Limerick Spring of ideas to host world politics events

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Limerick Spring launch: Niall O'Callaghan, Emer Casey, Jennifer Moroney-Ward, Robbie Gannon, Kate O’Shea, Pa O’Brien

Limerick Spring launch: Niall O'Callaghan, Emer Casey, Jennifer Moroney-Ward, Robbie Gannon, Kate O’Shea and Pa O’Brien

The Limerick Spring festival of politics and ideas will next week celebrate its busiest and most collaborative programme of events to date.

The festival, which returns after a one-year hiatus under the theme of “Hope in Uncertain Times”, will run from Monday to Sunday, February 19 to 25.

And in a new, exciting line-up of events, the festival has formed an education partnership of 100 students with University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College, to structure and design a new state called “Lulitmi”.

The festival has also invited the Icelandic and Polish community to showcase the challenges facing democracy in their home countries.

The Limerick Spring said it expects to involve hundreds of local citizens “in what is sure to be a truly fascinating exploration of the role of the citizen in our current political environment.

“Many of the festival events are free and while some of the paid events are already sold out you can book directly via the website for many more.”

A discussion with journalist and broadcaster Vincent Browne at King John’s Castle will act as one of the headline events during the week-long itinerary.

The event on February 22 at 7pm will be hosted by Kathryn Hayes, UL Journalism School.

The festival is working with the Limerick Literary Festival to bring a discussion event with the Rubberbandits’ Blindboy Boatclub and author Kevin Barry to Dolan’s on February 24. 

Organiser Jennifer Moroney-Ward said: “The whole idea is to increase participation and to get more young people involved and older people involved, and to have that wider age spectrum. And to look at what is already happening on the ground in Limerick. There is already loads of people doing great projects and lots of great activity, and it’s really about celebrating that rather than bringing in huge names and spending lots of money. So, how can we celebrate the actual activity of the city?”

For more, visit www.limerickspring.com.