Jerry Flannery pitches in to support street art festival in Limerick

Fiona McNamara of La Copa, Ann Daly of Lady Penelope and Jerry Flannery launch the CATDIG festival.

Fiona McNamara of La Copa, Ann Daly of Lady Penelope and Jerry Flannery launch the CATDIG festival.

  • by Alan Owens

THE fast growing Catherine Street Cultural Dig festival will see one of Limerick’s oldest streets brought to life with a vibrant dash of artistic and creative events this weekend.

A street art festival that sees installations hosted by the traders inside and outside their premises on Catherine Street, this is the third year of CATDIG. Previous years have seen a huge variety of events, from art installations to live music, poetry and dance, theatre and more.

Curator Lotte Bender has selected 15 artists to install and perform work in and around Catherine Street shops and bars and is promising an “exciting and diverse set of contemporary works” which will be shown in a series of participating venues.

“As ever thanks to the traders of and our sponsors Beamish, every event is free as the intention is to wander and enjoy,” said Ms Bender.

One of the original founders of the event, Paul Tarpey, says “the event has been taken over by the street”.

“The traders have bought into it and understand it. Their enthusiasm is amazing. The idea makes sense, that creativity doesn’t automatically have to go in a gallery, it can manifest itself on the street as well,” he explained.

“There are a lot of great vibes around about Limerick and the art scene here and I see ourselves slotting into that,” he added.

Various events will take place up and down the street, including a science based video installation in Little Catherine St bookshop; ‘Sea Journeys’ by LSAD’s Declan Casey in Celia O’Donnell’s clothes shop; French’s Cafe will host a discussion between artists from Ormston House and UL School of Architecture; Ann Daly will host her own paintings in Lady Penelope’s boutique; while various fringe events will take place on the street over the two days of the festival.

O’Connell’s Butchers and Gleeson’s Shop will be contributing food, while Bourke’s and Flannery’s will host music during the festival, which starts Friday.

For more information on events see CATDIG.




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