Limerick's Darkness Into Light was an incredible occasion

Limerick's Darkness Into Light was an incredible occasion

Louise and boyfriend Declan Hannon were among the 8,000 or so who walked Darkness Into Light last weekend

Last Saturday marked ten years of darkness into light in Limerick City, and as always it was an incredible occasion! The early morning procession is like no other, the unity and emotion of everyone involved is truly amazing!

This year hundreds of thousands of people walked in solidarity for those who have lost their lives to suicide and self-harm around the world! Crowds gathered in over 200 venues, in 19 countries across five continents in the early hours of Saturday morning!

The amount of children and young people walking in Limerick City this year really struck me.

I admire Pieta House and Darkness into Light for relentlessly breaking down the stigma surrounding suicide and self-harm, and encouraging us to acknowledge and talk openly about it!

Massive well done to everyone who participated especially the team behind Limerick Cities Darkness into Light this year, and the Unity Gospel Choir for creating an atmosphere like no other! It’s an important and poignant occasion in Limerick’s calendar!

Pieta House operates the free 24-hour suicide helpline1800 247 247. For more information about their services, visit www.pieta.ie

SPICIN' UP SHOPPING IN THE CITY

Laois Native and young entrepreneur Gracie Collier is the brains behind Limerick’s newest and coolest vintage shop! Spice Vintage has been sitting proudly on Harvey’s Quay for over a year now.

The shops boho décor and bright white design along with panoramic views of the Shannon make the space different to any other in Limerick at the moment. All topped off by the treasure throve of vintage gems that adorn the rails inside!

I sat down with Gracie and we chatted all things, business, style, social media and love of Limerick. Gracie qualified with masters in Marketing from NUIG and decided to use her skills to promote something she was always passionate about, vintage clothing!

“I’ve always been thrifty when it comes to clothes shopping, growing up I was always wheeling and dealing. I started selling clothes online as a teenager and going to flea markets… my friends would call me the Del Boy of vintage clothing’

Gracie started her business journey opening a pop up shop in Clonakilty and on the back of it’s success decided she needed a bigger reach! Making the move to Limerick allowed her to acquire a bigger space and audience.

“The reception from limerick people and how much they have connected with what I am trying to do is incredible’

“The buzz and the vibe in the city is deadly, Limerick is on the up in so many ways, it’s so artist and liberal and there is a fluidity to Limerick that people don’t often acknowledge… Limerick is the new Berlin if you ask me! ‘

“I have customers from all walks of life visit the shop, its amazing having the art college on the doorstep they are so creative with their purchases and big fans of the store! I am currently planning a collaboration with one of the final year art students this year and I will sell his line in store, which is so exciting!’

The shops booming business is also thanks to Gracie’s social media savvy. Almost everyday Gracie personally styles and models new items on Spice Vintage Instagram page! Online followers have the option to buy online and communicate instantly with Gracie herself!

“I think genuine and personal communication with the clients is key. I want Spice to be completely genuine so people know exactly what they are buying! I love styling the clothes and giving people inspiration and ideas on how to style different pieces!’

“The beauty of Instagram is that on a quiet day in store, it allows me to get really creative and make sales online!’

Gracie’s passion for Vintage fashion is contagious! This summer will be an exciting one for Spice Vintage with planned collaborations, fashion workshops and even yoga classes!

If you haven’t already, make sure you pop into Spice Vintage on Harvey’s Quay. If anything you’ll feel inspired by the cool space and ambiance Gracie has created on the banks of the Shannon - Such a fabulous addition to the city!

ROGHA NA SEACHTAINE

To do - Friday at the Milk Market

Get a healthy dose of Fresh air, Fresh Food, Fresh crafts and Fresh conversation from the original social network that is your local Milk Market each Friday. Don’t miss out on €5 lunch deals from participating traders!

To Listen - Jack O'Rourke

Jack O’Rourke – “Moody Broody’: Corkonian songwriter Jack O’Rourke has released ‘Moody Broody’- the third single from his critically acclaimed mini-album, Ivory Towers. Following the epic grandeur of ‘Myth’ and the nouveau pop of the title track, ‘Ivory Towers’, Jack returns with sparkling track.

To see - The Championship

This week’s must see has to be Limerick v Cork in round one of the Munster Hurling Championship. Kicking off at 4pm on Sunday in the Gaelic Grounds. Here’s wishing our All-Ireland Champions the very best of luck for their 2019 season!