Social Enterprise Limerick

Social Enterprise Limerick
is a practitioners’ network for Social Enterprises in Limerick City

The overall objective of Social Enterprise Limerick is to provide a local platform for Social Enterprises to meet, network, share their experiences and learn from each other. The network encourages collaboration and the sharing of resources to help members to advance their Community, Social and/or Environmental goals. The network also promotes the overall concept of Social Enterprise in Limerick City.

What is Social Enterprise?

A Social Enterprise is an enterprise whose objective is to achieve a social, societal or environmental impact, rather than maximising profit for its owners or shareholders. It pursues its objectives by trading on an ongoing basis through the provision of goods and/or services, and by reinvesting surpluses into achieving social objectives. It is governed in a fully accountable and transparent manner and is independent of the public sector. If dissolved, it should transfer its assets to another organisation with a similar mission. (National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022)

Social Enterprise Limerick Members

Urban Co-Op

Anne Maher
087 7927311
Mission Statement
Our mission is to supply great produce & enhance the lives of our members, customers and the community. We work hard to contribute to a more sustainable & fairer world.

We strive to be a successful co-operative social enterprise & are guided by the Principles of Cooperatives.

The Learning Hub

James Blake
087 9364538
Mission Statement
The Learning Hub works in partnership with parents, education providers, statutory agencies and the wider Limerick community to provide a safe, welcoming and inspiring learning environment where young people can reach their true potential.

Last year over 23,000 visitors came to the Learning Hub to engage in various activities and to use our facilities. We serve over 150 children on average each week with many involved in multiple activities during and after the school day ends.

Tait House

Michael Quilligan
061 415340
Mission Statement
Our mission is to create social, environmental and economic benefits for communities in Southill and other local areas through the development of enterprise, employment and training opportunities from our base in Tait House.


Fergal O’Farrell
061-608180 or 0858607455
Mission Statement
Cairde Enterprises is a social enterprise that makes and sells hand crafted bespoke furniture and wood products, while offering jobs to ex-offenders who are turning their lives around, but who often find it difficult to secure employment.

Our goal is to offer fulltime paid jobs as well as preparing people for progressing into mainstream employment and to positively help change the attitudes of potential employers and communities towards ex-offenders, who want and are trying to turn their lives around.
We trade commercially to transform lives.

Body Tree

Tracy O Donoghue
Mission Statement
Bringing healing therapies to the local community regardless of their socio-economic background. The Community Clinic operates a multi disciplined therapy clinic in The Urban Co-op. We offer reduced price treatments to the community in a non-judgemental supporting environment.

Living Woodlands

Colm Galvin
Mission Statement
To restore natural ecosystem for the benefit of everyone. We create community woodlands in both rural and urban settings while at the same time combatting climate change, increasing biodiversity and including community.

Gateway to Education

Paul Goodwin
Mission Statement
Gateway to Education Limerick is a non-profit, social enterprise created in Limerick in April 2012 to address economic and social barriers to education.

We work to relieve financial pressures on families throughout each school term by providing second hand school books and uniforms. We work to connect parents and families to resources that will ensure full participation in the school system and community. We also aim to provide educational support not otherwise available to primary and secondary students in at-risk families.

We also run an ongoing work experience project to increase participation and achievement in education and boost employment within the wider community.


John Bennett
Mission Statement
To work for and support the alleviation of poverty and social exclusion in the community of Our Lady of Lourdes parish and surrounding areas by providing facilities and services for individuals, families and groups at risk.

Garryowen CDP

John Buttery
Mission Statement
Garryowen Community Development Project aims to be a catalyst for development of services in the community by building the capacity of local people through training, education and support, and working in partnership with all stakeholders to create sustainable quality services that meet the needs of the local community’

Limerick City Build

Catherine O’Halloran
Mission Statement
Limerick City Build (LCB) Training Academy was established to create employment pathways for economically marginalised and socially excluded people in Limerick City. LCB offers tailored training based on employment needs and cutting-edge construction industry skills, informed from the private sector. Our curriculum guarantees that each participant is in high demand, once they reach graduation and have the most current and relevant training required to fill the post. We provide an organic work flow that ensures employment and opportunities are limerick focused and provide an immediate benefit to the community.

