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Hunt Museum Garden Renovations take the first big step in development

Hunt Museum Garden renovations get underway with the removal of the railings surrounding the garden

Hunt Museum takes the first big step for the new garden renovations

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy

A big step has been made in the new Hunt Museum Garden renovations earlier this week as the railings surrounding the site were removed on Tuesday 15 September.

Staff from United Metal Recycling joined the museum’s chairman John Moran and other staff on-site to see the barriers being removed.

In the coming months, plans have been put into motion for a new welcoming garden to be designed, with new trees, a large chessboard, and potentially a memorial to those people who have lost their lives to Covid-19.

The Hunt Museum called this initiative ‘Fund A Cobble’. The overall plan is, that using scanning and 3D printing technologies, artifacts within the Hunt museum, hidden in collection cases, will be replicated in large form and installed in their newly landscaped garden, for all ages to play with and enjoy.

The old railings will be taken away to United Metal Recycling’s premises on the Ballysimon Road, where it will be fully recycled and shipped out of Limerick Docks destined for foundries across Europe.

Mr. Moran praised the generosity shown by members of the public to help the museum raise €50,000 for its transformation. Matched funding is also being sought.

Transformations are expected on-site from mid-October, with the garden potentially being open by next Easter.

The Hunt Museum is inviting family and friends of healthcare and frontline workers to donate their Fundit campaign to have their names engraved on a cobble for the garden. Commemorating a loved one with an inscription on a garden box or bench or their own cobble.

It was this which formed the basis of an initial call made to fund cobbles.

John Moran, the Hunt museum Chairman, while on-site to see the barriers taken away said, “Due to the timing of the project, we felt it was really important to mark what has been going on in Limerick and the way communities have come together. So people have funded cobbles to remember front-line workers or those they might have lost. We all thought it was great to go a step forward and think where we’d put a Covid-19 memorial. There’s no better place than right here on the river,”

To donate to the fund cobbles initiative, go HERE 

For more stories on the Hunt, museum go HERE 

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.