Limerick nightclub venue set to reopen

The Granary building on Michael Street where Crush 87 will operate
The Granary building on Michael Street where Crush 87 will operate

One of Limerick’s most iconic nightclub venues at the Granary on Michael Street is set to re-open in July.

Savage Management, made up of local businessman Philip Geraghty, Patrick Purcell, a veteran of the Limerick nightclub industry together with Limerick publicans Clem Smith (former Limerick hurler and owner of Clem Smiths Bar) and Anthony O’Dwyer (Pig ‘n’ Porter Festival), are set to relaunch the old Trinity Rooms as ‘Crush 87’.

All four jointly own the Orchard Bar, which opened last September at the historic Granary building.

The refurbishment of the 14,000 sq ft nightclub will cost close to €1 million and will create 50 permanent jobs and a further 20 jobs during the re-fit phase which is currently well underway. The owners have been inundated with CVs for various roles at the club and are delighted with the level of interest.

According to the owners, ‘Crush 87’ will provide a real ‘nightclub experience’, with some of the top DJs from around the world set to perform at the newly refurbished venue in the next 12 months.

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The Granary itself is a listed structure in the heart of Limerick City. Built in 1787, which is partly where the name ‘Crush ’87’ comes from, the building is 300 years old. Its beautiful brick archways provide a perfect backdrop for the club interior which will certainly have the ‘wow’ factor both on the music front and with the unique ‘art madness’ décor, according to the owners.

Said Phil Geraghty, “I dreamt about owning a nightclub before the age of 25 so I am really excited about this project which is literally a dream come true. We are confident that the styling will be a crowd pleaser and in total contrast to any other nightclub in the area. “

“As Limerick natives, we are all committed to the city and to working with local suppliers and the relevant groups to help promote and sell Limerick as much as possible. I look forward to ‘Crush 87’, a leading city centre venue being very much a part of the growing City festival scene.”