Hundreds get inked up at annual Limerick Tattoo Convention

Ryan O'Rourke


Ryan O'Rourke


Hundreds get inked up at annual Limerick Tattoo Convention

Thomas Berry, Offally and Gary ( Sparky) Molloy, Sparkey Tattoos, Cecil Ctreet at the Limerick Tattoo Convention in the South Court Hotel PICTURE: Dave Gaynor

MORE THAN 100 of the best local, national and international tattoo artists gathered for the Limerick Tattoo Convention in the Great National South Court Hotel at the weekend.

The event, which was a celebration of all things tattoo related, saw hundreds of ink loving enthusiast flock to the city to get tattooed, meet there favourite artist or just watch. 

Gary Sparky Molloy, runs Old Town tattoo on Cecil Street. He has been tattooing in Limerick for the past 17 years and was tattooing at the convention on the day.

“Tattooing is definitely on the rise again in Limerick, and the convention is a great example of that. I’ve been here the last three years, I was getting tattooed myself here last year, and to see it grow like this is great,” said Sparky.

“The event is great, it’s really well organised, Limerick should be proud,” he added.

Conor Walsh is from the Sands of Time tattoo studio on Lower Shannon Street. He was invited down along side his shop to take part in the convention. 

“The convention is every year, but it is invite only. Our studio was invited down to this years event. I’m only tattooing a year and a half, so to be invited here is a massive honour,” said Connor.

Dawn Lenihan traveled down from Tralee to get a tattoo from one of her favourite artists Lazaros Bront from Athens.

“I was here last year and I got a lovely rose done, so I decided to come back. I’ve always wanted a portrait of Madonna so here I am,” Dawn.