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Limerick's Cafe Culture

08 A Weekend Away

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W elco me T O th e l i mer i c k maga zi n e The Limerick Magazine is a fun and informative monthly free-sheet keeping you up to date with what is happening in Limerick City and County. Each month we bring you the best in Food & Entertainment, Fashion & Beauty, Business, Interiors, Travel, and Profiles & Interviews. The Limerick Magazine showcases local life in Limerick with lively opinion pieces and interesting articles to get you talking.

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In house made burger with 100% black angus steak mince, served with crispy bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and our burger sauce in a brioche bun. Served with French fries.


Cheese Steak Sandwich

Chargrilled sirloin steak served in a rustic baguette with grilled cheese and baby leaves and a choice of garlic or regular mayonnaise. Served with French fries.

Vegetable Stir Fry

A colourful vegetable selection fried quickly in a garlic and herb butter. Served with steamed rice.

Good old Fish ‘N Chips

Fresh fillet of cod in a crisp golden batter. Complemented with mushy peas and French fries.

Honey Roast Bacon

Served on cabbage with parsley sauce. Complemented with a selection of garden vegetables and creamed potatoes.

Tagliatelle Carbonara

A generous bowl of pasta tossed in carbonara sauce. Served with French fries.

Pulled Pork Buritto

A large tortilla wrap filled with pulled pork, spicy rice, pinto beans and buritto sauce. Served with French fries.

Beef Tacos

Three soft taco shells filled with shredded lettuce, spicy beef, cheese and tomato salsa. Served with French fries.

8oz Sirloin Steak

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T L M c o ntr i buto r s Editor’s Note It's time to step outside. Step outside of our comfort zones and make a change in your world, like our cover stars the Collison Brothers. Step away from the screen and have a break from technology, it will do us all the world of good. Step out into the garden with some advice from White Dove Nurseries. And step onto the streets of the city and enjoy some fine coffee in our independent cafes, or enjoy some Italian cuisine in Limerick's Little Italy - summer has arrived! Kayleigh Ziolo

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Lim e r ic k’s C a fé C u lt u re

Café culture has taken over in Ireland in the past decade or so. Being once a nation of Barry’s and Lyons tea drinkers, the demand for coffee and other hot beverages has

expanded along with our horizons. Coffee for many of us is an experience, one that sets us up for the day, fits our mood and allows us to savour a moment. To meet the demand, local café owners have expanded their expertise to not only include a huge range and selection of hot drinks, but also focusing on the cafe experience as a whole.

Limerick has a vast array of unique and independent coffee shops and restaurant serving up more than your average cuppa. Our café scene has a constant supply of places that offer an experience to suit all tastes. Limerick people love nothing more than a cosy little place for meetings, catching up on work or just chatting with a friend. The rules are simple; good coffee made well that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and some delicious goodies to treat yourself to at the same time.

Yes, we have the big coffee chains, and they serve their purpose. But the real jewels in Limerick’s coffee crown are the array of independents, who are doing things their way. In both Limerick city and county we have some really gorgeous cafés – some new and fresh on the scene and others which have truly withstood the test of time. Here is just a sample of the best cafés Limerick has to offer…



Bean a Ti

They also have some of the best hot chocolate

The branch on Sarsfield Street is host to Stanzas

on Little Catherine Street since 1966 and since then

work through. The Stormy Teacup really is a spot

events and is a real hub in the heart of the city.

Bean a Tí Café and Bakery has stood, pride of place has cemented itself as a staple in Limerick City’s café culture. It provides gorgeous, homemade baked goods

that are baked on site and can be smelled a street away, drawing the footfall that makes the place buzz with

energy. They recently underwent a facelift, renovating

around and have a huge selection of herbal teas to that is absolutely testament to the hard work and

determination that goes into running an independent

The Buttery

can get from the people of Limerick.

rare ability to cater equally for daytime and evening

café and absolutely deserves all of the support that it

the bakery but still keeping all the homely charm

The Old Fire Station

accompaniment to any cup of tea or coffee from cakes

doors and have already garnered plenty of praise

that it had all along. The bakery provides the perfect to pastries to biscuits, of course all homemade. Bean

a Ti is just one of many native Limerick cafés and it is so important that we support them wholeheartedly

so that spots like this can stay for another 50 years if not more.

The Old Fire Station just recently opened their

and support from the Limerick community. They are

plant-based diets. If you’re looking for some a little

different from the usual café lunch selection, give this

delicious cakes and lace and floral china that wouldn’t be out of place in your grandparents’ house.

Chez le Fab on Arthur's Quay is also deserving of the city. The café and wine bar is a vintage, artistic, community conscious eclectic space that plays host to

everything from dog behaviour lessons to burlesque and cabaret evenings.

