Richard Harris plaque to be unveiled in Limerick

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Eamonn and Ken Harris, nephews of the late actor Richard Harris, pictured at Charlie Saint Georges pub, where a commemorative plaque will be unveiled next week
THE PUB which invented a special cocktail in the memory of legendary Limerick actor Richard Harris will soon bear his name outside their door on Parnell Street.

THE PUB which invented a special cocktail in the memory of legendary Limerick actor Richard Harris will soon bear his name outside their door on Parnell Street.

Jared Harris, son of late actor and one of the stars of Mad Men series, will unveil a commemorative plaque in honour of his father on Thursday next, October 22 at 5pm at Charlie St George’s pub on Parnell Street. He died 13 years ago this month.

The event will kick start the film festival in his name, and also mark the fourth plaque in the Limerick Literary Trail, which has been established by The Limerick Writers’ Centre.

“Richard Harris was an actor but he was also a published poet and writer and it is this aspect of his career that the plaque will commemorate,” explained Dominic Taylor, of The Limerick Writers’ Centre, who has co-ordinated this week.

It follows another plaque, dedicated to Limerick’s only Pulitzer Prize winner, Frank McCourt, which was recently unveiled outside Souths pub.

“Richard Harris always said he played a double game,” said Mr Taylor, “one in public and one in private. His writing is very much the private Harris but one we feel is appropriate to celebrate with a plaque on the Limerick Literary Trail.

“We are also delighted that his son Jared, similarly a prolific actor and director, has agreed to unveil the plaque on the day. Jared will also read from published and unpublished pieces of work written by his father Richard,” he said.

Charlie St George was regularly frequented by Harris on his many return visits to his native Limerick, and its walls are adorned with images and press cuttings about him.

The plaque is part of a continuing project of creating a Limerick Literary Trail as a resource for the city, its citizens and visitors.

It will enable them to discover Limerick through its literary heritage. In July of last year the centre unveiled a plaque outside The Locke Bar on George’s Quay to commemorate war poet Robert Graves and his association with the city.

This February President Michael D Higgins unveiled a plaque to poet Desmond O’Grady outside the White House bar.