Our History

Our History

University Concert Hall (UCH) is a 1,038 seat auditorium situated on the University of Limerick campus. Opened on September 18th, 1993, by the then Taoiseach, Mr Albert Reynolds T.D. and U.S. Ambassador, Mrs Jean Kennedy Smith, it was the first purpose built concert hall in Ireland. It has a variable acoustic which can be tailored to suit the needs of all genres of performance including everything from Classical to Comedy and Panto to Pop.

Since its inception UCH has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment including Johnny Cash, James Taylor, Billy Connolly, Van Morrison, Nigel Kennedy, Leslie Garrett, Sir James Galway, Christy Moore, Sinead O’Connor and Jimmy Carr as well as prestigious ensembles including the RTÉ National Symphony and Concert Orchestras, Princeton and Brown University Orchestras from the US, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and the King’s Singers.

University Concert Hall actively engages with Limerick’s wider community organisations and artists including the Voices of Limerick, Limerick Musical Society, Limerick Choral Union and many local Primary and Secondary schools to promote and showcase their artistic endeavours while providing a professional platform for these amateur organisations.

In 2014 UCH was proud to make a significant contribution to the inaugural City of Culture, beginning with its assistance in bringing Riverdance to Limerick for the first time, attracting 17,000 people across 7 shows in 4 days.  In June UCH hosted the RTÉ lyric FM Bill Whelan Gala featuring Sir James Galway and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and in September the legendary Van Morrison who opened the Limerick Jazz Festival.

In 2015 UCH was awarded the Irish Music Rights Organisations Live Performance Venue of the Year for 2014 in Munster for its contribution to the Arts and Entertainment Industry.

As well as being an entertainment venue, UCH also plays a significant part in attracting conference business to Limerick and has hosted the Irish League of Credit Unions, Operation Smile and the 10th International Alexander Technique Congress.  UCH has also hosted many TV and Radio Broadcasts including Gradam Ceoil, TG4 Awards, The Late Late Show and Eurosong.

The University of Limerick campus, UCH’s home, is a hub of cultural activity. It is also home to the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, the Association of Irish Choirs, The Bourne Vincent Gallery and an extensive Art collection.
Art Collection Information (downloadable pdf)


To be a Mid-West performing Arts and entertainment centre of national and international standing, that also contributes to a distinctive campus life experience for University Students.