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Limerick Community Voices podcast celebrates Limerick’s vibrant community spirit

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Limerick Community Voices podcast has been launched by Limerick Public Participation Network.

Limerick Community Voices podcast series to highlight great work being done by Community champions

Limerick Community Voices podcast series to highlight great work being done by Community champions
Pictured outside the Doras headquarters on O’Connell Street is John Lannon, CEO Doras who is one of the featured guests. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick

Limerick Public Participation Network has launched a new podcast that promises to platform many of the inspiring people, projects and causes that help create Limerick’s famed and flourishing community spirit.

The Limerick Community Voices podcast was created in response to suggestions among members of the Limerick Public Participation Network (the PPN) who wanted to see more space offered to explore community issues, highlight the great work that is being done, and hear from some of the many inspiring community champions in our midst.

The PPN brings together over 185 member groups from the community, voluntary and environmental sectors across Limerick city and county. It provides an important platform for members to connect, share information and resources, and get involved in decision-making at the local level. Part of the national network of PPN’s, Limerick PPN continues to grow and is in the midst of a renewed outreach and communications effort. Through this, the PPN hopes to reach out to new and existing members, remind people of the importance of the community and voluntary sector, and of getting involved in informing and shaping decisions made by Limerick City and County council.


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“The launch of the Limerick Community Voices podcast marks the start of a renewed effort to celebrate the great work that is going on around the county, and the incredible people who are involved in different charities, organisations, and community groups,” says Patrick Fitzgerald, who is a volunteer membership facilitator with the PPN. Patrick is also a farmer, a therapist, and a Development Worker with Limerick Community Education Network. He is deeply passionate about the community sector and creating mechanisms to explore and amplify the people and issues.

“There’s so much great work going on. Often we’re so busy we don’t see it or have time to celebrate it. There are no shortage of challenges and issues but there’s amazing work going on and incredibly inspiring people affecting change in different ways” says Patrick.

“It’s important to hear from them, to learn more about the work, and to share ideas, information, and inspiration. That’s in part what led us to create this podcast, and we’re excited about the potential for it to grow and connect with people from all walks of life. The podcast format is also great in that it’s accessible online and on people’s smartphones and tablets, meaning people can listen to it at home, at work, while walking, driving, on a train, or in the gym. It’s a great way to pass an hour or so.”

Patrick is also one of the hosts of the podcast, which is now live and free to listen to on Apple, Spotify, Google and other podcast platforms. The first series includes 7 episodes featuring a range of enlightening and entertaining conversations with important voices from across Limerick city and county. These include Cillian Flynn from GOSHH, Ursula McKenzie from EmployAbility Limerick, Jimmy Prior from Southill Family Resource Centre, Liz Gabbett from Maigue Rivers Trust, John Lannon from Doras, and Seamus O’Connor from Limerick City and County Council.

“We’re looking forward to bringing on board new and diverse voices covering a range of issues for our next series. In the meantime, it’s great to be alive and kicking and looking forward to hearing the feedback from listeners in Limerick and beyond.”

Find the Limerick Community Voices podcast at the links attached and visit Limerick PPN website to find out more about the Network.

Links to Podcast episodes:

Main links: Apple | Spotify | Other 

Series 1 episodes below

Main links: Apple | Spotify | Other 

Series 1 episodes below

Cillian Flynn – GOSHH

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Seamus O’Connor – LCDC
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Ursula McKenzie – EmployAbility Limerick
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Jimmy Prior – Southill Family Resource Centre
Listen: Apple | Spotify | Other

Liz Gabbett – Maigue Rivers Trust
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John Lannon – Doras
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Una Burns – Novas
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