Development plans for historic site

PLANS are being drawn up for a major development on a site adjacent to a historic church in Limerick.

Limerick City Council said yesterday they have been made aware of plans which are to be submitted in relation to a site next to St Michael’s Church of Ireland church in Pery Square.

Dean Maurice Sirr said that when potential for any church-owned site arises, they have to look at it.

It is understand Limerick architect Michael Healy has been engaged to draw up plans.

The 170-year-old church is a protected building.

Parents of children attending the nearby St Michael’s primary school have also been informed of plans which may be forwarded to the City Council to develop the site.

The Limerick Archaeological Society said they are keeping a watching brief as Pery Square was a very important part of Georgian Limerick.

A spokesman said: “We saw what happened at the Edward Street side of the People’s park when part of the park was sold to a private developer and apartments built there. The Church of Ireland may have the best of intentions but we just don’t know yet.”

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