Gardens site is part of Open House event

THE Gardens International site on Henry Street, which makes up the first phase of the flagship Limerick Twenty Thirty developments in the city centre, will be open to the public as part of Open House Limerick this weekend.

From Friday to Sunday visitors will get an insight into the work being undertaken to construct a modern office space while retaining the architecture and spirit of the past. The Gardens International site is just one of a number of homes and buildings that will be available for viewing during Open House Limerick, a festival which celebrates architecture.

“The theme of this year’s event is ‘Architecture is Story’. It examines the buildings and spaces that contain the lives and stories of Limerick’s urban and rural citizens,” Maria Donoghue, architect with Limerick City and County Council and chairperson of Open House Limerick explained.

“People are always fascinated with what other people have done with their homes and Open House is an ideal opportunity for people to have a sneak peek.

“We’re delighted that so many home owners and businesses are willing to open up their properties over the weekend. The whole event wouldn’t happen if they weren’t willing to make the sacrifice.”

Open House Limerick is now in its sixth year and among the other locations open to the public this weekend include the Passive House in Priory Park, An Cora in Castleconnell, Cahernorry Church and Gardens, the Bishop’s Palace, Curraghgour Boat Club, Cleeves Factory Grounds, Limerick Sailor’s Home as well as a fascinating tour of the Docks including the Ranks Silo and Bannatyne Mill.

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New additions to the programme include Courtyard House, Newport, the Convent of Mercy, O’Connell Avenue and a series of tours, walks and children’s events. All events are free of charge but some require pre-booking.

For a full list of events, pre-booking dates and venues over the weekend, visit

by Alan Jacques