Belltable Arts Hub

Gillian Fenton
061 953400

Dóchas Mid-West Autism Support

Cyril Killeen
086 2325549

St. Munchins SCC

Linda Ledger
Mission Statement
We aim to be an approachable, energetic, motivating and developing group who will assist our community to develop a sense of pride and reach its full potential. Our aim is to achieve this through supporting development within our community, networking, identifying and responding to needs and issues. We aim to enjoy what we do. To provide a central accessible community hub accommodating local service providers. To provide a meeting space for local community/voluntary groups. To address isolation and social exclusion for the older members of our community. To identify and respond to local needs.

ASD Ireland

Keith Enright
Mission Statement
To provide socially inclusive activities for people with autism

Limerick Youth Service

Robert Graham
083 3978521
Mission Statement
Provide accessible and affordable youth friendly activity space for community and youth organisations in Limerick City.

The Gaff

Manuela Hartlep
Mission Statement
Provide a resource for community and voluntary arts in Limerick, facilitating direct connection between artists, communities and the wider public.

Southill Hub

Aisling Lohan
Mission Statement
Southill Hub aims to provide an open and safe space for the community of Southill to develop educational, recreational and social opportunities in a healthy environment. Our social enterprise consists of a Community Café with catering offered across the City, meeting room and event hire including a full-size Sports Hall, and rented office space for other community organisations working in the area. The income we generate allows us to facilitate regular community events through out the year, weekly community bingo and support our active youth programme that serves over 100 young people a week.

Limerick Island

Patrick Kennedy
061 318 106
Mission Statement
Our vision is to be the one-stop community voluntary organisation within the Limerick Island Community. To improve lives through community enrichment and economic development within a safe, healthy and sustainable physical environment


Mark Ryan
061 326623
Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment which enables the community to reach its full potential based on principles of equality, empowerment and justice.

Moyross Community Enterprise Centre

Paddy Flannery
061 326057
Mission Statement
Moyross Community Enterprise Centre CLG will promote self reliance, social well being, education, and training & enterprise growth within the vibrant community of Moyross and surrounding area through innovation, partnership and community development.


Mamobo Ogoro
089 9639488
Mission Statement
Gorm Media DAC is a start-up social impact digital media organisation with a mission to unify communities across social political and cultural divides. Gorm’s vision is to spark a movement of unity and shared understanding through innovative digital media, events and education that captures the stories, nuances, and experiences of those in our diverse community. In aiding in the sustainable goals of (10) reducing inequality and (16) peace justice & strong institutions, we believe that common ground open conversation and shared understanding.

Irish Areal Creation Centre

Brian Raferty
085 8661748


Martina Minogue
086 1075784


Denise Dunne
1800 200504
Social Enterprise Limerick Projects
Social Enterprise Limerick ARISE Project
Video Content Development Project
A Guide to Setting Up and Running a Community Café
Toolkit for Impact Assessment for Social Enterprises
Interested in supporting Social Enterprise in Limerick City?
What is CSR and what are the opportunities

Business Benefits of CSR

  • Improved Brand Recognition
  • Positive Business Reputation
  • Increased Sales
  • Customer Loyalty
  • Operational Savings
  • Staff Wellbeing and Retention
  • Organisational Growth

Why Corporates and Social Enterprise should consider building CSR Partnerships:

  • Building Partnerships with Established Businesses with existing structures
  • Mutual Understanding of the Business Environment
  • Longer Term Projects = Longer Term Impacts
  • Greater Impacts through Established Infrastructure
  • Opportunity to ‘Build Back Better’ Post COVID 19
  • Empowering Communities through ‘Investment’ cf. ‘Charity’
  • Finding the ‘Right Fit’ for your CSR Priorities
  • Linking Businesses with specific skills and resources with Social Enterprises and Community Organisations with specific needs

Social Enterprise Benefits of CSR

  • Funding for Specific Projects
  • Broader Overall Funding Base
  • Access to Technical Advice and Assistance
  • Board Level Inputs and Guidance
  • Building Cross Sector Partnerships
  • Cross Promotion
  • Increased Public Profile/Awareness
  • Attracting Investment into Target Communities

For more information about Social Enterprise Limerick and the projects we are involved in, contact the network secretary:

Michael Gleeson, Social Enterprise Officer, PAUL Partnership Limerick.
Telephone: 087 4078648 | Email: | Follow Social Enterprise Limerick on Twitter @socialelm

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