Limerick Council says O’Connell Street project will be completed next month

Computer generated image of the completed work at the junction between O'Connell Street and Cruises Street.
DESPITE a planned suspension of work for Riverfest over the May bank holiday week-end, Limerick City and County Council has confirmed that the €9 million regeneration of O’Connell Street will be fully completed next month.


The much-delayed project includes widened footpaths, improved lighting and street furniture, upgraded crossings, and the planting of new trees and shrubs. These changes have not only improved the aesthetics of the city centre but have also made its main thoroughfare more accessible.

In a statement issued earlier today, a council spokesman said it is anticipated that the project will be fully completed in May.

“The majority of the works have been completed and the contractor is now in the final stages, coordinating with utility companies to finalise the completion of the remaining areas,” the spokesman explained.

“The highly-anticipated Riverfest Limerick festival is happening this weekend, and to make way for the Great Limerick Run and other festivities associated with the event, works will temporarily cease for the weekend.

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“The project completion date was delayed by unforeseen remedial works required to address localised pre-existing soft spots uncovered at  junctions in advance of laying the final surface treatment.

“In addition, necessary repairs were required to rectify unforeseen damage to underground vault structures,” the spokesman added.

Limerick City and County Council Economic Development and Enterprise Director Vincent Murray said the project had transformed city centre, which now features improved pedestrian areas and greater accessibility.

“Riverfest Limerick provides a wonderful opportunity for people  to experience the positive changes that have been made to date,” Mr Murray concluded.