The Roman Catholic Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (known as the Redemptorists) has operated in Limerick since 1854 and their impressive Church was completed in 1862 at the cost of GBP 17,000. The church is built in the Gothic style and is known as Mount St Alphonsus Church. It was designed by an English Architect called Thomas Hardwick, who also designed the nearby St John’s Cathedral.
The Redemptorist religious order was founded in Naples, Italy, in 1749 and operates in numerous countries to this day. As in most countries, some on the most impressive buildings in Ireland have a religious purpose or background. You do not have to be very religious, or religious in any way at all, to appreciate that the church in Limerick is one such example. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congregation_of_the_Most_Holy_Redeemer