Sadness at death of Limerick arts pioneer

THERE is sadness in Limerick following the death of dancer, performer and painter Jean Regan.

THERE is sadness in Limerick following the death of dancer, performer and painter Jean Regan.

Ms Regan, who was married to Bernard, died following a short illness on Wednesday, August 1.

While she spent much of her life in Co Clare, she was a prominent figure in the arts community in Limerick City.

In the early 1980s with her then husband John, she founded the Ballet School at the Crescent and established the innovative Theatre Omnibus.

Under the pair’s direction Theatre Omnibus promoted a form of theatre combining contemporary dance, mime, movement, slapstick and comedy performing widely in schools and on the Belltable stage and touring to the Edinburgh Arts Festival.

A number of prominent Limerick performers, including notably the comedian Jon Kenny and Conor Byrne from Corbally (who subsequently performed in London’s West End) started their careers with Theatre Omnibus.

Reflecting on Ms Regan’s life, Labour’s northside councillor Tom Shortt said she “made a unique and vibrant contribution over four decades to the Arts in Limerick and Clare. She had a great rapport with people of all ages.”

Ms Regan is survived by her partner Bernard Dowd.

Her funeral took place in Maghera, Tulla.