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T L M c o ntr i buto r s Editor’s Note It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were talking excitedly about Summer beginning, now suddenly Autumn is knocking at the door! As the nights draw in it’s time to look forward to Culture Night on 22nd September, a nationwide feast of free arts events to be enjoyed by all – so get out and discover something new. We’re celebrating all things arts and culture here in Limerick throughout this issue, and find out where Culture is Headed in the city in our interview with Sheila Deegan. Kayleigh Ziolo

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C ov e r Int e rv ie w Shei la Deega n Culture: Where Are We Headed

Interview with Sheila Deegan, Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Limerick Coordinator

If you are familiar with Limerick city you will probably know of the vibrantly coloured murals at the bottom of

O’Connell Street, which brightly declare Culture is Who

We Are/Culture is Where We are Headed? But where exactly is that? It’s a question many have been asking now the buzz of the hosting of National City of Culture

and the bid for European Capital of Culture has faded

into memory. Limerick found who it was during those years, and it has come a long way in believing in itself

as a vibrant creative city deserving of international

recognition. But it’s not enough to keep going back to what had been achieved around National City of Culture and

ECOC. We need to look to the future of what we want

Limerick’s place to be in the world as a creative city. Many are asking what has become of the learning and efforts that went into the bid in 2016.

We at TLM thought it was about time we caught

“We are probably even busier than we were during the

“Absolutely there has been an enormous shift, both

main difference is we are not working to the rules and

externally amongst citizens regarding the importance

bid, but it is a different kind of busy. Obviously the deadlines of the bid process, but also then it wasn’t just about us but a bigger sense of putting Limerick

out there as a name. I think that has been achieved, Limerick’s name is out there now. There are many

examples that show this, one recent one being our

inclusion in the European Commission’s Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor - a report measuring how a

city’s cultural and creative performance contributes to economic growth and social development. Limerick scored very highly on social capital of education -

we have 20,000 students here and 3,200 of those are studying in a creative field. It is worth recognising that we wouldn’t have even been in that report without

the bid. So the fact Limerick is now operating at a European level is great, the arts office has grown in line with that, to focus on building a future for the city as its cultural strength as grown.”

up with Sheila Deegan of Limerick Arts Council to


we discussed what we can do as a community to help

Making arts and culture a part of the picture for


for major regeneration is therefore important. In

see if we could answer some of those questions, and

keep the momentum of arts and culture in the city

Sheila of course has been a key part of the European Capital of Culture bid, but has worked for many years

before to help Limerick grow as a cultural city. It’s not

always an easy task, and as she herself acknowledges, it has not always been possible to do everything that

is wanted and needed. But she feels there has been real change in the work that the arts office do and how they engage with others.


Limerick’s future, at a time when the city is preparing terms of quality of life and attracting the talent the city will need to further its economic output culture plays a vital role. Has there been a shift in attitude

towards arts and culture in the city, and how can we

ensure that as many voices as possible are heard in decision making?

internally in local and national government, and

of culture generally and the sheer belief in Limerick as a cultural city and county. That’s not just here but

at a national level, for example Creative Ireland is

a huge part of that increased investment and focus. There have been efforts to create more dialogue and cross-consultation with various groups, individuals

and councillors. For example LACE, Limerick Arts and Culture Exchange, was set up in 2016 to work

with local authorities and represent cultural groups from the wider Limerick communities along with all those interested in the cultural and creative sector

With these communities we are working to form a

strategy of culture in Limerick and link it with the wider plans for tourism and the 2030 regeneration and economic plans. We need to ensure culture and

arts are on the table, as well as our on-going work to ensure that organisations and individuals are supported and developed. How we do that of course

is not just down to strategy but funds. We have an extra €600,000 of funding on table annually voted

into the budget by the elected members, so we are looking at how to invest that to make a sustainable

difference. Another important development is the creation of the Strategic Policy Committee, which

sounds terribly dry! But it’s actually very exciting, as that will be the mechanism by which councillors and all sectors can come together to make a coherent policy for culture. It’s a real step forward – there was

once a time that culture was in under Community, Leisure and Emergency Services as a department, and as you can imagine we got lost within that.


Now there is a dedicated SPC, giving us a solid presence at higher levels of strategic objectives of the

council, which is a huge opportunity. My hope is with a new sense of unity, focus and strategic approach the

frustrations many were previously feeling about who

to talk to can be addressed; we now have a clear point of contact now for festivals and organisations. To have support easing the encounter with the local authority is vital.�

CULTURAL LEGACIES It is clear there has been a sea change in focus on

culture in the city since 2016, but what about the other legacies of the bid? Part of the European

Capital of Culture entry required the city to show a

solid commitment to future and long term projects; to plan and implement new cultural offerings with an international outlook for Limerick. What are the projects to continue life beyond the bid?

“We are working with the community of Hospital

in Limerick on a Creative Europe project called the European Outdoor Arts Academy in November this year, with seven European partners overseeing five intensive training into small scale production in

Pafos, Limerick, Plovdiv and Kaunas. The project lead

is an outdoor arts company called Walk the Plank from Manchester in the UK. In Ireland Limerick City and County Council Arts Office are working

with Fidget Feet as associate partner. The project is called School of Spectacle and will be held in

Limerick from 13th to 18th November 2017. During that time 25 creative practitioners will be engaged through an open call, with 18 local practitioners and

7 international practitioners. Over six days they will

be trained in Limerick in outdoor arts for night time events, including introductions to fire technique and

performance, mass movement and working with aerial artists, lanterns, illuminated costume etc. At the end of the project the trainees will put together a small performance.



“Everything that happens happens because people

So we are exploring that through food, The Culture

“Most importantly Limerick has created an expectation now in terms of culture and arts so now we have to match it!"

a festive presence of the World Recipe Exchange

That’s not to say that bigger is better, we aren’t looking

expectation now in terms of culture and arts so now

to join in food tasting, conversations and exchange

to have structures in place that a bigger event would

and vegetables from around the globe that are sold

feeling stretched to capacity and not wanting to

“We also have the World Recipe Exchange, which

was also a feature during the bid. We have talked

about culture in terms of belonging; understanding what it means to belong to a country, to Europe, and

to the world. In Ireland that means not just looking

at Irish ancestry but also new communities and the

so called ‘new Irish’ who are part of who we are now. Night event will animate the Bedford Row area with urban garden. Members of the public will be invited

to take away what makes them unique but they need

of recipes. On this occasion we plan to explore fruit

in order to continue operating, to avoid the organisers

at the various international food stores of Limerick.

repeat it all over again next year!”

and March 2018, and we are engaging not just settled

The arts community of Limerick is known for

There will be 6 public events in total between now migrants but also asylum seekers in the area.”

its passion, belief and drive to make something

In terms of events and festivals in Limerick, another

willingness but the need for things to exist outside of

success of our unique and volunteer-led small festivals

of us, there is a real vitality that exists outside of us, a

One look at the sheer amount of festivals that exist

that they can be supported. It’s good to find out about

the efforts of the many passionate and creative groups

their own. For example Limerick Fringe 2017, when

events happening at any one time in Limerick, so we

first I thought ‘oh, that’s interesting!’ But no, I have

events. That could mean creating brands around them

clearly what it is they wanted independently, and

the numerous literature festivals in city and county, at

our role I suppose, we act a sort of broker between

groups can work together instead of in isolation – like

relating to marketing and the business of culture in

Festival and Limerick Film Festival happen to make

make sure it is supported.”

branding, the scheduling and the marketing to ensure

"What does Sheila believe should be the future visions

to have an audience. It also comes back to strategy

be a city for spectacle thanks to Granny, so we hope

with limited resources so how can we help create a

of integrity, we want those to continue.

happen for themselves. Sheila recognises not just the

talking point has been how to ensure the continued

the arts council. “There’s so much happening outside

alongside the bigger public programmes on the bill.

belief in power of culture across spectrum and, I hope

in city and county shows there is a need to strategise

events we haven’t yet heard about taking on a life of

at the heart of these events. “There are 80 festivals or

I realised that they had decided not to come to us, at

need to look at how we present and support those

only admiration for the organisers who established

– e.g. a Literary Limerick brand as an umbrella for

then we are there for them when they need us. That’s

ways in which we can cluster the events and see where

organisations, individuals and various authorities

the merging of the Richard Harris International Film

the city to establish the needs and role of an event and

an even stronger event. It’s important to consider the events are more accessible to public and they continue

for events in the city?", Well we know Limerick can

on sustainability; so many festivals are voluntary led,

to do more of that. We have our many small festivals

bigger event?


are passionate - we don’t have all the solutions, and

we still need more resources, but hopefully we are

in a position where we can find the solutions by working closely with others. It still helps to have

those conversations and it’s our responsibility to keep having those conversations.” “Most






we have to match it! I think that is something we

managed to do with Christmas in Limerick; Limerick Marketing, the economic development all worked

together to ensure that something was happening

every weekend, that it was being communicated effectively and the creativity was there. ”

“There is definitely a sense of readiness to deliver more than ever before. We felt ready for European

Capital of Culture, we didn’t win but we are putting sustainable strategies in place for ourselves. If we

look at Creative Ireland, which I briefly mentioned earlier, the aim of that is trying to make sure culture

and creativity is part of the way local authorities think about what they do. And look, we are already doing

those things; we could be a pilot city for Creative Ireland really. We are building on a global reputation

already established, with TROY Studios beginning its

first major US production, and we’ve long had EVA International and LSAD. There has been €9million invested in cultural infrastructure nationally with

€1million given to Limerick. We’re chomping at the bit for any opportunity. The last few years have made

us ahead of the game with our culture strategy, those efforts were not wasted in terms of the where culture

is heading on a national scale. For Limerick, our new normal is that we are going to continue to keep the

momentum to create something permanent and long term.”

Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

Photography by: Tarmo Tulit


m usic LIMERICK Music Releases - SEPT 2017

Fell For You - Nile St. James

Haze - A Weekend Away

The Belle and The Ruin - Emma Langford

‘Fell for You’ is the first release from Nile St. James’

Young Limerick rock band A Weekend Away have


stunning debut EP by the same name. With almost

acoustics with a teaser from her upcoming debut

AWA’s return does not disappoint. Haze, the leading

yet to receive an official release, Langford recently

thick, infectious melodies and insightful songwriting.

HearOne before revealing it would feature on her

band’s fourth or fifth album efforts. AWA’s astounding

a stunning array of soft acoustic arrangements as

ear for innovation and their youthful enthusiasm.

love in Lorrha, Tipperary. Langford’s tranquil vocals

long-awaited debut album, Meraki. The track explores

a lively retelling of love at first sight in an explosion of jazz-infused arrangements and soulful vocals. The

Limerick singer-songwriter pulls influences from the female powerhouses of soul and jazz; Aretha Franklin

and Etta James to deliver one of the strongest debuts

Limerick has seen in a long time. ‘Fell for You’ captures the ecstatic heights of love and adoration, bringing to

life a colourful palette of emotion through infectious guitar riffs and rich harmonies. Since its release, ‘Fell for You’ has already received national radio airplay on

RTE 2FM, along with coverage and acclaim from numerous music publications. A definite one-towatch!




pounced onto the Limerick music scene with their

returns with her iconic, haunting vocals and soothing

half a year gone since their first single Free of the Land,

album, The Quiet Giant. Although the single has

track of the self-titled EP, is hard-rock drenched in

performed the track The Belle and The Ruin live for

Haze’s clean, professional finish could rival any other

upcoming album. The Belle and the Ruin features

potential shines clear as day through the band’s keen

Langford relays a beautiful and lesser-known tale of play a key role in the narration of the story; a gentle lull through the beginning of the tale before the plot

spirals into conflict, punctuated by vigourous chords

to create a performance filled with raw emotion. Emma Langford’s portrayal of the romantic past is a beautiful listen and a promising teaser for the album. Article by: Christine Costello



Music Int e rv ie w Sí o m ha Síomha is a singer-songwriter from Ennis who combines

It was last year, last summer when I realised I needed

Your most recent music video was filmed live in the

of Limerick musicians – Cein Daly on bass, Martin

way it’s a nice perspective to get; to leave the country

The whole reason we started doing that live music

a rich collection of jazz influences with her talented team

Atkinson on keys, Noel Mooney on drums - to create heartfelt, neo-soul music. Released this July, Síomha’s

track July Red Sky has been viewed over one million times on Facebook.

