Congratulations and best wishes to Donal Creaton who was recently appointed Chair of Limerick Civic Trust. Limerick Civic Trust is an independent, non-profit making voluntary society which undertakes projects in Limerick that make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. It is mainly supported by donations from industry, business, charitable trusts and individuals. Its mission is to protect and enhance Limerick’s heritage and environment through Conservation & Preservation, Improving Civic Amenities and Education & Research.
“My focus for the year ahead will be on attracting more contributing members and patrons so we have the financial support to embark and complete some of the very long lists of restoration and heritage improvement projects we have earmarked. In addition, I will be overseeing the development of stronger working and mutually beneficial relationships with partners and public bodies as we demonstrate our competency in delivering civil community projects.” “There are hugely exciting and ambitious plans for Limerick in train at the moment and I believe Limerick Civic Trust has a key role in supporting the delivery of these. Already the projects we undertake serve to enhance the image of our city amongst our citizens and to boost tourism, such as our street cleaning campaigns, open spaces and cemetery maintenance, Canal bank pathways, restoration of key sites, erection of historical plaques, walking tours and so forth. The Trust has the ambition and potential to breathe new life into many more areas of our city and county.”
Donal speaking about his aspirations for the new role
“Our headquarters at Bishop’s Palace marks the start of the so called ‘Royal Mile’ – one of the oldest transverse city routes from Thomond Bridge, down Nicholas Street, over Baals Bridge and on to John’s Square. This route has the potential to become a significant tourism trail. We have earmarked a number of projects and sites that we are eager to restore along this route in conjunction with our partners – but funding must come first.” “As a voluntary organisation we are hugely indebted to the support and resources we have received through our corporate members, patrons and organisations like Holmes O’Malley Sexton LLP, the JP McManus Foundation and our third level institutions – T.U.S, U.L. & Mary Immaculate College along with private organisations such as Careline, Litho-circuits, Mincon and Roches Feeds. Their support has been invaluable. However, we need to encourage more support from the business community of Limerick and beyond if we are to continue on the delivery of our commitment to protect and enhance Limerick’s unique character and fabric,”
Following the appointment, David O’Brien CEO of Limerick Civic Trust welcomed Donal into his new role, and he wished him every success for his term of office. David went on to say how much he was looking forward to working with Donal in what promises to be a very interesting phase in the life of Limerick Civic Trust particularly as “we approach our 40th year while planning for our 50th.”