Bringing a beach to Limerick

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DEPUTY Jan O’Sullivan is hoping to bring the seaside to Limerick with a new proposal that would see a man-made beach in the city centre.

The Labour Party TD put forward the idea when asked if she could add one amenity to the city, what would it be.

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Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan

“I have thought about this for a while and decided to go with a beach. Limerick is the one Irish city that is not near the sea so I think we should copy Paris and put a man-made beach right in the city,” explained Deputy O’Sullivan.

Although it may seem far-fetched, the idea of a man-made beach is already a reality with a similar structure developed in Paris in 2002.

The Paris-Plages or “Paris Beaches” is a plan run by the office of the mayor of Paris that creates artificial beaches each summer in the heart of the city along the river Seine.

“I just thought I would suggest something a bit different. Cities like Paris have done it, and it has been a success there. I know we don’t have the same weather as Paris but I think because Limerick is far from any beaches it could be a good idea.

“I wouldn’t particularly be picking a spot but one place people swim already is down by the Curragower. I don’t think it is beyond the realms of possibility to have a safe and enclosed area where people could swim,” she added.