Richard Harris limerick legend

Actor Richard Harris was born in Limerick city on this date. Harris’ career scored rave reviews (and another Oscar nomination) for The Field (1990). He then locked horns with Harrison Ford as an IRA sympathiser in Patriot Games (1992) and got one of his best roles as gunfighter English Bob in the Clint Eastwood western Unforgiven (1992). Harris was firmly back in vogue and rewarded his fans with more wonderful performances in Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993); Cry, the Beloved Country (1995); The Great Kandinsky (1995) and This Is the Sea (1997). Further fortune came his way with a strong performance in the blockbuster Gladiator (2000) and he became known to an entirely new generation of film fans as Albus Dumbledore in the mega-successful Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). His final screen role was as “Lucius Sulla” in Caesar (2002).
A diverse, vigorous and captivating actor, Richard Harris passed away from Hodgkin’s Disease on 25 October 2002.

On 30 September 2006, Manuel Di Lucia, of Kilkee, Co Clare, a longtime friend, organised the placement in Kilkee of a bronze life-size statue of Richard Harris. It shows Harris at the age of eighteen playing squash. The sculptor was Seamus Connolly and the work was unveiled by Russell Crowe. Harris was an accomplished squash player, winning the Tivoli Cup in Kilkee four years in a row from 1948 to 1951, a record surpassed by nobody to this day.

Another life-size statue of Richard Harris, as King Arthur from his film, Camelot, has been erected in Bedford Row, in the centre of his home town of Limerick. The sculptor of this statue was the Irish sculptor Jim Connolly, a graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design.

At the 2009 BAFTAs, Mickey Rourke dedicated his Best Actor award to Harris, calling him a “good friend, and great actor.”

5,000 new jobs for Limerick

Yes. Today was a good day.

Limerick Post Newspaper

AN AMBITIOUS €500 plan is set to catapult Limerick into redeveloping over €1.4million sq/ft of investment infrastructure over the next five years.
The recovery plan led by the new Limerick 2030 company is the vehicle to accelerate transformation of city and county into top European investment location.

At the launch of the company and the new plan, which is the biggest single Irish commercial property development programme undertaken outside the capital, Denis Brosnan unveiled the developments which are set to bolster Limerick’s emergence as one of Europe’s most attractive investment locations.

Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development DAC (Designated Activity Company) is the first entity of its kind created by a local authority to deliver a city and county wide programme of investment. It will be tasked, in the first instance, with delivering over €500m worth of transformational investment infrastructure across four strategic sites in Limerick City, with the capacity to create in excess of 5,000 jobs over the next five years.

The Limerick Twenty Thirty company – with one of Ireland’s most respected and successful business leaders, Denis Brosnan, as Executive Chairman – will prioritise the redevelopment of 1.4 million sq ft of prime real estate across the four sites into state-of-the-art office, retail, residential, education and enterprise space.

The investment programme will put the required infrastructure in place to accelerate inward investment to the city and county, both from the indigenous and FDI sectors.

It will add further momentum to Limerick’s remarkable job creation record since the 2013 the launch of ‘Limerick 2030: An Economic and Spatial Plan for Limerick’ – a once in a generation plan to guide the economic, social and physical renaissance of Limerick city centre, the wider county and Mid-West region. Delivery on this is already ahead of targets, with 7,800 jobs created in Limerick and over €1.3 billion invested in the interim. Close to 5,400 of these posts are full-time posts across various sectors including financial services, retail, med-tech, IT, while the remainder are construction jobs.

The key sites prioritised for Limerick Twenty Thirty DAC are:

The 112,000 sq ft Garden

The 550,000sq ft Opera Site at Rutland Street

The Cleeves Riverside Campus on the banks of the River Shannon at Fernhill comprising 8 acres and 100,000 sq ft of existing space

The 340,000 sq ft Troy Studios Film Hub in Castletroy, where an €8m fit out is nearing completion ahead of the commencement of production

Launching the Limerick Twenty Thirty company, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan said: “The establishment of the Limerick Twenty Thirty company to create world-class commercial, retail, enterprise, and education facilities, as well as residential space, will take Limerick – a city already on the up – to new heights. The fact that it is plan-led, as distinct from developer-led, will mean the city and county are planned strategically and that the infrastructure and investment is exactly what Limerick needs.

“We are hugely confident regarding delivery as recent years, in particular, have illustrated Limerick’s enormous potential. Limerick City and County Council’s economic and spatial plan launched three years ago was high in aspiration but the follow-through has been emphatic, with 7,800 jobs created in the interim. The Limerick Twenty Thirty Company is going to raise the bar again and help complete the transformation of Limerick into the top league of European cities for inward investment over the coming decades.”

