Town and City Centre Has Been Awarded the Limerick Purple Flag

Limerick Purple Flag

Limerick Purple Flag. Pictured, from left, Dr James Ring, Limerick Chamber CEO, Con Murray, Limerick CEO and David Sheahan, Limerick Garda Chief Superintendent.

Limerick city centre has been awarded the purple flag status for excellence in managing evening and night economy.

The Purple Flag is a specific town and city centre based award which aims to increase the appeal of the town and the city centres within the hours of 5 pm and 5 am. City Centres that achieve the required standards of 30 criteria can fly the flag. Purple Flag destinations distinguish themselves by being vibrant and well-managed. Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and local residents. This award of the Limerick Purple Flag is the culmination of almost two years of hard work performed by the city’s communities, businesses and An Garda Síochána. There has been a co-ordinated approach between Limerick City and County Council, Limerick Chamber and An Garda Síochána to develop the evening and night-time offering in the city centre which has helped in securing the award for Limerick Purple Flag.

Cllr Michel Hourigan, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick said: “Limerick has always been known for its wonderful night-life and I’m delighted that it is being recognised with the awarding of the prestigious Purple Flag.  The flag means that those on a night out in Limerick can expect the highest standards while enjoying themselves in a well-managed environment.  A big well done to those involved in securing the Purple Flag for Limerick, your work will pay off into the future.”Dr James Ring, Chief Executive of Limerick Chamber also welcomed the announcement: “This has been in the planning since summer 2015 when Conn Murray and I announced our intention to get the Purple Flag.  Since then there has been a strong group of chamber members, council workers and Gardaí working quietly behind the scenes to make this happen.  It’s been tough work but it shows how collaborations between the public and private sectors can be very successful, and now we can look proudly at the Purple Flag map and see Limerick take its place.”

Limerick Purple Flag

Limerick Purple Flag. Pictured, from left, Con Murray, Limerick CEO, David Sheahan, Limerick Garda Chief Superintendent, Dr James Ring, Limerick Chamber CEO and Cllr Michael Hourigan, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick. Photo: courtesy of Oisin McHugh

Dr James Ring, Chief Executive of Limerick Chamber also welcomed the announcement: “This has been in the planning since summer 2015 when Conn Murray and I announced our intention to get the Purple Flag.  Since then there has been a strong group of chamber members, council workers and Gardaí working quietly behind the scenes to make this happen.  It’s been tough work but it shows how collaborations between the public and private sectors can be very successful, and now we can look proudly at the Purple Flag map and see Limerick take its place.”Conn Murray, Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council said: “We are working hard to make Limerick city centre more attractive for citizens and visitors alike.  The Purple Flag is recognition of the standards that we have achieved.  In order to build a strong region, we must have a strong city centre core.  There is a significant amount of investment going on in the city centre under the Limerick Twenty Thirty plan and the revitalisation of O’Connell Street.  We want to be able to harness this go work to provide a city for everyone.  The partnership approach to development is working and this can be demonstrated with the Purple Flag award.  The council, businesses and the gardaí have all co-operated to see Limerick get the accreditation.”

Conn Murray, Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council said: “We are working hard to make Limerick city centre more attractive for citizens and visitors alike.  The Purple Flag is recognition of the standards that we have achieved.  In order to build a strong region, we must have a strong city centre core.  There is a significant amount of investment going on in the city centre under the Limerick Twenty Thirty plan and the revitalisation of O’Connell Street.  We want to be able to harness this go work to provide a city for everyone.  The partnership approach to development is working and this can be demonstrated with the Purple Flag award.  The council, businesses and the gardaí have all co-operated to see Limerick get the accreditation.”

Chief Superintendent David Sheahan of An Garda Síochána said: “We have worked with the local authority and businesses to help get the Purple Flag for Limerick.  It is important that people enjoying a night out in the city centre know the area is well managed and has certain standards.  We have all been working behind the scenes to secure the Purple Flag for Limerick and the success shows the level of co-operation that takes place on a daily basis to ensure Limerick is the place where people want to live, work and play.”

The Limerick Purple Flag accreditation is managed by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM).  Purple Flag areas have all reported a consistent increase in footfall and a decrease in crime within the evening and night-time economy.

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