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Open House in Limerick brings local architecture into focus

Limerick Circuit Courthouse

By Missy Beaudelot

Limerick’s annual Open House saw a host of Limerick’s finest buildings open their doors to the public from October 7 to October 9.

The festival included twenty six buildings, exhibitions and bus and walking tours around Limerick city.

The objective of the festival was to invite the public to experience and understand the importance of considered spaces, and its impact on quality of life.

Attractions included tours by architects of The Hunt Museum, the Chamber of Commerce, The Shannon Rowing Clubhouse and the renovated Limerick Circuit Courthouse among many more.

Architect Donough McCrann, who was project architect on the renovation to the Circuit Courthouse in 2000, gave a guided tour of the building.

Visitors were given the chance to explore the three courtrooms, the cells and the backstage area for the judges and jury in a behind-the-scenes tour.

Of the significance of viewing the Circuit Courthouse Mr McCrann said:

“They’re critically important. They give a fantastic insight into the importance of our historic buildings. Particularly, like today, it’s that aspect of viewing the building differently that makes it so worthwhile- even just the mechanism of what the building represents.”

Last year’s Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) second year Visual Communications students exhibited their images of ‘Unknown Limerick’, buildings featured in the festival, in the Narrative 4 space.

Limerick city and county council Arts and Culture officer Sheila Deegan praised the work of the students: “Unknown Limerick is recognising that Limerick is at a moment of change, between culture, economics and social. We have changed the narrative of Limerick, it’s an exciting time and they wanted to be part of that conversation.”

 

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