Architect: Feeney McMahon Architects, Limerick.

The Empathy Centre, Limerick

In June 2016, with the help of Limerick City and County Council, JP McManus Benevolent Fund, John Moran and Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Narrative 4 Ireland opened a state-of-the-art creative facility in Limerick in a renovated a dilapidated Georgian townhouse that once served as a public library on O’ Connell Street. 

Because of Ireland’s history, Limerick seemed like a natural place in which to set up an Empathy Centre; a place where young people from across the city, and indeed the globe, could come together to step into one another’s shoes. That is the fundamental tenet of Narrative 4 – You tell my story, I will tell yours. 

This act of radical empathy is designed so that the true function of stories – to connect us and bring us alive in bodies not our own – can not only live on, but flourish. Since we have opened in Ireland, we have worked with thousands of young people; all eager to tap into their creativity and tell their stories. 

The Story Exchange allows us to see each other and ourselves in new ways, to connect in profound ways; as our shared humanity becomes apparent. What is the world except the story of everyone else?