The tables fill up fast at lunchtime at The Sage Café

We could name check many, many more wonderful

sit outside and do a spot of people watching. Sage is

and sometimes the best experience is in the discovery.

famed in Limerick for its skilled baristas and coffee

that is hard to beat, with healthy meal choices and wholesome homemade Irish fare to keep you going through a working or shopping afternoon.

intimate gig venue or for poetry reading nights.

and homely setting, with warm and attentive service,

a mention for bringing something truly unique to

on quirky Catherine Street, as it is the ideal place to

including late openings on weekends to serve as an

Tea Room offers traditional afternoon tea in a cosy

from that part of the world, with outside seating to

The Sage Café

by Adam Reeves and since then, has really taken off,

Outside of the urban centre, there’s some old world

Chez le Fab

also cater happily for children and families.

The café was opened under new ownership in 2015

perfectly compliment the venue’s modern, lively vibe.

Olio & Farina Restaurant provides a little Italian

to play. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and

of the cosiest spots for a quiet coffee in Limerick.

and mood-enhancing live music in the evenings that

village charm in Adare Old Creamery. Miss Crumpets’

get a taste of the piazza life when the sun comes out

its doors in 2013, this hole-in-the-wall café is one

quality coffee and range of teas available, to the décor

cater for all, just with an increased focus on vegan and

beverage list and food menus, but emphasise that they

decadence, serving quality coffee you would expect

owned café that is relatively new to the city. Opening

clientele. Attention to detail is everywhere, from the

Adare Old Creamery

Olio and Farina

The Stormy Teacup is another well-loved, Limerick

The Buttery on Bedford Row sets itself apart with a

offering dairy-free and plant-based options on their

place a try.

The Stormy Teacup

poetry evenings and many other community group

Hook & Ladder

Hook & Ladder has led the charge in offering

something a little extra with your coffee experience,

Limerick cafés, but we only have limited space here, There’s a cosy café waiting around practically every corner, so take a walk and see what you can find for yourself !

Article by: Ali Molloy & Kayleigh Ziolo

Photography by: The Buttery - Tarmo Tulit Stormy Teacup - Adam Reeves

allowing you to not just admire the décor and stylish home wares that make up the interior, but also to

purchase them along with your coffee. There are three

branches, one in the city centre, one in Corbally and one in Castletroy.



Music Int e rv ie w A Weeken d A way

This Limerick 5-piece band started life in 2013, getting

Peter: Growing up as a kid in Limerick, you could

You've had a couple of lineup changes since forming,

is a youthful, energetic mix of punk and indie influenced

The only thing that you really experienced was an

J: Line up changes always impact a bands dynamic:

together through Music Generation Limerick. Their sound

rhythm and lead guitar. We chat to bass player Peter Corbett and rhythm guitarist Jacob Woulfe.

Tell us a little bit about your individual journeys into music - how did you come together as a band?

Jacob: For me music felt like the inevitable outcome. Both of my parents worked in music, my dad was as sound engineer and my mom worked with The Cranberries. I just fell in love with the atmosphere

and the culture of music and knew it was what I wanted to do!


never really tell that there was a solid music scene. impersonal harp lesson in a group of six or seven. But that all really changed with Music Generation Limerick who mixed the group lesson mentality with the live music aspect. We were lucky enough to be

one of their first groups four years ago and I guess it turned out well!

how has that evolved your sound?

when I joined the band we were a six piece, now we

are a five piece with a different front-man. Really I

think the changes have helped use get closer to sound we are trying to achieve.

P: It has definitely evolved our sound to an almost

unrecognisable degree. We are all such different people when it comes to music with everyone having a foot in a different genre so I think it shows in the

overall product as recently we have been trying to blend it all together.


"I think people ge t a l o t o f e n e r gy w h e n t h e y c o m e s e e u s, a n d m aybe a l i t t l e h e a r i n g da m age "

Who or what would you cite as your biggest inspirations or influences?

P: As a group I think we really look up to Royal

Blood, their sound has a very similar edge to what we are going for. But individually that's a whole different

story - I can't admit to it without a chorus of sighs

and degrading comments from the lads, but I love

stuff along the lines of Frank Turner who has an acoustic-punk-indie vibe going.

You have an EP coming out soon?

P: We are releasing our EP in the next month and

It's really been a bit of a transition but a favourite of

of work we have put into it is reflective on the quality

August. It was a rowdy, sweaty, uncomfortable gig

across the country so it's going to be a couple of days

unbelievable time.

be with but at the same time we will be absolutely

What can people expect when they come to see you

production since December and I think the amount

mine was definitely our headline show in Dolans in

of the 6 tracks. We are going to tour with it in July

with a room full of cantankerous people having an

wrecking each others heads. It's going to be massive!

live? Do you like to throw in a few surprises during

What have been some of your favorite live

J: I think people get a lot of energy when they come

J: I think one of my favorite gigs was when we played

to hold nothing back when we play and I think the

It's a very peculiar venue and the crowd were really

tricks up our sleeves but we try to be as creative as

the set?

performances over the past few years?

see us, and maybe a little hearing damage. We try

with Blaming Hannah down in Cork at the Kino.

crowd picks up on that. I think we always have a few

energetic. But the best without doubt was the BOTB

possible with those.

it was a really fun gig.

