Traditional musican’s Nenan Ryan, Derek Hickey and Laura Ugur in the Locke bar at the opening of the Loft Theatre space upstairs at the same venue.
Picture: Keith Wiseman












Book your tickets for three days of fun. Writing workshops, art exhibitions and historic walking tours are just some of the activities at this year’s festival. See our line up of fantastic events for this year’s Bring your Limericks to Limerick festival. We have put together the perfect programme for all the family to enjoy. Don’t forget to submit your entry to our International Limericks Competition, which takes place sat 26th Aug in Dolans Music Venue, Dock Road, Limerick, for the chance to win up to €500.

Submit your Limerick to the Limericks Competition for your chance to WIN €500.00

Entries are now open for Bring Your Limericks to Limerick Competition 2017! Last year over 600 people entered the competition from all over Ireland and the world, with 25 finalists turning up for the final to do battle for cash prizes. Last year’s event was won by local poet Darragh Roche, whose winning Limerick was about Brexit. This year the final will again have  25 finalists and  an equally exciting contest is guaranteed. The aim of the competition is to create an awareness of the connection between the place and the poem so that Limerick can establish itself internationally as one of the few places that gave its name to a literary form. Think Shakespeare and Stratford, Joyce and Dublin, Burns and Scotland, Limerick and the Limerick.

The Limerick is a verse form associated with the Maigue Poets from Croom, Co. Limerick, in the 18th century.

It is a verse that must contain the following elements:

Five lines; Lines 1, 2, 5 must rhyme; Lines 3 and 4 must rhyme.

A good limerick will have a clever unanticipated punch line as line 5 will often have puns, word play or a witty feature as part of it.

Please read the Rules and Guidelines for submission HERE