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The Granary

Formerly known as Mardyke Warehouse


The Granary, Michael Street, LimerickGoogle MapsArrow
  • This site used to be a marshland called Mardyke, where local sportsmen came to shoot snipe.
  • In the late 18th century, Philip John Roche bought the land and built a large grain storehouse that he named the Mardyke Warehouse, now known as the Granary.
  • The building was one of the first multi-storey constructions in Limerick city, and exported a huge quantity of flax, cereals and seeds. Roche was known as a charitable man, who would often give grain to the starving people of the city.
  • In the 1980s the building was redeveloped as a mixed-use scheme housing Limerick City Library as well as a music venue and a restaurant. It is currently not in use.
  • It has been used as a venue for multiple editions of EVA, and was one of 12 listed venues for the 20th edition in 1996, curated by Guy Tortosa (b. 1961, France).
  • Here, Susan Philipsz (b. 1965, UK) presented Two Part Harmony (1996), a site-responsive sound installation in the stairway. The audio work consisted of two notes sung by the artist, played in intermittent bursts through the course of the day; the higher note played through a speaker situated at the upper floor stairway, while the lower note played through a speaker at ground level.

Artwork presented at this venue

Wang Ruobing, Eat Me, 2010.