Patrick Sarsfield Monument Renovations – The resident’s association in partnership with local businesses has started a project to renovate the monument.
Patrick Sarsfield Monument Renovations carried out by Garryowen Residents Association
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Dylan Frawley
The Patrick Sarsfield monument in Cathedral Place has been given a much-needed renovation.
The Garryowen Residents’ Association set to work on the statue depicting Limerick’s infamous son.
Tom O’Brien, of the association, said, “The monument is as important to the people of this community as the Treaty Stone is to the people of Thomondgate, it not only represents the man himself but also the events that took place.”
The association has urged Limerick City and County Council to “enhance, promote and celebrate” the parish.
“The area is immersed in history given the old walls of Limerick, the cathedral, the Medieval graveyard, the architecture in St John’s Square and the events outlined. There is also great cultural diversity given the local businesses in the locality,” Tom added.
On Saturday, the Ambassador of France to Ireland Vincent Guérend visited the statue of Patrick Sarsfield in the area in honour of Limerick’s annual Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival.
In commemoration of Limerick’s Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival’s 330th Anniversary that just took place last weekend, Patrick Sarsfield has been honoured and celebrated as deserved in the last year.
In October 2020, Consular Agency of France in Limerick and the Limerick Civic Trust set up the ‘Sarsfield Homecoming Project’ to find Patrick Sarsfield’s remains, located in St Martin’s Church, Colmar, France, which was an outstanding successful achievement!
Last Sunday, July 11, Limerick’s King John’s Castle hosted the premiere of Cuimhnigh ar Sarsfield – The Wild Geese Suite, a newly composed suite of music and dance, especially commissioned by the Limerick Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival Committee to mark the 330th anniversary of the Flight of the Wild Geese, described by Dr Loïc Guyon, French Honorary Consul, as ‘a poetic musical tribute to Patrick Sarsfield and the Wild Geese’.
The beautifully and newly renovated monument of Patrick Sarsfield will forever commemorate Patrick Sarsfield and his legacy and will be a pillar for Limerick City for centuries to come.