MINISTER for Finance Michael Noonan gave the keynote address at the opening of a Hunt Museuem exhibition by Limerick photographer Gerry Andrews recently.
Shaped by History consists of a stunning selection of black and white photographs of people in Limerick in the 1970s.
Most of the pictures were taken in the city’s Milk Market area and serve as powerful reminders of local life then. It may only have been a generation ago, but many of the images look like they were captured a very long time before the 1970s.
Mr Noonan stressed the importance of cultural events such as these, describing the Hunt Museum as one of Limerick’s “foremost landmarks” and stating that it “makes a major contribution to city life”.
The Loughill native also reiterated plans to redevelop Limerick city, shaping it into a hub of cultural activity.
Minister Noonan made reference to talks between himself and current Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, stating that “over the next period of time, we will continue the rebranding of Limerick and have it not only the city of sport, but the city of arts and culture as well”.
The director of the Hunt Museum, Hugh Maguire, welcomed this, saying “it was “very heartening to hear the Minister talk about the importance of cultural infrastructure to the city” while the museum’s chairman, Niall Greene, thanked the Minister for his support.
This year, the Hunt has seen visitor numbers triple with approximately 70,000 people passing through its doors and if the numbers attending the opening of Shaped by History is any indication, that figure will be on the up.
Shaped by History will run from June 8 to September 16 this year and is running in association with the Limerick Leader, The Milk Market, Live 95FM and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.