The young people really enjoy it, and every year we have more and more volunteers helping out.”

Meanwhile, community members were surveyed on the proposed move to Brannigan’s Bar, with the majority very positive about it, Michelle added.

Some 30 volunteers helped out on Saturday afternoon.Garryowen mayor Mikey Ryan praised the “vibrant” organising committee. “Each year gets better and better, and at last the feeling was among the residents tat anything you do - we can do better,” he enthused.He hopes that on Sunday, Garryowen blue will - for a day at least - be replaced with the Green and White to mark a Limerick hurling triumph. See pages 16 and 17 for more photos.