Limerick has an abundance of beautiful churches, why not visit the majestic St.Mary’s Cathedral for our launch night on Friday 18th at 6pm and hear about ‘place making’ from our guest speaker Riccardo Marini with the medieval stone building as a backdrop.
If you fancy looking around a bit more, then why not come back and take part in the tours of St.Mary’s Cathedral at 12pm or 1pm on Saturday. After that, if you’re still craving more, pop downtown to St.Michael’s Church where there are tours from 2-4pm. Our festival hub is located in LCGA should you require any help or information. While you’re there, why not treat yourself to coffee and a treat in Zest, where you can avail of our 2 for 1 offer on teas and coffees by printing the voucher here.
Then on Sunday, continue the ecumenical tour and visit St. John's Church in Abington between 1 and 3pm.
If you’ve had a busy day and weren’t able to check out any venues earlier, why not refuel with 2 for 1 coffee in Abbey River Coffee before attending the Ilen Returns event in St.Mary’s Cathedral at 5pm, or perhaps a tour of the HAP Shared Services Centre takes your fancy with tours every half hour from 4-6pm. After your busy day, head down to Narrative 4 where you can sit down and relax with two riveting talks, one at 6:30 with Dominic Stevens discussing the Relationship Between Housing and Community, before Peter Carroll delves into Limerick City’s Resilience at 7:30.
If you’re new to the City, or if you’ve lived here for your whole life and are just curious to know a bit more, then OpenHouse Limerick is the perfect way to spend your Saturday. Check out the newly opened, People’s Museum of Limerick between 11am and 3pm for a tour led by Limerick Civic Trust.
Grab some lunch or treat yourself to 2 for 1 coffee in Sodalicious on Lower Cecil Street before joining Peter Carroll on a walking tour of the city at 2pm. Peter’s tour will shed light on Unprotected Buildings within the city’s Georgian and contemporary fabric and its not to be missed. If you can't make that, head up Cecil Street and visit The Gaff for their 1 hour tour at 1pm. Or alternatively, head over to Cahill's Tobacco and Snuff Factory on Wickham Street for a tour, talk and a cup of tea at 2pm.
After that, if you’re still thirsty for more, then why not spend the evening with us in Narrative 4 where we have two captivating talks lined up with Dominic Stevens discussing the Relationship Between Housing and Community at 6:30pm, before Peter Carroll’s discussion on Limerick City’s Resilience at 7:30pm.
Start your morning at the site of Cleeve’s Condensed Milk Factory and see the towering Limestone building and striking brick chimney up-close with tours of the grounds at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 and 12:30. Take a stroll along the river front before visiting the William Clifford Smith exhibition in the Shannon Rowling Club from 12pm onwards. Refuel with our 2 for 1 coffee deal in Abbey River Coffee or the Green Onion Café before joining John Elliot at 2pm for a walking tour encompassing King’s Island. The tour will start from the Council Office steps in Merchant’s Quay and last approximately 90 minutes. If you’re stuck for time and can’t make the walking tour, why not check out the Red Church on the corner of Lower Mallow Street and Henry Street where there will be tours at 1pm and 2pm.
Our programme covers more than just Limerick City but extends far and wide into the county too. If you feel like exploring, why not check out the William Clifford Smith exhibition in the Shannon Rowling Club (which will be open from 12pm onwards) before heading out to Foynes or Adare (or both!) and see his buildings in the flesh.
Why not go green and rent an electric car with GoCar. @OpenHouseLimerick have a limited number of Free EV's to use to get between venues during the festival. You can book your time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and the GoCar team will help you out. It can take up to 24 hours to validate your drivers’ licence so check out your festival trail now. Since you won’t have to refuel the car, why not refuel yourself with our 2 for 1 coffee deal with one of our hospitality partners.
The University of Limerick is home to a whole host of creativity and research, and the architecture is no exception. Sitting nestled to the North of the Shannon, Grafton Architects’ majestic Medical School and Residences will be open to the public for just one tour at 1:15 so be sure not to miss out. After that take a talk across the Living Bridge (the longest pedestrian bridge in Ireland!) to the main campus. Here, if you are quick, you might catch the final tour of the new Glucksman Library at 3pm.
Why not relive your school days with the help of OpenHouse Limerick! Start your day bright and early with a tour of the brand new extension to St.Michael’s School with tours every 30 minutes from 10am-12pm but be sure to get there early so you don’t miss your next class of the day at Thomond Primary School at either 12.30pm or 1:30pm. If you’ve some time to spare in between, why not check out our festival hub in Limerick City Gallery of Art, or even treat yourself to coffee in Zest @ the Gallery and avail of our 2 for 1 offer. Afterwards, you can pop out to the Child & Family Centre on Roxboro Road for one of the tours at 2, 3 or 3pm, a centre that provides a safe, secure yet stimulating environment for pre-school children.
If you feel like some extra curricular activity, be sure to bring the kids to the Limerick Treasure Hunt, which starts in the Belltable and runs from 12pm (last start 3.30pm). Alternatively, try your hand at some artistry yourself at Sketch in the City at the Cleeve’s Factory from 12-3pm, don’t forget your supplies!
Also know as King’s Island, Englishtown sits to the North of the city and is home to some of the oldest buildings in Limerick so why not take some time to explore what this side of the city has to offer. Start the day with a tour of St.Mary’s Parish Men’s Shed to see inside an extensively refurbished medieval building and learn about all the activity it brings to the area. Be sure to catch the 10am or 11am tour to leave room for the rest of your exploration.
Next on the agenda is the Limerick Circuit Courthouse, sitting right on the waterfront at Merchant’s Quay and in continuous use since 1810, a feat many buildings cannot contest to. There will be tours at both 11am and 12pm so if you have some time before or after your tour before your next venue, why not treat yourself and avail of our 2 for 1 coffee deal in Bakehouse 22 on Nicolas Street. The final stop is the unmissable St.Mary’s Cathedral. Tours are running at both 12pm and 1pm, with the opportunity to climb the bell tower and hear the organ sing, it is an experience not to be missed.
To complete your tour of Englishtown, we suggest taking a walk across Thomond Bridge, taking in King John’s Castle and the riverfront song the way. If you’re feeling parched, why not stop into Jack Monday’s, where you can avail of our 2 for 1 coffee deal after your busy morning.
There is a great opportunity on Saturday to get to know about some Limerick people a bit more. Have an early start and be introduced to the Limerick-adopted William Clifford Smith—architect of many landmark buildings in Limerick in the early to mid-1900s—at an exhibition of some of his work at the Shannon Rowing Club from 10am to 5pm. Then pop over to Henry Street for a 30 minute tour of the old heritage buildings of Gardens International at 12pm, former residence of the successful early 1800s businessmen William and Thomas Roche.
If you time it right, you could go to The Bedford Townhouse and Cafe and avail of our 2 for 1 coffee offer before joining the Tait Trail at 2pm which start in The Bedford Townhouse, location of the First Shirt Factory of textile magnate Peter Tait. This is followed by a bus trip out to his former home, Tait House on Roxboro Road, for a tour at 3.30pm.
If you can't make it to Tait House, then head over to Summerville Avenue to get a tour of Summerville House on the grounds of Mary Immaculate College, the former home of William Henry Harvey, recognised a very important 19th century botanist.