Limerick poets 'in exile' at Tom and Jerry's pub

Limerick poets 'in exile' at Tom and Jerry's pub

Tom McCarthy and Ger Purcell, proprietor Tom and Jerry’s pub, which will host the weekly poetry readings Picture: Adrian Butler

THEY may be “in exile” from their traditional home of the White House pub, but Limerick’s poetic community are determined to keep the show on the road.

Following the closure of the White House Pub for renovations, the poets have moved a few yards down the same street to Tom and Jerry’s pub.

For the foreseeable future, it will be this establishment which plays host to the weekly Wednesday night readings.

Compere and organiser Tom McCarthy said finding a pub nearby was key.

“I felt people visiting the White House who were not familiar with Limerick would find this pub to be one of the closest, and easiest to find. I wanted it to be as close as possible to the White House, so this is ideal,” he explained, “It has the shape for a poetry session which you need.”

The first poetry session in the new venue took place last Wednesday, after the White House closed on Tuesday.

Proprietor Ger Purcell was delighted with how it went, saying: “I expected it to be a sit-down poetry event. But it was a lovely night, a very entertaining and enjoyable night. I saw a few of the lads in here on Friday night. So it is great.”

Tom has warned that due to the group’s cut in Arts Council funding, it will not always be possible to welcome a guest reader. 

He said a fundraising campaign will be launched.

For more information, call 085-7616621.

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