COUNTY councillors have expressed their dissatisfaction that the City of Culture events do not stretch far enough into rural areas.
Council arts officer Sheila Deegan gave an update on the programme this week at a meeting of the Sporting and Cultural SPC.
But county councillors were not impressed with the ‘city-centric’ focus of the programme.
Leas-Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council John Egan called for more activities to take place in the county.
“The City of Culture should have been expanded out to the county. Other groups should have been included,” he said, “There are some excellent drama groups in county Limerick. They should have been included and promoted through this initiative.”
Cllr Leo Walsh concurred, and said “a great opportunity is being lost” to promote the City of Culture events in the county.
“I think it has been very badly advertised in the county. There are a lot of county people who do not know what is happening. People still ask: What is going on? It seems to be that everything is taking place around the city,” he told the meeting.
But the committee chairman Cllr Michael Hourigan said:“The Minister nominated the city as the City of Culture. That was very clear and unambiguous. When Derry was nominated as City of Culture, it was Derry City, not county Derry. It is the same here with Limerick - the city, not the county. Having said that, the City of Culture organisation intends to organise some events in the county.”
Ms Deegan said the project is on track, and pointed out that the City of Culture website is now more user-friendly, now carrying a searchable calendar of events.