Peter McVerry Trust regeneration project in Limerick
Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing, launched construction work on the Peter McVerry Trust regeneration project in Limerick City on 13 February 2023. It has been made possible thanks to the national housing and homeless charity’s partnership with Limerick City and County Council.
The new project will see the redevelopment of the former Office of Public Works property at 2-3 Lower Mallow Street into 12 single-bed apartments for people on the local social housing waiting list.
In 2022, Peter McVerry Trust supported over 12,000 people nationally, including over 400 people in Limerick who availed of housing and resettlement services.
The charity currently manages over 113 homes in Limerick City and County and will shortly launch the first 14 homes in its modular home project in Delmege Park, Moyross.
The charity’s CEO Pat Doyle said, “We’re delighted to be commencing this city-centre regeneration project which will provide 12 high quality homes to people from Limerick City. The site, in the heart of Limerick’s Georgian Core, is another example of the work we’re doing to deliver sustainable housing solutions by bringing back vacant properties as social housing.”
“We’ve been working in Limerick since 2016, and in partnership with our colleagues in Limerick City and County Council, we’ve increased delivery of social housing schemes across the county. This includes securing and delivering more one-bedroom homes for single people impacted by homelessness, but also our work with Limerick Regen in Moyross and Southill where we are working to deliver homes for families as well.”
In other news, Peter McVerry Trust is to receive a large donation from Ceadogán Rugmakers after the sale of a rug designed by artist Sean Scully. Peter McVerry SJ was pictured in front of the rug » which was sold for €85,000 at a charity auction held on Sunday 5 February by Whytes Auctioneers, Dublin.
According to Dublin Gazette, the rug designed by the world-renowned abstract painter was titled ‘Fez’ and had been estimated to be worth €15,000-€20,000.
The piece was one of 12 artist designed rugs that went under the hammer as part of a project called ‘Island’ organised by Ceadogán Rugmakers. Profits from the sale are to be split between the Peter McVerry Trust in aid of homelessness and to support a regenerative wildlife project at the site of the Ceadogán studios at Bannow Bay, Co. Wexford.
Main image: Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing, and Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust