The past & the present: Lough Gur Development is a non profit community organisation that was founded in 1969 and officially inaugurated in 1993 to promote, preserve and protect the history, archaeology, folklore and environment of the surrounding area.

The company structure includes a voluntary Chairperson and board members. They are supported by a manager and a team of staff. The group operate the Lough Gur Heritage Centre, Honey Fitz Theatre, festivals & events. Sub committees including the Science Group include a number of voluntary community members and associated organisations.

Local volunteers help throughout the year at various events and offer their time to assist in the Heritage Centre. Lough Gur Development accept applications from people who are interested in joining the group and will provide full training.

Where we are: Lough Gur is located in the South East of Ireland within the Ballyhoura region. Visitors enjoy the rural unspoilt beauty that is easily accessible 21km’s from Limerick City. The area of Lough Gur is officially part of Ireland’s Ancient East.

The facts: Limerick Council lease the Heritage Centre building to Lough Gur Development and are also the owners with responsibility for the surrounding grounds. The OPW is the government body that care for the archaeological sites in the vicinity. Lough Gur Development hold a licence granted by the Dioceses to run events and activities in the Honey Fitz Theatre that is located 2km’s from the lakefront.

The philosophy is one of community inclusiveness and our existence is made possible by our local community.

The objectives of Lough Gur Development Society Ltd are to benefit the local community and to undertake activities beneficial to the community. Our aim is to raise awareness of Lough Gur and the Honey Fitz Theatre. It is also our aim to attract visitors to the area & include all members of the community in any new initiatives developed by the Society. We will continue to act as a platform for locally based events. The society is committed to adhering to the rules set out which clearly define the role and purpose of Lough Gur Development Co-operative Society Ltd. 

A copy of rules and purposes of Lough Gur Co-Op society are available on request from Lough Gur Development by calling 061 385186.

People involved:

Patrons: International referee George Clancy, Actor Jon Kenny, acclaimed singer Nóirín Ní Riain, historian Michael Quinlan, archaeologist Rose Cleary and Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden.

Committee:  Chairperson Aine Barry,  Asst Treasurer Robert Ryan, Secretary Trevor Daly, John Carew, Annie Casey, Helen Hartigan, Ashleigh Hartigan, Marie Coleman, Brenda O’ Mahony, Siobhan Kirby, Brendan Ring, Tom Lynch, Seamus Murnane & William Weekes.

Manager: Kate Harrold

Operations Supervisor: Gemma O’ Mahony

Accounts: Bridget Flavin

Administrators & Tour Guides: Eileen Ryan, Philip O’ Connell, Duncan Mcauliffe

Maintenance: Pat Bourke


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