On Monday the 7th of October, Senator David Norris arrived at the train station and walked across the People’s Park to cut the ribbon on the red door of our new People’s Museum of Limerick at No. 2 Pery Square. 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 eclectic collections in its care.
“We have been blown away by the huge swell of support for the museum in Limerick,” Dr Rose Anne White, manager of the museum said, “And this was reflected in the house last night as well over a hundred people showed up to wish us well.” Local and national politicians were well represented, as well as city organisations, neighbours, friends, and the many people who have donated items to the museum so far.
The goodwill and enthusiasm in the room was matched perfectly by a rousing speech from Senator Norris which had many in laughter and spontaneous applause as he praised the city thoroughly. 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. After the ceremonial part of the evening finished, the crowds in attendance enjoyed music played on the historic grand piano by Limerick pianist Mark O’Connor, and had the opportunity to browse the different exhibitions occupying the rooms of the house at the moment.
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. Check the rest of this website for all updates and information.
Photographs below are courtesy of Deirdre Power. The launch event was sponsored by No. 1 Pery Square Hotel and Spa, and by Marks and Spencer.