P: I agree with Jacob. There's definitely nothing

P: Every gig over the past couple of months has just

surprises into our set - some of it is improvised but

empty community space with only our girlfriends

great friends playing music we enjoy playing so there's

singing along to our tracks.


final at UL a few months ago, it kind of blurred by but

within the Limerick music scene? Is there anyone you hope to collaborate with in future?

J: I think our local support has been great and just

grown over the last year. There was an unbelievable amount of support for our last release on Spotify and

our battles of the bands campaign. It'd be very hard

to go anywhere without local support backing you, which is always a good motivator.

P: Yeah you can't really do anything without people

we are definitely looking forward to it. It has been in

playing music we love to play, with lads we love to

What is the support like amongst local fans and

complicated about it. We love to throw in a few

been phenomenal; we have gone from playing in an

some of it isn't. At the end of the day we are just five

there to playing at packed out gigs with a few people

bound to be unexpected a bit of rowdiness amongst

wanting to help or support you - that's just the

unique Limerick mentality that everyone shares. But something I have always wanted to do is a

collaboration with one of Limerick many hip-hop

artists. It's definitely a rich scene in the city and it could definitely lead to an interesting project...

What else do you have planned in the immediate future?

J: At the moment we are in the middle of possibly our busiest time ever. We are getting ready for the tour

and EP launch which includes a whole lot of behind the scenes work and practice. After that we might

take a short break before getting straight back into it

with a load of gigs and start work on the production of our first album.

Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

Photography by: Laura O'Loughlin



C ov e r F e at ur e The Co lli so n B ro t h e r s If you weren’t already familiar with the Limerick success story of Patrick and John Collison, you certainly should be. The brothers joined the Forbes World Billionaire’s list

in April 2017. Both Patrick and John are now worth at least $1.1bn each, with John being the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. Their financial tech company, Stripe, is currently valued at around $9bn. We take a look at the rise of the pioneering alumni of Castletroy College who went on to become one of the standout successes in Silicon Valley.

Limerick beginnings

In 2010 they put the money they had earned with

However, Patrick and John have very much carved

and John Collison were prodigies. Patrick took his

payment platform that has now helped thousands of

methodical and somewhat stealthy rise to the top

From their early childhood, it was clear both Patrick first computer course at University of Limerick when he was 8 years old, and started learning computer

programming at age 10. He won the Young Scientist of the Year Award in 2005 for his creation CROMA, a

LISP (LISt-processor) -type programming language.

Auctomatic into founding Stripe, a developer-friendly businesses set up and expand online. The platform was inspired by the difficulties the brothers had come

across when trying to set up payments on the several side projects he was working on at that time.

He had previously come in as runner up in the 2004

With Stripe they believed they were on to something

after Isaac Newton). Patrick then went on to study

didn’t look ‘good on paper’ to potential investors.

competition with an AI-project called Isaac (named at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) but

dropped out. During that time he and John launched

their first foray into business back in Limerick, when John was just 16 and Patrick 18 years old. That

company was Shuppa, a play on the Irish word for shop. After failing to get funding from Enterprise

Ireland they took to the company to Silicon Valley

huge, but in typically modest fashion they felt they They grew the company at first by a word of mouth

approach, received their first round of funding from Y Combinator, before enlisting support from some

of Silicon Valley’s biggest and boldest names - the

likes of Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Micheal Moritz and Andreesen Horowitz.

after renowned start up accelerator Y Combinator

Brothers, not bros

a company called Auctomatic, an auction and

of several young tech talents who have built multi-

showed keen interest. Shuppa then merged with

marketplace management system also funded by Y Combinator. The brothers sold Auctomatic only a year later for around $5million.

Patrick had studied at MIT after leaving school a

year early, while at Harvard University, though he

dropped out when the two founded Stripe. John is also a qualified pilot and a pianist.

As newly crowned billionaires, they join the ranks

million dollar enterprises in Silicon Valley, a ‘tech elite’ featuring some colourful and sometimes controversial

characters and a culture that has garnered some attention for its dominantly ‘white bro’ culture.

out their own paths in California. It has been a

for the Limerick pair. Stripe is not marketed, at least not in the obvious sense, continuing with a word of mouth approach.

