Restoration of Kilmallock West Wall shortlisted for three awards

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Cathaoirleach of the Cappamore-Kilmallock Municipal District Cllr Eddie Ryan and Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan TD who performed the official openings of The West Wall Walkway and The New Footbridge in Kilmallock. The bridge and the walkway are part of a larger plan by Limerick City and County Council that will provide a series of linked walks in and around Kilmallock. The overall costs of the West Wall Walkway and the Footbridge amounted to almost €900,000, with funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Irish Walled Towns Network, Rural Economic Development Zone, Hinterland, and Limerick City and County Council own funds. Kilmallock is ideally situated to build on the attractiveness of Ballyhoura Country, to entice more people who enjoy adventuring to come here, while it also is a hugely attractive destination for heritage tourism. Pic: Don Moloney

Kilmallock’s rich and unique heritage has been recognised with three separate organisations shortlisting the West Walls Walkway project in the town for awards.

Following the completion of the Kilmallock West Wall Walkway project, parts of the historic town wall became visible again for the first time in generations.

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Limerick City and County Council lead the project to conserve more than 500 metres of the West Wall and create a walkway along the route, allowing locals and visitors alike to experience the wall for the first time, as up until now as the wall had been on private property.

The project has now been shortlisted for three awards:

  • Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government – Heritage and Built Environment
  • Engineers Ireland – Heritage and Conservation
  • Irish Building and Design Awards – Heritage/ Conservation/ Cultural Project of the Year

Other projects shortlisted for the Irish Building and Design Awards include:

  • Architectural Project of the Year – Gardens International Development: Limerick 2030
  • Tourism & Hospitality Project of the Year – Nicholas Street Regeneration
  • Fit Out Project of the Year – N/M20 Project Office, Lissanalta House
  • Commercial / Office Building Project of the Year – Gardens International Development Limerick 2030

Meanwhile in addition to the shortlisting of the West Wall Walkway Kilmallock in the Heritage and Built Environment category for Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards for 2019, Limerick City and County Council is also in the running for 11 other Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.

The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards are held annually in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

The Excellence in Local Government Awards showcase best practice in local government and recognise the skills, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm within local government that can often go unrecognised.

The Awards highlight the important work that is carried out by local authorities for the benefit of local communities.

The 12 shortlisted projects are:

Category Project
Age Friendly Initiative (New for 2019) The Acorn Project (in partnership with Fingal and Meath County Councils)
Health & Wellbeing We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Limerick
Promoting Economic Development The Bays – Moyross Training Facility
Local Authority Innovation The LITe Programme
Sustainable Environment Reuse not Single Use
Best Library Service Watch House Cross Community Library Autism Friendly Resource
Sustaining the Arts The Autonomy Project
Festival of the Year Limerick St Patrick’s Festival 2019
Outstanding initiative through the Municipal Districts NewcastleWest.ie
Enhancing the Urban Environment Derelict and Vacancy Initiative
Heritage and Built Environment West Wall Walkway Kilmallock
Commemorations and Centenaries Decade of Centenaries Commemoration 2019 Limerick

 

Sean Coughlan, Deputy Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council and the Director responsible for the Cappamore-Kilmallock Municipal District said: “The shortlisting for all these awards showcases the range and depth of the work that the Council does. We work in partnership with communities to unearth and realise the potential in projects and we work together to achieve this. They are a fantastic sign of the commitment shown from our staff and the vision and confidence from the elected members to support these projects.”

 

“In particular I’m delighted that the Kilmallock West Wall Project is in the running for several awards. As director responsible for the municipal district, I was involved with the project from the start and know the commitment and hard work all those involved put in to ensure the project was a success.”