05/09/2011 Deenihan celebrates the architectural heritage of County Limerick
Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today (Monday 5th September 2011) launched his Department’s Architectural Heritage Survey of County Limerick and the associated book, An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of County Limerick at an event hosted by Limerick County Council, with invited guests.
The book is the twenty-sixth to be launched in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) series. The 27th, covering County Galway, will be launched later this month.
At the event, Minister Deenihan said that “the people of County Limerick can be extremely proud of the rich and varied architectural heritage of their county.”
The County Limerick architectural heritage survey documents the built heritage of County Limerick spanning the period from 1700 to the present day. A wide variety of structures are included, ranging from those of imposing design to those of simple construction, illustrating the diverse and extensive architectural heritage of this part of the country.
The Minister spoke in some detail about the variety and depth of County Limerick’s rich architectural heritage, noting that “to understand a region’s buildings you have to understand its landscape. Limerick is very much part of the west of Ireland but without an Atlantic coast, it is a hybrid place: part inland county but made maritime by the extensive Shannon estuary”. Minister Deenihan also referenced the architectural heritage pertaining to the Carnegie Libraries and the industrialisation of butter production in County Limerick in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Minister placed particular emphasis on acknowledging that “The vast majority of the buildings included in the survey are in private ownership and their care naturally rests with their owners. That so much of our shared architectural heritage has survived is testament to their care, commitment and interest.”
Minister Deenihan concluded with thanks to everyone involved in completing the survey and preparing the publication. In particular, he thanked all the owners and occupiers for allowing a record to be made of their properties for the survey.
A total of 1,320 structures in the County Limerick NIAH survey are rated as being of regional or higher architectural importance. Under planning legislation, Minister Deenihan will be recommending to Limerick County Council that these structures be included in the Record of Protected Structures.
The publication An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of County Limerick is available from the Government Publications Sales Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, Irish bookshops or online from www.wordwellbooks.com and is priced at €12. The full NIAH survey, including County Limerick, is free to access onwww.buildingsofireland.ie.