Love of Munster Rugby is put in the frame

Anne Sheridan


Anne Sheridan

AN ARTIST seeking to depict Limerick in a new light has captured a touching side to the rugby spirit coursing through the city.

AN ARTIST seeking to depict Limerick in a new light has captured a touching side to the rugby spirit coursing through the city.

Artist Annemarie Bourke, who is based on O’Connell Street, is currently working on 12 paintings of different Limerick scenes as the date December 12, 2012, approaches.

The acclaimed landscape painter said she wants to showcase Limerick in its best light on this date in a special exhibition in the AIB branch on O’Connell Street, to be opened by a special guest.

For her most recent work she wanted to capture Limerick’s passion for rugby, but not in an obvious way.

At a recent match in Thomond Park, she positioned herself outside the gates taking hundreds of photographs to provide inspiration for her work.

“I was clicking away and must have taken 300 photos. Then I saw it and said ‘That’s it. That’s the one.’ Because it’s the beginning of a lifetime journey for this young boy,” she said.

She photographed a young boy looking up in awe at men in costume and on stilts outside the gates to the famous rugby stadium.

She now wishes to contact the boy and his family to invite them to the official opening of the exhibition later this year.

“I couldn’t have gotten a better image. I was thrilled when I got it. It’s the whole essence of what Munster rugby is all about,” she told the Limerick Leader.

The next work in the series will be to paint the literary haunt that is the White House pub, to coincide with the 200th anniversary celebrations of the bar.

Among the completed works to date include a scene inside St Mary’s Cathedral, a livelier scene outside the Locke Bar, the Milk Market, the docks, and another looking up towards Sarsfield Bridge.

The artist blogs every week as she paints to interact with people from Limerick looking to share their views or memories of particular scenes.

“This date won’t happen again for another 100 years and it is an important landmark date.

“I want to paint a record of the Limerick of our time and show the beauty of Limerick. It’s a very paint-able city; there’s just so much to paint,” she enthused.

Limerick people are also being encouraged to get involved with the project to accurately capture the best of Limerick on this point in history.

“I want to showcase all of Limerick - its history, the culture, the sporting side - from everyone’s point of view.

“It would be great if people could make suggestions of places to paint, and their own memories and stories of these places which could be included in the book. I really want to get the community involved.” she said.

She explained that each of the 12 paintings, measuring 30 by 40 inches, will be accompanied by a special book, as well as limited edition print canvases, measuring 22 by 28 inches. The hand finished canvas prints will be of archival quality and will last 100 years, she added.

The website is now live.