Open House Limerick 2019

Thursday 17th - Sunday 20th October
  • Open House Limerick - Architecture is Visionary

Architecture is Visionary is the title for this years festival, with a fantastic programme of events that will inspire, enthuse, provoke and entertain. The doors of some of Limerick's most intriguing and historic buildings will open to the public free during OpenHouseLimerick.

The concept will not only demonstrate Limerick’s architectural talent but also allow people to have a say in how architects and communities can work together to address visionary change at a time when Limerick is embracing an open-minded approach to design, urban planning and construction techniques strengthening its attractiveness and diversity.

‘Visionary’ is fundamental to how people experience their environment, and Limerick is no different holding a rich repository of visionary interventions old and new. This year’s festival will celebrate those interventions through talks, discussions, short films, public exhibitions, walking tours, family workshops and building tours.

All buildings will be staffed by volunteers and tours will be guided by professional architects and historians. Many of the buildings are not normally open to the public, such as private residences and workplaces, and this is a rare opportunity for wider access. OpenHouseLimerick is a voluntary festival where building owners, architects, guides and stewards, generously give their time for free. We do hope you enjoy this year’s OpenHouseLimerick.

To download the full OpenHouseLimerick programme of events click here.

OpenHouse Events

Thursday 17th October

Open Minds Cinema - Modernism at the Movies @ 8pm
Belltable, 69 O'Connell Street, Limerick
Film Duration: 50min

Friday 18th October

Opening Night - OpenHouseLimerick Launch @ 6pm
St. Mary's Cathedral
Keynote Speaker: Riccardo Marini

Saturday 19th October

Open Minds Exhibition - William Clifford Smith @ 10am - 5pm
Shannon Rowing Club, Sarsfield Br.
Exhibition on Architect William Clifford Smith (1902)

Junior OpenHouse Art - Escape Out Of The Box @ 11am - 1pm
The Hunt Museum
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A fun workshop where children (Children 7-10) discover architecture, by exploring the built environment using their imagination.

Junior OpenHouse Trail - Limerick Treasure Hunt @ 12pm - 5pm
Belltable, O’Connell Street
Duration: 90min. Last start time 3.30pm. Entries by 4.45pm.
Children 4-12 explore Limerick architecture with Treasure Hunt packs from Belltable. Treats upon completion. With Bualadh Bos Festival.

Open Space Art - Sketch in the City @ 12pm-3pm
Cleeves Factory, North Circular Road
Sketching and photography event. A walk through Cleeve’s factory grounds with regular stops to sketch, draw or watercolour. Bring whatever medium you wish.

Open Space Walk - Unprotected Buildings @ 2pm
Starting Point: GPO, Lwr. Cecil St.
Duration: 2hr 
This walk will aim to shed light on the multitude of unprotected buildings within the city's Georgian & contemporary fabric.

Open Minds Talk - Cahill’s Tobacco & Snuff Factory @ 2pm
47 Wickham Street
Duration: 1hr talk & tea tour
Talk about the history of the shop and its changes since its inception in 1870. It will also include a Tea Tour.

Open Minds Talk - Treaty City Brewery @ 4pm
24 & 25 Nicholas St
Tour Duration: 20min (pre-book)

Open Minds Event - Ilen Returns @ 5pm
St. Mary's Cathedral
An account of the Ilen's two month voyage to Greenland; celebrating the cultural and artistic outreach adventure by a Limerick community.

Open Minds Talk - The Relationship Between Housing and Community @ 6.30pm
Narrative 4, 58 O’Connell Street
Duration: 1hr

Open Minds Talk - Limerick City’s Resilience @ 7.30pm
Narrative 4, 58 O’Connell Street
Duration: 1hr

Sunday 20th October

Open Space Walk - The Other Georgian Limerick @ 2pm - 3.30pm
Starting Point: Merchant’s Quay at Council Headquarters
Duration: 1.5hr walking tour by archaeologist John Elliott.
Discover the oldest parts of Limerick City on King’s Island in context with the contemporary environment.

Open Space Self-Guided Walk - Foynes & Adare Tour @ All day
A self-guided, street-walk tour of key architectural landmarks in Adare and Foynes by William Clifford Smith from the early 1900s. (No access to buildings)

OpenHouse Tours

Saturday 19th October

St. Mary’s Parish Men’s Shed, 27 Nicholas Street @ 10am, 11am, 12pm & 1pm
Tour Duration: 1hr

Single Storey School Extension, St. Michael’s School, Barrington Street @ 10am - 12pm
Tour Duration: 30min

The People’s Museum of Limerick, No. 2 Pery Square @ 11am - 3pm
Tour Duration: 45min

Limerick Circuit Courthouse, Merchant’s Quay @ 11am & 12pm
Tour Duration: 45min

Scoil Chríost Rí, Caherdavin @ 11am - 1pm
Tour Duration: 20min (pre-book)

Gardens International Office, Henry Street @12pm & 1pm
Tour Duration: 30min

Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge St @ 12pm & 1pm
Tour Duration: 1hr

Thomond Primary School, Ballynanty Road @ 12.30pm & 1.30pm
Tour Duration: 1hr

Kilkerrin, Clancy Strand @ 1pm - 3pm
Tour Duration: 30min (pre-book)

The GAFF, 36 Cecil Street @ 1pm - 2pm
Tour Duration: 1hr

The Courthouse, Mulgrave Street @ 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Tour Duration: 1hr (pre-book)

Fortmary Park, 18 Fortmary Park, North Circular Road @ 2pm - 5pm
Tour Duration: 20min (pre-book)

Child & Family Centre, Roxoboro Road @ 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Tour Duration: 1hr

Saint Michael’s Church, Pery Square @ 2pm - 4pm
Tour Duration: 30min

Tait Trail - Bedford Hotel
11–12 Bedford Row @ 2pm
Tour Duration: 1hr tour & talk by Sharon Slater

Andy Devane Dormitory, Mary Immaculate College @ 3pm
Tour Duration: 1hr (pre-book)

Tait Trail - Tait House, Southill House, Roxboro Road @ 3.30pm
Tour Duration: 1hr

HAP Shared Services Centre, The Granary, Michael’s Street @ 4pm - 6pm
Tour Duration: 30min

MIC Summerville House, Summerville Ave @ 4pm
Tour Duration: 1hr

Sunday 20th October

ESB Ardnacrusha Power Station @ 9am - 1.30pm
Duration: Four 90min tours (pre-book)

Cleeve’s Grounds Tour, North Circular Road @ 11am - 1pm
Tour Duration: 30min

Keeper House and Lodge, Oakhampton, Newport @ 12pm, 1pm & 2pm
Tour Duration: 45min (pre-book)

New Glucksman Library, University of Limerick @ 12pm & 1pm - 3pm
Tour Duration: 1hr (12pm tour prebook, Tours 1pm - 3pm no pre-book)

Glenstal Library, Murroe @ 12pm & 1pm
Tour Duration: 45min (pre-book)

The Red Church, Lwr. Mallow St./Henry St @ 1pm & 2pm
Tour Duration: 45min

St. John’s Church, Abington, Murroe @ 1pm - 3pm
Tour Duration: 30min

Medical School & Residences, Nth. Campus, University of Limerick @ 1.15pm - 2.30pm
Tour Duration: 75min

2 Moyola Terrace, Ennis Road @ 2.30pm - 4pm
Tour Duration: 30min

Limerick City

Various locations in Limerick.

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