I suppose i should mention the spiritstore art cafe. For the past two months a nice group of people (mostly students, graduates and staff of the art college plus me) have occupied the landmark Sarsfield Bar in Limerick and turned it into an an art safe/social space/performance venue.
Its a place for people to come in, have (free) tea and coffee, have a chat and enjoy (again free) "performances" from artists, actors, writers, lecturers, musicians, sound artists and much much more. On the one hand it offered the people of limerick a place to hang out while it offered local performers and artists an opportunity to display their work to the people of limerick.
I started off as a customer but soon ended up on the other side of the counter. Through the spiritstore i have come to meet all kinds of people from various walks of life. It was an incredible opportunity and I am delighted to be associated with this project.
After the two month period, the project came to an end. The initial question: "Is there a need/want for a place like this in Limerick?" in my opinion has definately been answered.