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RTÉ 2 to Screen Limerick Film Trilogy

RTÉ 2 will screen The Limerick Film Trilogy over three weeks in November on the Monday night Shortscreen slot. The trilogy consists of three short films that were made with the support of Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes. The scheme also received assistance from Screen Training Ireland.

The dates for screening are:
LIMERICK TRILOGY – Day Off – 7th Nov ’16
LIMERICK TRILOGY – The Apparel – 14th Nov ’16
LIMERICK TRILOGY – Date: Time – 21st Nov ’16

This ambitious project was realised by Film Limerick Project Manager Ronan Cassidy and acclaimed Limerick writer and director Gerard Stembridge. The idea behind the project was a way of providing training and experience for those seeking to break into the film industry. Three short films were produced using local filmmakers mentored by industry professionals. Gerard Stembridge selected three writers and worked with these writers individually to make each script as good as it could be. He also took an overview, looking for connecting features and elements that would create links between the stories.
The writers were given maximum freedom to tell whatever story they wanted to tell. The stories had to be contemporary and preferably unfold within a limited time period and Limerick City itself was to be evident as the backdrop. The use of locations in the city is therefore at the heart of each of the films. Even though the films are quite separate stories and work as stand-alone films, seen together they are subtlety linked.
Three teams were put together with everyone who took part gaining invaluable experience from top industry professionals. The teams consisted of three first time writers and three first time directors. In addition there were DOP’s, sound operators, set designers, wardrobe, make-up, hair etc., each team being mentored by designated industry professionals.
Gerard Stembridge worked with the directors on casting to secure the best available local talent for the individual films. He also oversaw the filming and mentored the directors on set and ensured that the important linking elements between the stories were taken care of, so that the final product would stand up as a single entity.

For those who miss the screenings, there will be an opportunity to catch up on player at:

Synopsis of films:

Day Off (Drama):
Laura struggles at first to come to terms with her husband’s life-changing affliction, the early-onset dementia. Her only distraction is her Day Off, where once a week she finds time to see her friends and socialise.

The Apparel (Comedy):
Joesph is a forty-something whose life seems to be unravelling just a little. Moved into emergency accommodation with an unkempt twenty-something, he clings to the last vestiges of the life he knew before – his job as curator of an art gallery.

Date: Time (Romantic Comedy):
A romance develops between Ann and Bob, but his bad habit of being continuously late is taking the excitement away and she feels taken for granted.


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Soulscapes Series 2016 to open at Friars’ Gate Theatre

The medieval town of Kilmallock provides the atmospheric backdrop to SoulScapes, a series of talks which will be held during November and will feature contributions from some of Ireland’s most thoughtful and respected social thinkers including Christy Kenneally, Billy Keane, Dr. Ed Walsh and Carol Conway.

As November is traditionally a month for reflection and remembrance, we thought it an opportune month to bed the series as the series theme is reflection, remembrance and importantly in the times we are in, celebration of the Irish spirit.  On each Wednesday during November we will host four rich evenings for the mind and spirit that will inspire uplift and entertain through.  People are encouraged to attend the whole series and enjoy the full gamut of experiences that is on offer over the four evenings which commence at 8pm.

SoulScapes opens on November 9th in Friars Gate Theatre with an evening entitled ‘Getting over your Self…your Self is not set in stone’ with author, broadcaster and inspiring speaker Christy Kenneally.  On the second evening November 16th, author and columnists Billy Keane will share his thoughts.  Making Ireland Great Again: or at least a bit better with the highly regarded Dr. Ed Walsh will take place on Wednesday 23rd November.  Meanwhile, Carol Conway a lifelong Behavioural Scientist with a passionate interest in human dynamics and a fundamental belief in people will present Mess, Stress & Overwhelm – Learning to Embrace Life with all its Imperfections!’ on Wednesday November 30th.

