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 Uncover the architectural treasures of Limerick during Open House Limerick 2019

Open House Limerick 2019 includes the Other Georgian Limerick tour.

 Uncover the architectural treasures of Limerick during Open House Limerick 2019

Why not uncover some of Limerick’s architectural treasures or visit some of our more unusual homes and buildings as part of this year’s Open House Limerick 2019.

The Open House Limerick 2019 festival returns for its 8th year between the 17 – 20 October, with over 40 buildings and events ready for you to explore including; visits to the power station in Ardnacrush, Treasure Hunt around Limerick, Presentation on the Ilen Project’s trip to Greenland, and The Other Georgian Limerick tour




This year’s theme is ‘Architecture is Visionary’ which will inspire, enthuse, provoke and entertain. The concept will not only display Limerick’s architectural talent but also engage with the public to discuss how architects and communities can work together to address visionary change.

This is at a time when Limerick is embracing an open-minded approach to design, urban planning and construction techniques, strengthening its attractiveness and variety.

‘Visionary’ is fundamental to how people experience their environment, and Limerick City and County is a great example of this as it is a rich source of visionary buildings and spaces old and new. This year’s festival will celebrate these creations through guided building tours, public talks, discussions, short films, public exhibitions, walking tours and family workshops based around five key themes.

The festival, organised by a voluntary committee, is presented by architects, designers, academics, artists and many others for the general public to enjoy, ALL FOR FREE.

OpenHouse Limerick has a simple mission: to provide access to buildings that are normally closed for the general public. In addition to building tours, visitors to OpenHouse Limerick can also attend some of the free evening events and talks for a different view of architecture. Interest in this idea is growing annually, with OpenHouse Limerick enjoying growing numbers and a more diverse audience annually.

OpenHouse Limerick is also delighted to announce that RIAI CPD Structured Points are available for attending any of our 2019 festival events.

Maria Donoghue, Chair of Open House Limerick said, “The committee is delighted to welcome all members of the public to this extensive Festival of Architecture in Limerick in October, all free of charge. Our ‘Visionary’ theme has inspired hundreds of participants – from small architecture practices to major cultural institutions – to create a fantastic and varied programme. There really is something for everyone!”

“OpenHouse Limerick not only demonstrates Limerick’s architectural talent and opens up buildings for all to visit, but also presents how architects and communities can work together to address change. An open and visionary approach is fundamental and this year’s festival will celebrate former visions, create new ones, and explore how everyone can influence the future visions of our city and county.”

Visit the power station in Ardnacrusha

The highlights among the five key themes are:

 Global Visionaries: showcasing Limerick as a global crossroads where visionary people and places resonate. Highlights include; Keynote talk on Friday October 18 in St Mary’s Cathedral by global urbanism guru Riccardo Marini, former Director with Gehl Architects, Copenhagen; Founding Marini Urbanismo in 2017, Riccardo will discuss ‘place-making’, sharing insights reflecting how people must be central to the process and in endeavors to rethink our existing space.  

Modernism at the Movies, showing on Thursday, October 17 at Belltable Arts Centre will explore modernist architecture in Limerick through a film screening event of ‘Generate The State’. This film documents the visionary building and construction techniques of Ardnacrusha, the largest building project in the world at the time in 1929, (collaboration Belltable). Tours of Ardnacrusha Power Station will take place on Sunday, October 20.

Following a 2-month voyage to Greenland, the Ilen Project will give a presentation of Salmon’s Wake; A North Atlantic Cultural and Educational Voyage in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, October 19 at 5 pm, followed by The Ilen’s formal registration. The Ilen described as one of Ireland’s last timber-built ocean-going sailing ships, was designed by Limerick man Conor O’Brien and built-in Baltimore in 1926, she was delivered by Munster men to the Falkland Islands where she served valiantly for seventy years.

Shared Visionaries: How architecture shapes collective visionaries. Highlights include;

OpenHouse Junior with Escape Out of the Box, Saturday, October 19 at 11 am – 1 pm in The Hunt Museum. Suitable for 7-10 years.

Limerick Treasure Hunt: Exploring architectural heritage in Limerick city, running between 12 pm – 5 pm from Belltable on Saturday, October 19. Suited for children 4-12 years. In association with Bualadh Bos children’s festival.

Sketch in the City a new, all-ages and abilities-inclusive sketching and photography event taking place in Cleeves Factory on Saturday, October 19 from 12 pm – 3 pm.

  Historical Visionaries: Stories of well-known Limerick landmarks and hidden corners. Highlights include;

A curated exhibition at Shannon Rowing Club on Sunday, October 20 between 12 pm – 2 pm about the work of William Clifford Smith 1882-1954, in collaboration with NMA Architects and a separate curated building tour featuring Limerick landmark projects.

The Other Georgian Limerick, a Historical Walking Tour led by archaeologist John Elliott on Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm, will follow the history of Nicholas Street.

Peter Tait Trail, taking in Peter Tait’s first shirt factory on Bedford Row (Sharon Slater at 2 pm on Saturday, October 19 at Bedford Hotel) and his first residence at Tait House, Southill (3.30 pm on Saturday, October 19). Bus transport will be provided.

  A Tea Tour at M Cahill’s Tobacco and Snuff Factory, 47 Wickham Street, 2 pm on Saturday, October 19, will include a history of the building and one of Limerick’s oldest shops since it was established in 1870.

Visionary Homes: Celebrating Limerick’s rich housing and the visions embedded within it.

Highlights include tours of residential projects including Fort Mary Park by James Corbett Architects (2pm – 5pm Saturday October 19), Keeper House and Lodge by Scott Tallon Walker (12pm, 1pm, 2pm Sunday October 20), and 2 Moyola Terrace, Ennis Road on Sunday October 20 from 2.30pm – 4pm.

Civic Visionaries: Describes well-designed buildings that can improve quality of life, address climate change and enhance social interaction, supporting Ireland’s civic infrastructure and shaping our collective memories. Highlights include:

 RIAI Public Choice Awards 2019 winner Scoil Chríost Rí, Boys National School by Drake Hourigan Architects (Saturday, October 19 from 11 am – 1 pm)

  RIAI New Build Workplace Award 2019 winner Gardens International Office by Carr Cotter Naessans (Saturday, October 19, 12 pm and 1 pm)

 Limerick Courthouse on Mulgrave Street designed by Wilson Architecture (Saturday, October 19, 2 – 4 pm)

New Glucksman Library at UL by RKD Architects (12 pm, 1 pm – 3 pm Sunday, October 20), and Glenstal Library by Leyden Hassett and Associates (Sunday, October 20, 12 pm and 1 pm).

OpenHouse Limerick is proudly supported by Limerick City and County Council through its Festivals and Events Grant Scheme 2019. The festival is sponsored by Roadstone, Rogerson Reddan, Healy Partners Architects, GoCar, Cuddy QS, Joebren and the RIAI.

The Treasure Hunt project is funded by Creative Ireland and Limerick City and County Council through Creative Ireland Made in Limerick Grant 2019.

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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.