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The White House Bar wins Limerick Tidy Towns Monthly Award July 2017



Congratulations to the Tidy Towns monthly winner, The Whitehouse Bar. Pictured are Maura O’Neill, Sabina Begger, Sarah Carroll, and Sharon Slater with the Tidy Towns Monthly Award. Photo: Maxine Bramley/ ilovelimerick.


The White House Bar wins Limerick Tidy Towns Monthly Award July 2017 

Limerick City Tidy Towns have presented their Tidy Towns Monthly Award for July 2017 to The White House Bar at the corner of Glentworth Street and O’Connell Street, not only for their impeccable refurbishment of such a landmark Limerick pub but also for their great support in allowing Limerick Tidy Towns to hold events and weekly meetings there.  Pictured outside the pub being presented with the award by Maura O’Neill and Sharon Slater of Limerick City Tidy Towns are Sabina Begger and Sarah Carroll.


Maura says “The White House has always been a great supporter of Limerick City Tidy Towns, having been our Wednesday evening meeting spot since we formed back in 2015, either for clean-ups during summer months or committee meetings in the winter.   We were therefore very sorry to see it close in 2016 but delighted when the new White House started to take shape, with original features such as the signage and light fittings being repaired and enhanced, resulting in the beautifully sympathetic refurbishment that we see today.  Our monthly award is therefore given both for the positive impact The White House has on the streetscape in the heart of the city, and its continuing support to our work, including hosting our annual awards event in January to announce the overall winner for 2017”.


The White House Bar dates back to 1812, and as such has huge historical significance as one of Limerick’s oldest and best known public houses, frequented down the years by figures such as Frank McCourt, Richard Harris, and Jack Charlton.  This history was not lost on its new owner, former Munster and Ireland rugby player, Damian Varley when he bought it in 2016 after it had fallen into noticeable disrepair, and he lovingly restored it to its former glory, without losing any of its important historical traditional features.  While the bar has been modernised and has more of an upmarket feel than in the past, it very much retains its charm and atmosphere of a traditional Limerick pub, and is well worth a visit either by day for lunch, or to enjoy a drink with great company in the evening.  


The White House is the seventh Limerick City Tidy Towns winner for 2017, following Bluebird Care in June, Enzo’s in May, Billy Higgins Clothing in April, No 1 Pery Square in March, Casey’s Londis Mount Kennett in February and Narrative 4 in January, and all monthly winners will be in with the chance of winning the overall prize for 2017 at the annual Tidy Towns event to be held early in 2018. 


Limerick City Tidy Towns would like to thank Maxine Bramley from I Love Limerick for taking the photographs for this and all of their monthly awards.


If you wish to volunteer with Limerick City Tidy Towns they meet every Sunday morning at 11 am at the corner of Thomas Street and O’Connell Street, and on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm outside the White House during summer months. For further details, you can like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, check their website


To find out more about Limerick City Tidy Towns click here

To see more of our stories on previous Tidy town monthly winners click here 

To contact Limerick City Tidy Towns email  [email protected]


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