When engagement started last year in term’s of O’Connell St plans one of the key arguments made was that Limerick needed to make its streets more people friendly.
Doing this well doesn’t necessarily mean full pedestrianisation. There are small things that can be done to make a move towards an urban centre where the car doesn’t fully dominate.
Unfortunately the O’Connell St revitalisation project now looks to be more delayed that we had expected.
However, one of the good things that came out of that engagement process last year was the creation of the Liveable Limerick group, a team of interested people who either live in the city or have a deep interest in making Limerick city and more enticing one for urban dwellers.
Putting the O’Connell St project to the side, the team have continued to meet, result of which has been the announcement that Catherine Street has been selected to hold a family friendly community “street feast” on Sunday June 10th.
The event, which is supported by Liveable Limerick, invites members of the Limerick City community to connect and reconnect with their neighbours and celebrate the vibrancy of Limerick City in a free family-friendly day.
Niki McMahon from Liveable Limerick said “Street Feast is a long-established national day of neighbourhood picnics, celebrated across the country and now in its ninth year. We are inviting people to bring a picnic, bring their children, meet friends and make new ones on Sunday June 10th. #liveablelimerick are working together with local residents, businesses, local groups, new and existing communities to bring Street Feast to the heart of Limerick City.”
Ailish Drake from Liveable Limerick said “The idea is that people bring their own picnic and come and spend time with each other in a healthy and vibrant family friendly environment. A number of local businesses are enthusiastically supporting the event and will be helping to make it a lively and fun occasion for all who come along on the day. Limerick City is an incredible diverse and vibrant urban location but sometimes we don’t celebrate or even realize it.
Events like Street Feast build a sense a community and makes a place a more fun place to live and work in. We are working on behalf of local communities and businesses to liaise with Limerick and City Council to close the street to traffic for three hours on Sunday afternoon on the 10th of June between 2pm and 5pm”
Local resident Brian Leddin says “I am excited and looking forward to the Street Feast. Catherine Street has had a new lease of life in the last few years and it’s a great location for a city centre street party. It will be fantastic to see the street full of people enjoying themselves on Sunday 10th”
Liveable Limerick has been campaigning for a world-wide initiative to be brought to Limerick, known as Summer Streets or Sunday Streets, where some streets are closed to traffic on Sundays and quickly transformed into public space revealing the streets potential for other uses, such as picnics, dance, games, cooking, eating, a place to meet and connect.
Niki McMahon added “We see Street Feast, this year taking place on Catherine Street, as an opportunity for residents, local groups, local businesses, new and existing communities from across the city centre to come together and use the street as their very own public space. All you need is a picnic!”
This really will be a super opportunity to experience a fantastic Limerick street with so much potential in a very different way – without a car in sight!!
To take part check out this link to register: https://www.changex.org/ie/streetfeast/limerick-city-co-limerick-ireland-3#post-1543
Do participate and enjoy. Here’s a little taste of what a Street Feast is about: