Limerick town gears up for Gathering celebrations

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

People from different walks of life, gathered at the Abbey, Kilmallock, to launch the Kilmallock Week of Welcomes, that will take place from July 12 to July 21 [Picture: Dave Gaynor]
A SPECIAL invitation is being extended to Kilmallock expats to return to their native place this July to join in a 10-day celebration of the town’s sporting and cultural life.

A SPECIAL invitation is being extended to Kilmallock expats to return to their native place this July to join in a 10-day celebration of the town’s sporting and cultural life.

From Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 21, a Week of Welcomes takes place as part of The Gathering celebrations providing those living abroad with the perfect excuse to return to their native area to enjoy some quality time with family and friends.

“We are calling on everyone to support the events and we are inviting families home from abroad to join with us in that week of events,” explained Annette Ahern, chairperson of the 20-strong Kilmallock Gathering Committee.

“Preparations are well underway,” she continued. “We are at the stage now where we are preparing the events calendar and we will have flyers out in the next couple of weeks.”

The Gathering event which was launched in the town on Monday night will get underway with the arrival of members of the Brothers Pearse GAA Club from London on Friday night, July 12.

The Brothers Pearse team will play the Kilmallock hurling team the following Saturday evening, July 13 in the local field following by a social event.

Another sporting highlight of the celebrations will be the reunion of the senior hurling team members from the glorious three-in-a-row era of 1973, ’74 and ’75.

Another marking for the calender is the family fun day and food fair on Sunday, July 14 and the agricultural show on Saturday, July 21, in the mart.

Sparking memories from the past will be a collection of films which will be screened during the 10 days, in the town’s former cinema which is now Friars’ Gate.

“There will be films for both children and adults including Pilgrim Hill which has just been launched,” Annette explained.

As part of the Week of Welcomes, old photographs taken by the late photographer John O’Leary will be on display in the Pastoral Centre in the town for all to view and enjoy.

“I have been through these – I was part of the sub-committee who viewed John O’Leary’s exhibition. There are thousands of photographs, ” explained Tom Mulcahy, secretary of the organising committee.

“These are photographs which were never seen – there are some fantastic photographs from all aspects of life.”

Other highlights include a Headless Horseman Adventure Race on Saturday, July 13, a cultural/trad night, a town walk/historic talk, and a tea party at Colaiste Iosaef.

There are regular updates on the events on the Kilmallock Gathering Facebook site.

“There is real interest and a lot of people are asking when events are on. There are loads of other events,” said Annette.