Much of the fascination with the two as personalities comes from the fact they seem so far from the

complicated and often controversial figures we

are used to seeing dominate the pages of the likes Forbes, Inc. and Fast Company, though Thiel, Musk

and co are heavily credited by Patrick and John for their influence in the success of Stripe. Listening to

the brothers themselves in interviews and viewing

their interactions on Twitter, they both maintain characteristic self-depreciating humour of natural

introverts thrust into a world that often requires

extroversion. They are laid-back, private and modest, and by their own admission their romantic life is uneventful. While they may not have much to

say about their own lives, they are willing to speak

critically and in strong terms about political and

social issues, as well as the future of digital and the tech industry. When US President Donald Trump

first attempted to introduce a travel ban to the US back in January, the brothers condemned the move

as both morally wrong and economically damaging. John Collison had previously made a donation to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) not long

after Trump was elected, stating, according to Patrick, that “they’re going to matter”.







Patrick himself then pledged $50,000 in response to the ban, and with other tech leaders they helped

to raise a total of $220,000 for the ACLU. Their

reasoning and approach to social issues and politics is again, very grounded and practical – they cannot be accused of virtue signalling or preaching like so many

in the public eye end up being; they speak passionately

and realistically about what they believe makes a fair

society and ensures security, respect and opportunities for success for all people.

Closer to home, Patrick and John have been outspoken

about what Ireland needs to allow more digital success, identifying the need for more risk taking investing in

tech ventures. Patrick had moved to California when they failed to get funding from Enterprise Ireland for Auctomatic. Speaking at Dublin Science Week in

2008 Patrick said: “I think the investment community in Ireland tends to be quite risk-averse. It does not

value failure in the same way that investors in the US do. Collectively in Ireland, this is something we really

need to fix. The ‘outliers’, the really risky propositions, are where the great returns come from, and we don’t

value this enough in Ireland.” That said, however, Patrick still believes there is no reason that Ireland

can’t be the Silicon Valley of Europe. The Collisons are committed to the developed of digital business

across the globe and they hope to develop Stripe even further to become a key resource for all internet entrepreneurs.

Future of Stripe

John and Patrick they have their sights on even bigger

things, but again, there is little sign of egoism or Zuckerberg-like world domination. The ethos is much more about giving the means to succeed to other likeminded people in every corner of the world.

In a far reaching recent interview with Recode Decode

tech podcast, Patrick talks about the potential of the platform and the scope of the internet that is yet to be

fully explored. He hints that the company is shifting away from just being a payment provider to becoming and all round resource tool for online entrepreneurs.

The focus is growth, not just of Stripe but of all

Atlas automates the usually complicated financial and

to help internet entrepreneurs do business, and they

entrepreneurs to use a web form while Atlas does

internet companies of all sizes. Stripe began in order want to push that even further. John echoed this in

a recent FT Podcast, discussing what is yet to be conquered in financial technology.

He talked in more detail about their motivation behind Stripe – seeing the need to overhaul what

legal process for people setting up a company, allowing

the rest behind the scenes, and sets them up with a

Stripe payment account. It has so far been used in the US but John and Patrick are keen to serve countries further afield, such as Pakistan, South Africa, and other emerging markets.

should be a simple task that had become a real hurdle

When listening to both brothers speak we really get

around the approach to online payments as a lack

has driven them all this way. Their vision is bigger than

for online business. John identifies the problem

of adaptation, the service that was previously being provided being an online translation of offline

procedures, with little or no option for subscription services, limited adaptation to business models

changing, and insufficient protection against online fraud and cybercrime.

“[Providing a solution to that] is the core set of

things we do”, said John, “but the money we’ve seen invested recently has allowed us to address the general

question of how to encourage more business to get

started and how to help existing internet businesses

grow. Is the number fixed, could there be more if more resources or capital available?” The brothers obviously want to increase that number, not just for their own

business prospects but for what they believe will create more opportunities for everyone with an idea. John explains that Atlas, their newly-launched program for entrepreneurs is the next step in that direction.

the sense of passion for discovery and innovation that themselves, bigger than Silicon Valley, bigger than technology and business – they want to open up the

world and work alongside others with similar aims. John himself doesn’t talk about competitors when the interviewer mentions the likes of Apple Pay, saying

that from their point of view the nature of their work

is ‘participation’, and indeed Stripe partner closely with their natural competitors rather than compete

against them. The nature of what Patrick and John have built is cooperative and open; they actively want to see innovation from others, not just within their

own circles. This collaborative, dreamy-yet-practical

resolve to make anything possible is what makes the

Collison brothers one of the most remarkable stories of their generation.

Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

Photography by: Pamela Littky



Fat her's Day G i ft G u i d e Under €20

Under €50

Happy Socks

Hairy Baby T-shirt or Hoodie

of socks! Happy socks make funky, comfy socks that come in every

t-shirts and if you have an Irish dad, Hairy Baby is the place to go.

