About the Limerick Chapter
On a cold winters evening in 1996 the late Knight of Glin convened the first ever meeting of the Limerick Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society. The list of those involved throughout its history reflects a dynamic group whose heart was at the protection and preservation of Georgian Limerick. From the outset some of those who met on 21st November 1996, still serve on our committee and we are thankful for their support and dedication. The format for our annual calendar of events has been tried and tested, with each Chairperson taking on the mantle of highlighting issues concerning Limerick's rich Georgian heritage.
Described by Ian Lumley as the “western-most Renaissance city in Europe”, Georgian Limerick was established in the 1700s. Dan Cruickshank has lauded its vernacular architectural style, the many rare features that remain, and its similarities with Georgian streets in American cities such as New York. Frank McDonald has pointed out that Limerick’s Georgian area is proportionally as large as Dublin’s, but has been neglected throughout the modern period.
The aim of the Chapter is to highlight and promote the preservation and conservation of Georgian Limerick. Monthly meetings of the committee are held in No. 1 Pery Square, a Georgian house which is now run as a hotel. Seasonal public lectures are organised by the Chapter, and are well attended, as are tours to historic houses in the Munster region. The Chapter also comments on local conservation matters in the city’s newspapers and on social media. The Chapter is embarking on a new small works public realm project for 2017, which will focus on the conservation of historic railings, steps, kerbs and door cases for town houses in Newtown Pery. All our events are open to members and non-members alike.
The Limerick Chapter organises a program of events throughout the year with tours, lectures and parties that are open to all members. Information is regularly updated in the Events section of the website and is sent directly to members twice a year.
Tour of Abbey Leix House and Demesne, May 2017 - read about that trip here.
Membership of the Irish Georgian Society Limerick Chapter is open to anyone with an interest in Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts and you can join online today (Click here).