Who are some of your main influences in music?

to get back home and get back on track of things. In a

you grew up in then come home and think ‘this place

is really cool. There's so much music happening here.’ It’s still difficult and tough to be out playing your

own, original music, but it’s so much richer and more diverse here.

Joni Mitchell would be a huge one. When I listened

After playing in bands, do you find it hard going

I knew I wanted to play music forever more. I was

Yeah, it all kind of fell into place. In my early twenties,

to her for the first time when I was 13, that was it, really into the Beatles when I was about 10, but things opened up when I was around 15 or 16 and I started

getting into jazz. I then had lessons here in Limerick from Peter Dee Academy.

Having grown up studying traditional and classical

music, can you pinpoint the exact moment when you became interested in jazz?

solo and taking full creative control?

I guess I didn’t really know what I wanted to be doing. With age and travel and as you get older, you start

to understand things a little better. I have a much

clearer vision now of where I want things to go and

and listening to record and vinyls, my mum too - so that’s what I grew up listening to.

You’ve recently been to US and Canada. How does

personal experiences?

music scene, sadly. I actually ended up having to get a real job in an office for the first time in my life.


or anything like that, we thought let’s go somewhere

that looks really good and capture a live performance. The Burren one was July Red Sky; a song written

specifically about that area, so I felt I had to go back to that place and try film it.

Definitely Joni Mitchell. She’s just phenomenal. musicality to her stuff. I think she’s far superior to any

of the other folk lads she was hanging out with like Bob Dylan back in the day.

advice I ever got and I’m only understanding it now

My music theory isn't hugely knowledgeable, but it’s

based on gut and emotional feeling. It has to ring with me for me to be able to sing it.

Some of the stuff I’ve been doing the past few months

because they don’t really seem to have much of a local

hard on. So, rather than record a record or a single,

to hear, whereas now I just started listening to myself.

writing music for what I thought other people wanted

in Vancouver. The States is so different because there’s

When I got to Vancouver I was quite surprised

people are drawn to and something we worked really

What does the future hold for Síomha?

What has been your greatest experience as a

a history there in cities like Nashville and Memphis.

and decided our live sound was always something

somewhere with me. I always struggled when I was

the music scene over there compare to Ireland’s?

I did two months in the States before finally setting

may not be happy with in the end. We had a think

She's got it all; not just the song or the voice, but the

It depends on the inspiration. It has to come from

quite the huge jazz head as well. He loved collecting

time and money trying to achieve something that you

good couple of years, so that always helps.

phenomenal as well. I’ve been friends with them for a

back into trad at the moment because there’s many learn what I wanted on my own time. My dad was

so expensive now and you can often waste a lot of

Who is your dream collaborator?

When writing music, does it come from your own

amazing things going on in trad in Ireland. I got to

thing was because getting into a studio to record is

the lads who I’m working with, all Limerick based, are

My Dad is a traditional musician and I shied away from that side of music growing up. But I’m getting

Burren. Where’s the next location?

musician so far?

have been so good. One pretty cool thing I did in Nashville was sharing the stage with Vince Gill, a country music legend. That was pretty cool.

Keep doing what I’m doing. That was the best piece of as I get older. We’ve got a good thing going with the band and we’re working really hard to try and hone that in. We've a busy few weeks ahead of us with gigs and, of course, Electric Picnic. We’re doing two

sets and I’ve gone and had my songs translated by a Limerick man, Billy McGlynn for a special set at the

Poball Gaeilge with Limerick men Cillian King and Dermot Sheedy from Hermitage Green. Article by: Christine Costello

Photography by: Shannyn Higgins




Lim e r ic k J az z F e st i va l Opening the festival on Friday night is award winning

alto-saxophonist, MC and composer Soweto Kinch. Specialising in a trademark style of jazz, bebop, rap

and spoken word unlike that of any other performer in the world, Soweto is one of the most exciting and

versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes. He has amassed an impressive list of

accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic

– including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two

Urban Music awards, two MOBO awards in the Best

Jazz Act category; the BBC Best Jazz Instrumentalist award; the BBC Best Jazz Band award; the Montreux Jazz Festival award; the Peter Whittingham award for Jazz innovation; and top prize in the White Foundation World Sax Competition.

Soweto’s skills as a hip-hop MC and producer

have also earned him significant recognition and

praise in the urban music world. He has supported the legendary American rapper KRS-One and the

American singer-songwriter and producer Dwele, who has previously worked with artists such as: J

Dilla, Slum Village and Kanye West. More recently, Limerick Jazz has been promoting music in the mid-

west of Ireland for over 35 years. The organisation runs spring and autumn seasons which feature the best of

live Irish and international contemporary jazz. The last five years have seen regular promotions of local

artists by organisations such as Speakeasy Jazz, concert

appearances by Wayne Shorter; Bobby McFerrin; and Bela Fleck and visits from Jazz greats like Chris Potter; Thomasz Stanko; John Abercrombie; Manu Katche; Guy Barker; and Soweto Kinch.


Now in its sixth year, Limerick Jazz Festival 2017 will host the best in national and international

talent, including The Soweto Kinch Trio; Ireland’s own Booka Brass; the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra

ft. special guests Pia Dunne and Keith McDonald;

renowned Jazz Funk band The James Taylor Quartet; Jazz Duo The Mysterious Mr. Valentine; and Joe O’Callaghan’s Electric Freeplay. September 21st.

Soweto’s musical talents and lyrical flips have been

championed by future Hip-Hop Hall of Famer MosDef, the hugely respected English MC Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra’s Twin B. Expect an eclectic and electric mix of bebop and hip-hop that stretches jazz’s boundaries and challenges our understanding of the distinctions that are said to exist between musical genres.


“Limerick Jazz Festival 2017 will host the best in national and international talent, including The Soweto Kinch Trio; Ireland’s own Booka Brass; the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra ft. special guests Pia Dunne and Keith McDonald; renowned Jazz Funk band The James Taylor Quartet; Jazz Duo The Mysterious Mr. Valentine; and Joe O’Callaghan’s Electric Freeplay.”

Growing up with a playwright father and an actress

Closing out his Nonagram album tour, Soweto is

Limerick Jazz always keen to get volunteers involved

blood and over the years he has become an ambassador

two saxophones, drums, bass and vocals. Expect

so if you can spare Limerick Jazz some of your time

mother, performance has always been in Soweto’s of urban culture as well as a British jazz institution. With achievements ranging from the curation of several large international festivals, to the production

and scoring of various highly acclaimed music-based

currently performing in trio and quartet format with scalding hot, hard bop grooves mixed with racing

freestyle lyrics in his hell raising live shows, the likes of which you have never experienced before!

theatrical works, to starring in a reality show which

Limerick Jazz Festival 2017 is organised and

Goldie and Ms. Dynamite as they each mentored 12

jazz and is supported by Limerick City and County

followed him and other musical figureheads such as vulnerable youths ahead of a live performance before H.M Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace, to hosting

his very own weekly BBC Radio show Jazz Planet, Soweto Kinch has launched himself to the forefront of British and International music.

in running and can particularly use help in promotion, get in touch. Follow updates on the festival online with #LimerickJazzFestival2017.

promoted by the all-volunteer organisation Limerick

Council and the Arts Council of Ireland. Limerick Jazz has been bringing outstanding jazz performances

to the city of Limerick for over 35 years, ensuring that

Limerick has one of the most active Jazz scenes in Ireland.



Ar t ist P r of ile I s o l de Ní Don n cha d ha & O sc a r S ta e h e l in Isolde and Oscar are graduates of LSAD. The duo have

opened up an art studio in the city centre and have been taking applications from local artists interested in using the space…

How did you come together to set up the studio? How much work has been involved?

Oscar: We were both determined to get straight back

into a studio and practicing once we finished college and our views tend to align with regard how the

studio should be set up and run. There’s been a lot of work involved, and a steep learning curve, particularly with regards the business/legal side of things, which is far from our area.

Isolde: The conditions were here to set a studio up. I decided that was an opportunity I should take advantage of and did so. A lot of work has been involved. But it’s fun and full of learning.

Tell us a bit about your own work - your mediums, styles, subject matter…

I: At the moment I like working with soft materials

What are the plans for the studio in terms of

structures. My work tends to be installation based,

itself to me as appropriate, nothing is written off,

O: No plans as of yet, the space isn’t huge so the

space can instigate certain types of interaction,

and some kind of structure with which myself and

providing communal facilities would be something I’d

indicative of societal powers at large. As a result I’ve

to currently are gender fluidity, astrology and prayer.

members of the studio it’d be really nice to be able to

O: I’m interested in autonomy within social

likes quilts. I will use whatever medium presents


and with a DIY aesthetic. I’m curious about how

but recently it is usually myself moving and singing

priority right now is individual studio spaces. But

between people, elements of the space, and elements

other people can interact. The subjects I am drawn

be interested in for the future. As well as facilities for

found myself drawn towards using technology for

help out any others arts groups trying to set up spaces

its loops, use of feedback from the environment, and

or facilities of their own.

Simultaneously I tend to use materials associated

I: We plan to create a solid foundation of basic

generative qualities to give space more explicit life. with construction and consumption.


facilities, get it up and running and build from there.


How important is it for artists to have access to

How accommodating do you feel Limerick is as a

What advice would you give to fellow graduates/

O: Extremely I think. Of course it differs from

What more could be done?

O: Work as little as you can to begin with. Over the

impossible to work without a designated space. On

familiar enough with this to assign blame, but there

other artists to allow for the potential for feedback,

community and council in Limerick, it would be great

these spaces?

city for providing space to artists/creative projects?

person to person but for me personally I find it near

O: Well there aren’t many spaces available. I’m not

top of that it’s great to be working in a space with

does seem to be a disconnect between the arts

collaboration, holding exhibitions and the like.

if there was a more meaningful relationship there.

I: Definitely, more spaces could be made available for artists by the council and kept available.

aspiring artists?

past 3 months I’ve just made enough to keep myself

going and that’s what’s made starting this up possible. I: Aim for absolute perfection. Make. Making is the

hardest and most important work, it is the work. Small things you make that you don’t think matter, matter, they matter hugely. You know what you need to do, so do it (even if ‘it’ means nothing!). Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

Photography by: Isolde Ní Donnchadha & Oscar Staehelin



In t e rv ie w Lim eri c k C i v i c Tru s t

Who takes care of the city? Our first answers might be

Limerick Civic Trust has been in operation since 1982.

“We mostly have people approach us to ask for help

is one organisation we might not immediately think of,

a number of improvement works around the city

community to see what the needs of the area are,

the council, the police, and the community itself. But there but has been improving living conditions in Limerick for more than 30 years.

A self-funding charity, Limerick Civic Trust take on including conservation and clean up, improvement

of derelict and abandoned sites, and educational and

research projects. Allison McNamara, Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator, explains how they go about it.

in the area they live, and we work closely with that what ideas the people have and what we can do to

make them reality. One recent example of this is the

Kings Island community garden. We breathed new

life into a derelict site on Old Church Street, and it is now used by community groups who are planting vegetables, the retirement home nearby uses it for

their residents, there’s also a breast cancer survivors group who meet there.



With this kind of space we aim to encourage and create

more opportunity for community engagement and learning.” Another example of creative regeneration

of derelict sites those familiar with the city might know is the grassy dragon heads popping out of the ground near King John’s Castle.

“The kids love them, again it has created engagement

as people love to take photos, and we recently held a

competition for children to name them both. We are currently turning an abandoned site on Bridge Street

into an urban garden, with murals painted by local students. A neighbour’s dog has been living there so

we made him a kennel and fenced off his own section of the garden so he is safe! We would never just move

into and take over a space, we are there to make it what the community wants it to be.”

