Open House to expose Limerick's rich architectural heritage

Fintan Walsh


Fintan Walsh

Open House to expose Limerick's rich architectural heritage

Derravoher House, Villiers School, North Circular Road, will be viewable as part of Open House

AN ARCHITECTURAL treasure trove will be made accessible to the public for three days next month, as part of the fifth annual Open House Limerick initiative.

Architectural masterpieces, such as Bannatyne Mills, Ranks Silo, West Limerick Children’s Centre and Shannon Rowing Club, will open their doors to the public, from Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9.

Séamus Bairéad, from A2 Architects and chairperson of OpenHouse Limerick, is inviting everyone to come and explore some of the buildings, which will be open to the public.

He said: “This architectural festival comprises a weekend of events guided by a straightforward but inspiring principle: to showcase good quality architecture, inviting everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment—all completely free of charge.

“The festival hopes to challenge what have become accepted living standards by showcasing quality design which offers viable alternatives to how and where we live,” he added.

Limerick City and County Council architect, Maria Donoghue said that this year’s festival’s theme is Lived In City.

“It presents the spaces that contain the lives of Limerick’s citizens.

“Good quality design and spaces are examined and presented in this festival to communicate the importance of good architecture in everyday life."