Limerick’s Elemental festival aims for The Summmit

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Memorial: Kilcornan's Ger McDonnell summits K2 in 2008 before later being tragically killed on his descent, which is captured in documentary The Summit
IT will be quite a Crowded House this Friday night as 69 O’Connell Street plays host to the Limerick premiere of The Summit as part of the Elemental Arts and Culture festival.

IT will be quite a Crowded House this Friday night as 69 O’Connell Street plays host to the Limerick premiere of The Summit as part of the Elemental Arts and Culture festival.

Nick Ryan’s feature length documentary about the tragic events on K2 in 2008 that saw Kilcornan climber Ger McDonnell lose his life will receive a gala premiere in the arts centre - formerly known as the Belltable - this Friday night.

The screening will be attended by the cast and crew, Ger’s family and friends and Nick Seymour of Crowded House, who provided music for the film.

“All proceeds will go to the Ger McDonnell memorial fund and I think it is brilliant that it is coming home to Limerick before it goes on release, I am delighted about that,” said Maeve McGrath, one of the organisers of Elemental, which runs across the city until Sunday.

A ‘tea dance’ in the Milk Market on Sunday afternoon hosted by Myles Breen is the other centrepiece of the festival, with all proceeds to go to Special Olympics Ireland.

“We don’t charge for the events, we ask people to pay what they can to support the festival, we are five volunteers on a show string. Sunday is for Special Olympics and we are inviting everybody along to that,” said Maeve.

The festival is setting up a base in the old Ferguson’s chemist on O’Connell Street for people to drop in and pick up a brochure and book tickets.

There is a wealth of colourful events taking place, from film screenings to dance, fire and stilt walkers, workshops, a talk with movie director Gerry Stembridge, a silent disco and cycle cinema, a High Nelly bike exhibition - featuring one associated with Michael Collins - and gigs with Senekah on Bedford Row and Windings in Dolan’s on Saturday night.

See Elemental Festival.