The trust raises money through membership, through

walking tours of the city, and through events such as their upcoming Autumn Talk Series. This particular

event has garnered a lot of attention in recent weeks,

“We bring in people who are leaders in field, people

All proceeds from the Autumn Talk Series will be

Limerick Civic Trust continues to do. Allison stresses

Stephen Green, former chair of HSBC speaking

St Munchin’s Church into a new city museum. “We’re

number of female panellists at the event. “We listened,

being European.

graves here, but as it is a deconsecrated church we can

many high profile women to speak and participate.

"Then Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri, Chair Irish

to turn it into a museum with particular focus on the

diary clashes we couldn’t get as many as we wanted,

will be talking about the integration of Muslim and

it will be a great addition to the city and hope to have

we’ve already signed up multiple names for next year

together to combat extremist ideologies, which do

also something new for local residents and schools

the other way in 2018.” Kevin Myers, who was due

contact with people who have been radicalised so he

on learning experience.”

Censorship, has since pulled out due to the response

Jodie Ginsberg from Index on Censorship speaking

What other things can people do to help support the

to him being sacked for expressing misogynistic and

the tenets of free and democratic societies, and the talk

funding to do; we are so dependent on the goodwill of

event before the offending piece was published. “He

Week. Simon Carswell of the Irish Times, originally

the simple act of lending a hand, people can give what

star is Jodie. Jodie was happy to confront such views

people behind, the fallout of economic recovery,

machinery, there are so many ways people can help.

architect Ian Ritchie, and also Roger Madelin

with call into us in Bishops Palace or give us a call or

shaping up to present some fascinating insights on

discussing issues around development and building

always available!”


regeneration going on here.”

Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

which threatened to overshadow the good work

who wouldn’t normally be here otherwise. We have

going towards the trust’s current project, to develop

that the trust has made a huge effort to increase the

about cultural significance and the importance of

charged with looking after building and the existing

we always listen to feedback, and we have contacted

do what we feel is right with the space. We are hoping

Unfortunately it just worked out this year, due to

Muslim Peace & Integration Council (IMPIC)

military history of Limerick since the Siege. We think

but it doesn’t mean the effort wasn’t there. In fact,

Irish communities, and how important it is to work

it open for 2018. It will be something for tourists but

instead so it’s entirely possible the balance will shift

not represent Islam. He has a lot of experience and

too, to learn more about their local history in a hands-

to moderate a talk by Jodie Ginsberg of the Index on

has some real important insights. We of course have

to his presence after an article in the Irish Times led

about how censorship stifles debate and undermines

work of the trust? “We can only do as much as we have

anti-Semitic views. Myers had been confirmed for the

will be taking place during World Banned Booked

Limerick people, which there is in abundance. Even

was not going to be a panellist, but a moderator; the

from Limerick, will talk about the risks of leaving

they can, be that expertise, use of premises, lending of

by presenting her own, as is her ethos.”

Trumpism and Brexit. Finally we have international

If there is anything you need or want to get involved

With controversy dispelled, the Autumn Series is

international regeneration architect in separate events

email me directly , we're

some of the key issues in local and global society

in cities and how that relates to Limerick and the



Fa shion Int e rv ie w s tep h en O’Dri sc o l l Tell us about your day to day role?

My day to day role is Artistic Director within Hugh Campbell Hair Group and my job is to create exceptional commercial looks that are trend driven

and bespoke to each of my clients. Precision hair

cutting, colouring and dressing hair are huge part of my craft.

You are unique in the awards as you shot all of your own images…

My penultimate passion is hair photography. I started

photographing my own hair creations two years ago. I completed an evening course in Limerick Senior College and this gave me the tools I need to embark on my creative journey.

Tell us about your inspirations?

I get inspired by a lot of things but primarily by With nearly 20 years’ experience within the

fashion and art. Designers such as Alexander Mc

What is your dream job?

Hugh Campbell Hair Group feels like his career has

Des Garson have a huge influence have my work.

in Marbles Castletroy, I get to work with a fabulous

Stephen was nominated for an incredible 8 categories

to creating my own. I love fashion photography and I

blossom and I find that really fulfilling. Someday, in

hairdressing industry Stephen O’Driscoll of the

Queen, Gareth Pugh, Masion Margiela and Comme

At the moment I'm living it. I am Artistic Director

hit a personal high. Amid fierce industry competition,

Upmost- I admire their unique perspective and aspire

team. I get to mentor and watch our younger staff

at the Best of the Best Irish Hair Photographic

really admire Lindsey Adlers work.

the not too distant future, I would love to make it into

push boundaries and mix genres, Stephen won Best

How would you describe your style?

served as great warm-ups for the main event – being

with a contemporary edge but I also love Avante-

At the moment I am working with some stunning

What makes Stephen’s artistry really stand out is the


showcase upcoming trends for Autumn/Winter 2017

he also styled and photographed the entries himself.

How do you go about creating a look?

winning in-demand hairdresser.

For example my fantasy look was informed by the

Awards 2017. Armed with an unrivalled ability to

the Irish hairdresser’s hall of fame.

Men’s Fashion Image and Best Fantasy Image, which

My style is a bit transient. I love to create classic looks

What is next for you?

crowned Best Irish Hairdresser of the Year 2017.

Garde looks that are about showcasing a different

models to create and photograph some new looks to

fact that, in addition to the amazing hair creations, We chat to Stephen about his life as a multi award

Sometimes a look starts from a single reference. colouration of butterflies. It took me a year to develop. I started by experimenting with new colouring techniques and developed the look from there.


and Spring/Summer 2018.

Article by: Michelle Costello

Photography by: Stephen O’Driscoll




Wo m en’s Fa sh i o n Autumn Trends 2017 - Red to Toe

If there's one hue that screams Autumn/Winter

2017 from a mile off, it's red. Worn boldly, this is

one colourful idea that actually feels approachable for mere mortals. In fact, it just so happens to the most flattering colour on all skin tones, so it's a win-win.

It was so omnipresent that Givenchy's first collection without Riccardo Tisci at the helm was entirely

rendered in red. Add that to a list of major names— Fendi to Ferretti—and you have yourself a supertrend in the works. You can find this on the high street as well from River Island to TKMaxx. Say it Loud and Proud

Say it loud, say it clearly, and definitely say it with your clothes first. The runways were full prompting the on looking crowds to be unified, but also to use their

wardrobes as a vehicle for change. Many of the brands that would usually rely on logo-power took this tack

instead but we know these bold graphics will be just as recognisable in no time.

Jason Wu's slew of empowering logo tees were instantly adopted by the street style set. But then

again, when the designer T-shirt trend won't slow

down, is it any wonder the industry is maxing out on this retail winner? Spread across every online store

and high street shop, these bold graphic tees are here to stay… for this season anyways.

Next A/W 2017



Supersized Sweaters

Add in a pair of Dr Martin’s bovver boots, which

were present all over the Autumn/Winter shows and you've instantly jettisoned this now-classic formula into a modern zone.

M&S A/W 2017




Miss Selfridge A/W 2017

Debenhams A/W 2017

River Island A/W 2017

River Island A/W 2017

Givenchy's A/W 2017


Op e r a - Owe n Win g r ave Inte rview wi t h Ro i si n Wa l s h Roisin Walsh is from Limerick, and has been based

Roisin’s many music competition successes include

I don’t want to give away too much about the ending

professional Soprano. She is currently gearing up to star

and second prize in the Plunkett Greene Cup for

resonance today with war almost perpetually ongoing

in London where she has trained and performed as a as Miss Wingrave, Owen’s aunt in the Irish premiere

of Britten’s Owen Wingrave, a co-production between

the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Opera Collective Ireland, and Opéra national de Paris. The cast also includes the

the Cait Lanigan-Cooper Bursary in the Lieder Prize Interpretation at the ESB Feis Ceoil. More recently

Roisín was recipient of the Bernadette Greevey Bursary.

baritone Benjamin Russell as Owen Wingrave himself.

While at the GSMD Roisín’s repertoire included

Britten’s compelling masterpiece was composed at

Marcellina, Massenet’s La Navarraise as Anita, and

the height of the Vietnam war, the subject provided Britten with an ideal opportunity to make a public

statement of his deeply held pacifist beliefs. Owen

Wingrave is a characteristically rich and multi-

layered work that is as pertinent now as it was then. This production of Owen Wingrave will see the finest young Irish singers take centre stage.

Soprano Roisín Walsh began her vocal training

with Olive Cowpar in her native Limerick before

going on to study at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with Professor Susan Waters. She

Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro, where she played Poulenc’s Dialogue Des Carmelites (Soeur Mathilde). She has also previously played Miss Wingrave in

Britten’s Owen (Miss Wingrave) and later repeated her success in the role at the Banff Centre for

Performing Arts in Canada. How does she feel to be

than usual but it was still a pretty dramatic change, taking a career break from nursing and moving to London to go singing full time! So yes a big change but a really good one.”


would probably have had opinions only five years

ago who have completely changed their stance now. In terms of the opera itself, it’s quite unique and I would recommend it to anyone, whether they are

familiar with opera or not. You have the benefit of the language being English, which at first might take some getting used to on the ear but it means you can follow the story without references."

here in Limerick at the Lime Tree. There’s historically

I’m learning more about the piece and more about

the character, but also more about myself as a singer, things I wouldn’t have necessarily picked up before.”

challenging topic. At the time of the Vietnam War

transition to professional was probably more gradual

their opinions as things happen; there are people who

interesting to work with a different cast and director,

to be really interesting! It’s a challenge but really

out as a nurse after leaving college. “I had always been level in Limerick with Limerick Music Society. The

and against military action and I think people change

How does Roisin feel about opening the show in her

What can Roisin tell us about the production? “It’s

involved in music and competitions at an amateur

in the world today. Everyone has strong opinions for

returning to the character? “Rehearsals are proving

subsequently completed her training at the National

Opera Studio in London, but had previously started

so that’s all I’ll say! But I think the subject has a lot of

a fairly different subject to most operas; it’s quite a all the adult men in each family would have been conscripted to go and fight. The story follows Owen as

he is training to get ready to go to war, and he decides he doesn’t want to go, and that more broadly he does

not believe in war and what it stands for. The whole opera then is about his family finding out and they are

trying to convince him to continue his training and take on his responsibility to country.

native Limerick? " It’s lovely to be doing the first show

not been much of an opera presence on a professional

level in Limerick outside of UCH so it’s good to see it being hosted elsewhere. Plus its fantastic to get

the opportunity to work with the ICO and such an

experienced director as young singers. On a personal

level I’m looking forward to seeing people I know in the audience, and for my family to be able to come and

support me with just a walk down the road instead of a flight over to London! After Owen Wingrave I will

be returning to Scottish opera in Glasgow to cover two big roles, so there’s lots to look forward to.” Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo




Gar d e n Go with the sloW

The ‘Slow Movement’ began during the late 1980s,

In as much as the supermarkets have groomed us

of a McDonald’s restaurant in the Piazza di Spagna,

happened with our flowers. Slow flowers are a major

when Carlo Petrini protested against the opening Rome.

It spawned a cultural movement and a

revolution opposed to the view that faster is always

better, and Carl Honore's 2004 book, In Praise of Slowness, first explored how the Slow philosophy

might be applied in every field of human endeavour and coined the phrase "slow movement”:

"It is a cultural revolution against the notion that faster is always better. The Slow philosophy is not about

doing everything at a snail's pace. It's about seeking to

into buying vegetables out of season, the same has

step change or concept taking place in the floristry

world over the last ten years or so, and flowers in the natural style were really brought into focus with the wedding of Prince William and Catherine

Middleton, where fully grown real trees lined the aisle, and the bride carried a bouquet composed of Lily of the Valley, a scheme devised by the amazing Shane

Connolly who gives workshops on ‘Floral Alchemy’ and uses sustainably sourced and grown flowers.

do everything at the right speed. Savouring the hours

The interest in home grown flowers and natural

everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible.

farms are springing up across the country, and more

and minutes rather than just counting them. Doing It’s about quality over quantity in everything from work to food to parenting."

seasonal displays is peaking in Ireland now – flower

and more brides are choosing the natural bohemian style of flowers for their celebrations.

