County Limerick festival to challenge deep thinkers

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

COLUMNIST Fintan O’Toole, author Emma Hannigan and managing editor of the Irish Times, Peter Murtagh, will all participate in a festival which promises to “inspire, uplift, entertain and challenge” when it takes place next month.

COLUMNIST Fintan O’Toole, author Emma Hannigan and managing editor of the Irish Times, Peter Murtagh, will all participate in a festival which promises to “inspire, uplift, entertain and challenge” when it takes place next month.

SoulScapes, a festival series jointly organised by Limerick County Council and Friars’ Gate Theatre in Kilmallock will run over four Wednesday nights in November.

The festival will feature contributions from some of Ireland’s most respected social thinkers including Fintan O’Toole, columnist and drama critic with the Irish Times, Peter Murtagh, managing editor and foreign news editor with the Irish Times; and Emma Hannigan, cancer survivor and author of ‘Talk to the Headscarf’.

“Not only has Kilmallock town but the month of November itself has also proved to be the inspiration for SoulScapes,” said Joan MacKernan, Limerick County arts officer.

“Traditionally a month for reflection and remembering our ‘poor souls’, this year’s SoulScapes festival’s starting point is the beautiful quote ‘In the Beginning was the Word’,” she added.

The festival which will provide “rich, stimulating evenings of conversation and spirited debate” begins on Wednesday, November 7 with Emma Hannigan, an inspirational woman who has battled cancer many times.

On the second Wednesday, November 14, Peter Murtagh will give a talk entitled ‘The Camino: Readjusting Perspective by Walking Away your Worries’.

The third Wednesday, November 21, features one of this country’s most insightful speakers Fintan O’Toole who will be speaking philosophically and sociologically on ‘Re-imagining Ireland the Republic’. The final talk on November 28 will be given by Bobby Moore who hails from Belfast and who will speak on the intriguing title ‘The Excitement of Living at the Hinges of History.

According to Caoimhe Reidy of Friars’ Gate Theatre: “Such was the demand for seats for last year’s SoulScapes, we could have filled the theatre twice over. This year we have secured an equally impressive line up of speakers and performers that are sure to inspire, uplift, challenge and entertain us as we head into the dark nights of winter.”

Full details and enquiries on the SoulScapes series are on www.lcc.ie and on www.friarsgate.ie. Tickets can be booked at Friars’ Gate 063 98727.