Because no Father’s Day Gift Guide would be complete without a pair pattern imaginable. They are great quality too so you won’t have to worry

about them becoming full of holes before next Father’s Day! Available at Brown Thomas from €9.00.

You would be hard pressed to find a dad that doesn’t enjoy novelty With hundreds of designs available on t-shirts and hoodies, you’re

bound to find something to relate to your father and his personality. From Father Ted quotes to phrases as Gaeilge, these hilarious pieces are

sure to put a smile on his face. Available from the Hairy Baby website starting at €24.00.

Wallet Ninja

Parker Pen Set

Beer bottles that need opening? No problem! Screwing loose screws? You

go one step further this Father’s Day and have a gorgeous Parker Pen

be impressed. The wallet ninja is slightly smaller than the average credit

addition to his stationery and there will be no fear of anybody from around €10.00.

book shops and most can be engraved in a jewellery shop. However, on

This gadget is a one stop shop for anything your dad may come across.

Parker Pens are a really great gift to receive on any occasion but why not

bet! This is a really cool addition to your dad’s wallet and he’ll definitely

Set engraved for your dear Dad? They will be a beautiful, personalised

card so he’ll always have it on hand, come what may! Available online at

‘borrowing’ his pen anymore! Parker Pens are available from most good

the Parker Pens website, engraving is an option when purchasing gift sets. Pens retail for around €30.00 - €40.00.

Scratch Map

If your pops is a keen traveller then this scratch map is a really cool gift that won’t break the bank. Your father can scratch away the foil covering

each country as he visits them and is a great way to log his adventures. It serves up a challenge to visit as many countries as possible in order

to be able to cross them off the map! Available in many bookshops and


online at for around €16.00.

Kindle Fire

If your father’s book collection is becoming a bit too big, a Kindle Fire is a great gift to give him this Father’s Day. They are portable and flightfriendly and are a fantastic option for avid readers. The new Kindle Fire is available from most computer stores and retails for around €50.00.


Under €100

Escentric Molecules – Molecule 01

This fragrance was included in our fragrance recommendations in our December edition last year and is definitely worth mentioning again! It is a one-of-a-kind scent, literally! The molecules in the cologne adapt to each person based on their skin temperature and pheromones to create a unique fragrance on every wearer. Not only will your dad smell great but he is bound to be impressed by the science behind his gift too. Available from Brown Thomas for €89.00.

Essential Gardening Gift Set

If your father has a green fingers then this essential gardener’s set is a sure-fire winner. With seed separators and seed labelling sets to grow and attend to the seed envelopes

that come with the set, your dad’s gardening hobby needs are sure to be met! Available from many garden centres for various prices but this one from is available for around €40.00 and can be ordered for express delivery.

Larousse Gastronomique Book

Many foodie fathers may already have this ‘food bible’ in their arsenal but if they don’t, they won’t know what hit them. This book is the essential culinary reference book and

will become an invaluable source of information for the chef in your family. Larousse Gastronomique contains recipes, tips and cooking styles and is available from most good bookstores for around €60.00.



AR T IST PR OF ILE O li v i a Fu rey

Tell us about your journey as an artist...

After graduating in 2015, I have been involved in several exhibitions; one was a duo exhibition with fellow Painting graduate Keith Blake in The Source Arts Centre in Thurles

in December 2016, which as an amazing experience. I had my first solo exhibition at Mother Mac’s in Limerick in May 2017, presented and curated by The Project Motive, a collective based in Limerick. To have a solo show was a big milestone for me.

How did you develop your style and medium? How does it allow people to engage with the pieces?

Painting is my primary medium, along with drawing and performance. My interest in music informs my art along with my own opinions as a feminist. I also make zines in which I mostly write about feminism and punk-rock. I developed my style from my interest in the unpolished punk aesthetic of zines/punk posters from the 90s, particularly

the Riot Grrrl Movement. I wanted to make work that deals with important issues; I use a lot of text that makes statements which aim to be thought provoking for the viewer. My performance art has involved spoken word pieces, audio sampling and guitar playing, and I have collaborated with local bands on some of my performances. Earlier this

year I was invited to host a zine workshop with UCC Feminist Society. I also hosted a Strike 4 Repeal poster making-workshop with UL Feminist Society and last month I hosted another zine workshop with Limerick Feminist Network.


How do you get your message across?

What artists do you admire and are you inspired by?

