Bishops’ Palace & St. Munchin’s church & graveyard

Bishops’ Palace & St. Munchin’s church & graveyard

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The Limerick Civic Trust took over the Bishop’s Palace in 1986 as a complete ruin to stop it from being knocked down and transformed it into the building it is today.

There has been a building on the site of the palace as far back as the 1500’s with the current building dating back to around 1740. The Bishops’ Palace (home to the Limerick Civic Trust) is steeped in folklore and history. Originally former home of Protestant Bishops of Limerick, it is one of the oldest domestic buildings still in use in Limerick. “This building can be rated among the most important within Limerick City” National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.

St. Munchin’s Church was built in 1827 on a site where there is said to have been previous churches since  561. The church is primarily built using limestone. The Gothic style originally began in France in the medieval periods from the 12th century lasting up until the late 16th century. St. Munchin’s parish was originally called St. Lelia’s parish, however the name was changed to St. Munchin’s in 1812, hence there are churches to both Saints in the parish.