Produced by: Gemma Stack, Gem Productions
Interview with Sheila Deegan
Duration: 1min, 45sec.
No. 2, Pery Square, Limerick City
Architect: (likely) James Pain
As part of the 'Architecture is Story' theme for the 2017 festival, a short film with Sheila Deegan in what was then Culture House in Limerick City, and is now The People’s Museum of Limerick.
The People’s Museum of Limerick aims to reflect the diverse lives of the people, buildings, and streets of the city, showcasing the eclectic and fascinating collection of items in the care of Limerick Civic Trust, as well as visiting exhibitions.
No. 2 Pery Square, is one of the finest examples of a late Georgian townhouse in Limerick City.
Formerly the residence of Michael Gavin (between 1840-1850), who sold his house (George's Street, now O'Connell Street) to the Chamber of Commerce. The terrace was constructed as a speculative development by the Pery Square Tontine Company which had as its members in 1836, Alderman Henry Watson (Chair), Captain H.M. Ryves, Thomas P. Vokes, C.M.P. Alderman D.F.G. Mahony, Wm. Piercy, Edward Homan, Henry Owens, James Pain, Piens Creagh, Mat. And Dan. Barrington, Esqrs., and Hon. E.S. Pery.
The architect James Pain supervised the construction of the terrace and may well have been responsible for the design. The contractor was Pierse Creagh, Ennis. By 1838, the houses forming this terrace were let to tenants.