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I Love Limerick Back to School Giveaway worth €600 runs until August 24



Back to School giveaway – We wanted to do something kind for a Limerick family, so we are giving one lucky family the chance to win €600 worth of Back to School vouchers!

I Love Limerick Back to School Giveaway worth €600 runs until August 24

The cost of sending a child to primary school this coming year is just shy of €1,200 while parents of secondary school children can expect to pay an average of €1,491. To help ease this financial burden, we are giving one lucky Limerick family the chance to win an amazing €600 worth of vouchers in our Back to School Giveaway! 

Richard Lynch of I Love Limerick said, “Parents of secondary school children can expect to pay an average of €1,500 to send their child back to school. For parents with more than one school-going child, these costs can place huge financial pressure on a family. We wanted to do something kind for a Limerick family so we are giving one lucky family the chance to win €600 worth of Back to School vouchers and hope that this will take the financial pressure off the lucky Limerick family who wins our giveaway.”

This fantastic prize includes: 

€100 voucher for Michael Gleeson Shoes, 26 William Street (voucher can be used in both stores)

€100 voucher for Tony Clarke Books, 20 Thomas Street 

€100 voucher Fennessys, 31 William Street 

€100 voucher for Central Shoes, 4 Bedford Row

€75 voucher O’Mahonys Booksellers, 120 O’Connell Street

€50 voucher for The Zip Yard Limerick, 15 Thomas Street 

€50 voucher for Silkes Arts and Crafts, 64 Catherine Street 

€25 voucher for Carews, 55 William Street 

Michael Gleeson Shoes 

Michael Gleeson Shoes is Limerick’s leading retailer in men’s, ladies and children’s footwear. They pride themselves on being the friendliest shoe shop in the mid-west since 1985 and with over 30 years of experience, Michael Gleeson Shoes are ideally placed to offer their customers a level of service that is second to none. Located right next door to their Men’s and Ladies, they have a store dedicated to shoes just for the little ones, with an experienced team to assist you with choosing the right shoes for your child that not only fit properly but look great too. All of their staff are fully trained shoe fitters and provide an expert fitting service.

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Tony Clarke Books 

Tony Clarke Books was established in the 1970s by husband and wife team, Tony and Eileen Clarke. Their daughter, Eva, joined the business in 2002. Eileen sadly passed away in 2015, and Tony has since retired from the business but he still has a huge impact as a trusted advisor and Dad. They have built huge loyalty in Limerick. They have built this loyalty by being friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. They pride themselves on having stock available when the customer needs it. They make the process of getting school books as easy as possible you will see this both online and in their shop.

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Fennessys is a family-run retail store in the heart of Limerick city supplying mainly school uniforms to over 80 pre-school, primary and secondary schools mainly in the Munster Region. As their list of schools is reaching ever further from their main base, they are now embarking on our online store where customers can avoid the rush of the “Back to School” time and shop from the comfort of their home. Fennessys aim to supply great quality and value for money to all their customers, in-store and online.

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Central Shoes 

Central Shoe Store was established in 1902 in Market Square, Kilrush. In December 2007, City Central Shoes opened in Bedford Row, Limerick City. Since then, they have become one business under the name Central Shoes. Their online presence started in 2018 and has grown ever since. They have an extensive range of shoes across womens, mens and children’s sizes as well as handbags. They stock big brands such as Clarks, Gabor, Ecco, Dubarry, Rieker, Remonte, Skechers and more. All of their staff are fully trained shoe fitters and provide an expert fitting service. You can shop on their website 24/7.

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O’Mahonys Booksellers 

J.P. O’Mahony started the business in 1902, with three staff, no cat and a shop of about 550 square feet. Today they have five stores, the largest of which is at 120 O’Connell St. Limerick – covering nearly 16,000 square feet of retail space. They also have a warehouse for bulk schoolbook supply. Their flagship store at O’Connell Street is renowned for book launches, author signings and children’s events as well as its massive stock. They are fortunate to have not just loyal customers but a cohort of dedicated, long-serving staff who bring a wealth of knowledge and personality to their shops.

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The Zip Yard Limerick 

The Zip Yard was founded in 2005 after extensive market research identified a gap in the market where it found how few body shapes conform to the ‘standard’ European sizes found on the High Street. The success of The Zip Yard has relied on taking a different approach to the clothing alterations business. People want their garments, whether they’re ‘every day’ items or ‘special occasion’ wear, altered by trained professionals they can trust, quickly and efficiently, in clean modern premises. This has led to their branches enjoying a high volume of repeat business on a weekly basis. All outlets include ‘state of the art’ machinery and computer systems, and in most cases their seamstresses work in full view of the public, so customers can see the focus on quality workmanship for themselves. 

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Silkes Arts and Crafts 

Silkes Arts and Crafts was established in 1999 by Owen Silke and has been located at 64 Catherine Street since 2001. Since then, it has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading suppliers of Arts and Crafts. Over the years, they have built up a reputation for offering excellent, efficient and friendly customer service and competitive pricing. They have a never-ending list of craft materials both online and in-store, from high-quality paints to a variety of stylish embellishments.

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Established in 1885, Carew’s was set up as an independent Wholesale and Retail Leather Marchant, supplying the harness and shoe-making trades with leather and grindery components. Situated in the centre of Limerick City, the business thrived quickly and soon built up a reputation for high-quality leathers. Richard Carew, along with his son John Carew, are the 3rd and 4th generation owners, who continue to develop the shop in the area of luggage and leather goods, bringing Limerick many fine brands of quality leather goods and luggage from world-renowned manufacturers. 

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To enter the Back to School Giveaway, all you have to do is follow I Love Limerick on Instagram, like the post, and tag two friends. 

The winner will be announced on our Instagram Story on Tuesday, August 24 and not through any other account.

I Love Limerick would like to extend a massive thank you to all businesses involved in our giveaway.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.