Said Limerick Twenty Thirty Company Chairman Denis Brosnan: “Limerick has embarked on a remarkable journey since 2009 when I was asked to Chair the Mid West Task Force on Job Creation. Today, with the launch of the Limerick Twenty Thirty Company, it steps onto a new platform.

“I am determined that this company will take up on the brilliant work and huge gains achieved and deliver the type of assets required to attract further transformational inward investment. We are sending a message far and wide, and not least in the window of opportunity for FDI post-Brexit investment, that we are open for business and capable of competing with the best for it.”

Conn Murray, Limerick City and County Council Chief Executive said; “With the establishment of Limerick Twenty Thirty, we now have a dedicated vehicle, with one of Ireland’s most respected business people at the wheel, to drive this city and county into a new and golden era. We have created a really attractive investment ecosystem here that is already reaping massive dividends and with Limerick Twenty Thirty we will create state of the art commercial, enterprise, education, retail and residential space that will accelerate the already rapid pace of inward investment.

“Given the opportunity of the post-Brexit space, we will offer a world class, highly competitive English-speaking environment for global companies seeking European locations.”

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Cllr. Gilligan is asking if the amalgamation structures within the Limerick City and County

Council need to be reviewed. While we rarely agree with cllr. Gilligan, on this occasion he has a point. The sh-amalgamation is long overdue for an overhaul.

Our city requires clear ownership and governance in terms of how much funding we get and how the funding should be spent. Currently everyone and nobody is leading us into the future. We need people like you, people who care, to become more vociferous about our city’s future. Join us in the struggle?

University of Limerick ‘Health Hub plans’ get council approval

PLANS to build a ‘health promotion hub’ in Limerick city centre have been approved by Limerick City and County Council.old-town-hall

The Health Hub will soon be kitted-out in the Old Town Hall premises on Rutland Street, as part of University of Limerick’s recently-launched global strategy and the Limerick 2030 Economic Plan.

The centre, which will be used for “community-based health promotion”, will be delivered in association with the HSE directorate of health and wellbeing, Healthy Ireland Council and UL.

The centre will comprise a meeting room with a 60-person capacity, reception area and waiting room.

It is also part of UL’s aim to augment its “visibility” within the city centre, with plans to build transport links between the city and the Plassey campus; permanent residence for UL’s Fab Lab; and students’ residence in partnership with Shannon Consortium and the council.

In the plan, UL says that the “interprofessional, community-based health hub will enable staff from the health sciences to deliver health and wellbeing programmes to community groups”.

When UL president Prof Don Barry launched the university’s Broadening Horizons strategy, he said that the university was “anxious” to see city centre developments at the Opera Centre site happen as soon as possible.

“We are ready to go and we have begun creating some of the activities that we want to bring to the city already.

“What I want to see in the city is hundreds of UL students studying in the city, living in the city, and bringing their energy and their life, as part of the revitalisation of the city centre, which I think is a very important part of the Limerick 2030 plan.”

Plans for the project were first lodged in the middle of February, and the planning office gave it the green light, this week. The building was originally home to the Chamber of Commerce when it was built in 1815.

Limerick Foot Bridge. Yay or Nay?

The controversial Limerick Foot Bridge is back on the table it seems. Here is some background that we would like to share with you, judge for yourself.

We know already that our Limerick City and County Council performed significant research on this project in June of 2014 with the assistance of a company called AECOM. In short, it looks like there were 3 design candidates:

Option 1- ‘The Balcony on the Shannon’

The Balcony on the Shannon

Option 2- ‘The River’s Apex’

The River’s Apex

Option 3- ‘Twin Arches’ (yes, we know it has only one arch, despite the name…)

Twin Arches

The project particulars as of that date, were as follows:

Limerick 2030 identifies a new public waterfront adjacent to Arthur’s Quay Park, it proposes that a “new Riverside Park will run the length of the City Centre from Sarsfield Bridge through where Sarsfield House currently stands, along between the Hunt Museum and the River and over a new pedestrian bridge into a pedestrianised Potato Market area linking up to the upgraded King John’s Castle tourist attraction.” This proposal is reflected and incorporated in the Limerick City Development Plan 2010-2016 and forms part of a number of key projects identified for delivery in the coming years.

