The Ilen Project was celebrated by Limerick City and County Council with a Mayoral Reception at its chambers on Merchants Quay last Monday evening
It was a cozy gathering that saw in attendance many principal individuals, who for over the past 20 years were complicit in its genesis, it’s intermediate stages, and in recent years the achievement of its highest ambition – a rebuilt and operational sailing ship Ilen.
The Mayoral Reception afforded many the joy of speaking to their fellow assembled – each recounting individual experiences of the Ilen Project.
As with convention, Mayor Michael Sheahan kicked off the reception in words both warm and kind – words which included the following citation;
“In recognition of the achievement of the Ilen Project on river and sea which have succeeded in finding so powerful a resonance in our City and County.”
The Mayor’s convivial style set the tone of the evening, and it continued as such until the gathering finally talked itself out some hours later. For those whose inescapable closeness to the project precluded us any objective apprehension, it was affirming to hear the positive and diverse observations from each of the speakers, which included many public representatives.
What was most surprising, even spontaneous, was the deep sentiments expressed by all for the River Shannon, which ebbed indifferently just outside the chambers great windows. Which goes to show that one need not take to the water in a local Limerick boat to enjoy the beauty and elemental power of that great river.
Nevertheless, the Ilen Project will continue stubbornly to promote, celebrate and voyage with Limerick’s magnificent traditional boats in the city, county and beyond.
We are grateful to Limerick City and County Council and to all who gave of their time to attend.
Here’s to another 20 years of watery adventure.
We are very grateful the the Communications Office of Limerick City & County Council for the above event photos and permission to reproduce.