It’s natural then, that this thinking can be applied to

So next time you are buying your Fair Trade Coffee

Fair Trade coffee and tea, or local vegetables, surely

apply that method of thinking to your garden plants

gardening or floristry. As much as we prefer to choose we should be choosing local and in season flowers and plants too?

I tend to be inspired by the florist Constance Spry, whose work in the 1930s used kale plants and

at €63 per gallon or choose Irish and local brands and flowers too - become conscious of how and where

you are spending your money on plants and flowers, and where they have come from as well as food and clothes.

native grasses as ornamental foliage and seed heads

Check out the

seasons around her.

and interest for home grown bouquets.

to achieve a reflection of the natural landscape and


where you can engage online and share your passion


Thing to do the garden this month

•Collect interesting looking branches or faded flowers

The ground around it should be kept moist until late

garden and the chilly air brings some kind of halt

preserved or sprayed with florist paint sprays – this

moisture and water generously from March onwards

September is a natural time to wind down in the

to proceedings. With the return to school, work and routine it’s natural that the garden falls somewhat low on the list of priorities. But far from calling a direct

halt, there are a few things you can focus on now that

will pay a dividend during the next gardening season: •Collect seeds for growing next year. Any annual plants you are growing will produce seed heads – and

all non-hybridized flowers will come through exactly the same. If you’re not sure, just collect the faded dried flower heads and experiment!

The general

rule of thumb is to dry them out indoors on brown paper, and then fold up into envelopes, with the name written on if you know it.

for use in Christmas arrangements, these can be

year’s trends include a lot of metallic or rosy gold tones applied to birch stems and woven with moss.

•Larger shrubs or trees can be moved now. If you are

moving large shrubs, dig a trench around it 50 cm away from the central trunk or branches, 50 cm deep

also. Then with a sharp spade, under-cut the roots and pull gently from the ground. Re-locate into a

hole twice as deep and as wide as the root ball you have, filled with enough fresh compost or rotted leaf

humus so that it is the same height in the ground

as before. Fill around with the same rich potting mixture and water in really well.

winter. During spring, watch for any signs of lack of to help the plant re-establish itself.

•Summer’s baskets and pots are now at the end of

their lifespan. Pot up a colourful basket or pot with pink and white heathers, silver leaf, or the spiny

and white stemmed Calocephalus and some ivy. A bright and cheery pop of colour to continue right

through until spring can be achieved by planting up pots and baskets with pansy and viola plants – these

are traditionally cool weather flowers, and are cheap

and plentiful at markets and garden centres during September.

Article by: Tara Maloney



t r av e l Luxury Spa Destionations

Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Lanzarote –

New Five-Day Cure to Beat Signs of Magnesium and Calcium Deficiency

The five-star Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, has launched a new ‘Mineral

Therapies Marine Treatment’ by Thalion to help guests overcome the common signs of magnesium

deficiency which include stress, insomnia, fatigue and irritability, and calcium deficiency which can

affect joint health, ageing and skin conditions. With magnesium involved in over 300 metabolic reactions

every day in the body and calcium it’s most abundant

mineral, making up 2% of body weight, it’s imperative we have sufficient levels of both.

Studies show that 68-75% of the population are deficient in magnesium and 45% of men and 62% women have calcium intakes below the RDA, but

this can be easily remedied with the right treatments. Princesa Yaiza’s five-day programme offering three

treatments daily is designed to boost potassium, magnesium and calcium levels in the body. The

programme includes massages, baths and wraps using highly concentrated solutions of the minerals, to ensure effective absorption and long-lasting results.


THE LIMERICK MAGAZINE Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Introduces Singing

Bowl Meditation

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa has introduced

Singing Bowl Meditation to its wellness offering. It is part of, and a perfect accompaniment to, their

ongoing yoga and spa wellness offering that is

becoming increasingly popular with guests. Singing Bowl Meditation is a Tibetan tradition thought to

date back to 560–480 BC that has been heralded

over the centuries for relieving stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, improving circulation, aiding pain relief, Chakra balancing, increasing mental and

emotional clarity and promoting happiness. The 60

minute sessions at Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa are limited to a maximum of two people to ensure they are personalised to the individual. Daios





Mediterranean IMMOT Spa Programme

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, a privately

owned, 5-star beach resort in Crete, has launched an

innovative 4 and 7-day ‘IMMOT Detox Programme’ for guests looking to shape-up, detox, neutralise stress hormones, increase immunity, slow ageing, stimulate

skin - improving elasticity and firmness - and generally improve the feeling of being well.

IMMOT - Intelligent Metabolic Mediterranean

homeostasis Therapy – is a pioneering detox programme specifically tailored to an individual’s

cellular needs. The four- and seven-day programmes include hormonal, biochemical, blood and cytosine of

adipose tissue check-ups and complete cellular stress

scanning, the results of which allow the specialists

at Daios Cove to create a specially devised, personal daily programme for each guest.

The personalised programmes include: a nutritional Mediterranean






inflammation and boost gut flora; spa and relaxation

treatments in Daios Cove’s Anne Semonin spa, including detoxing massages and wraps; full body workouts that can be done anywhere so they can be

continued once home; training on how to best carryout the plan, including a personal training fitness

session each day and follow-up for two months after the programme.



MarBella Corfu, Corfu

Resting on a lush hillside on the south-east coastline

of Corfu, MarBella Corfu is a luxury 5-star resort

nestled by the Ionian Sea. With breath-taking views, delicious gourmet food, an Apivita spa and a chic aura of relaxation, MarBella Corfu offers the ideal Mediterranean retreat.

New for 2017 and the perfect start for the autumn season, MarBella Corfu offers a hot new wellness

trend: the Probiotic Facial. The Glowing Facial

Skin Saviour, taking probiotics to new levels. The Glowing Facial Skin Saviour uses fresh ingredients

including homemade fresh yogurt, pure olive oil and orange juice rich in nutrients, vitamins A, E, C and

probiotics, nourishing the skin and leaving it with a luxurious glow.

Article by: Michelle Costello



hom e Irish Designs from NY Now 2017 This month, we’re gaining some minimalist interior design inspiration from Irish designers featured at NY NOW 2017.

Seven Irish design and craft businesses showcased

their work as part of the Design Ireland booth in the prestigious Accent on Design® area at NY NOW

2017. The seven brands were selected by a jury to

participate and each is designing and making their products in Ireland.

Arran Street East Jug in Cabbage €75, Mug in Pomegranate or Parsnip €33

Arran Street East is an artisan pottery studio producing beautiful, understated, functional ceramics in natural colours, inspired by the Dublin Fruit and Vegetable Markets.

Avoca Mohai Throw in Sapphire €114.95

Avoca Woollen Mills present their latest collection of

signature rugs and throws in 100% pure new wool, mohair, cotton and linen, all woven in their mill in Co. Wicklow.



Bunny & Clyde Rosiline Rocking Chair from

J.HILL's Standard_Elements Low Glass €160,

Diem Pottery Jug Large in Slate Grey €65, Beaker

Bunny & Clyde, present a range of timeless and

III €545

Diem Pottery creates a range of simple yet stylish

€3580, Trees Cushion €35

adaptable nursery furniture that can comfortably

evolve to fit beautifully into other rooms of the home. These modern heirlooms are designed in Co. Kerry and handmade in Co. Waterford.

Elements High Glass III €170, Elements Decanter J. HILL’s Standard are based in Co. Waterford, a

world-renowned location for cut crystal. Building on

this heritage in master craftsmanship, they collaborate with international designers on their collections.

in Mustard €16

functional ceramics, designed for everyday life. The

range is handcrafted in Co. Meath by Thomas Diem, who was born in the US and raised in Ireland.

Each of the seven brands exhibited at NY NOW

2017 is also featured on, the new online platform developed by the Design & Crafts

Council of Ireland to showcase the best of Irish design and craft and to connect audiences all over the

world with Ireland’s makers, their studios and their

inspiration. Irish design and craft previously featured at NY NOW in 2015 as part of Irish Design 2015

(ID2015), the year-long initiative backed by the Irish Government to promote and celebrate Irish design. Article by: Michelle Costello Field Apothecary Rain Candle €30, Ivy Candle €30

STABLE of Ireland Handwoven Herringbone

essential oil candles inspired by the Irish countryside

STABLE of Ireland, is a Dublin-based Irish company

Field Apothecary creates an indulgent collection of and featuring unique fragrances ranging from rain to peat, all hand-poured in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Blankets €350

designing and manufacturing with weavers from

all over the island, a contemporary, luxurious range of Irish Linen and Wool scarves, robes, and home

accessories. Their collection reflects the best of Irish traditions and weaving skills.



hom e Artisan Furniture

We’ve become so accustomed to buying what’s

Focus on quality

Connecting directly with a maker allows us to bypass

easy to forget that commissioning a piece from skilled

focus unparalleled by mass-produced goods. Each

It provides the transparency that we need to answer

available in stores or online, right off the shelf. It’s

local craftspeople is even an option. Most people

would be surprised to learn just how many talented

Making a one-off item involves a level of care and piece like a work of art that represents their craft.

the wholesalers, importers, distributors and retailers. the above questions.

makers exist in our communities. Often the hardest

Living sustainably

Building an emotional connection

goods and artisans who produce them.

goods to last generations, but they also typically source

sentimentality and meaning. It allows you to connect

thing is to connect with the artist of these handmade So why connect one-on-one with a maker? What are the benefits?

Tailored to you

When you work together with an artisan to create a

unique item, you can bypass the middlemen and the tastemakers. You don’t have to ask for permission

Artisan furniture designers focus on producing quality sustainably harvested or even reclaimed timbers. Supporting time-honoured skills

When you invest in local artisans, you help to

preserve a craft and livelihood passed down for many generations.

Commissioning a custom made piece introduces with a maker and learn their story. You’re able to appreciate the materials and production methods

chosen, including the rationale for doing so. Often

you may have a part in shaping the products final design. It’s an investment in a piece and story that can be passed down to your kids, and theirs.

to make your choice. Instead, you can embrace your

Bypassing global supply chains

Getting Started

Whatever your tastes or needs are, the artist can work

it’s increasingly difficult to know where an item was

work is rarely about finding the lowest possible price.

creative vision and share it with a skilled professional. with you to create tailored, unique pieces. If you have

the spark of an idea in your mind, they can draw it out and help it grow into a finished item.

Modern supply chains have become so complex that actually made. Perhaps more important than where it’s made, do we know how they are made, under

what kind of working conditions, and where the raw materials were sourced from?

Will it be expensive? Not necessarily, although quality

If you’ve found something cheap at a furniture retailer that mass-produces goods, it’s highly unlikely to be made cheaper by a craftsperson making a one-off

piece by hand. In bespoke furniture and design, there is an individual story that accompanies every item. Article by: Michelle Costello


The Lawless family have been making furniture for over 60 years.

Pat Lawless of Lawless Furniture makes top quality furniture of all descriptions: specialising

in fitted furniture; kitchens; staircases; and sliderobes.

All their products are handmade and because of this

they are hugely flexible in what they can achieve. All of their natural wood pieces are one-off and come

in variety of shapes and sizes and are made at their workshop in the West Kerry Gaeltacht, Ballyferriter.


F ood & d r in k Urban Food Fest Pigtown Food & Cultur e Series

Urban Food Fest will create a unique and festive

evening atmosphere at the Milk Market that will showcase some of the best food and drink Limerick

has to offer. This year, organisers are planning family friendly hours between 5-7pm with alcohol being served after 7pm for a more grown-up focus.

Inspired by the pig, everything will be local featuring more traditional offerings like Pulled Pork or Ham Urban Food Fest at the Milk Market on Friday evening

Following its enormous success last year, when an

& Culture Series, a two-month long celebration of

event, Urban Food Fest will once again transform

1st September is the opening event of the Pigtown Food Limerick’s pig heritage with food, cultural and family events. See for full listings.

unprecedented 6,000 people turned out for the

the historic Limerick Milk Market into a street food

mecca as local producers, market traders, restaurants, and hotels come together for a unique Limerick food

and other fun and creative takes on the theme. Savoury stalls will be joined by snack and sweet offerings from local artisan chocolate and confectionery producers. There will be a craft corner for the kids too and other entertainment on the evening.