As part of the potential, next generation, tourism investment in Limerick, Failte Ireland proposed a major transformational project – the creation of a RIVERWAY proposal that would see the construction of new footbridges and possible future connections across and along the River Shannon to provide new ways to experience the City and to animate the visitor’s experience of both the river Shannon and Limerick city centre. All journeys could make apparent and restore the intimate relationship between the City and the River Shannon.

Limerick City & County Council wish to appoint a Project Manager/ Employers Representative and Quantity Surveyor in connection with their proposed Footbridge project. It is intended that the Service will be required throughout all project stages of this design & build contract.

The services will typically include taking the brief and engaging with the client to clarify the requirements, obtaining statutory approvals where necessary, preparation of detailed design and tender documentation, management of the tender process, administration of the works contract, cost control including agreement of final accounts, management of the handover process including the provision of handover documentation to the client and all required interaction and reporting to the client throughout the process etc. Details of the services to be provided by Consultants will be further set down in the tender documents.

Almost as interesting as the project overview and the proposed bridge designs, is the e-mail correspondence that we uncovered during our search for information. It’s a 20MB file, so may take a moment to download, if you’re interested in it’s entirety).

email correspondence

And so the story goes on. Hey, if you’re that interested, we have all the files here at Limerick 2030. Let us know if you’d like us to share them with the rest of our citizens.

Is mise le meas,



Irish Water email fiasco reveals only 30,000 customers registered

According to recent news on Irish water’s website a duplicate email was sent erroneously to all Irish Water online account holders. It was noted by Irish Water that the duplicate email was sent to approximately 300 customers. The alert notification then went on to mention that only 1% of customers were affected.


Using a high-tech mathematical process involving formulas and leaving-cert mathematics, experts have calculated that if 1% is equal to 300 customers, then 100% is equal to 30,000 customers.


We’re open to be corrected on our fancy calculations, but if Irish Water’s current data is to be used as the baseline, then somebody somewhere is reporting inaccurate claims of c. 1.2 million households having already signed up. The numbers simply don’t add up.



Is Corruption Ireland’s most valuable Natural Resource?

Once upon a time, we used to think that the primary Natural Resource in this country was agriculture. But, since that was something that we learned in school way back in the 80’s, we got to thinking that maybe we should check out Google… just to be sure, to be sure.

viewSeems that (in no particular order) out Natural Resources are: natural gas, petroleum, peat, copper, lead, dolomite, barite, limestone, gypsum, silver and some zinc. And that there are Key industries based on these and other natural resources include fishing, foresting, mining, livestock, and other forms of agriculture and fish farming. Wow. Natural Gas you say, internet? Petroleum? Are we talking about the same country here?


Corruption, however, is not mentioned. Even though it brings hundreds of Millions of Euro in revenue to Ireland (including Limerick) each year, every year. While this resource is something that’s built into everybody’s psyche as human beings, apparently it’s more highly evolved in the Irish (the Irish upper class to be more specific). Naturally, most other countries have tried to mimic our skill in mastering this resource but there are not many nations who have excelled as we have, it would seem.

corruptionLet’s face it, in Ireland corruption is rife. It’s everywhere you look. It’s time to understand it, and time to embrace it. You see, the corruption isn’t the problem. As we’ve already mentioned, corruption is in everybody’s DNA. The problem lies in that our perception of corruption is that it’s a bad thing. This is what we’ve been taught. It’s time to get away from our naïve views of what is corrupt and what isn’t corrupt. What exactly do you think is keeping this tiny Island on the West of Europe afloat economically? Hint: It’s not fecking ‘dolomite’.

We’ve got to face up to reality and live with the fact that Ireland is corrupt. Any of the fanciful wishes we have in hoping that it will ever be any other way (at least in our lifetime) are valuable energy and time wasted. Instead, we need to spend our energy in understanding how to guide our personal situations towards a situation that is benefited by corruption.

Please drop us a comment when you figure that out. Why don’t they teach this in primary school? At least our children’s eyes would be opened and their expectations would not exceed the reality imposed upon them by you and I.

Is mise le meas,

Limerick 2030 ‘Vice’ fail

#LimerickViceLetter An Open Letter from the people of Limerick To the Editor of Vice: While we believe in free press and the right for anybody to be able to express their opinions without fear of reprisal, we also believe that stories should be balanced and professional. This article is neither. At best it’s trite clickbait, at worst it’s offensive and libellous. With open arms, Limerick offers your reporter (Yasin Osman) an opportunity to write a follow up story to balance the distorted and unfair perception of Limerick that is portrayed in this story. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and we look forward to your response.
Posted by Limerick 2030 on Friday, August 21, 2015