A NEW book, Limerick: Uncovered, which will be published later this year is aimed at demolishing some of the ‘bad press’ about the city.
The book, says its author and professional photographer, Stephen Power, is planned as a contemporary photographic study of Limerick city and the surrounding areas and the photographs and accompanying text will aim to highlight the most positive and interesting aspects of the city as it is today.
Mr Power, who is originally from Merseyside but has been based in Ardagh for more than a decade, went on to explain that each chapter will be organised around a specific theme. These include landmarks, heritage, education, culture, sport, technology and festivals. And he used the opportunity of Riverfest at the weekend to capture some of the photographic story.
He also plans to include some photographs from villages and beauty spots close to Limerick. The book will also include photographs of interiors of buildings not readily accessible to or seldom seen by the general public. “I hope to include some hidden places, places with which some visitors and even locals may not be familiar,” Mr Power said.
“There’s been a lot of bad press about Limerick and some recent books have concentrated on the seamier side of the city” he continued. “My book intends to show the city in the best light possible - there’s a lot in Limerick for people to be very proud of, and I hope to do it justice and celebrate it with my photography.”
But while Mr Power has his own list of places and spaces, he is keen to hear any suggestions that members of the public may have and he has invited people to contact him with those suggestions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Limerick: Uncovered will include over 200 photographs as well as text. It is Mr Power’s second project with Dublin publishers Liffey Press. His first book “Traditional Notes: A Celebration of Irish Music and Musicians” was launched last year and has met with critical acclaim in Ireland, the UK and the USA.
The book has led to an invitation to present display some photographs at the prestigious Irish Books and Music festival (iBAM) in Chicago in October this year.