Residents in Limerick parish learn from each other at expo

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Karen Cunningham, Jayne Ryan and Leanne Ryan, Murroe, beside objects made by pupils from Killinure National School, and displayed at the Murroe/Boher Expo 2013 in the Muintir na Tire Hall, Murroe. Picture: Dave Gaynor
Like the lego display there were many sections to the Murroe/Boher Expo which all fitted together perfectly.

Like the lego display there were many sections to the Murroe/Boher Expo which all fitted together perfectly.

Now in its fourth year, the expo has grown out of all proportion. It aims to bring the community together and showcase all the activities, clubs and organisations on their doorstep. And what a choice there is.

Just some of the events over the three days were a children’s pottery workshop; traditional storytelling; blacksmith display in McGuire’s old forge; drumming and rap workshops; art, KNex, lego displays; physics experiments in Boher Community Hall; holistic therapies healthcare expo and hike in Glenstal woods.

And that’s not mentioning the hub of everything - the art, craft, hobby and business expo in the Muintir na Tire hall.

Chairman of Murroe Community Council, Fr Simon Sleeman, said the purpose of the event was summed up in a nutshell by children making cards with Joan Commons.

“Joan ran a card- making workshop. All these children were making beautiful cards, working together and learning a new skill. They went out of the hall being able to do something they couldn’t when they came in,” said Fr Simon.

Part of the committee organising the running of the art, craft, hobby and business display was Ellie Kelly.

Along with Nora Griffin, Geraldine Hickey, Maureen Kenny, Sheila Hayes, Ms Kelly ensured the smooth running of the expo with over 100 stands.

“It is a community event. There was a committee for everything, the number of people who turned up on Friday and Sunday night to help out was fantastic,” said Ms Kelly.

There were 18 businesses, 70 individual exhibitors and seven clubs and organisations.

“There were five free demonstrations - jewellery making, cake decorating and icing, knitting skills, kids plasticine modelling and spinning. The groups were the scouts, Murroe ICA, Marian club, Murroe and Killinure National Schools, Cappamore Day Care Centre and camogie club

“There were other demos like clay modelling, decoupage, quilts, ceramics and much more,” said Ms Kelly. The whole point is for young to old to see the vast array of activities in Murroe/Boher and begin a new hobby and interest.

For the first time the new Boher community hall was home to KNex models, science-themed art, and physics experiments. Murroe/Boher Expo was an experiment four years ago but the results have been first class.