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Investment in Limerick's medieval area could make it our 'Temple Bar' (Limerick Leader)
By Anne Sheridan
KING John's Castle and the Nicholas Street area could still become 'Limerick's Temple Bar' by 2012 as a major â‚¬5 million redevelopment plan is due to be signed off at Government level.
Deputy Willie O'Dea said he has been informed by Minister for the Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mary Hanafin, that she has given approval for a significant redevelopment of King John's castle and Nicholas Street.
It is understood the full scale of works could cost in the region of â‚¬5 million, but this has not been confirmed.
Spearheaded by Limerick City Council and Shannon Development, the plans are part of a proposal to turn Limerick into a major tourist destination.
Shannon Development had applied to the department earlier this year for funding for the works. As part of the overall proposals, some of the derelict units in Nicholas Street would be converted to shops specifically aimed at tourists, while there would be apartments on the upper floors.
Deputy O'Dea welcomed the announcement of funding, which is expected to provide additional employment and boost trade for retailers,
He said he understood from Shannon Development that the Castleâ€™s performance has slipped in recent years, â€œbut they hope that this redevelopment will attract 100,000 visitors annually.â€
â€œThis will be a major boost for traders in the area who I know are desperate for something to be done to improve the area,â€ he said.
Shannon Developmentâ€™s chief executive, Eoghan Prendergast, told a council meeting earlier this month that the project will be â€œthe linchpin for further development of Nicholas Street, as well as a major development for Castle Lane.â€
Fine Gael Cllr Kevin Kiely said 75 per cent of Nicholas Street is derelict, even though the area was primed in in the 1980â€™s to become â€œLimerickâ€™s Temple Bar.â€
He said the volume of people that visit the area is â€œunparalleledâ€, due to the clustering of â€œunrivalledâ€ attractions such as King Johnâ€™s Castle, St Maryâ€™s Cathedral, the Treaty Stone, St Munchinâ€™s Graveyard, and Clancy Strand in the general area.