Mayor of Limerick opens €2.1 million Clancy’s Strand restoration project

Friday, May 29th 2009

The Mayor of Limerick Cllr. John Gilligan today (Friday 29th May ’09) officially opened the restored Clancy’s Strand in Limerick City. The restoration of Clancy’s Strand is a collaborative project, administered by Limerick City Council, with a grant of €1.6 million secured by Shannon Development towards the €2.1 million overall cost of the project. The grant was secured under the NDP 2007 – 2013 Tourism Infrastructure Fund which is also part of the Failte Ireland and Shannon Development Tourism Product Development Strategies. The Clancy’s Strand marks phase one of the Riverside Improvement Strategy for Limerick City. 

According to Eoghan Prendergast, Shannon Development’s Limerick Development Division Manager, “We are delighted to have worked with Limerick City Council to bring this exciting new project to the people of Limerick and visitors to our city. With the €1.6 million in grant funding, and the contribution from the City Council, we have been able to bring back to life one of the great landmarks of Limerick City. Clancy’s Strand will provide an amenity for the people of Limerick, and tourists alike to enjoy, and walkers, joggers, cyclists, fishermen, and canoeists, will be among those to benefit from this leisure amenity area.”

Mr Prendergast went on to say that active leisure projects are extremely important for Limerick and added that Shannon Development has just set up a new Riverside City Department under its new Limerick Development Division to secure further investment for additional projects along the riverside.

Limerick Riverside Strategy was launched by Shannon Development in partnership with Limerick City Council in 2006 with the objective of developing the Riverside area of Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. Since its launch there has been substantial investment made by the private sector around Riverside residential and commercial developments. This project is another component of the Strategy which will see the Riverside being developed as an amenity area for local population and domestic and international visitors. Shannon Development and Limerick City Council are very committed to the development of Limerick City as a Tourist Destination.

One of the highlight of the Clancy’s Strand restoration project saw Mayor Gilligan officially open the new Robert Byrne Memorial Park adjacent to the Curragour Falls. The Park is dedicated to the memory of a well known trade union figure in the city who died in 1919, and whose death sparked a General Strike in Limerick by the Trades Council which lasted for 12 days and became known as the ‘Limerick Soviet’.

The completed works on Clancy’s Strand includes widened and re-surfaced footpaths, defined parking bays, riverside railings, information signage, and provision for tourist coaches, new lighting and street furniture. It also includes beautiful Bronze artwork at the base of the Treaty Stone “The War of the Two Kings” by Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring. Another feature of the project is the creation of panoramic signs and plaques providing information on Limerick’s history and details of wildlife on the River Shannon.

In one of his final public engagements before he leaves office, Mayor Gilligan reopened Clancy’s Strand, its beautiful new riverside walkway and O’Callaghan’s Strand. He also unveiled plaques commemorating the Second Siege of Limerick, the Flight of the Earls and the new Clancy Strand Boardwalk.

Work on the new €1.2 million Clancy’s Strand Boardwalk project between the new Robert Byrne Park and the Treaty Stone will be completed shortly and will provide spectacular viewing opportunities across the river to the medieval quarter of Limerick.  The 150 metre boardwalk is another collaborative venture between Limerick City Council and Shannon Development. A €562,000 grant towards the boardwalk project was secured by Shannon Development through the NDP Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

In addition to the works on Clancy Strand, work on O’Callaghan’s Strand has also been upgraded providing an attractive promenade and maximising the dramatic riverside views of the city centre.

Commenting on the project Vincent Murray of Limerick City Council said, “These riverside improvement works give Limerick City a fantastic riverside environment and a much improved leisure and tourist amenity in the city centre. The Riverside Strategy also includes improvements to the three principal river crossing points, (Shannon Bridge, Sarsfield Bridge and Thomond Bridge), including new street lighting, amenity lighting and refurbishment of main features. The Riverside Strategy ambition is to open walkways between the three bridges with extensions out to Barrington’s Pier and beyond,” said Mr Murray.

The completed works also includes a map board located opposite the Strand Hotel which provides a brief history of the Sarsfield Bridge, Limerick Harbour and the Hannah Parr Ship, while signs in the shape of a rowing “Oar” highlight aspects of city history like the war of Independence Memorial and Cleeves Milk Factory.

The design proposals and development strategy for the Clancy’s Strand project were drawn up by Nicholas de Jong Associates (Urban Design) and contractor for the job was John Craddock Ltd. According to Nicholas de Jong; “An integral part of the overall Riverside Improvement Strategy is the realisation of a Riverside Legibility Initiative, aimed at increasing people’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of the waterfront experience. Legibility has been developed in various ways from simple way-finding signage to more subtle interventions such as distinctive street furniture, lighting and public art, all aimed at more effectively portraying the unique natural and built heritage of the river.”

For further media information please contact:

Nandi O' Sullivan

Shannon Development

T: + 353 (0)61 710 259

M: + 353 (0)86 237 1510



Laura Ryan
Communications Officer
Limerick City and County Council
Phone: 061-407100

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