Bealtaine festival to get underway in Limerick

Bealtaine festival to get underway in Limerick

Eleanor Shanley will perform at the Belltable during the Bealtaine festival


BEALTAINE has come of age. It is now 21 years since the first Bealtaine festival designed to celebrate creativity as people age. And to mark the milestone, tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in over 600 events nationwide throughout the month.

Here in Limerick, Bealtaine kicks off this Wednesday with a screening of the film Walk in the Woods starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in Friar’s Gate Theatre, Kilmallock.

Then on Friday night, at the Belltable in the city, actor Laurence Foster will perform Dickens in Limerick, a recreation of the night in 1858 when Charles Dickens visited Limerick city on a reading tour. In this one-man show, Dickens’ descriptions of Limerick, of Arthur’s Quay, Pery Square, Limerick Jail and the workhouse are interwoven with character sketches and excerpts from his novels.

Later in the month, the Limerick Writers Centre will host an evening of music and poetry, with Eleanor Shanley and poet Gerard Dawe joined by other local writers and musicians. This will take place also in the Belltable on May 28.

The Ballyhahill Active Retired group is heading to the theatre for a perfromance of The Plough and the Stars at the Lime Tree on May 14, followed by dinner at the Rathkeale House Hotel.

In Broadford, there will be an exhibition of craft work and art by members of the active retired group. This takes place in the Day Care centre on May 25.

Speaking at the launch of Bealtaine 2016, , Karen Smyth, chief executive of Age & Opportunity said they were delighted that the festival continues to grow from strength to strength. “It is with the support of our local partners that Bealtaine 2016 can successfully deliver its mission which is to support our older artists and to provide more opportunities for people of all ages to come together to celebrate the arts and become creative,” she said.

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