Grove Island in Limerick.

Grove Island in Limerick.

Postby garethace » Fri Sep 19, 2003 5:06 pm

Has anyone been around that part of Limerick city? I was driving in from the Western side of the city today, and given the recent controversy over Bertie’s ideas for once off ‘rural housing’ I just noticed how well the planning authorities in Limerick city have seemed to contained the situation on that side of the city’s Western edge. Or perhaps it has a lot more to do with the land being too expensive to buy in 1-acre plots!

Any road, the city of Limerick is slowly creeping its way outwards, but doing so, in some kind of a controlled fashion on that Western edge. I have seen a heck of a lot worse anyhow. Readers from Galway might know a lot more in this particular regard. My honest reaction having visited the Grove Island new development, was one of approval. Its quite dense on a tight inner city site, but doesn't look any bit overwhelming experiencing it in reality. Furthermore a really forgotten dead back water of Limerick's inner territory has been re-discovered again. The new bridge over the Abbey River is beautiful too.

Normally developer driven residential schemes of the same size in Limerick city end up being very low density semi-detached housing estates, with the mandatory Spar and Laudrette attempt. Grove Island has those too, but much, much more indeed. It offers a contrast to what normally passes for a community in Limerick anyhow. You have got all kinds of standard low-density development within a stones throw of Grove Island, none of which dared to experiment beyond the normal formula.

This is something altogether new and positive I think for the city of Limerick. I don't want to sound too magnanimous, I mean we are still taking about pretty economical accomodation and business units. I was impressed by the couple of little business units up on the roof of the parking lots too - tres Paris! :-) But somehow the mixture of events and circulation creates an unusual amount of interest. The scheme hasn't quite finished construction yet, but already the people are moving around it - a good sign.

I think the Planning Authorities in Limerick city were instrumental in bringing on ‘the concept’ of how we choose to use our valuable land resources in this instance. Altogether, having thought about it now for a bit – thumbs up to Grove Island. Everyone, pay it a visit next time you are passing through Limerick city. (no sarcasm intended)

Just some of my observations.

Brian O’ Hanlon.
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Re: Grove Island in Limerick.

Postby slinky2000 » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:52 am

I think your right too. I actually live there at the moment and it isn't half bad. They just need to re-do the canal and lock house there to get rid of the unsociables!
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Re: Grove Island in Limerick.

Postby dave123 » Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:04 am

Thanks for the thread!!

I must say I'm really impresssed myself, driving by Grove Isand and the Abbey bridge area. Its a buzzing area. Its hard to remember never mind imagine what was there before all this new extension of the actual city centre.

Any progess on newish plans for the area?

It would be great if the whole northern half of the island was bullddzed snf sllow yhe extenstion of the city centre along this exis. The social housing jungle that is spat out on Island road (literally) is one of the biggest planning disaster ever sllowed to happen, this disaster is up their with Ireland's worst!

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Re: Grove Island in Limerick.

Postby CologneMike » Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:02 pm

slinky2000 wrote:I think your right too. I actually live there at the moment and it isn't half bad. They just need to re-do the canal and lock house there to get rid of the unsociables!


Slinky2000, a neighbour of yours [url=noisetheatre.blogspot.com/2007_05_01_archive.html]noisetheatre[/url] (alias robin746) captured some of your canal friends on a festive May Eve 2007. Hey, maybe another theme for your “abandoned” photo projects? ;)
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Re: Grove Island in Limerick.

Postby dave123 » Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:32 pm

There is still brown field sites left between the grove island complex and the Abbey bridge. Seems like real potential here. Are they in the canal development plans, Has the city council zoned these lands or anything. It seems odd.

There is a real major site beside the new five building beside the Abbey bridge on the left hand side as your coming from Clare street angle. This land bank has frontages onto Mary Street and Abbey road combined, and its a greenfield??
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Re: Grove Island in Limerick.

Postby Contraband » Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:22 pm

I live very close to Grove Island, and the area is really nice and has been done well, except for the abandoned houses on the otherside of the canal. They make the place a no-go area if you're out walking at night - and in truth if they were turned into a strip of restaurants, pubs, or more housing it would be alot nicer.
Are there any plans to re-develop them?
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