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Public help sought for Limerick Heritage Plan



Public help sought for Limerick Heritage Plan

Limerick City and County Council has begun the process of writing a Heritage Plan for Limerick and would like to hear from the public on what priorities should be contained in the new plan to promote Limerick’s unique and diverse heritage.

Heritage refers to anything from the past that merits passing onto future generations: inherited traditions, monuments, objects and culture.

The public, members of community groups, tidy towns groups, historical societies or wildlife groups interested in the heritage of Limerick are invited to make a written submission on the background document ‘Issues Paper Proposed Limerick City and County Heritage Plan 2017 – 2030’ by July 28, 2016. The aim is to identify priorities to support and develop heritage projects undertaken by state agencies, the local authority and the local community and voluntary sector.


Following consideration of submissions at this pre-draft stage, the Proposed Heritage Plan will be made available for public display in late 2016 for further comments.

The broad heritage areas for plan will include; archaeology, built heritage, modern architecture and public realm, biodiversity ad environmental awareness, cultural heritage and local history.

Pressing questions for the future of Limerick’s heritage include:

  • How can heritage ‘move with the times’ in terms of modern expectations such as social media, digital and modern technology to a broader audience given scarce resources including funding?
  • How can information on heritage matters be disseminated to local communities to encourage community ownership and appreciation?
  • How can heritage be all inclusive in modern Limerick which has a culturally diversity community?
  • How can the community, the Council and state agencies proactively enhance, protect and raise awareness of Limerick’s heritage given scarce resources?

Are there other issues threatening Limerick’s heritage?  If so, contact the Limerick City and County Council and let them know.

The Issues Paper – Limerick’s Heritage Plan 2017 – 2030 is available from Customer Services, local libraries and here

To read more about upcoming Limerick Heritage plans click here

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.