Join us at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6th February at Ormston House for a relaxed and informative evening as we learn more about The Shannon that flows through the heart of Limerick city. The aim of the evening is to support the Limerick community in understanding more about our city river and to plan for Shannon activities in 2018. Speakers and topics on the night include:
City tides, ardnacrusha currents and their impact on the river (Pat Lysaght, Eye of the River)
Ecology, flora and fauna of the lower river Shannon (Will O’Connor, Ecofact)
How to care for our city river (Limerick Riverpath Volunteers)
Local Authority Waters and Communities Office: Their role and an update on local river plans (Ruairí Ó Conchúir, Community Water Officer)
Planning for city river activities in 2018 (SwimableLimerick)
Directions to Ormston House, Patrick Street, Limerick can be found here.
This event is free and open to all.
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The 20th October 2017 was the day that Limerick changed for me.
I was sitting outside Melt café on Little Catherine Street awaiting a friend. It was a bustling Friday evening in town and we had plans to visit one of the many new bars and restaurants that had sprung up in the last few weeks. I sat and watched as streams of people walked by and for the first time in many years I felt like I was living in an active city. Actually, to place the change that has occurred in Limerick down to one solidarity day does a disservice to what our city has become over the last 12 months. There has been an expectant energy around the place and this seemed to culminate in a December full of hopeful promises to come. It seems apt that New Year’s eve sees the return of fireworks to Limerick as sparkle and spectacle are the only fitting end to a year when Limerick became sexy again.
Yet admist this expectation and prevailing vibrancy that has embraced our cities people, stands an institution that appears to want to drag Limerick back into the bleakest times in our recent history. A time where Limerick was ridiculed and a national stereotype. A time where the ‘values’ of the Catholic Church dominated leaving many excluded, rejected and ostracised. A time where deeply entrenched conservatism was forced upon Limerick’s usually dynamic people by its fading institutions. Continue reading
We are hosting a special Speakers Corner for Limerick Mental Health Week this Saturday 7th October on the topic of ‘Mental Health’. If you have any thoughts, opinion, ideas or reflections on mental health that you would like to share with others than come down to Arthurs Quay Park at 1pm on Saturday to have your say. We intivite all limerick citizens to have the opportunity to stand up and speak about any aspect of mental health that they feel is important.
Limerick Speakers Corner is open to everyone and anyone who wants to get up on their soapbox and have their voice heard. Just turn up on the day and let Limerick hear your opinions, views, thoughts and musings. We encourage public discussion and debate for Limerick people to connect in a meaningful and thoughtful way.
If you like what we have to say on here then why not join us for a special Limerick Underground Speakers Corner on Culture Night. We will be meeting from 8-9pm at Arthurs Quay Park on Friday September 22nd. All are welcome to attend, to speak, to listen, to laugh, to question, to ponder and to connect with fellow Limerick citizens.
We are organising weekly city swims throughout August for Limerick people to dip their toe (and a whole lot more!) into our beautiful River Shannon.
Our aim is to provide a safe and fun environment for anyone to enjoy the freedom of swimming in the city. The lovely folks at the Curraghgour Boat Club are kindly letting us use their facilities as we will start the swim from their slipway. Our aim will be to swim from the Boat Club to Thomond Bridge at a nice, relaxed pace. As our River Shannon is tidal, dates and times have been arranged to make it the most pleasant for swimming. Please try and arrive at least 5 minutes before these times:
Saturday 12th Augsut 9.30am
Sunday 20th August 5.45pm (Weather conditions as of 12pm today indicate localised flooding. This is not safe for swimming so there will be no swim in The Shannon today)
Monday 21st August 6.30pm
Saturday 26th August 9.30am
What you need to bring with you:
- A brightly coloured swimming cap so you are visible in the water
- Swimming suit/ togs or wetsuit and googles
- You! With a sense of fun, curiosity and willingness to try new experiences
“We all swim at the same pace and stick together. And watch out for the swans!”
It’s 12.30pm on a warm but overcast Saturday afternoon in Limerick city. I am teetering on the edge of St Michael’s Rowing Club’s new pontoon. I look down at my bare legs as I shuffle my toes towards the water. Beside me stand Ger and John, me in my bright pink swimming suit and the two men in their speedos. The three of us make an unlikely trio, formed through an impromptu message I sent through the Limerick Masters whatsapp group earlier that day. I look across the river, towards House, where my friends are lounging in the garden treating themselves to afternoon tea and cake. I question why I am not over there with them. I have had a particularly stressful week. Work has been hectic; I’m pretty sure I’m being ghosted by my sole Tinder match and with one week before pay day I am looking into days of Dealz tinned soup for nourishment.
“One, Two, three. Jump!” shouts Ger. We all lift into the air together and then there are no more times for questions or worries. Continue reading
Limerick Underground’s Speakers Corner will take place at 1pm on the first Saturday of every month at Arthurs Quay Park, Limerick.
This is open to everyone and anyone who wants to get up on their soapbox and have their voice heard. Just turn up on the day and let Limerick hear your musings, rantings, opinions, views, thoughts and chatter. We encourage public debate and free speech for Limerick citizens to step up and speak out.
Limerick Underground Speakers Corner will take place on the following dates:
Saturday May 6th
Saturday June 3rd
Saturday July 1st
Saturday August 5th
Saturday September 2nd
For any more information drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
These statistics (NTA letter on coca cola bike scheme) sent to Limerick Underground today will be of interest to any cycling advocates and enthusiasts in the city! This picture shows the usage of each station in the Limerick bike scheme from November 2014 to February 2016. The last updated figures were published in September 2015, with an additional 12,146 journeys taken since then. It looks like Mary I is still the most popular station in the city.
LU also tried to find out the total contribution so far by Coca-Cola to the scheme. This is considering Coca-Cola covers only €300,000 of the estimated €1.92m annual cost of the Dublin Bike scheme. Unfortunately,we were met with a fairly standard response that ‘Coca-Cola Ireland is contributing €3 million over 5 years for the regional schemes in Limerick, Cork and Galway’. We’ll keep digging for actual numbers though.
In the meantime, any budding statisticians out there with time on their hands, feel free to let us know your thoughts on these figures and what it may mean for future cycling in the city.