The pro-choice movement gives me hope that one

image. I am a pro-choice activist, and like many

is someone who I really admire and has been a big

are facing each day will end. But until it does, if a

When you put text next to an image, it changes the others I make slogans with statements about why the

8th Amendment needs to be repealed. Other issues I

write about can be from something I’ve read online to something someone I know has been through. I

am concerned about the lack of visibility of women

in the music industry for example, and how they are portrayed in the media. I write about these issues in

my zines. I also make these statements in my spoken

Andrea Fraser, an American performance artist, influence on my work. Fraser’s work tends to be very provocative and she takes huge risks in her pieces. I

also admire Raymond Pettibon’s use of humour in

his work and his use of images with text has been

such as the zine workshops I did earlier this year, is

seeing positive changes in these areas?

me that my work made them think differently about certain things. At the moment I am expanding my

practise and working on new bodies of work. I hope

to be involved in a few more shows before the year is out.

to waste, women can’t wait.

particularly the DIY ethics of punk.

contemporary culture informs my work primarily,

What was the response like to your exhibition in

about the work; I was most happy when people told

go through with the pregnancy then there is no time

What do you hope the future will look like for you?

You write about social issues and feminism in

Everyone who came to the show was very positive

women who doesn’t want to be pregnant, still has to

a big influence on my zines. My interest in music/

word performances.

Mother Macs? Do you have plans for more?

day the inhumanity that so many women in Ireland

Ireland. How hopeful are you that we might be I do think that Ireland has come a long way in recent years, but it still has a long way to go. Last year a

woman was arrested, simply for being topless at a

music festival. In an exhibition I had early last year, I

was asked to censor some of my feminist zines, in case anyone found them ‘’offensive’’. It is really positive to see so many activist groups and people coming together.

Community based projects and working with groups, something I find really gratifying. I also want to work

on more collaborative projects with other artists and people with music or political backgrounds. I hope to

have more exhibitions, all around Ireland and beyond. Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

Photography by: Steven Savage


Fashion Int e rv ie w Nata li e Ki ng Natalie King Design now has a brand new studio in the heart of Limerick. She talks to us about the direction the

brand is heading, her new collections and progress within the industry on ethically produced fabrics.

Tell us about the new studio - what will it allow you to do

and where does it fit in terms of the direction the company is heading?

We have just moved from a 400 sq. ft studio space outside the

city to a 1200 sq. ft work space in the heart of Limerick city. It's a great sign for the brand that we are making positive and steady progress since launching in 2014.

It was the right time to expand and move the company

forward into a hub. I have more access to staff in a range of areas which I am always on the lookout for. Like many businesses, you feel like you are working a lot and not much is

happening and then all of a sudden everything is happening. I have been in a good position since day one - in my last space which I have kept as base - to be able to keep all my overheads low and build up the brand at a reasonable rate.

At the moment I sell a good amount through Dublin and down here. We have the website which is being developed

now to work in a different way for us. We will be updating

everyone throughout the next year on that, and it will be a much more exciting platform. I create a huge amount of bespoke agreements for clients, which seems to have become more popular as you are getting a one off made specifically for you.

I source fabrics from Italy and France predominantly and

also throughout Europe for clients. I think people feel if they are going to spend a large amount on something, then get something special rather than mass produced.



I am in Marion Cuddy Irish Designer Emporium, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin, every Wednesday

for client appointments, and I also take private

appointments in our studio in Limerick. The collections are sold though Dublin, Chic Boutique in Listowel and online.

The other area I am pushing is the collections to sell

abroad. With Brexit coming and Trump bringing in new restraints on brands in the States, it's an uncertain

time for the fashion industry as no one really knows yet what is going to happen in regards to buying and

selling. We are looking at our options from over here

and what territory is best to move into first. It's a transitional and exciting time for the brand.

Why is it important for you to be based in Ireland and Limerick city centre specifically?

What's in the pipeline design wise, can you give us

designers. There came a time where I needed to make

I am expanding the collections from Spring/

big brand. Finance and costing was certainly a big

scope to have some more creative pieces, as well as

for minuscule spaces in London were ridiculous. It

to wear forever. I am incorporating new techniques

have been back that it was the right decision to make.

production. We will be keeping that quite small but

I spent 7 years in London, studying and working for

an idea of new collection concepts?

the decision to pursue my own brand or work for a

Summer '18 onwards and that will give me more

factor in moving back to Ireland as the rents alone

the more commercial pieces that are your classic cut

has become more and more apparent the longer I

and fabrics, as well as looking in to some knitwear

There is room to create in Ireland and in Limerick

there will be pieces to compliment the collection.

shot at giving something a go and Limerick is actually

What else are you excited about at the moment at an

You are within an easy driving distance of the other

We go to Premiere Vision in Paris each season to

people and clients there, but you are also so close to

and the new technology in fashion is just amazing.

basically the same as going to Dublin. It definitely

body heat, and movement. There has been massive

are not isolated or limited at all.

fabrics, which is great to see.

which has a great creative community. You have a a very accessible city within Ireland and for abroad.

industry level?

major cities in Ireland to be able to link up with

source fabrics and get new suppliers. It's a great show

the airport that going to London for a meeting is

There were garments that responded to noise,

opens up many avenues for anyone based here as you

development in recycled and ethically produced

The production of garments worldwide needs to

be tackled in a real way. There are policies in place for these factories but they are not being enforced

an unfortunately child labour, unfair wages and

treacherous working conditions are still rampant. That's where I would really like to see development in the industry.

