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Stop the press?

The 20th October 2017 was the day that Limerick changed for me.

I was sitting outside Melt café on Little Catherine Street awaiting a friend. It was a bustling Friday evening in town and we had plans to visit one of the many new bars and restaurants that had sprung up in the last few weeks. I sat and watched as streams of people walked by and for the first time in many years I felt like I was living in an active city. Actually, to place the change that has occurred in Limerick down to one solidarity day does a disservice to what our city has become over the last 12 months. There has been an expectant energy around the place and this seemed to culminate in a December full of hopeful promises to come. It seems apt that New Year’s eve sees the return of fireworks to Limerick as sparkle and spectacle are the only fitting end to a year when Limerick became sexy again.

Yet admist this expectation and prevailing vibrancy that has embraced our cities people, stands an institution that appears to want to drag Limerick back into the bleakest times in our recent history. A time where Limerick was ridiculed and a national stereotype. A time where the ‘values’ of the Catholic Church dominated leaving many excluded, rejected and ostracised. A time where deeply entrenched conservatism was forced upon Limerick’s usually dynamic people by its fading institutions. Continue reading “Stop the press?”

A Christmas ode to Sionna

There’s a feeling to this city, a dream I keep having, when the city is appearing through the riverfog as I cross Sarsfield bridge. The people could be spectres in the cold December weather. There is nothing special about Christmas in Limerick, or Limerick at Christmas, nothing you wouldn’t find everywhere and anywhere. Too much shopping, too many people, always too many cars. The city is maddeningly full and completely empty at the same time. We could all be phantoms, as if we shed our heavy jackets and layers there might really be nothing underneath. The wind comes blowing freezing up from the river, and I thought about how the river was once considered a Goddess, and wished we’d kept some of that paganism still, to keep some old magic alive, to keep any magic alive. Continue reading “A Christmas ode to Sionna”

Speakers Corner in association with Limerick Mental Health Week

We are hosting a special Speakers Corner for Limerick Mental Health Week this Saturday 7th October on the topic of ‘Mental Health’. If you have any thoughts, opinion, ideas or reflections on mental health that you would like to share with others than come down to Arthurs Quay Park at 1pm on Saturday to have your say. We intivite all limerick citizens to have the opportunity to stand up and speak about any aspect of mental health that they feel is important.

Limerick Speakers Corner is open to everyone and anyone who wants to get up on their soapbox and have their voice heard. Just turn up on the day and let Limerick hear your opinions, views, thoughts and musings. We encourage public discussion and debate for Limerick people to connect in a meaningful and thoughtful way.

 

Limerick Underground gets cultured

If you like what we have to say on here then why not join us for a special Limerick Underground Speakers Corner on Culture Night. We will be meeting from 8-9pm at Arthurs Quay Park on Friday September 22nd. All are welcome to attend, to speak, to listen, to laugh, to question, to ponder and to connect with fellow Limerick citizens.

Continue reading “Limerick Underground gets cultured”

August City Swims- update

We are organising weekly city swims throughout August for Limerick people to dip their toe (and a whole lot more!) into our beautiful River Shannon.

Our aim is to provide a safe and fun environment for anyone to enjoy the freedom of curraghowerswimming in the city. The lovely folks at the Curraghgour Boat Club are kindly letting us use their facilities as we will start the swim from their slipway.  Our aim will be to swim from the Boat Club to Thomond Bridge at a nice, relaxed pace. As our River Shannon is tidal, dates and times have been arranged to make it the most pleasant for swimming. Please try and arrive at least 5 minutes before these times:

Saturday 12th Augsut 9.30am

Sunday 20th August 5.45pm (Weather conditions as of 12pm today indicate localised flooding. This is not safe for swimming so there will be no swim in The Shannon today) 

Monday 21st August 6.30pm

Saturday 26th August 9.30am

What you need to bring with you:

  • A brightly coloured swimming cap so you are visible in the water
  • Swimming suit/ togs or wetsuit and googles
  • Towel
  • You! With a sense of fun, curiosity and willingness to try new experiences

Continue reading “August City Swims- update”

Limerick Underground goes Open Water

“We all swim at the same pace and stick together. And watch out for the swans!”

It’s 12.30pm on a warm but overcast Saturday afternoon in Limerick city. I am teetering on the edge of St Michael’s Rowing Club’s new pontoon. I look down at my bare legs as I shuffle my toes towards the water. Beside me stand Ger and John, me in my bright pink swimming suit and the two men in their speedos. The three of us make an unlikely trio, formed through an impromptu message I sent through the Limerick Masters whatsapp group earlier that day. I look across the river, towards House, where my friends are lounging in the garden treating themselves to afternoon tea and cake. I question why I am not over there with them. I have had a particularly stressful week. Work has been hectic; I’m pretty sure I’m being ghosted by my sole Tinder match and with one week before pay day I am looking into days of Dealz tinned soup for nourishment.

“One, Two, three. Jump!” shouts Ger. We all lift into the air together and then there are no more times for questions or worries. Continue reading “Limerick Underground goes Open Water”

Limerick Underground is going Overground…..

Limerick Underground’s Speakers Corner will take place at 1pm on the first Saturday of every month at Arthurs Quay Park, Limerick.

This is open to everyone and anyone who wants to get up on their soapbox and have their voice heard. Just turn up on the day and let Limerick hear your musings, rantings, opinions, views, thoughts and chatter. We encourage public debate and free speech for Limerick citizens to step up and speak out.

Limerick Underground Speakers Corner will take place on the following dates:

Saturday May 6th

Saturday June 3rd

Saturday July 1st

Saturday August 5th

Saturday September 2nd

For any more information drop us an email at limerickunderground@gmail.com

Pigtown Pulitzer Prize

The inaugural Pigtown Pultizer Prize for honoring excellence in Limerick journalism goes to Limerick Leader’s, Aine Fitzgerald. Nick Rabbits really should have been all over this story…….

Limerick village ‘plagued by rabbits’ by Áine Fitzgerald

BEING surrounded by rabbits may have been a recurring bad dream for Bishop Brennan in Fr Ted but for one County Limerick community it’s a living nightmare.

The local notes for Ardpatrick in the Limerick Leader has reported “a rabbit infestation” in the community describing how the rabbit population has “exploded” in many areas of the parish this year.

“They are causing havoc to vegetable plots, flower gardens or anywhere they find something tasty, there are tiny little ones on the roadsides, many are traffic casualties providing food for magpies and grey crows. Foxes are failing to keep the population down and they themselves are very plentiful,” the notes stated.

Local woman Mary Clifford told the Leader how she came home from playing cards one night last week and counted 12 rabbits on her lawn.

“Twelve rabbits, I actually counted them,” she explained. “That has been the biggest number of them that I have counted. They are breeding like mad. I travelled very fast and skedaddled them in every direction but they are so cute – they just fly. They are so used to it,” she said.

Mary, who has been residing at Mortalstown, Ardpatrick for the past 48 years said she has always had a problem with rabbits on her property but has been plagued by “the pests” this year in particular.

“I am always filling the holes, putting wire around the bed at night. We have a kind of a stone bed and I planted beautiful Begonias – if you planted anything else you couldn’t have it at all – they have a harder leaf. At night, I usually put screen wire around them. I hate wire around flowers so I put it away then during the day but they would root them all out if you left them. You would be sick of it. They are running everywhere.”

Even her dog Blackie, she says, can’t keep them at bay. Continue reading “Pigtown Pulitzer Prize”

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