After being badly damaged by fire the Theatre Royal in Limerick reopens with a performance by Mary Black.

For a city of over 60,000 over people, Limerick is badly served with venues. The Belltable Arts Centre on O’Connell Street has 300 seats, and what used to be the famous Savoy Theatre with 1,500 seats is now a five screen cinema complex.

On 6 March 1990 the Theatre Royal on Limerick’s Cecil Street was badly damaged by fire. Almost a year later, the refurbished 700 seat venue sees Minister for State Brendan Daly performing its official opening ceremony. This is followed by a performance from the internationally renowned singer Mary Black.

It was a night of fun and nostalgia as well as superb music.

With the Theatre Royal fully operational once more, Limerick audiences will be able to enjoy the big names of show business in their very own city.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 February 1991. The reporter is Michael Lally.