The event is run by the voluntary Limerick Food

The event will be open to the public with free entry,

raise funds to promote Limerick food by holding

and a voucher system will be in place to enable guests

to purchase €3/€6 plates from various stalls. A number of voucher purchase points will be in place this year

to accommodate the queues that turned out for the inaugural event.


Hock, to Harper’s ‘capp-pig-chino’ Pigtown coffee

Group, and a donation from each voucher goes to

events such as the Pigtown Food & Culture Series. Full listings can be found at and by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Photography by: Alan Place


F ood & d r in k In Season - Savour the berries September is the month for scouring the hedgerows

and market stalls for ripe and rich-hued berries. This year, do more than the usual tarts and jams and

experiment with some savoury dishes and condiments. Elderberries

Elderberries tend to be ripe by mid-September, and it’s best to get out as soon as possible before the birds

nab them all! Elderberries can be frozen raw or as a syrup for future use. Elderberry Vinegar

You’ll be surprised how many uses you will find for

this vinegar – it makes a fantastic accompaniment to cheese, salads, and marinade for meat. • 85g elderberries • 140g sugar

• 350ml white wine vinegar 1. Pick your elderberries. Each spray contains about 25g of berries.

2. Separate the berries from the stalks, using a fork or your fingers.

3. Put the berries, sugar and vinegar into an oven proof

dish and cook at 150 C for an hour and a half, stirring every half hour to ensure the sugar is dissolved. 4. Remove from the oven and strain the liquid.

5. When cool, pour into sterilised bottle and seal. Blackberries

Autumn isn’t autumn without some blackberry

foraging, and you won’t be short of a supply somewhere

nearby, wherever you live. You can start plucking the

early berries now, and they will continue to ripen

into October. Check the centre of the berries for any sneaky maggots if you're eating as you go along!

Blackberries are the perfect partner to cooking apples, also soon to be ready around this time, or you can use them in savoury dishes as a sauce or to cure fish.


Sloe berries

see them for much longer in supermarkets, but Irish

can be harvested late September/early October for

Blueberries have become increasingly popular so we

blueberries are only really coming into season now. They make a great accompaniment to game meats

and of course can be added to all manner of desserts and sweet snacks for an extra anti-oxidant boost.

Leave sloes on the bush for as long as possible - they those with good sun exposure. Many people like to wait for the first frost as that is meant to sweeten the

berry, though it's probably more to do with the time it takes for the frost to arrive allowing the berry to

mature! As gin is en vogue sloe gin may be your recipe

of choice this year, but you can also boil and sieve to make sloe 'cheese', another delicious accompaniment to meat and indeed other types of cheese! Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo



F ood & d r in k Lunchbox treats for a hearty appetite

Grown-ups pack meals too, whether you’re an always-

1. Just Wrap It!

4. Leftovers for Lunch.

eating plan. With a little help from Pinterest we put

traditional sandwich. We love the wrap – they make a

easiest methods for ensuring a delicious healthy lunch.

hungry teenager, or a dieter on a portion-controlled together a mix of tasty of lunch box ideas.

Wraps are a tasty, fun and attractive alternative to the great lunchbox option.

2. Variety is the Spice of Life (especially when it comes to sandwiches)

Beat the boredom of the same sandwich syndrome

by mixin’ it up with a variety of wholesome sandwich fillings to keep your sandwich creativity flowing …

5. Go for a Dip.

Looking for a change of pace? Nutritious dips and spreads such as hummus makes a great addition to a light lunch, and add several satisfying veggie sides for a heartier meal.

• Grilled Chicken Salad


• Avocado Egg Salad


• Carrot & Cheddar • Tuna Salad

• BBQ Chicken – Mix leftover shredded chicken with some BBQ sauce

• Peanut Butter, Honey and Banana

• BLAT – Bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwich

• Philly Cheese Steak – Thinly sliced leftover steak and top with leftover sautéed onion, raw cheese and spicy mustard

3. Healthy Homemade “Lunchables”

Why purchase a lunch that not only has zero

nutritional value, but actually contains ingredients

that are detrimental to your health? Of course, the lure of this product is its convenience, but that’s the whole problem with processed foods – you trade

convenience for quality nutrition. Throw in some

carrots, cucumber slices, olives and feta cheese for a delicious healthy addition to your lunch.


By packing dinner leftovers for lunch is one of the

Simple hummus recipe • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed • 1 clove garlic

• 1⁄4 cup olive oil, plus more for serving • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

• 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste; optional) • 1 teaspoon ground cumin • kosher salt

• 1/4 teaspoon paprika Step 1

• In a food processor, puree the chickpeas and garlic

with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini (if using), cumin, and ¾ teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Add

1 to 2 tablespoons water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Step 2

•Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the paprika before serving.


6. Satisfying Sides & Snacks

Wholesome sides add an extra boost of nutrition and

help to satisfy a hearty appetite. Here are some ideas to get you started …

• Fresh Organic Fruit – Apple slices, melon, grapes, strawberries, pineapple, etc.

• Fresh Organic Veggies – Carrots, cucumber slices, bell peppers, broccoli florets.

• Fermented Veggies – Full of beneficial probiotics, cultured veggies make delicious sides.

• Whole Milk Yogurt – A creamy nutritious treat, whole milk yogurt provides a wealth of good nutrition and important probiotics.

• Raw Cheese – Made from wholesome raw milk, raw milk cheese provides all the benefits of a living

food. Raw cheese is perfect on sandwiches, salads and makes a creamy, delicious addition to fresh fruit kabobs.

• Side Salads – Add a side salad when packing

leftovers like grilled chicken. Salads also make a great

crispy nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, with your

by making your own homemade salad dressings.

add your favourite dried fruits, carob chips, and

main dish too, you can further increase good nutrition • Crispy Nut Mixes – Simply combine your favourite

favorite crispy seeds like sunflower, pumpkin. Then

other healthy add-ins and voilà, you’ve got yourself a delicious and nutritious side.



E v e nt ur e s

A new events and artist management company, Eventures, is starting in Limerick, founded by Adam Reeves and Laura Duff. They tell us why they are investing in young music talent in the region.

How did you spot the need for a company like this?

A: Me and Laura have both been musicians around Limerick for years and years. Then when we took

over The Stormy Teacup running events became

a thing. We started running events that sought out newer musicians in Limerick that wouldn’t have the experience or courage to go to places like Dolans and

play, so we started giving them a stage. We’re also looking to bring in acts from outside Limerick.

What do you hope to do for local musicians trying to establish themselves here in Limerick?

A: We’ve started showcasing local acts and bringing

in new ones. We’ve 15 big gigs come September and a lot of the bands either playing or supporting are people

we’ve found, supported and given management, tour

and financial backing to. The whole aim is to boost the music scene in Limerick by looking at whose new

and who’s young while also bringing in big names from outside and putting them together.

L: Limerick has had a pattern of bands who make

it for a while before crashing and never being heard

again because of how difficult it is. We’re trying to make it easier for bands who want to be heard and

deserve to be heard, helping them get out. On the

flipside of that we’re also putting on gigs to put Limerick back on the map as a musical city.



"L i me r ick ha s ha d a pat t e r n o f ba nd s who ma k e it f or a whil e be f o r e cr a s hing a nd ne v e r be ing heard aga i n be ca us e o f ho w d if f icult it is. We ’ r e t ry in g to ma k e it e a s ie r f o r ba nd s who wa nt t o be he a r d an d d e s e rv e t o be he a r d "

You also provide financial backing to new artists?

I guess, Limerick needed someone to step up and do

What other artists do you have in mind to bring to

a band and we put together an EP of 4 songs and a


A: As well as bringing in bigger bands. We’ve got

A: Yes, personally. Two years ago, I was playing with video that cost us four grand in total. If you're 17 years

this and that’s the opportunity we’ve taken; to give

The Stormy Teacup?

people like Lewis Watson coming in September, Cry

of age, that’s not going to happen. It’s impossible to

What artists have you supported so far?

not without money. That’s just the story in Limerick

of months; we had a song-writers competition and

L: We had a gig with Síomha Brock and Brian

thought we know every musician in Limerick, but

Vancouver a few years ago and actually met over

make it unless you’re a miracle story from YouTube, and in Ireland in general.

L: Over the years we’ve had bands that have just disappeared. The money just wasn’t there. You’ve guys working nine to five, rehearsing at night for a gig

that no one will come to, to record an album that no

Irish radio station will play and that will cost them thousands. You have talented 17 year olds who won’t

L: We’ve run a few competitions in the past couple a battle of the bands competition. As musicians, we then we soon realised we didn’t as loads of new bands

entered those competitions and songwriters too. We

pretty much asked all them to come back and if not, we will in the next couple of gigs we have coming up;

bands like The Kennels and Hammy and the Pilgrim.

be able to play gigs until they’re at least 20. There’s so

A: The Kennels are a perfect example. These guys had

it as a musician. We want to put a stop to that. We

Battle of the Bands. Their second gig was played here,

many barriers in front of them before they can make want to find these young musicians, nurture them and

develop them; both for Limerick as a music scene and for the artist themselves to do it. Why Limerick?

A: Look at Dublin, Galway and Cork. Look at all

the venues you have there, all the different artists and then look at Limerick. That question answers itself. If Limerick didn’t need it, we wouldn’t do it. Every few

years someone might make it. But aside from that, you’ve a ton of bands that have played around and

never played a gig until they came in and played the with Hammy and the Pilgrim supporting. For their

Monster Cry.

O’Brien a few months ago; they both moved to there. Brian was away for so long that he hadn’t even

seen Stormy, it opened while he was over there. Brian

played a gig here and was absolutely blown away by

the place. He’ll be coming back to us in March to play here again. He’s a really experienced musician and he’s

really impressed with the place and what we’re doing.

I think that just shows that we’re on the right track. It’s not just really young musicians we have playing here.

third gig we put them in front of 400 people and now,

A: We’re bringing events to other venues too like

people in The Library. They’ve only played four gigs

names and Limerick acts we’ve founded.

in a couple of weeks we’ll have them playing to 700 and now they’re playing to 700 people. The Limerick music scene needs someone to come at it with a new point of view to give it a shove with a bunch of new

musicians. We’re changing it to what it should be, to

Pharmacia and the Library too. It’s a nice mix of big

Article by: Christine Costello

Photography by: Caleb Purcell

how we wanted it to be and to how musicians deserve it to be.

then just disappeared. It’s happened to me in bands where you’re working hard for years and it’s just not

worth it in the end. We’re doing what we would’ve

wanted as musicians, what we would’ve wanted for us. We’re filling that gap that was in there when we were starting up and the same hole that band after band have fallen into.



The Aut onom y P r oje ct

The Autonomy Project is _We talk to project leader Lisa McLouglin to find out more.

How did The Autonomy Project come to be and how

As an artist I am always thinking "what is the value

I came to the Limerick Arts Office with the idea for

time we find ourselves in?" The concept of individual

does it fit with your personal ethos and background?

the project for the Invitation to Collaboration Scheme for the Arts Council of Ireland and I was delighted that they decided to back the project. It’s an ambitious

project in its scope and I am really appreciative that they could see my vision.


of art and what relevance does it have in this volatile

choice and autonomy in our increasingly complex, polarised and divided world is particularly relevant

to us as citizens, in Ireland and in cities, such as Limerick.


The individual and their understanding of their own

Then you have all the artists pouring out of LSAD,

The majority of the project will begin in December

huge challenges on a global scale, with immigration,

and dance and such a vital audience for these events.

place in April 2018.

values have become very important as we face into environmental





increasingly authoritarian governmental structures.

I think in the past, communities and in particular the

Catholic Church would have almost been responsible

the Irish World Academy, we have EVA, poetry, music

I aim through this project to work with young adults

and hopefully let them see the point of art activism,

What is the long term vision for the project, how do

be said.

Long term I hope the project will lead to discussion,

of using art to give voice to what they feel needs to

for dictating our moral code, but as a society we


increasingly secular society, time and space to come

really bring the project alive to a wider audience.

have moved on from that way of thinking and in our together and explore what we need and want in the






internationally recognised artists and this mix will

future is so needed.

