University Concert Hall, Limerick
University Concert Hall is situated on the University of Limerick campus, outside Limerick city. Opened on September 18th, 1993, by An Taoiseach, Mr Albert Reynolds T.D. and U.S. Ambassador, Mrs Jean Kennedy Smith, UCH is the first purpose built concert hall in Ireland.The Foundation Building, which incorporates University Concert Hall, has access facilities for disabled people, measuring up to international standards. UCH has several wheelchair positions in the auditorium. Further details on request.
Seating over 1000 people, UCH is suitable for a wide variety of events, hosting concerts of many types including Grand Opera, Dance, Comedy, Drama and Pop/Rock Concerts. Festivals and conferences are also hosted.
UCH has a variable acoustic which can be tailored to suit the need of each performance. Two additional theatres are available which can be interlinked for both sound and vision, and linked with UCH, access points for disabled people are available within the auditorium and special hearing equipment is available on request for patrons with diminished hearing.
Venetian glass mosaic murals, by Belfast born artist Desmond Kinney, have been erected in the Atrium of the Foundation building. Based on Buile Suibhne, one of the major achievements in the canon of medieval literature, they are 48 feet long by 7 feet high. The artist has incorporated some of Seamus Heaney's poetry from his translation of "Sweeney Astray".