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Limerick Civic Trust Canal Walk Opens



Limerick Civic Trust canal walk is now open to the public.

The new pathway, which runs the length of the Corbally side of the canal, was previously an inaccessible overgrown narrow track.  A team from Limerick Civic Trust spent several months clearing the overgrowth, laying a wide gravel path and re-sowing grass on the verges.  The reopening of the path sees the canal loop walk open to the public from Clare Street to the Guinness Bridge on both banks.  Already hundreds of walkers and joggers are enjoying the new amenity.

Commenting on the project, David O’Brien, CEO of Limerick Civic Trust said, “Our work on improving our riverside walkways is ongoing through our involvement with community groups like the Corbally Community Area Group and the enormous support we receive from Limerick City & County Council.  I’m delighted to see this project completed after all the hard graft put in by our team.  It’s terrific to see so many members of the community enjoying the new amenity already.”

“We’ve identified several more projects that we believe will greatly enhance the attractiveness of our riverside amenities amongst locals and tourists alike.  However, as a non-for-profit organisation that is totally reliant on donations, we need to secure funding before we can continue with our plans.”

“For instance, the Locke Quay Bridge area of the Canal at Clare Street and the neighbouring Grove Island provide more opportunities for the Trust to focus on and exploit the potential of our rivers.  Locke Quay Bridge, which is of significant historical and architectural interest, needs preservation work.  The Bridge also provides important access to the now derelict Johnson House.  This house once offered accommodation to passengers travelling down the canal from Dublin – including Daniel O’Connell. These are historical treasures we need to protect,” David O’Brien concluded.

Limerick Civic Trust undertakes projects that make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive.  Whether it’s improving or maintaining a graveyard, river walk, community garden or city street, the Trust’s work aims to promote civic pride.  The Trust also undertakes conservation and preservation projects as well as Educational and Research work.

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