Limerick Art Society exhibition to aid Pieta House

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Roger McCarthy, Limerick Art Society chairman and Laura O'Brien of Pieta House at the opening. Picture: Brian Gavin/Press 22
SUICIDE charity Pieta House is experiencing a wave of support in Limerick, including a walk that saw 6,000 people rise before dawn to march for the centre.

SUICIDE charity Pieta House is experiencing a wave of support in Limerick, including a walk that saw 6,000 people rise before dawn to march for the centre.

Last Thursday, some 36 hours before the walk took place, Limerick Art Society opened their annual charity exhibition in the city, a percentage of sales from which will go towards Pieta House.

The society, who celebrated their 70th year with an event attended by President Michael D Higgins last December, are the oldest art society in Ireland.

The society, which boasts 100 members and more on a waiting list to join, host an annual charity exhibition - last year saw the Marine Search and Rescue benefit - and opened the latest one in Glitzy Bits in Arthurs Quay Shopping Centre last Thursday.

Chairperson Roger McCarthy said the charity exhibition - due to run until this weekend and possibly longer - features a variety of works.

“I would say there are about 60 works, all done by the members of the society,” he explained.

“There is a wonderful variety of works and styles, some very experienced artists and some just setting out on their careers, which is what the society is about, encompassing all levels of abilities.”

Mr McCarthy, in his second year as chairperson of the society, said he hoped Limerick people would support the exhibition, with 25% of all sales to go to Pieta House.

“We hope people will come in and support the exhibition,” he said. “All of the works are for sale to the public and there is a subscription bucket there as well. I must say that people are very generous when they come in, if they don’t buy a painting they throw a few euro in anyway.”

The art society chairperson walked for Pieta House in the Darkness Into Light event last Saturday morning, and said it was “amazing”.

“I thought the atmosphere of thousands of people setting off at that hour of the morning was amazing, really uplifting for anybody who was there and they provide such an important service.”