Call for new cultural centre in County Limerick town

Fine Gael Councillor John Sheahan.

LIMERICK City and County Council has been asked to engage with Limerick 2030 to develop areas in public ownership around the Desmond Complex to provide a cultural centre in Newcastle West.

This partnership with the Council’s development company would help provide a modern library, theatre, arts and cultural centre for the people of West Limerick.

The proposal came from local Fine Gael councillor John Sheahan at this month’s meeting of the Newcastle West District meeting when he was told that a key priority of the  current Limerick Libraries Development Plan was to complete major refurbishment works at Newcastle West Library.

“These works were tendered in 2021 and following a competitive process, a builder was appointed to undertake the refurbishment works,” said Director of Services, Gordon Daly.

”Work commenced on site in Spring 2022 and is due for competition by June 2022. The completion of these works will greatly enhance the facilities and services offered at Newcastle West Library.”

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Mr Daly went on to say that, in terms of exploring options for an arts/cultural centre for Newcastle West, the commencement of a feasibility study/options report for a facility of this nature is included in the work programme for the Arts Office for the end of the year.