Limerick city traders raise cash for worthy causes

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

THE Roches Street traders association are set to team up with their counterparts in Catherine Street for next year’s art festival.

THE Roches Street traders association are set to team up with their counterparts in Catherine Street for next year’s art festival.

The annual event, which raises money for Milford Hospice and a guest charity, sees traders in the street put works of art on display in their window, with the proceeds from sales split between the artist and the two charities.

This year, around €2,250 was raised for mental health charity Headway and Milford Hospice.

Both new and aspiring artists put their works on display, including Tom Greaney, who saw one of his pictures sold for €700.

A series of black-and-white prints of well-known international jazz musicians taken over the last 20 years, added a new dimension to the festival.

On Friday evening, the proceeds were presented to Headway, and Milford Hospice.

Although the takings were down on previous years of the 12-year-old festival, Fionagh Ryan, chairperson, was happy with the level of awareness created for Headway, which is looking to move to new premises in future.

Hugh Lilburn, of Justsplit travel, said: “Bearing in mind the economic climate, we have done reasonably well. This year, we gave slightly more to Headway. I think they were very pleased, as they are struggling for funding. Milford Hospice are more established, and they get funds more readily. So Headway were delighted. It is nice to be able to do that.”

He confirmed next year, traders from Roches Street hope to team up with Catherine Street for the festival. Both are in the newly created ‘fashion quarter’ of the city centre.