Wed Nov 9th –  Getting over your Self…your Self is not set in stone with Christy Kenneally
Wed Nov 16th – Billy Keane on Tap
Wed Nov 23rd – Making Ireland Great Again: or at least a bit better with Dr. Ed Walsh.
Wed Nov 30th – Mess, Stress & Overwhelm – Learning to Embrace Life with all its Imperfections! with Carol Conway

Tickets €10 per evening

Friars’ Gate Theatre & Arts, Kilmallock. Co. Limerick
Tel: 063 98727



Open Call for Belltable:Connect Theatre Makers

Closing Date: 21 November 2016 at 5pm

Belltable:Connect Theatre Makers is a 6-months theatre development programme responding to the identified need to create with guidance and support from mentors, giving participants an impetus to develop new works. The programme facilitates artists to stretch their creative comfort zone and to explore in a safe and stimulating environment.

Theatre Makers encourages collaborations with others, within the framework of a programme of talks, workshops and demonstration-performances. These take place over two days once a month from January to June 2017, in Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street, Limerick City. The programme facilitates engagement with a variety of styles, approaches and viewpoints in contemporary theatre from Ireland, Europe and beyond. The creative ensemble of participants will showcase their ideas to the public in July 2017.

Belltable:Connect Theatre Makers 2017 is led by two main mentors – playwright Deirdre Kinahan and director Lynne Parker. Visiting mentors include Tim Crouch (UK), Théâtre de la Pire Espèce (Canada) and Rebecca Perry (Canada), among others.

For more information and to download application forms click here:

Closing date for receipt of applications is strictly 21 November 2016 at 5pm.
Successful applicants will receive a stipend to help cover their costs.

Belltable:Connect Theatre Makers 2017 is supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon under the Theatre Artist Development Scheme. The Lime Tree Theatre and Belltable are supported by the Arts Council, Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and Mary Immaculate College.


Recognising & Reducing Risks in the work of Community Groups

Free Workshop: Wed 9th November 7pm-10pm, Charleville

Community and voluntary organisations and charities are dealing with a broad range of risks in their day to day activities – like the uncertainty around future funding, board member responsibilities, health and safety issues if working with clients or if engaging volunteers in their work, complying with regulation, and when trying to demonstrate their effectiveness and impact on the ground.

Some risks cannot be avoided but their potential impact can be minimised. Risk Management is a system to identify and forecast risks in advance and take proactive steps to deal with those identified risks.

As part of the Community Governance Training and Skills Initiative 2016, Ballyhoura Development is offering a free workshop entitled “An Introduction to Risk Management for Community Organisations” on Wednesday, November 9th, from 7pm-10pm at the E-Charleville Enterprise Centre on Baker’s Road, Charleville. The workshop will be delivered by Caroline Egan of CramdenTECH and all community organisations are welcome to attend.

This free and practical workshop aims to develop an understanding of Risk Management within community organisations; explain the categories of risk that groups should identify, including Strategic Business Risks, Governance Risks, Financial Risks, Operational Risks, External Risks, and Compliance Risks; and review the tools which can be employed to minimise risk across the key risk areas.

Following the workshop, participants will be able to list the type of risk categories applicable to community groups, outline the steps to be followed when assessing risk, and describe the process of risk management in their organisation.
This workshop is ideal for committee members of community-based, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, and the trustees, directors, officers, and staff of Companies Limited by Guarantee, cooperatives. Attendees need not have undertaken governance training previously.


Places are free to groups in the Ballyhoura Development area but must be booked in advance with David O’Grady, Development Officer at Ballyhoura Development, Kilfinane, by email or tel. 063-91739. For more details on free training for community organisations, see

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Writing for Street Arts and Spectacle

Join ISACS and our academic partners, MA Festive Arts, University of Limerick for our Critical Writing symposium on Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle on the 9th and 10th November at the Irish World AcademyLimerick. A perfect warm up before we head to the National Circus Festival, where students will be putting their learning into practice. Speakers include: Floriane Gaber, Paschale Straiton, Lucy Medlycott and Kim Tilbrook. A special workshop in arts journalism will be held on the Thursday afternoon led by Cristín Leach; a leading art critic with Sunday Times Ireland. All events are free and open to all however booking is required to confirm attendance.

