New hive for design to open in Limerick city centre

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

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New hive for design to open in Limerick city centre

The new Made in Limerick centre on Thomas Street will be officially opened this Saturday

DESIGN and craft is alive and well in Limerick thanks to a group of enthusiastic designers and makers who have set up a collective called Made in Limerick. 

This 20-strong inspiring group aim to bring high quality design and craft to its new centre at 17 Thomas Street.

The ethos of the group is to promote the growth of professional designers in Limerick and increase the quality of shopping for the tourist and local people.

“Limerick people love high quality design and are great supporters of local enterprises,” said award winning jeweller Susan McCarthy of Susan McCarthy Design.

Many of the makers are graduates of Limerick School of Art and Design. 

“It is wonderful to be able to showcase our work where we went to college . We want to contribute to making this city a great artisan shopping destination,” said Gerry Fenniman, wood turner and sculptor.

There is a wide diversity of design and crafts available in the shop from traditional techniques such as wood turning, blacksmithing, pottery, and textile art to modern design including fashion, jewellery, pebble art, candles, and soaps and lotions.

The official opening of the shop will be held on Saturday, November 26, from 10am to 6pm.

Dr Liam Brown, vice president research, enterprise and development at LIT will cut the ribbon at 12 noon. There is a 10% discount to anyone visiting the shop on the day.  

Membership to the collective is carefully selected to provide a wide variety of high quality products.

A unique element to the shop is that each maker works in the shop one day a month. 'Meet the Maker' is an added bonus for the visitor to the shop, they get first hand knowledge of the process of how the work is created.