Peoples Museum of Limerick 2019: David O’Brien, CEO of Limerick Civic Trust, Senator David Norris, Rose Anne White, curator of People’s Museum of Limerick and Thomas Wallace O’Donnell, Chairman of Limerick Civic Trust pictured at the opening night of People’s Museum of Limerick. Picture: Bruna Vaz Mattos / ilovelimerick.
PHOTOS: Peoples Museum of Limerick gives a warm welcome to Senator David Norris as he cuts the ribbon
Monday, October 7, No. 2 Pery Square with the help of Senator David Norris, officially opened its doors to the public as The People’s Museum of Limerick during an evening of wine, canapes and classical music.
A longtime political activist and Georgian house enthusiast, Norris was the perfect choice to celebrate the opening of this latest project from Limerick Civic Trust, which seeks to represent the diversity of the people of Limerick in the showcasing of the historic collections in its care.
Speaking on the decision to entitle the museum ‘The People’s Museum of Limerick’, manager and curator of the museum, Dr. Rose Anne White said, “It showcases items that have been donated by the people of Limerick that are about the history of Limerick. The tour guides, carpenters, curators are all from Limerick themselves so you will be shown around by someone who lives right across the road in most cases”.
The goodwill and enthusiasm in the room were matched perfectly by a rousing speech from Senator Norris which had many in laughter and spontaneous applause as he praised the city thoroughly.
Addressing the audience and Limerick Civic Trust, Senator David Norris said, “Limerick was always a glowing presence in our lives. The Georgian core of Limerick is extremely special and I’m delighted you have Mr. Pery the Earl of Limerick supporting you because he built this square”
Speeches were also heard from Limerick Civic Trust CEO, David O’Brien, and Chairman, Thomas Wallace-O’Donnell. The Chairman’s speech particularly praise the staff of the museum, drawn from the Community Employment Scheme sponsored by the Trust, for their hard work and enthusiastic commitment to the project.
The evening ended with the opportunity for those in attendance to browse the exhibits accompanied by music on the historic grand piano from Limerick pianist Mark O’Connor.
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The People’s Museum of Limerick is currently open Monday to Friday, 11am to 3pm, with extended opening hours coming soon. Rooms in the house are also available for rental and for community use, and events are held in the museum most nights of the week.
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Pictures: Bruna Vaz Mattos / ilovelimerick.
Peoples Museum of Limerick 2019