How will the project be delivered through the

Art allows this space of exploration so I decided to

We will have a week long exhibition installation

ask some of my favourite artists and youth groups

to come together to discuss what Autonomy means to them: visual artist Seamus Nolan, performance

artist Fergus Byrne, vocal artist Siobhan Kavanagh, performing artist Deirdre Murphy and myself as a Dance artist, mentored by Amanda Coogan.

The youth groups are Music Generation Limerick

involved groups?

with the group of invited artists mentioned above

and this will culminate in a performance in Dance

Limerick of the work of the youth groups alongside the established artists. We have Music Generation

Limerick City, GOSHH, Limerick Youth Theatre,

Dance Limerick all creating original works in Music, Dance, film and theatre.

City, GOSHH, Dance Limerick and Limerick Youth

We will then have a symposium in the Irish World

me, the word Autonomy is a utopian ideal but also a

will involve some really interesting speakers which

Theatre all creating original works across the year. To word that makes me feel like I have power and the

ability to effect change, no matter how small, on the world in which we live.

How much of a need is there for a project like this today, particularly in Limerick?

I have been based in Limerick/ Clare for five years now

and I have been inspired by the artistic community in this city. I think it is the most creative city I have ever

lived in and the sheer volume of art in the city is a testament to this creative energy. We have galleries on

the main street, such a rarity in any Irish town or city.

2017, and the main performance events will be taking

Academy exploring the role of art in society which

I hope will attract more than the usual academic audience to the event.

you hope it will grow?

to give people time and space to think and ultimately give a voice to a new generation of Limerick artists to see the importance of their future vision.

The Autonomy Project was awarded a significant

amount of funding from the Arts Council - how did it feel to have the value of the project recognised in such a way?

To get the awarded funding under the Invitation to Collaboration Scheme from the Arts Council of

Ireland was wonderful and scary at the same time. Although on paper it looks like a lot of money, there is not a penny wasted and we will be doing a lot of work across the year. I hope the people of Limerick will get something out of the project and really this

an offering of time to be aware of the power we have individually, and that we need to remember that and take it back.

Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

What should people interested be looking out for in the coming weeks/months?

There will be open calls to get involved with the youth

groups and the symposium, so if you are interested email We will also have a

weekly blog and website that people can connect with

and see where the project is at (website currently under

construction the Additionally, Join the Limerick Arts Office enewsletter and check

Limerick Arts Office social media, and Culture Fox.



Healt h and We l l b e i n g Making Healthy Habits Fun With the summer coming to an end, parents across

Learn in the kitchen

Extra tips:

both big and small alike. It is not easy as the holidays

Introduce them to the different utensils and get them

day (if not possible for the whole journey, park the car

Ireland are trying to claw back the routine for kids have disrupted the normal school day flow that would have otherwise kept a little structure in diet and day

to day activities. Getting to bed early, getting up early, getting uniforms ready, and the dreaded packing of lunch boxes: it sometimes feels as though the whole

thing goes on autopilot and at some point starts to

become monotonous, boring and down-right stressful. That is when it all starts to go wrong and we end up throwing any old thing into the lunch box. We need to find a way to slow down and make better choices.

The mistake we make as parents is trying to shoulder

all the responsibility. Getting the whole family

involved and having them take part in the process of a good healthy daily routine sets them up for life and

gives them a sense of responsibility and encourages creativity.

Start by showing the kids around the kitchen. to help you. For the younger children do a name game and ask them to name the fruit or veg you are holding

in your hand or while out shopping to go and find the most unusual piece of fruit or veg on sale. You

don’t have to get it there and then but why not take

it a step further? Go home and get on the internet or rummage through a cook book and see if you can find

information on it, where it came from, its nutritional values, and if there is a recipe that you could try out

together. For the older children and those in early to late teens, explore the benefits of a healthy diet and an

active life on concentration levels and skin condition, I’m sure they will interested in anything that helps them get through the school day easier and combats those pesky spots!

Ireland is faced with a very serious epidemic at the moment and we are on the road to becoming Europe’s Fattest country by 2030 according to the World Health Organisation. We can’t control what happens

in everyone else’s home but at least we can make a

start in our own. It is never early to start educating our children on the importance of food and diet; this is a skill for life.

We can do so much in the way of prevention and so much in the way of education. We make sure or kids

are happy, we build their futures, we are constantly

trying to do the very best we can. It is now time to

look at their diets and see how it affects them, their

mood, their energy, their levels of concentration, their sleep, their immune system, their skin and body functions.


1. Activity day – Try where possible a walk to school a little further away and walk to school from there)

2. Encourage your children to come up with a new game that involves physical activity.

3. Get children involved in some kind of activity/club or sport

4. Recruit other parents and make it a fun day and social activity

5. When having friends over or organising a party, make healthy colourful treats (We are very much a

visual creature and make many decisions based on how things look, so get creative)

6. Sleep – getting to bed as little as a half and hour

earlier can reduce obesity levels, helps increase mood, and develop growth.

7. Put a cap on TV and Video game usage 8. Provide enough fibre

9. Don’t reward completion of tasks or good behaviour with sweets

10. Limit the amount of high calorie foods Article by: Jason Kenny




Par e nt in g Arts in Education

The intervention I adopted was based on the Arts for Learning Lessons programme. This involved the children reading an extract from The BFG, a book which they had chosen themselves. The children

initially read silently to themselves and then each

child was given an opportunity to read a different part of the text. The text was not discussed following these first two readings. The children were instead asked to Several studies have revealed the benefits of visual arts as

a methodology in the improvement of literacy. Bamford

2009,states that ‘literacy is significantly enhanced through arts education’ and continues that ‘education through art enhances overall academic attainment.’

Recently I undertook an action research project at

an after school homework group in Limerick City to investigate how arts education can positive influence reading comprehension.

The two main studies which inspired my project

were Learning Through the Arts which was based in Toronto, and Arts for Learning Lessons which

was established in Oregon in the United States. The Learning Through the Arts Initiative has become the

largest arts based educational programme in the world. It is used in four hundred primary schools in fourteen

different countries. It involves teachers teaching math, science, geography and English language curriculum that incorporate visual art. Russell and Zembylas in

Bresler 2007 examined this initiative and discovered

that ‘a noticeable improvement was evident in core subjects when integrated with art education.


’ It could therefore be argued that the utilisation of

visual arts in the teaching of English can aid in pupils’ comprehension of the subject.

The second prominent study I analysed was the Arts

for Learning Lessons programme. It was established in 2009 and ran for five years. This programme focused on literacy from grades 3 to 5. It concentrated on

creative methodologies in the teaching and learning of English literacy. The Arts for Learning Lessons

initiative involves reading the text and then creating an artwork that reflects their initial interpretation of

that reading. By encouraging students to share their interpretations and art with one another the students discover different elements about the text. The

initiative discovered that the pupils demonstrated an

‘improvement in reading, writing and communication skills compared with children in a standard literacy curriculum.’

recreate their understanding of the text using painting

and clay. After the children had spent some time completing their art pieces, the children were asked

to share and discuss what they had created. Following

this part of the lesson the children read the extract again. The children then were given time to alter or

add to their original piece of art. The children then discussed and shared further their understanding of the text.

The most significant result of the project include the development of oral language throughout the reading

lessons, an increase in enjoyment, and an increase in motivation. Each of these findings is supported further

by relevant authors in the area. The improvement in each of these areas suggests the value of visual arts in pupils learning and the effectiveness of visual arts as

a teaching methodology. Research into the utilisation

of dance, music and drama as teaching strategies would also complement this action research project

and would lead to the development of more creative methodologies in the pursuit of improved literacy outcomes for Ireland.

Article by Jane O’ Halloran


He alt h and We l l b e i n g SOS National Teabreak

This September, Suicide or Survive (SOS), will once

again host its National Tea Break campaign. The Irish charity is dedicated to breaking down stigma

associated with mental health, through a range of innovative and life changing programmes that provide

tips, tools and techniques to allow everyone to take ownership of their own mental health and wellness.

World Suicide Prevention Day is on Sunday, 10th September, and many mental health charities mark

this day through different initiatives. Rather than just focusing on one day in the year, SOS aims to make the whole month of September a time to talk about mental health, and so break the stigma which prevents people from seeking help.

Throughout September, Suicide or Survive invites

To take part in the National Tea Break, simply register

the easiest way to do this is over a cup of tea! The

then all that’s left is to get the community together,

everyone to get talking about mental health, and National Tea Break offers the perfect opportunity to gather friends, family, colleagues and the community

together to host a Communi’Tea Break. As well as raising awareness about mental health, each tea break

will raise much-needed funds which will assist Suicide or Survive in continuing its work and programmes.

and download a pack from,

SOS was founded by Caroline McGuigan in 2003,

born from her own personal experience of anxiety, depression and suicide attempt, and her road to recovery.

To find out more about Suicide or Survive and

the upcoming National Tea Break, visit www., or call 1890 577 577 to speak to a SOS representative.

pop on the kettle and get chatting. The National Tea Break pack includes everything needed to host a

successful tea break. All funds raised will be invested in bringing Suicide or Survives’ unique programmes and services to communities across the nation.



Healt h and We l l b e i n g Arts and mental health

Art therapy is a popular approach to mental health

Limerick is an artistic and cultural city. Mr Fitzgerald

During Limerick Mental Health Week, My Mind

mental, and emotional well-being of those who use it.

and active community around the arts and cultural

across the city to put together an art exhibition

that relies on creativity to help enhance the physical, As we know in recent years there has been a surge in colouring books for adults to promote Mindfulness -

even the renowned psychologist Cark Jung believed

in the therapeutic properties of colouring. Today it

says that Limerick is very lucky to have its vibrant events. “The passion I have seen in different cultural projects around the city is a testament to the artistic side Limerick has.”

is promoted as a means of relaxation and to combat

Mr Fitzgerald believes that this shows you aren’t

stress are said to be triggers for depression and anxiety.

also an opening into who the people behind the art

stress, as the likes of boredom, lack of structure and

However, the positive benefits of art and creativity on

mental health extend past practices such as colouring, with the simple act of attending cultural events said to have a positive impact on ones well-being.

just getting to see a piece of art, a play or a song but are. “The positive effect this can have on our well-

being as either the artist or viewer is tremendous. As social creatures we crave interactions with people on different levels. Friendships and connections are built

collaborates with different artists and organisations showcasing the work of artists and members of different mental health organisations.. An exhibition

is also held showcasing some of the schools across the city and county with the theme Well-Being.

“I believe the knowledge base of mental health needs

to be increased as well as how we need to look after our

mental health”, Mr Fitzergald says. “Through these art exhibitions a space is created for open discussion

among all participants and attendees around mental health and the importance it plays in all our lives.”

off common interests and shared goals.”

Mr Fitzgerald adds that the benefit and impact that

MyMind counsellor Patrick Fitzgerald says that

Despite the vibrant and creative community living

has seen it grow and grow each year. He recommends

wear to how we style our hair. He explains that what

mental health issues. Research has shown that

creativity can be seen in everyone, from what people

makes everyone individual is the creative expression

one chooses to show the world every day. “A picture can paint a thousand words and a song can reduce us

to tears. In a nutshell, good mental health is exploring life to find what has a positive impact and pursuing

things that make us feel good while accepting what happens”, Mr Fitzgerald says. “If we are able to express who we are without discrimination or prejudices, it

will have a positive impact on us. If we are able to

be creative every day in how we live our lives it will

have a positive impact on us. Without imagination, without thought, without creativity, what are we?”


in Limerick, we are not immune to struggling from

Limerick City has the highest self-harm and suicide rates in the Mid-West. A HSE report from earlier this year revealed that Limerick city’s suicide rate has

been double the national average for the past 4-years. However, this concerning figure can be combatted and many believe that help lies in the arts.

this event has during Limerick Mental Health Week

any culture or arts initiatives factor the topic of mental health into their events.

Limerick Mental Health Week 2017 will take place from the 8th of October until the 14th.

