Five hundred weeks and counting, of Limerick’s White House poetry

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Regular readers at the White House pub Clare Dollard and Marian Cody dressed up as a popstar and a ghost with poetry compere  Barney Sheehan. Also pictured is Jennifer Wu, who travelled from Florida for the event [Picture: Brendan Gleeson]
IT was a night of fun, laughter and lyrics at the White House as the venue’s regular poets marked its 500th consecutive week in style.

IT was a night of fun, laughter and lyrics at the White House as the venue’s regular poets marked its 500th consecutive week in style.

For the last ten years, poets have each Wednesday night descended on the Glentworth Street pub to read their work.

And to mark the 500th straight week this has taken place, compere Barney Sheehan took to the stage from 10.30 in the morning, inviting poets to the pub throughout the day.

He said the day went marvellously, with people coming to Limerick from London, Belfast, Dublin, Sligo - and even Florida.

Dozens of people signed a guestbook set up in the pub to mark week 500, while there was music and entertainment from jazz musicians Brian Meehan and John Daly.

“It was everything we set out to do, and more,” Barney said.