Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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Conference centre mooted to boost Limerick tourism (Sunday Business Post)
Second option would be to build it at Bunratty (between Limerick and Shannon). But would it complement the Tourist attractions already built up there or negate them?
Third option would be to place it near the N18 /N19 Junction at Shannon. It would be good for Shannon that the conference centre be visibly seen by passing traffic. This would raise the profile of the town away from been perceived only as an airport or an industrial zone town.
Building a conference centre in Shannon would be a horrible mistake in my humble opinion! The only location for such a development should be Limerick City centre, ideally in the Docklands or the Kerry group site that has already been mentioned. A conference centre is useless on its own, it needs to be complimented by other services that are offered by a city location. The typical Irish attitude is build first and put in the infastructure later, this needs to change and is exactly why locating it on a bleak windswept flood plain out in Shannon is a non- runner.
We have many of the services to support this venture already in Limerick (what about all the new hotels for instance!) so why start fannying around with other sites? Next thing they’ll do is spend a large sum of money on feasibility studies for numerous sites when the most obvious solution is staring them in the face. There are some very interesting and exciting plans in store for the city centre, the riverside and the docklands over the coming years and a conference/events centre would be the icing on the cake!