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New Life for Old Buildings – Site Visit Series: Georgian Limerick

New Life for Old Buildings – Site Visit Series: Georgian Limerick

New Life for Old Buildings - Georgian Limerick



Are you in the process of bringing a vacant property back into use? Join us on May 27th in Limerick to view a Georgian renovation project and meet other people who are also undertaking this labour of love.

This is the third of three site-visits organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation aimed at sharing knowledge among those who are bringing vacant properties back into use. Each site visit will be hosted by a property owner who is undertaking their own project and will be followed by a nearby cup of tea and chat. This will be a chance to swap tips, woes (and joys!), and learn from each other. You can view videos of the previous site visits here.

This third site visit will be to the Georgian neighbourhood in Limerick city.

We will visit a building that started its life as a residential end of terrace, dating possibly to the early 1800s. It is located near the river on slightly elevated ground and may originally have looked down on a floating dock where ships onboarded passengers to North America. The building has undergone many transformations, having served as a provisions shop for boats, a wedding dress shop, an electronics shop, a medical supply store, and a Tibetan meditation centre, among other things. It has undergone two major renovations in which the basement was rendered uninhabitable and all historical features were removed.

The current owners bought the house in 2021 as a commercial property and are giving it another life by restoring its residential purpose, room by room, window by window, layer by layer… with some surprises along the way!


Established in 2005, the IAF is an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. We encourage people to engage with their built environment, to inspire new ways of thinking about architecture.

Irish Architecture Foundation core funders: Arts Council of Ireland; Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage; and Office of Public Works.

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