Month: October 2018

Minister welcomes news of new multi-million euro rugby-themed visitor centre for Limerick

Added October 26th, 2018

Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan hails planning approval as a “great day for Limerick”

Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan T.D has welcomed the news that the International Rugby Experience in Limerick City Centre is to go ahead.

The former Minister for Sport described the decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission as “brilliant news for the people of Limerick”.

He said: “ As a Minister from Limerick and someone that has served as Minister for Sport, I am delighted this €30 million euro project is going ahead”.

“It is going to offer a huge boost to tourism and will bring up to 100 jobs. It’s an indication of how far Limerick has come and how progressive and forward thinking those involved in the project are.”


Minister O’Donovan honoured to represent the government at the 2018 International Commemoration of the Irish famine in Melbourne

Added October 23rd, 2018

The Limerick T.D will lead a delegation leaving for Australia today

Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan T.D will represent the government at the 2018 International Commemoration of the Great Irish Famine at the Famine Rock in Williamstown, Melbourne this Sunday October 28th.

The Limerick T.D will lead a delegation from Ireland who will honour and remember those who emigrated and took to the seas during An Gorta Mór.

He said: “I am delighted and honoured to represent the Government and the people of Ireland at our International Famine commemoration”.

“This is the twentieth annual commemoration ceremony to be held and it is particularly fitting, that this year’s overseas commemoration is held in Melbourne given the strong historical bonds between Melbourne and Ireland”.

“Some of the many thousands of Irish people, our ancestors, who travelled from Ireland between 1848 and 1850 in the hope of a new chance at life, many of them from County Limerick, were processed through the Government Depot in William St. Melbourne”.

“This year’s commemoration represents an opportunity to not only honour the work of the Irish Community in Melbourne in preserving its history ,but also to pay tribute to the memory of those who went before them”.

“I look forward to meeting with some of our more recent emigrants to Melbourne who remain proud Irish citizens”.

“It is important for Irish people all over the world to remember those who suffered and died in what was one of the darkest time in our country’s past”.

Minister O’Donovan will also undertake a series of engagement to promote trade and investment including events with tourism Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce and Educational Institutions.

€867,918 delivered to Limerick County under the Town &Village Renewal Scheme – O’Donovan

Added October 5th, 2018

Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan has expressed his delight with the news that the Limerick County Constituency is to receive €867,918 in Government funding from Minister Michael Ring under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

Projects in Abbeyfeale, Ballyhahill, Ballylanders, Ballysteen, Glin, Kilmeedy, Kilfinnane and Shanagolden are all to benefit from the scheme.

“This is great news for rural Co. Limerick. These projects have been developed in conjunction with Limerick City and County Council and the local communities. I know from working with volunteers across Co Limerick what funding like this means to the areas concerned. This injection is just one of a number we have made as a Government into rural Limerick since we went into office.”

Patrick O’Donovan added that further investment is expected from Minister Ring shortly under the Governments €1billion Rural Regeneration Fund.

“As the local Minister and TD I am committed to getting our fair share for Co Limerick and today’s investment is just another example of that.”

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