We make everything in house here in Limerick and

if quantities need to be done outside the studio, it's

within Ireland. This is possible as my brand is in

the luxury end of the market and it is also better for quality control.

Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

Portrait photography by: Tarmo Tulit Location shoot

Photography by: Johnny McMillan



Fashion Cou t u re O cca si o n

Principles by Ben De Lisi clutch €52.50 It’s the season for weddings, racing events and

summer garden parties, which means it’s time to tear ourselves away from our slouchy lounge and active-wear and think about dialling up

No.1 Jenny Packham necklace €60

the glamour.

If you’re at the age where you regularly attend

more than one wedding per summer, it’s

important to monitor your budget. However,

No.1 Jenny Packham hair clip €68

Faith heel €98

No.1 Jenny Packham white heel €138

Faith clutch €43.50

No.1 Jenny Packham heel €118

J by Jasper Conran clutch €48

Principles by Ben De Lisi sandal €43.50

No.1 Jenny Packham earrings €30

skimping on quality is false economy, particularly when it comes to shoes, which need to last beyond one day of standing (and dancing). Choosing good quality heels and accessories that can be paired with a couple of different outfits is the key to keeping costs down.

Designers at Debenhams have plenty of

affordable investment pieces that will see you

through this season and beyond. Sleek silks, subtle jewels and soft spring/summer shades will ensure you stay at the height of glamour without breaking the bank.



b e aut y Shauna Style Diary The holidays are here! I'm jetting off on my holibobs in just over a week's time and I'm going to show you my fashion must-haves for the summer!

Multi-functional clothing

Makeup Essentials

double as another outfit for another day/

more than usual, so my advice is bring and

Try to pick out pieces of clothing that can night. Throw a funky belt around your beach

dress and voila - a whole new outfit. This for me is so important, especially if you're a heavy packer like me, this will surely help you out so you're not so heavy on the scales.

My top tip: Jazz up your outfit with belt and matching shoes and you can completely change your look.

This white Bardot dress from River Island

When we're in the sun, our skin is sweating wear minimal makeup. On holidays our skin

really doesn't need to be covered up with foundation. Try a nice bronzer to contour

your face and give you an even more natural

sun kissed glow. I've said it before and I'll say it again, EstĂŠe Lauder's 'Bronze Goddess' is

the best bronzer I've used. I use shade 4, the

darkest shade, but the good thing about this bronzer is that it's build-able. It starts off light and you can make it dark.

at â‚Ź43.00 is the perfect example. Without

If you are more conscious of your skin, and

throw over your bikini at the beach. With

Face and Body Foundation. It's more like a

the belt and shoes, this would be perfect to belt and shoes - you're ready for your night out!

Another amazing multifunctional piece are swimsuits. Swimsuits can obviously take you

to pool parties, the beach, but they can also take you on nights out. Throw a pair of high

waisted shorts over your swimsuit and go all

want a little bit of coverage, go for MAC tinted moisturiser, but again it is buildable if you like more coverage. It's also great to take away any redness in the skin, though

obviously not sunburn - stay safe and use sunscreen guys!

Article by: Shauna Lindsay

out on the hair and makeup.

This swimsuit from Topshop for example

can be paired with black high waisted shorts, some black boots, maybe a James Bay-esque hat and you'll be rocking some festival vibes!



Sum m e r in Ir e land What's On

Ki l l a r n ey F o lkfest, 7 t h - 9 th J u ly 2017 A festival for music lovers, Folkfest Killarney promises to satisfy every taste, with a dizzying selection of the best of Irish music, upcoming indie acts with some superstars of

World music added to the mix. Located at the INEC Killarney, a stone’s throw from the world-Famous Killarney National Park, Folkfest Killarney has the music to provide the ultimate festival feel while having all hotel comforts. A choice of onsite accommodation plus restaurants, bars, spa and gym help make it the ultimate break away and give you the best of both worlds. The line-up

Grammy-nominated Nigerian superstar Femi Kuti will headline the festival. Femi’s version of Afro-Beat has been described as the most exciting sound to emerge from Nigeria in years.

Indian supergroup The Bollywood Masala Orchestra will bring you into the world of dance, music, dynamic rhythm and spirituality that characterises the incredible India we know today.

Lisa Hannigan, Lisa O’Neil and Wallis Bird, three of Ireland’s leading female vocalists will make the trip to the Kingdom and perform at what is becoming one of Ireland’s most unique festivals.

Something amazing happens when Hothouse Flowers step onto a stage and we cannot wait to see what they bring to the INEC Stage. Making their second appearance at the festival will be Lankum, Aldoc and Kíla with family group Na Mooney’s, while brothers Ye Vagabonds, awesome foursome No Crows and Corca Dhuibhne songstress Bernie Pháid will make their festival debut.