My Mind Limerick is located on 50 O’Connell St and

can be reached on 076 680 1060 for anyone who is in need of help.

Article by: Aisling O’Connor


B uild in g B r an d s Designing Online Experience

Welcome back to our monthly musing on all things

It goes without saying that the World Wide Web

These are interesting aspects, which we also see

application and expanded on the many avenues that a

facets of your brand. Online presence is an essential

topic for another issue! When we design and develop

brand related. Last time we explored the area of brand

brand can live across i.e.: signage, stationery, advertising etc. We also looked at how important it is to have a strategy

for your brand’s application, ensuring that your identity is never disparate or diluted. With so many modes and platforms of communication in today’s technologically

advanced society, managing all of these channels can be

difficult. But what are these channels and how can they be utilised to best communicate your brand?

provides an invaluable tool in presenting the different aspect of communication for your brand. It can also be a highly complex platform to navigate, especially

in terms of social media. However, developing a clear strategy will make the creation and development of

your online presence simple, streamlined and unique. The cornerstone of your online presence is indeed

your website. A website provides a home for vital information, it’s an area for you to share your insights

reflected in society’s behaviour towards brands, a

websites this is something we consider at each and every stage of the process. Central to this process is ensuring that the user experience reflects your brand

and the brand experience you want people to have when they come into contact with you. People must experience your brand in the same way online as they would offline.

and communicate with a wider audience and maybe

How can websites be personal, interactive and relevant

clients and employees.

interesting areas include the use of animation and

most importantly to engage prospective customers,

As technology continues to advance and become an integral part of our daily lives, so too does the demand

on your brand’s online presence. User experience (UX) is a vital aspect of consideration that goes into

the design of online content for our clients. As users, we are demanding more and more from our online

experiences. We crave personal, interactive and relevant web design and content.

while also communicating your brand identity. Some

video, authentic imagery and minimal design. For

example, if you create a website which uses authentic real imagery, this communicates to visitors that you

are genuine and accessible, that you value your client through the inclusion of the team on your site and that

you have an enthusiastic workforce. These intangible

and somewhat evocative outcomes are invaluable in building your brand’s reputation and have a lasting impact on the development of your brand identity.



When we were designing and developing the Cogs

In designing the Cogs & Marvel website we ensured

So when looking at your web design consider how

aspects of Cogs & Marvel brand - logistics and

same Cogs & Marvel as the would offline, a brand

you do, most importantly what you want people to do

& Marvel website we reflected the two fundamental creativity. As a brand experience and creative event

agency they weave logistical ability with creativity.

To distinguish between these contrasting elements, inspired by the left and right brain, we employed a left and right framework which unified blocks of colour

with pattern and combined different images to create

that when people visit the website they experience the experience and creative event agency who are bold, creative, energetic and curious.

best to communicate your brand, who you are, what when they visit you online and how you can ensure that they will be able to experience your brand in the same way they online as they do offline. Article by: Eva Shortt

new intriguing visuals.



Star t up Spot lig h t Rhona Hunt, Chief Clinical Officer and Co-founder of Ostoform

Ostoform is a medical accessory designed to peristomal

What is your background and experience?

This means the waste collected is more acidic than the

with Dr. Kevin Kelleher. The device won the top prize

simple human-centred, market transferable products

process. As the ileostomy bag is in continual proximity

skin complications for people with ileostomies, co-founded at the AIB Startup Academy in April 2017 We talk to co-creator Rhona Hunt on how they came up with the design.

My work has always been focused on developing

to improve quality of life. I’m previously from

Roscommon, and studied Industrial and Product

Design at IT Sligo and IT Carlow. I went on to work in design before becoming Mechanical Designer at Bio Medical Research Ltd in Galway, designed neurotech

colostomy waste, which is at the end of the digestion

to the abdomen, the waste may come into contact with and begin to irritate the skin, causing chemical dermatitis. It’s a problem that affects a significant proportion of patients.

products and Slendertone wearable technology. Then

What was the next step in addressing this problem?

me to University of Limerick as a BioInnovate Fellow,

possible solutions. The scientists in our team were able

I decided to study a Masters degree, which brought which is where Ostoform was born.

How did the idea for Ostoform formulate?

Following the Stanford University Biodesign process our team identified unmet clinical needs then moved

to inventing and commercialise solutions for an ostomy-related clinical need. We were part of a multidisciplinary group and studied gastroenterology and

Having identified the problem, we began to look at to develop a type of seal to put around the ileostomy

to prevent any leakage of fluids. It was a logical and simple solution, one of those that makes you ask ‘why didn’t we think of this before?!’ which the best ideas

tend to be. But even simple ideas have to go through a

complex process and be rigorously tested before it can be used by hospitals.

the clinical practices surround stomas. Most people

How did you develop Ostoform as a clinical

intestine, or colon is rerouted and the waste collected

We face the same challenges as any startup trying

will have heard of colostomy bags, where the large outside of the body. Through research and contact with patients we realised the need for a product to

help patients experiencing skin problems relating to an ileostomy. Ileostomy is where the small intestine is re-routed to collect waste outside of the body.


to commercialise a product; seeking funding to

develop Ostoform and invest in patient trials, which we have done successfully, plus regulatory processes

and all that’s involved with getting it to market and distributing the product. We were very fortunate to get backing from Enterprise Ireland’s Commercialisation Fund to do this, and now we are at a stage where we

are fundraising to manufacture the product on the required scale.



How much support has there been locally for Ostoform?

We’ve also had a great deal of support from UL and the Product Design Technology Department, and the

Nexus Centre have been great in providing a support network. Through them we’ve had the opportunity

to chat to other startups, who even though they provide other technologies and services were able to

offer different perspectives on the mutual challenges we faced. Also Pat Carroll Innovation Community

Manager at BOI does so much for the startup community in Limerick with Startup Weekend and

other meetings and events for entrepreneurs. There’s

a whole host of knowledge and innovation here in Limerick and it is a great place for startups to grow. Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo



Ar t s F oc us Ormston House

Ormston House has been at the heart of Limerick arts

Tell us the origins of Ormston House?

What does Ormston House do to enhance arts and

importance of finding space for arts and culture in a city

by Limerick City Council, as it was known then,

We have some incredible cultural resources in the city;

and culture since 2011. Mary Conlon tells us about the to enhance quality of life.

We started out 6 years ago when we were approached under their Creative Limerick initiative. The idea was to take on disused commercial units under

temporary leases to increase the presence of arts and culture organisations in the city centre. The original

plan was incredibly ambitious and visionary, with the

aim of forming a creative hub network in the city. Unfortunately things changed and it didn’t happen

the way it had been hoped, but you could still see the

transformation of culture in Limerick at that time. As

it stands now we’re the only remaining presence from that programme, and we broadened our remit to try to fill the gap in the ecology that had been left.


culture in the city?

the Hunt Museum and LCGA are just two examples of

brilliant spaces with excellent exhibition programmes. At Ormston House we have a strong community

group approach, offering something outside of the traditional art space structure. Limerick is home to one of the best art colleges in the entire world, and

there is talent coming out of there and other young creative at the very first step in their creative careers

looking for the opportunity to experiment, to receive both formal and informal training. Before they would

have had to leave Limerick to find those kinds of opportunities, or try to create them for themselves.


We help facilitate those efforts, as well as creating

It takes a lot of time and persistence to get there! So

It’s not a case of undermining the expertise and

We’ve done everything from environmental projects

of the building, and have launched a number of multi-

ownership from the community to keep people

our own programmes for learning and exhibits. to gigs and theatre, and it’s all done on a voluntary

community basis. We try to accommodate as much

right now we are trying to secure long term tenancy year projects to work towards that sustainable model.

as we can but we can’t do it all. We received over 300

Tell us about the Museum of Mythological Water

need for this kind of space, but of course we simply

The Museum of Mythological Water Beasts,

apps in our first year so that showed there was real can’t accommodate that number - there is so much extraordinary skill and talent in Limerick and I would love to see more who can.

Why is Ormston House so important in the ecology of Limerick? Why do we need cultural centres in a city?

Research on quality of life in a city has shown that a well resourced cultural offering contributes significantly to a well rounded society. So it's not just about jobs, or a good place to live but also the need

for things for people to go, to explore culture and creativity, it's important to have spaces were people are challenged, and ask questions.

For such places to thrive, it’s not just about having the

space but creating a sustainable structure for artistic organisations. That applies not just in Limerick but

Beasts, a long term project on the programme…

supported by Waterways Ireland, came about during

the 2020 European Capital of Culture bid process.

and often it’s not true collaborative effort being

described but simply cooperation. Our model across this and other programmes is always to be flexible and respond to what’s happening in the city and culture at large.

How do people in Limerick connect to the river?

knowledge interest and concern, from people of all

about it through the Mythological Beasts project?

most about. There is an extraordinary wealth of backgrounds – ecological, historical and cultural. We decided to open up the research process to citizens rather than simply presenting a programme based on

those topics. We have members of the community on

board, and every time someone leads a workshop or contributes expertise we ask if they know someone else who can contribute. The project sees talks and

events involving everyone from boatmen to artists to

historians. We’re discovering new things with those participants and it’s evolving as it goes along. We’re

currently on our fourth event with a lot more planned as we developing phase 2 of the series.

It’s a lot of fun, as the title suggests, and it’s also a

positions in recent years, so there needs to be need a

modern society. Tradtionally museums have held an

practical strategy to keep these places alive.

engaged. Words like collaboration get thrown around,

The river came out to be the thing people talked

also nationally: even some of the our biggest flagship institutions have found themselves in precarious

experience behind that but there needs more

broader exploration of what the role of a museum is in

almost authoritarian position and as society changes it’s becoming apparent that is not always going to work.

What was the most interesting thing you learned People really care about the river for lots of different reasons. Some people we’ve spoken to over the course

of the project are concerned about language used in

regard to river in terms of ‘governance’; we have to remind ourselves that the river is a wild space first and

foremost, that we are responsible for taking care of but it belongs to everyone and no one. There’s a huge

amount of biodiversity in the river - that was probably

the most fascinating thing I learned personally; the amount of species there are in the river and how many

of them are actually under threat. We also went clay mining on the river banks with a local artist, and will

be using the clay to make objects for an exhibition

alongside historical artefacts from that have been found in the river. It’s incredible because each item has its own story to tell and we’ll be holding talks on those in the next stage of the programme. Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

Photography by: Shane Serrano



L it e r at ur e B o o k Rev i ews Books to Read this September September is a month of new beginnings, with new school and college terms starting and the official end of summer. Whether you’re looking to commit to a new hobby or

for a way to unwind at the end of a long day September is a great month to pick up a few new books!

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

has taken her. Madison disappeared three years ago and would be eight years

who survive a plane crash and get stranded in the mountains. The movie

The Culvers are desperate to find their missing daughter, sure that someone

old now. They employ the services of Naomi, known as “the Child Finder”, a private investigator with a talent for locating lost and missing people. Published 5th September.

The romance-thriller The Mountain Between Us is about a surgeon and writer adaption and will star the wonderful Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. Start reading now before the movie is released on 20th October.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Uncanny by David Macinnis Gill

Mississippi woman who sets out on a road trip with her children after her

16th birthday gains supernatural powers and begins seeing evil dead spirits and

Bestselling author Jesmyn Ward returns with her fourth book, the tale of a children’s father gets released from prison. Book published 5th September.


Published 5th September this YA Horror is about a teenage girl who on her time standing still.


Smile by Roddy Doyle

Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

since The Commitments was published. Now a man thinks back over his life,

team up for a challenge in positivity and happiness: 100 acts of happiness over

A new novel from the Booker Prize winning beloved Irish author. It’s 30 years

after running into an old school friend. After the sudden reunion memories of

his past schooldays come flooding back and he is tormented by his memories of being taught by the Christian Brothers. Published 7th September.

