LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: Our young women’s group at the Factory in Southill was established, to encourage the expansions of skills and opportunities, that are available to those who attend. At the moment, the young women are taking part in a craft skills programme, that is facilitated by Collette Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell is showing them how to craft hair bands, make cushions for their bedrooms and quilting for baby blankets and Christmas. This expands their interests and knowledge in crafts and helps them in budgeting and decorating, while the creative aspect gives them a perspective in what they want to create. Limerick Youth Service would like to congratulate the twenty six volunteers and students who completed our three week Volunteer Induction Training programme at The Factory: Southside Youth Space recently. The programme equips volunteers with some of the skills required to work with young people, focusing on issues such as team building and breaking down barriers. Presenting the volunteers with their Certificate of Achievement, Eoin O’Meara-Daly, Limerick Youth Service, thanked all in attendance for their commitment to the programme. ‘We have already placed half of the class with youth clubs or projects and we will work on giving the remainder a youthful home in the near future,’ explained Mr. O’Meara-Daly. ‘Our volunteers come from many walks of life and their skills and experience will be of benefit to their respective youth club, café or project,’ continued Mr. O’Meara-Daly.
LIMERICK OPENS DOORS TO PLACES AND SPACES: This weekend, the doors of some of Limerick’s most intriguing and historic buildings will open to the public, some for the first time. The Dominican Biblical Institute on Lower Cecil Street, the UL Graduate Medical School, De Valera Cottage in Bruree and St. Mary’s Cathedral (the City’s oldest building), are amongst more than 30 buildings scheduled to be opened to the public for free during the 2nd annual Open House Limerick (OHL) from Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20. The Quaker House at Punches Cross, the newly constructed Southill Older Persons Apartments and the Munster Council GAA Headquarters at Castletroy, will also be opening to the public for the first time, as part of the initiative which is hosted by the Limerick Open House Committee in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation. The theme of this year’s OHL is ‘Places and Spaces’. Limerick is a member organisation of the Open House Worldwide Family, which also includes London, New York, Helsinki, Melbourne, Slovenia and Irish locations in Dublin and Galway. Open House was first established in London in 1992, as an initiative to show first-rate architecture to the general public, stirring an interest for urban built heritage. Committee Chairperson Margaret McEvoy described Open House Limerick as “an architectural festival” comprising tours of more than 30 buildings of all types and periods, lectures, walking and cycling tours and children’s activities. She continued: “Open House is a simple but powerful concept: showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience, completely free of charge to the public. Through our participation in this initiative, we are looking to give the people of Limerick the opportunity to explore and engage with the architecture of their city and county. Many of Limerick’s most significant and interesting buildings will be open to the public for free, ranging from private houses and education buildings, to historic landmarks and modern office spaces.” All buildings will be staffed by volunteers and tours will be guided by professional architects and historians. Many of the buildings are not normally open to the public, such as private residences and workplaces and this is a rare opportunity for wider access. Most Open House Limerick tours and events will operate strictly on a first come first served basis, so just turn up during the listed opening times and join the next available tour,” Ms. McEvoy added. Commenting on the background to OHL, Event Coordinator Sinéad Hanrahan commented: “OHL’s inaugural event in October 2012 was a huge success, with over 2,500 people attending visits, tours and workshops. The idea of OHL is to engage the people of Limerick with their city. Much of the feedback we received in 2012 was that the initiative provided an opportunity for Limerick’s inhabitants, to explore the built environment around them and occupy their community. We look forward to introducing even greater numbers of people to the architectural delights, that the City and County have to offer. Other Limerick buildings opening their doors during the OHL weekend include Limerick City Gallery of Art, Fanningstown Castle in Adare, Station House Patrickswell, Deloitte Ireland’s offices in Charlotte Quay, Cooleen in Monaleen, Limerick Chamber of Commerce on O’Connell Street, and Abington Church in Murroe. The Hunt Museum will also open its doors on Saturday, October 19 from 2pm to 3pm and on Sunday, October 20 from 2pm to 3pm, during which members of the public will be able to discover the architectural stories, nooks and crannies the collection has to offer. For children, Limerick City Gallery of Art will host a Junior Open House event enabling families to explore the Gallery together by creating their own art forms inspired by the collection, the surroundings of the People’s Park. The event for children (aged 4-10) takes place on Saturday, October 19 from 12pm to 1pm. Meanwhile, Limerick-based artist Kate Stoica will host an innovative kids’ workshop entitled ‘Ar-Kid-Tecture’ at Hunt Museum on Sunday, October 20 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Children will discover architecture by building a city through arts and crafts. This fun session will encourage children to explore and participate in the built environment by using their creativity, imagination and wacky materials. The event is for children aged 6 and over and must be pre-booked via: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Open House Limerick, please visit: www.openhouselimerick.ie.
DANCE ACCESS PROGRAMME: A diverse range of dance programming for Autumn/Winter 2013 was unveiled recently, as part of the launch of a new support and development organisation for professional dance artists in Limerick City. Funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City Council, Dance Limerick has taken up residency in the dance space at the former St John’s Church, which had previously been occupied by Daghdha Dance Company. Since the closure of the company, the Mid West Region has been without a large-scale professional dance resource. The Dance Limerick programme includes classes for professional dancers, children and the over 50’s. Highlights in the performance programme, are a triple bill that includes the Liz Roche Company and a performance of Missing by Cois Céim Dance Theatre. In a clear move to entice dance artists back to Limerick City, Dance Limerick has also announced an open call for artists interested in residencies, which include funding and rehearsal space. Encouraging dance artists to engage with Dance Limerick, Director Jenny Traynor said: “The Dance Limerick door is wide open. We invite dance artists to get in touch with proposals and ideas”. Speaking at the launch, the Arts Council’s Arts Director John O’Kane spoke of Limerick’s legacy in dance and referred to “the special connection the Daghdha Space building has with dance audiences in Limerick”. Performing at the launch were dancers Laura Murphy, Katherine O’Malley, Lisa McLoughlin, Nora Rodriguez and Dagmara Jerzak, in a specially created commission by choreographer Mary Nunan. With Limerick City of Culture 2014 rapidly approaching, Dance Limerick is positioned as a key player in Limerick’s arts and cultural scene.
MARANATHA PRAYER MINISTRY: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for the Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Fr. Charles Benoit Reche, C.F.R. and Frances Hogan, Catholic Biblical Scholar with Rosary, Mass, Word of God, Individual Eucharistic Blessing, Confession, Eucharistic Adoration. There will be Music by Maranatha Gospel Choir on Sunday, October, 20 from 2.30pm to 7.30pm at St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Tea will be served afterwards. All are welcome. The event will be televised by EWTN, to 300 million people worldwide.
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: There will be a Blood Donor Clinic at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy, Limerick on Thursday, October 17 from 5pm to 8pm.