#LimerickCityofCulture 2014 and Limerick 2030

The #LimerickCityOfCulture project and its tempestuous relationship with its citizens seems to have calmed, if only until the jetstream of public opinion regenerates its energy. In the wake of recent controversy regarding the roll-out of the project, the eerie silence from the Project Team (in terms of communicating out the current project status) is just a small bit worrying don’t you think?

Has the Project Team learnt anything at all during the last few weeks? You see, apart from a brief upload to the Vimeo website yesterday where Mr. Fitzpatrick tells us to ‘keep up-to-date’, we really have seen very little about The Plan. Yes, we’ve seen some “what’s-on-this-week” type information but what about The Plan?

Limerick 2030 would like answers to three simple questions:


Will you publish our Limerick City of Culture Project Charter?

Will you publish our Cost/Benefit analysis document?

Will you publish our Project Schedule and our Roles and Responsibilities matrix?

Without these fundamental documents, we fear that the governance for the project is flawed. If the governance is flawed, then we have little hope of the project being delivered successfully. Of course, the word ‘successfully’ is in itself is a fuzzy term, given that we are not aware of what the criteria for success are. This leads us to another topic in a similar vein. What are the success criteria for this project?

Without knowing what to measure, record and track in terms of the Project outcomes, how do we say whether the project is a success or not? Well we hate to say it but,

It’s just not possible!

But wait, maybe the media and quasi-informed-political-opinions could be the determining factor when it comes to measuring this Project’s success. Do we really want our City of Culture year to be measured by opinion, or would we prefer it to be measured by fact? In summary, we believe that we need to ask more from the Project Team behind this initiative, so that we can be reassured that they are going about the project delivery and measurement, in a professional manner. Indeed we hope and pray that the Limerick 2030 project does not see the issues that this project has had to-date.

Will you join us in our quest for the 3 documents above? Spread the word ár gcairde.

Is mise le meas,

Limerick 2030 (not)

Here's a pic of a cute dog, just to take your mind off things.
Here’s a pic of a cute dog, just to take your mind off things.

Win €100 voucher for Crescent Shopping Centre!!!

There are 3 ways to Enter:

  1. Retweet us @limerick2030 with #NaughtyOrNiceLimerick) or
  2. Like and share our Facebook page or
  3. Leave a comment in the big white “leave a comment” box on our website blog.

We want you to tell us whether you’ve been Naughty or Nice this year. There may be something for whoever has the best story too. This competition is open only to those who hail from Limerick, needless to say.

The winner will be announced on 17/12/13.

Stay classy, Limerick.

#NaughtyOrNiceLimerick. Win a €100 Gift Card to spend in the Crescent Shopping Centre


9 10 11 12 13(Retweet @limerick2030 to enter via Twitter). It’s entirely possible that you may not be around to see the next occurrence of a sequential date like 11/12/13. In fact, it will be the year 2103 before you could see another. So, to lift your spirits just a teeny bit for Xmas…

Limerick 2030 are giving away a €100 voucher to spend in the Crescent Shopping Centre, in Limerick.

To enter, just retweet us (with #naughtyornicelimerick) or write in the big white box below, or share our Facebook page. We want you to tell us whether you’ve been Naughty or Nice this year. There may be something for whoever has the best story too. This competition is open only to those who hail from Limerick, needless to say.

The winner will be announced on 16/12/13.

Stay classy, Limerick.

Limerick 2030 explain #circle #youvebeencircled #limerick2030

The Circle phenomenon has hit Ireland. Limerick to be precise. It has dodged the bouncers and gatecrashed our lovely Limerick social media party. Want to know what it’s all about? Yes, we thought so. Don’t know about you, but it seems that everybody is inviting people and it’s sooo annoying.

So in short then, the Circle app is yet another flavour of communication ‘commware’ that is about to hit us from one of the many Internet giants– this time it’s Hawthorne labs. They, in association the people who brought you LikeALittle, are being funded by some large investors (one of which is the actor turned serial-tweeter, Ashton Cutcher). But for a change, they are not pushing another app down our throats. Rather, this app osmotes directly into your brain, all by itself. The secretive nature of Circle’s marketing strategy combined with the lack of instructions on how to use it, is well, cool.

So that’s the backdrop. But what does it do? Well, it’s like Facebook and Twitter had a baby. And that baby had style and was named “Circle”. For example, you’ve heard about Google Glass, right. If you have a Circle account and you are using Google Glass… hey, pictures speak louder than words. There’s a video below and it outlines what will be possible when those two get together.

We would like to issue our own health warning though, from we who like to see all things tech on the horizon. Bi cúramach. The Circle doesn’t care too much about who’s allowed see you; nor does it care who you can see. Also, sharing links on Circle is not easy, it likes to replace your links with it’s own links back to Circle. Yes, it’s crafty. Our verdict?

Circle is what Facebook would be like, if Steve Jobs invented it.

We strongly advise you to get your Circle account, before somebody else takes your name.

Yeah that’s right, Limerick, #youvebeencircled.

(O.k. Google, make me cuppa.)

What’s this ‘Limerick 2030 FaceZ’ all about anyway?

It’s early days here at Limerick 2030 FaceZ, but by far, the most common question we’re seeing so far is “What’s this site about”?

Our answer is simple, like ourselves.

We know what it’s about. What do you want it to be about?


Don’t get too concerned with our ‘deep’ response. We also like to spend a lot of our time just making up random stuff.