Limerick prepares to mark Bealtaine festival

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

A number of events will take place at the Hunt Museum during the Bealtaine festival
ARTS centres around Limerick are preparing for the annual Bealtiaine festival, which celebrates creativity amongst older people.

ARTS centres around Limerick are preparing for the annual Bealtiaine festival, which celebrates creativity amongst older people.

Hundreds of theatrical, cinematic, craft, photographic, and dance events will take place across Ireland for the month of May, dozens of which have been scheduled for Limerick.

The Hunt Museum is organising on-site workshops for nursing home residents, which will be free and also open to the public.

If you have ever thought about writing your memoirs, Limerick City Library is organising a three-day creative writing course with local writer Mae Leonard, a frequent contributor to RTE’s Sunday Miscellany, from May 13-15, offering an introduction to writing your life story. The course is free but booking is essential.

A workshop on ‘Creative Ideas for Healthy Eating & Nutrition’ with Jennifer Allen will take place in the Limerick City Library on May 2, and on May 20 there will be an art workshop with Rwandan artist Jean Ryan Hakizimana.

On May 1, Friar’s Gate theatre in Kilmallock will be giving a free performance on How’s Your Father, a devised comedy set in a 1970s rural Irish farmhouse that follows the fortunes of John Thomas, who is described as “a domineering old farmer with a love for frolicking in the hay barn as all his family return home for his granddaughter’s wedding”.

The play has been produced by the Bards - the Baalbec Actively Retired Drama Society - over the course of the last year.

Ballyhahill/Loughill Going Strong will be showcasing poetry, traditional music, song and dance on May 21, while Our Lady of the Rosary ARA will be displaying a craft exhibition and hosting an art lecture.

On May 16, the artists’ group from St Ita’s Community Hospital will be displaying an intergenerational art exhibition in Newcastle West Library.

For details on events in the Hunt Museum contact Sarah Finnegan on (061) 312833.