The National Enterprise Town Awards: Moyross

We are profiling all the towns to enter this year’s National Enterprise Town Awards. Today we are looking at Moyross in Limerick.

Moyross (Maigh Ruis) is an area in Limerick which was developed in the 1970s and 1980s, and, up to 2008, it was unusual in that it spanned two electoral areas, with 728 houses part of the Ballynanty DED of Limerick City Council, and 432 houses in the Limerick North Rural DED of Limerick County Council. The city boundaries have since been redrawn so that the whole estate is now covered by the City Council.

Demographic trends show a negative or weak population growth from 2006 (5,022) to 2016 (1,963), a decline of 3,059.

Moyross comprises of 1,160 houses, which are divided into 12 parks. From the 1980’s Moyross experienced extreme levels of poverty and disadvantage with an unemployment figure of 84pc at that time.

In October 2008, plans for the regeneration of Moyross were presented to Limerick City Council. The plan for Moyross included the demolition and rebuilding off all 1,160 homes in the area, including derelict houses. Stricter eviction rules will be in place as part of the new plan, as will the need for a certificate of eligibility to receive a home.

With the regeneration brought community spirit back to the fore, and people became proud of their area again – Moyross received a lot of negative attention in the past. The Moyross Training Facility at The Bays was set up to deliver an integrated service approach to equip unemployed residents of the north side regeneration area of Limerick City with the skills and confidence to secure employment.

The specific aim of The Bays Training Facility is to respond to the recommendations within the economic and social pillars of the Limerick Regeneration Framework Implementation Plan (LRFIP). The facility provides a trades-based training approach focused on equipping clients with industry specific skills, currently being sought in sectors such as construction and manufacturing. All training modules are certified by, for example, QQI (FETAC & NALA) and the Department of Education and Science.

The target group for The Bays Training Facility programme is unemployed adults over the age of 18, primarily from within the Moyross regeneration area of Limerick City, but over the next two years, the aim is to open the centre up to the Limerick City, Clare and Tipperary.

At present, the integrated Bays Training Facility is looking to create a minimum of 300 jobs over its next five years. Moreover, once employment is secured, additional training opportunities are being sourced through the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB).

The positive start to the programme, augmented by the governance under Innovate Limerick, points to an increased likelihood of the programme’s longevity. In terms of increased training, employment and private sector linkages, the success of The Bays Training Facility will only have a positive impact upon Moyross going forward.

Aside from business and enterprise within the community, Moyross is well represented on the international stage with Irish rugby player Keith Earls and Noel Hogan from the Cranberries hailing from the area.

Written by Stephen Larkin

Published: 2 October, 2019