LIMERICK city centre is to get another boost with confirmation that the old Bandstand in the People’s Park is to be upgraded.
Seán Griffin, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Limerick City South has welcomed the proposal from Limerick City Council to begin the process which is due to start shortly.
“This structure known locally as the “Gazebo” holds many fond memories for the older generation of Limerick and especially the marching band music lovers who looked on it as a Mecca in bygone years,” explained Mr Griffin.
“As a young boy my father used to bring me to the Park every Sunday morning and thousands of people would turn up where you would have local bands playing. Normally it was the Boherbuoy band because they were based across the way,“ he added. “Of course there was no television or other attractions then, but it would still be great to have this old tradition revived.”
Limerick’s world renowned Brass and Reed Band “The Boherboy” used to play there every Sunday morning and most evenings in the summer time to huge crowds. It played a prominent role in the social and cultural life of the city at that time.
The Bandstand was erected in 1895 and its design was accredited to William E Corbett who was the City Surveyor at that time. It was manufactured by the Lion Foundry Co. Ltd of Kirkintilloch in Scotland.
“Although the present proposal to upgrade the Bandstand is dependent on the provision of funding nevertheless the plan should be to restore the structure to its initial former glory,” said Mr Griffin.
“When the bandstand was first erected it had wrought iron two feet high decorative grills between six of its eight pillars and these should form part of the restoration.”
He suggested that it may also be of value to have seating around the structure to facilitate the viewing of the bands that he hopes would return to the venue to once again entertain the citizens of Limerick.
“While we can’t bring back the past there is no reason why we can’t imitate the best of it,” said Mr Griffin.