Council invests in 2.2 acre Salesians’ Fernbank site for development

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LIMERICK City and County Council has bought the former Salesian Secondary School and Convent Site at Fernbank, North Circular Road, with a view to development. The two and a quarter acre site is immediate west of Cleeve’s Factory which has been active for various art installations and recently, a source of hundreds of free parking spaces to boost city trade.

The Council states that “the Cleeve’s site is identified Limerick 2030: an economic and spatial plan for Limerick as a transformation of  project for Limerick and is capable, in principle, of supporting a range of activities. The site as an extension of the Cleeve’s site is considered to be a strategic importance to the future sustainable development of the City.  The Primary School is unaffected.”

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Carlo Hanrahan of Rooney Auctioneers was agent for the sale for which the sum agreed has not been released: “Negotiations were fairly protracted, they were ongoing last year. The Salesian Sisters are very happy with the outcome,” he makes clear. “[Fernbank] is a big deal as the Council is marrying the two sites, being in ownership of both”.