International PigTail Day on 9th August. Don’t Forget! #PigtailIreland

Did you know that it’s International Pigtail Day on Saturday 9th August? Let’s show the rest of the Country how it’s done Limerick !!!! :) We think mammys and daughters should unite in Limerick!International Pig Tail Day Limerick 2030


Some old pictures of #Limerick brought to life #limerick2030

We think Limerick is a pretty nice place. Of course you know that already. Send us any old photographs that you might have and we will upload them for you here. Love to all.

Enjoy the long weekend,
Limerick 2030

Google asks “Why is Limerick so Rough?” Limerick Responds #LetLimerickChoose #Limerick2030

Why is Limerick so Rough?

No. We say instead, “Why is Limerick so AWESOME.”

We’ll let you in on something strange that happened here today, so that you’ll know what this story is all about.

One of our researchers had some spare time on their hands and decided to go onto Google and do a search in relation to Limerick. We started our research by entering the words “Why is Limerick” into the Google Search box… and then Boom. Google get’s all nasty on us.

Without asking us anything further and without any hesitation, Google’s Auto-Complete immediately auto-suggested “Why is Limerick so rough” (amongst some other unsavoury things, as you can see below). All this before we could finish typing in our question!

Limerick2030 Rough

Now, that got us around to thinking.

Is this what people are really searching for? Is this what people see on Google when asking about Limerick? Do we look like this to the ‘outside world’ from Google’s point of view?

You see, we love our City and want others to love Her also, but it’s hard to change the impression people have when even Google is on our case. As it turns out, there is something we can do. It takes approximately 5 seconds.

We have devised a cunning plan of epic proportions, to make Google change the suggestions that pop-up when somebody is doing a search. Here’s what you gotta do:

  1. Open the Google Search box
  2. Type in “Why is Limerick so AWESOME” (as per the pic. below) and then hit enter.
  3. If you’re one those people who are riding the tidal wave of apathy that’s often out there in relation to Limerick 2030 (and any Limerick based projects in general) we’ve made it so that you only need to click a single link to make all this happen Let Limerick Choose.

Why is Limerick so AWESOME

You see, if more than a hundred people or so do this, it will cause a change in Google’s Auto-Complete algorithm. To cut a long story short, it will mean that when people type “Why is Limerick…” into Google, they will no longer see the bad stuff popping up first and they will start seeing the good stuff popping up instead.

Limerick has the power to choose what other people will see in Google.

Editor’s Note#1: We got so hooked on this ‘auto-complete’ thing, that we decided to do one for every county, not just Limerick. The results are below. Some are normal and some are just… well, see for yourself.

We Typed this into Google: Google Auto-Completed this : Editor’s Note #2
Why is Antrim why is antrim called the saffron county It is?
Why is Armagh why is armagh the orchard county  
Why is Carlow No Result Anybody using Google in Carlow?
Why is Cavan No Result Google did suggest : “why is Cavani so cheap”. Maybe both Cavan and Cavani are cheap?
Why is Clare why is clare the banner county  
Why is Cork why is cork known as the rebel county  
Why is Donegal why is donegal not in northern ireland  
Why is Down No Result Google did suggest : “Downton Abbey”. Not a surprise. Everybody hearts Downton…
Why is Dublin why is dublin called dublin Deep.
Why is Fermanagh why is fermanagh sparsely populated  
Why is Galway why is galway the city of the tribes  
Why is Kerry why is kerry called the kingdom  
Why is Kildare why is kildare marathon cancelled What? Nobody told us!
Why is Kilkenny why is kilkenny a city Indeed. Some gobbeldy-gook about a Cathedral we believe.
Why is Laois why is laois called the queens county  
Why is Leitrim No results Enough said.
Why is Limerick why is limerick so rough All counties can be rough. We’re trying to change that perception, as you know.
Why is Derry why is derry sometimes called londonderry  
Why is Longford No results  
Why is Louth No results  
Why is Mayo why is mayo bad for you This being the Mayo that we put on our sarnies, as opposed to the Mayo we all know and love. We’re confused now?
Why is Meath why is meath called the royal county  
Why is Monaghan why is monaghan called the farney county  
Why is Offaly why is offaly called the faithful county  
Why is Roscommon No results  
Why is Sligo No results  
Why is Tipperary why is tipperary called the premier county  
Why is Tyrone why is tyrone a black name No racism here. A quick dive into the Google search results show it’s the first_name = “Tyrone” that Google is talking about. Not County = “Tyrone”. Phew.
Why is Waterford why is waterford called the deise  
Why is Westmeath why is westmeath a county This is up for debate we guess.
Why is Wexford why is wexford called the model county  
Why is Wicklow why is wicklow called the garden of ireland  

Let Limerick Choose.

Is Mise le Meas,

Patricia Sarsfield

#LetLimerickChoose #Limerick2030

Limerick, year 1835 through to #Limerick2030

Rice's Memorial, People's Park, Pery Square, L...
Rice’s Memorial, People’s Park, Pery Square, Limerick, Limerick City (Photo credit: infomatique)

Frank McDonald’s (Irish Times) nostalgic take on the most prominent and arguably, most beautiful Georgian architecture remaining in Limerick. We don’t all know the specific area by her exact name, but we all know it. Let’s ensure that we don’t allow the Limerick 2030 development plans to strip our City of it’s history when designing for the future in terms of the Newtown Pery area.

It’s more than just bricks and mortar.

Let us know what you think. You can view the original piece here.


Is mise le meas,

Patricia S.

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We’re nearing end of #limerickcityofculture ‘riverdance’. How many euro has been generated for local economy? Any guesses?

We’re nearing end of #limerickcityofculture ‘riverdance’. How many euro has been generated for local economy? Any guesses?

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#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.

An Open Letter from Richie Ryan, to the Chairman of The Limerick City of Culture 2014 #TheRealLimerickCityOfCulture

6 January 2014

Dear Mr. Chairman,

I would like to offer my expertise and experience to the Limerick City of Culture Board as interim Artistic Director on a voluntary / Pro Bono basis until the newly configured Board of Directors appoint a suitable Artistic Director through due diligence. This is being offered to get the programme back on track and to reassure the artistic community continuity as a matter of urgency.

If the Limerick City of Culture Board accept my offer the first thing I will do is organise a massive all inclusive Limerick Creative SHOWCASE for late January to take place in the City centre, inclusive of all the artistic disciplines within the city, to reclaim the rightful honour that is National City of Culture 2014.

The Second thing I will do will be to invite previous City of Culture programmers Maeve McGrath and Joe Mangan to re-join the team for the sake of clarity and continuity in the programming.

The third thing I will do is to commit fully to get on with the job at hand, which is to consolidate and confirm the immediate programme of events and build trust in the community around ‘city of culture’.

I am confident that I have the full support of all the Local Arts Practitioners, professional and voluntary and the citizens of Limerick to do the job to the best of my ability with their assistance and commitment.

This would only be an interim solution giving the newly configured Board the necessary time and space to appoint a suitable replacement Artistic Director in due course.

Richie Ryan.

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Is mise le meas,