THE man charged with overseeing Limerick’s year as the city of culture wants the festival to celebrate Ireland’s native tongue.
Speaking at Limerick City Council’s sport and culture committee meeting last week, Kieran Lehane gave an update on the preparations for the event, which is set to take place in Limerick in 2014.
He said: “I want this festival to be available for all ages of people. It has to appeal to people, irrespective of age and ability. I want to say there is something for everybody in this. Limerick has a great tradition in terms of cultural offerings, and this is something we can build on.”
“I feel we should use ‘as Gaeilge’ as much as we can. I am anxious that whatever happens be sustained beyond 2014,” Mr Lehane said, vowing there will be a “massive effort” made in the run-in, as well as during the year of culture.
Northside Independent councillor Kathleen Leddin urged the council to develop a special programme for the year, linking with theatres, groups and concert halls.
“I would also like to see an exhibition for poet Kate O’Brien, and a pageant in connection with the Bard of Thomond,” Cllr Leddin added.
Jennifer Moroney-Ward, general manager of the Northside Learning Hub, said she hopes the council will support the various community arts programmes, including the Make a Move festival.
“I want to see the community and voluntary sector kept in the loop. Third level colleges are also an untapped resource,” she said.
Northside Labour councillor Tom Shortt referred to Derry, which carried the title of the United Kingdom’s City of Culture this year.
“Derry used it to help the peace process. We have it to assist regeneration,” he told the meeting.