Limerick responds to growing appetite for vegan and vegetarian menus

As Limerick responds to the growing appetite for vegan and vegetarian menu options, Limerick Voice reporter Sarah O’Brien explores what’s on offer in the Treaty city.

Veganism, a lifestyle promoting compassionate living but long dismissed as the preserve of crunchy counterculture hippies, is in vogue according to a new survey.

The latest figures from the Vegan Society show that veganism has grown by a whopping 360 percent in Britain over the past 10 years.

Of that figure almost half are between the ages of 15-42 with most dwelling in urban areas. Though there are no official stats for Ireland as of yet, if Britain’s are anything to go by, consumer demand is there and it’s growing at a phenomenal pace. Continue reading

Dead rats, flies and blood stains among violations found in Limerick restaurants

By Sarah O’Brien

NINE food businesses have been served with closure orders in Limerick since January 2015 due to a litany of hygiene problems, the Limerick Voice has learned.

Records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the reasons why so many premises were ordered to shut down food operations until they’d cleaned up their act.

Evidence of insects and rodent droppings throughout the food preparation, storage and first floor seating areas were one of the main reasons Star Pizza on Limerick’s Denmark Street was served with a closure order on April 29, 2015.

Health inspectors noted that “a large hole was gnawed through under the pizza oven in the service area” and that “gnawing was evident on the stairs leading to the basement food storage area”. This order was lifted five months later when the premises was cleaned up. Continue reading

Christmas free parking initiative announced for Limerick city and county

By Sarah O’Brien

Christmas shoppers can avail of a new free parking promotion beginning December 5, Limerick City and County Council announced yesterday.

The initiative, which is set to run until December 23, will see a suspension of city street parking charges every morning up until 11:30am. 

The daily promotion, backed by Limerick Chamber of Commerce, is primarily intended to encourage Christmas footfall in the city centre but will also extend to Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock and Newcastle West. Continue reading

Share a Dream brings the magic of Disneyland to Limerick

By Sarah O’Brien

Europe’s first all-inclusive indoor play centre for sick and disabled children had a preview opening in Castletroy’s Park Point Complex on Friday.

Dreamland, the brand new play centre set up by the Share a Dream Foundation, will cater for Ireland’s 80,000 disabled children, recreating the magic of Disneyland at home.

Share a Dream Founder, Shay Kinsella, said, “This is a big news story for Limerick. Travelling with sick children can be an ordeal when you consider all the medicine parents have to bring and parking and It’s not easy. Now they can come to Dreamland in Limerick.” Continue reading

Pippa O’Connor’s book signing attracts crowds in Limerick

By Sarah O’Brien

More than 275 people turned out to meet Pippa O’Connor at her Simple Tips to Live Beautifully book signing in O’Mahony’s Booksellers Limerick recently.

The event, which kicked off at 11am, saw people queuing hours beforehand to meet the lifestyle and fashion blogger.

First in the queue were mother and daughter Martha and Aoife McCarthy. “We came at 9am because we wanted to get here as early as possible to ensure we’d get in to see her,” the pair told the Limerick Voice. Continue reading

Richard Harris Festival received just €200 from Council, organisers insist

The Richard Harris International Film Festival has refuted claims made by Limerick City and County Council that the festival has received €1100 in funding this year.

Festival organisers insist that the international event only received €200 from the Council of Arts Office in 2016 –  €100 less than last year.

This sum, which has been allotted to them under the Grants under the Arts Scheme, is classed as funding relating directly to financing cultural activities in the city.

Organisers say that they have also received a letter of offer from the Fáilte Ireland and IPB Insurance Community and Diaspora Fund to the value of €900, but state that this money is a tourist initiative and is entirely dependent on the number of overseas visitors achieved. Continue reading

Actor turned restaurateur to open vegan-friendly establishment in Limerick

By Sarah O’Brien

LIMERICK actor Kevin Kiely Jnr. is set to open a new vegan and vegetarian restaurant in his home town this December.

The Old Fire Station Restaurant, located at 35 Thomas Street, is to become an alternative “chill-out space” to Limerick’s pub and nightclub scene.

The restaurant, named after the old fire station, is currently undergoing renovations and its owners estimate it will seat close to 50 people.

Speaking about the opening, the actor told the Limerick Voice: “Everyone will be welcome at the restaurant, we’ll be offering a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere where people can come to chat, have a coffee and play a bit of piano if they wish.” Continue reading