If you’re looking for an uplifting read then this one is for you! Two new friends 100 days. One woman is at a crossroads in her life and the other has found out

she only has 3 months to live. Together they embark on a positivity challenge that will teach them both something different about the brevity of life and friendship. Published 5th September.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

is the time to read The Snowman. Tomas Alfredson’s adaption of the the detective

York Times bestselling author. One day a thousand dead starlings fall onto a

If you’re one of those who like reading the book before watching the movie now thriller is to be released on 15th October, starring Michael Fassbender. Based on the bestseller by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, Harry Hole and his team begin investigating the mystery of a serial killer who leaves a snowman next to their victims.

A suspenseful novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat from this New high school baseball field, quiet Pennsylvania town. The media’s sudden interest in the town unleashes an unexpected and shocking series of events from a

baseball coach’s infidelity to a missing woman. Hits bookshops 26th September.

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

Stolen Secrets by L.B. Schulman

of two books Even the Darkest Stars is promised to have something for everything,

of a seemingly secret past. She keeps bringing up details of a concentration camp

This YA Fantasy is based loosely by the early climbers of Mount Everest. The first being both enchanting and action packed. Kamzin, a teenage girl is plucked out

of obscurity, when she is hired as a mountain-climbing guide for a mysterious and

eccentric explorer. As well as climbing the most dangerous peak in her world, she also has to face avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts. Published 5th September.

Livvy’s grandmother has Alzheimer’s and she keeps shouting out shocking details

and when Livvy finds journal entries from the Holocaust in her grandmother’s home, she begins to suspect that the woman has a shocking link to a notable figure, Anne Frank. Published 19th September. Article by: Sarah Talty



Poet ry fro m Sta nz a s

Dull as Plastic by Caleb Brennan It’s odd to live in a home so plastic.

Where the family sits still at the table.

Motionless, as if placed there by god himself, Lifting them up, bending their knees to sit

You can almost feel him adding one bit of effort To make the mood right. It’s so quiet here,

The wallpaper has stories and the girl in the plaid

dress smiles and says words that blankets the world.

The children are playing with the grandmother

on the old lax leather chair, they look very happy, big longing grins all round. Everything is still and fake. And,

You can smile too, knowing this is exactly what you wanted,

Not the reality of two weeks ago, when she said She didn’t love you and she was leaving you. No. You are quite happy to stay here,

Putting on the same navy pinstripe suit And going to same distinct you places,

living as dull as plastic, as routine as clockwork,

as expected as sleep at the end of a cold night’s work.


From Thomondgate, Caleb Brennan works as

a freelance journalist, an event manager with

Stanzas, and with the CUISLE poetry festival in Limerick. His work has been published in several

noted national and international poetry magazines. Artwork by Courtney Sharos, recent graduate of the LSAD.

Stanzas taks place on the third Friday of every

month. They are always looking to publish poetry, stories, or artwork. If you want to see your work in print send it to the gang at stanzas.limerick@ or see for more.

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TV TV September


American Horror Story: Cult

Star Trek: Discovery, S1, Netflilx

catch up on what has been happening in Medellin

of this ‘anthology’ show, the brainchild of Glee

September when Star Trek: Discovery hits Netflix.

Starting 1st September on Netflix, we can finally

since Pablo Escobar was killed by the DEA at the end of season two. This time around, veteran DEA agent Javier Pena begins tackling the new drug lords in

town - the Cali cartel. With Gilberto, Miguel, Pacho

and Chepe running this cartel, they are an entirely different beast to lone wolf Escobar. The subtlety of

their operation will contrast with Escobar's violent

approach and create a whole new set of headaches for authorities as they become the richest drug trafficking cartel in the world.

American Horror Story: Cult is the latest incarnation

mastermind Ryan Murphy. This season sees the usual

familiar faces in new roles, with some new characters played by Billie Lourd and Allison Pill. In a very timely fashion, this season will tackle American politics. Set in Michigan just after the 2016 election

and while this show has often been quite extravagant, it has also dealt with serious issues such as sexuality, race, family and gender. This season looks like it will

be no different with early promos suggesting anxiety about mob mentality, which will certainly resonate

with a modern politically aware audience. Check it out when it begins on 8th September on FOX UK.

The X Factor

The X Factor has long been everyone's guilty pleasure, and with it returning to our screens for its fourteenth

season, we know that we will be entertained. Simon

Cowell will be joined again this year by Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger on the

judging panel with the welcome return of Dermot O'Leary as presenter. Starting on TV3 on 2nd September, we'll get to enjoy the journey as aspiring

singers overcome their nerves and give (hopefully)

outstanding performances in the live shows. As

expected, there will be the giggles, tears and the dodgy performances we all love to hate.


Bojack Horseman

This animated series about an alcoholic, misanthropic

horse is one of Netflix’s true gems. This show has a stellar cast including Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) as the eponymous character, as well as Alison Brie (“Community”) and Aaron Paul

(“Breaking Bad”) and a ton of guest stars whose names would knock your socks off. Back for season 4 on 8th September, the dark comedy will undoubtedly make you laugh, think and want to watch even more.

Star Trek is returning to the small screen on 25th This series is set about ten years before the original

1960s series and will explore the cold war between the United Federation and the Klingons. Sonequa Martin-Green ("The Walking Dead") will be taking

the lead role as Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burnham will be joined by some great acting talent including Michelle

Yeoh ("Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon") and Jason Isaacs (the "Harry Potter" series). Star Trek: Discovery will be a little different to previous shows as there will

be a more serialised narrative, allowing for some great character development and arcing stories. Sounds absolutely perfect for an evening of Netflix binging.

Cold Feet

After the success of its reboot last year after a thirteen year absence, season seven will be back on ITV on

8th September. This will pick up ten months after

the end of season 6 and will see Adam and Tina

completely loved up and perhaps ready to take the next step in their relationship. Karen is struggling to

juggle her new publishing house, her debut novel and her teenage twins; David is trying to rebuild his life

after narrowly escaping a jaunt to prison while Pete and Jenny look for more meaning in their lives and

struggling to maintain a happy marriage. It always

was must-watch television and it looks like this new season will be as well.


E v e nt Hig hlig ht Elemental Festival Elemental Limerick Arts Festival takes place from 8-10th September 2017. The festival encompasses the

arts in all their guises – there will be performances,

Aardman Model making workshop

Sat 9th Sept Fab Lab, Rutland St. Tickets: €10

workshops and a whole host of exciting and creative

These modelling clay building workshops offer a

activities and displays for everyone to enjoy.The festival

learn from an expert model-maker how to make

events at venues around the city, plus on-street

also has a Green Charter, actively promoting the use

of cleaner transport options, litter minimisation and segregation, upcycling, reducing water and energy usage and sourcing sustainable materials. Elemental

programme a number of events with an emphasis on biodiversity to promote sustainability and biodiversity in a fun, inclusive way.

Check out some of the festival highlights below, and

get out on the streets of Limerick over the weekend

truly unique experience and the opportunity to the world-famous Aardman character Gromit. The

workshops provide creative and hands-on activity

for all ages! Participants will also get a rare chance to ask questions about Aardman Studios and hear

about the animation process involved in the making of our award-winning films. And the fun doesn’t have

to stop there. Participants can take their clay models home and try animating them using Aardman’s easy to use Animate It! software.

to see what surprises are in store!

Booking essential go to Tickets:


Age 6+, Adults

Fri 8th Sept 1pm - No.1 Pery Square Hotel Tickets:

€10 plus booking fee per workshop per participant.


Tapas - Theatre, Art, Poetry, Audio & Street

JOYCED! takes us on a chaotic, exciting, whirlwind

EVENT Back by popular demand! These bite-sized

odyssey through Joycean Dublin in 1904, from boater

hats to gunfire, martello towers to drunken brawls. This is James Joyce like you’ve never seen him before!

Sat 9th Sept 11am - 12pm & 2pm - 3pm FREE performances, lasting only five to ten minutes, are

turning up at a shop or café near you. Make sure you don’t miss them!

Elemental Live Stage

Celebrating Cecil Street

& OAPs: €5 Every year, students from around the


Fri 8th Sept 7pm - Hunt Museum Entry: €10 Kids globe come to Limerick to study music and dance

Sun 10th SEPT 2.30-5.30pm - The Gaff FREE

at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Music, dance, food stalls and snippets of history all

classrooms, learning from world-renowned masters in

to celebrating Cecil St., past and present. Come along

They spend a year in our state-of- the-art studios and

their field. This year, we’re bringing these musicians

to the Elemental Stage, with a special showcase of music, dance and song. The performance will range

Events for the afternoon include: Open Air Jiving Lessons - Music Generation Limerick City - DJ

set with Uncle Tom - Hip Hop dancers, Ashlea and

Tana Rondezai - Line Dancing, Historic Glimpses - Hiram Wood will give a talk on the history of

The GAFF building as Limerick’s original Quaker

Meeting House. Sharon Slater, historian and writer, will give a short talk on some of Cecil Street’s social

history Freespace Dialogue, and Fiona Woods invites

members of the public into the courtyard of The

GAFF to discuss issues of public space in the city, including future use of The GAFF.

See the full programme at

form part of the mix in a Sunday afternoon dedicated between 2.30pm and 5.30pm and help celebrate one of Limerick’s forgotten Georgian gems.

across time and space, including traditional Irish music, contemporary dance, and medieval ritual chant. An evening not to be missed!



E v e n t g uid e The Genealogy Event

Badger’s Birthday – An Animal Story

The Limerick Lady Presents


Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street, Limerick

Chez le Fab – Wine Bar & Arts Café, Arthur’s Quay

Friday September 1st & Saturday September 2nd (all Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, Knockanes,

Saturday September 9th @ 2:30pm

Thursday September 14th @ 8pm Park, Limerick City

Adare, Co.Limerick

Munster V Toyota Cheetahs

Storytime with Roisin

Thomond Park Stadium & Events Centre, Old

Thursday September 14th @ 8pm

Saturday September 9th @ 5:15pm

Lecture Series: Stephen Green

Cratloe Road, Limerick

St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick


Owen Wingrave an Opera by Benjamin Britten

Fred Cooke

Limerick FC V Finn Harps

Lime Three Theatre, Mary Immaculate College,

Kasbah Social Club, 5 Dock Road, Limerick

Saturday September 2nd @ 11:30am

Granary Library, The Granary, Michael Street,

Saturday September 2nd @6:30pm

Markets Field, Garryown Road, Limerick KingWitch (SCT)/ Zlatanera/ Slung From A Tree Saturday September 2nd @ 9pm

Kasbah Social Club, 5 Dock Road, Limerick Sunday Night Dancing with Declan Nerney Sunday September 3rd @ 8:30pm

Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, Knockane,

Saturday September 9th @ 8pm Courtbrack Avenue, Limerick Pieta 100 Cycle

Sunday September 10th @ 10:30am

St. Pauls GAA Club, Mungret, Limerick My Mountain Life by Simon Yates Tuesday September 12th @ 8pm

Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street, Limerick

Adare, Co.Limerick

Film Screening: A Quiet Passion

The Sustainability Plan: Tool Kits

Friars Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co.Limerick

Tuesday September 5th & Wednesday September 6th

Wednesday September 13th @ 8pm

Ormonston House, 9 – 10 Patrick Street, Limerick

Summer Exhibition Lecture Series – September

Moon Looks On

The Hunt Museum, Custom House, Rutland Street,

Thursday September 7th @ 8pm

The Stormy Teacup, Fox’s Bow, Limerick Luke Bloom

Friday September 8th @ 8pm

Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street, Limerick

Friday September 15th @ 7:30pm

Humours of Bandon

Saturday September 16th @ 8pm

Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street, Limerick The Ultimate 80s Prom

Saturday September 16th @ 9pm

Dolans Warehouse, 4 Alphonsus Street, Limerick The Baby Market

Sunday September 17th @ 12pm

Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick The Whistling Girl

Thursday September 21st @ 8pm

Thursday 14th September @ 1pm

Friars Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick


Lecture Series: Shaykh Dr. Umar Al- Qadri

The Elvis Spectacular Show

St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick City

University Concert Hall, University of Limerick,

John B. Keane’s The Successful TD

Thursday September 14th @ 8pm Castletroy, Limerick

Thursday September 21st @ 8pm

Saturday September 23rd & Sunday September 24th @ 8pm

Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Courtbrack Avenue, Limerick


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