Booking via Eventbrite:

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Invitation to ‘Stitch Into Painting’

An exhibition of work by Kate Hennessy

Opening: Monday 14 November at 6pm
by Mairtin O’Briain

CB1, 51a O’Connell St. Limerick

Runs until 26 November.
Open Daily 10am-5pm

All  are welcome


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The exhibition The White Cottage is the culmination of several years work by the poet and artist Jo Slade. It comprises of poetry, painting, sculpture, installation and video. Through these various media Jo investigates and explores questions that are pertinent today, that challenge established ways of thinking and highlight the condition of the outsider, the displaced and the forgotten.
The White Cottage or The Little White House was the name given to Bunker 2, (originally a farmer’s cottage) at Auschwitz-Birkenau. On 9th August 1942, Edith Stein was murdered there. Edith Stein was a Jewish woman, philosopher, feminist and poet. Edith became a Catholic in 1922 and later joined the Carmelite Order. She was canonized in 1998. The project is, essentially, a receptacle for a memory. The memory of Edith Stein’s journey to her death.
Jo Slade’s work is spare and elegiac underlined by a sombre, minimal arrangement of objects and paintings that allow the space to breath. She uses simple, every-day objects and materials to convey a deeply personal response to genocide and conflict. Her work is characterised by an ability to confront, through text and materials the thin line between the familiar and the foreign and to explore the influence of personal histories on the collective memory.


Save The Date: ‘Silver’ Book Launch

Thursday 1 December 6pm
The Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street.

Launch of ‘Silver’ a new collection of poems by Mary Coll, published by Arlen House, with images by Margaret Lonergan. Limerick novelist Helena Close will launch the collection.

All  are welcome



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Save The Date: ‘Made in Limerick’ Launch

The Official Launch of the ‘Made in Limerick’ Shop in Thomas Street will take place on Saturday 26th November.
Made in Limerick are a co-operative group of designers/artists based in Limerick.
More information on the Launch Day to follow shortly







Tuesday 29 November 8pm

Vanburgh Quartet 

All Saints Church, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick

Introduced by Liz Nolan, RTE Lyric FM

Ireland’s most distinguished string quartet, The Vanbrugh, have been based in Cork since 1985.   The quartet won the London International String Competition in 1988.  One of Europe’s most successful quartets, recognised for beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation

Three of the best loved quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Shostakovich are complemented in this programme by a new work by Ireland’s most prolific composer for string quartet, Ian Wilson. The D major quartet by Haydn is famous for a sublime slow movement and scampering finale. The ‘Serioso’ F minor quartet shows Beethoven at his most terse, packing huge emotion and energy into a remarkably short quartet. Shostakovich’s great third quartet dates from 1946 and the composer himself suggested that it was to some extent based on the recent world war.


Haydn:                         String Quartet in D Major Op 76 No. 5
Ian Wilson:                   Linte 
Beethoven:                 String Quartet No.11 in F minor Op.95
Shostakovich:            Quartet No.3

The concert is part of a classicallinks tour funded by an Arts Council Touring Award and the National String Quartet Foundation.

Concerts begin at 8pm
Tickets €15/Concessions €10, available at the door

Online pre-booking recommended:

Box Office: (061) 953 400

Directions to All Saint’s Church:
Situated in the village of Castleconnell, off the old Limerick/Dublin Road almost directly opposite the Castle Oaks Hotel

Castleconnell Autumn Concert Series 2016 Brochure [PDF]

Further information:
Limerick Arts Office, Merchants Quay, Limerick
t: 061 407363 e:

A Limerick Arts Office initiative in collaboration with the Castleconnell Concert committee. The concerts are supported by the Arts Council and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council.





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