Limerick music collector Nicky Woulfe bites back over delay to €30k allocation

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Music collector Nicky Woulfe, right, making a presentation to Mayor James Collins and Cllr Marian Hurley Picture Brendan Gleeson

Music collector Nicky Woulfe, right, making a presentation to Mayor James Collins and Cllr Marian Hurley Picture Brendan Gleeson

LIMERICK music collector Nicky Woulfe has hit back after councillors voted to defer plans to award him €30,000 for a museum in the city.

Members of the metropolitan district last week put on hold plans to award the money, which represents over 30% of its annual General Municipal Allocation.

Mr Woulfe’s ‘Music Memories and Memorabilia’ museum would visually showcase his five decades worth of music memorabilia, containing more than 1,200 vinyl records, periodicals, posters and photographs, with the facility set to feature rooms dedicated to international, Irish and Limerick-born musical talents.

Now, the Mayorstone man has claimed a commitment of €30,000 had been promised to his tourism project by the Metro Mayor Cllr Daniel Butler along with his Fine Gael colleagues Cllr Elenora Hogan, Cllr Marian Hurley, along with Fianna Fail Mayor James Collins and Cllrs Jerry O'Dea, John Gilligan and Cllr John Costelloe.

But some councillors expressed concern that money was being pledged before other members had a chance to pitch for the funds, Cllr Frankie Daly describing it as a “knee jerk” reaction.

Mr Woulfe believes his museum proposal would attract visitors, pointing out that when he ran a similar project in 2014, it drew 3,000 people.

He said: “The project also has huge potential as an international visitor and tourist experience for the city as it can organically grow well beyond the private collection. Some of the best memorabilia and rock and roll visitor experiences across the world begin as private collections which then have the potential to expand.”

“Music museums across the world have proved to be successful visitor centres providing a fascination for the public appetite and give cities a novel tourist and visitor identity,” he stated.