NEWLY appointed Limerick Civic Trust Chairman Donal Creaton wants the voluntary organisation to play a bigger role in improving Limerick’s heritage and environment.
A solicitor and mediator with Holmes O’Malley Sexton (HOMS), he says his primary focus will be on attracting more contributing members and patrons so the Trust will have the financial support to undertake some of the many restoration and heritage improvement projects they have earmarked.
“I will also be overseeing the development of stronger working and mutually beneficial relationships with partners and public bodies as we demonstrate our competency in delivering civil community projects,” he added.
“There are hugely exciting and ambitious plans for Limerick in train at the moment and I believe Limerick Civic Trust has a key role in supporting their delivery.
“Already the projects we undertake serve to enhance the image of our city such as our street cleaning campaigns, open spaces and cemetery maintenance, Canal bank pathways, restoration of key sites, erection of historical plaques and walking tours.
“The Trust has the ambition and potential to breathe new life into many more areas of our city and county.”
“Our headquarters at Bishop’s Palace marks the start of the so called ‘Royal Mile’ – one of the oldest transverse city routes from Thomond Bridge, down Nicholas Street, over Baals Bridge and on to John’s Square.
“It has the potential to become a significant tourism trail. We have earmarked a number of projects and sites we are eager to restore along this route – but funding must come first.”
“As a voluntary organisation we are hugely indebted to the support and resources we have received through our corporate members, patrons and organisations. However, we need to encourage more support from the local business community if we are to continue on the delivery of our commitment to protect and enhance Limerick’s unique character and fabric,” he concluded.