Va ntas tival , 3 rd & 4 th - J u ne 2017

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B ody & S ou l Ju n e 2 3 r d - 2 5 t h 2 01 7

Vantastival is a gloriously independent, award-

Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-

Body&Soul was fired up by a dedicated group of

backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts

performance and a good old-fashioned party.

of all ages. Its programme provides opportunities

festivals like Burning Man in the Nevada Desert,

supports the development of emerging artists across

musicians and like-minded people to get together,

by local and national artists.

and indescribable magic – an atmosphere so often

winning festival which will take place at Beaulieu House this June bank holiday weekend, on the sloping

banks of the river Boyne. Vantastival is a completely independent, family run festival.

"In 2009 a crazy idea grew legs and, with the help of brothers, sisters, parents, friends and many complete strangers, we pulled off the first Vantastival on a wing

and a prayer in May 2010", say the organisers.Many

years of going to other events had inspired the team to provide an arena for fellow lovers of the campervan

lifestyle to really make the most of having their vans at a festival, and showcase some of the tremendous music being produced in our fine country. Since

then, people keep coming back each year, along with hundreds of musicians. Vantastival 2017 will be the eighth anniversary.

disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its

creative people all sharing a mutual love of art, music,

events, both national and international, for audiences

Starting off as an idea, shaped and coloured by

for significant public participation and engagement,

Body&Soul carves an alternative world for artists,

all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work

to share ideas and stories that result in a unique

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lost in generic festivals and productions. Here, they

explore and discover new music, secret hideaways

and glittering late night discos in the woodlands. There are inspirational art trails, spoken word and

debate, a magnificent masquerade ball, culinary feasts,

The Limerick International Food Truck Festival is

steaming hot tubs and seaweed baths and much,

Ireland and will be based in the heart of Limerick

music as to nature lovers, families with young kids as

event will see an explosion of international cuisine

It’s a celebration for foodies, folkies, funksters and late

14 countries take part in the European Food Truck

its shapes and colours.

the first dedicated festival of its kind to take place in

much more. It appeals as much to fans of electronic

City’s People’s Park from 1st-5th June 2017. The

well as 30 somethings that like the finer things in life.

during the event as more than 60 food trucks from

night revellers alike, Body&Soul celebrates life in all

Association’s annual festival along with local and national traders.



t r av e l Li fe's a B eac h

Irela nd ' s b e st Be ac he s Once upon a time in a land not so far away, lay beautiful coastlines as far as the eye could see… Fortunately for

us these coastlines surround us and we should be taking full advantage of this. With the ever increasing influx of tourists enjoying our beautiful landscape it could be fair to say that we often overlook what is under our noses

in favour of a packed sun-soaked tourist beach on the playa del whatever. But with secluded sandy and rugged coastlines less than a two hour drive away we decided to put a little list together of the beaches you can reach faster than on a Ryanair flight.

Ballyheigh, Banna Strand, County Kerry

My personal favourite, never too busy, dog friendly and miles of beach to walk, 11 to be exact. Ballyheigh itself is a scenic resort town that connect to Banna Strand a perfect place to pack a picnic, your furry companion and a boogie board. No better way to spend a day.

Lahinch, County Clare

Limerick’s third favourite beach, after Kilkee and

Ballybunion. Lahinch is a great surf spot and the town has many a delicious restaurant. A great base for exploring the Clare region as The Cliffs of Moher are close by along with tons of beautiful beaches to explore, you will never be bored in this region.

Inchydoney Beach, County Cork

Inchydoney beach in West Cork has been named Ireland’s

favourite beach by international tourists for three years in a row. Described as “glorious and unspoiled” - a packed car

and an overnight stay with an Airbnb can be the wild and romantic Irish break that you need to make time for this Summer.



Ireland has some stunningly beautiful beaches along its 5000km of coastline. These include a large number of beaches and marinas awarded Blue Flag status for their cleanliness, water quality, safety and level of environmental protection. So what are you waiting for? Get exploring and tell us about your favourites @limerickonline

Shannon Region Cappa

Fanore Beach Kilkee Beach

Kilrush Creek Marina Lahinch Beach

White Strand Beach Cork & Kerry Region Ballinskelligs

Ballybunion North Ballybunion South Ballyheigue Beach Banna Beach

Barley Cove Beach Derrynane Beach Fenit Beach

Garretstown Beach Garrylucas Beach Garryvoe Beach Inch Beach

Inchydoney Beach Kells Beach

Magherabeg Beach

Owenahincha Beach Rossbeigh Beach

Rosscarbery Beach Tragumna Beach Ventry Beach

Youghal Claycastle

Youghal Front Stran



s u m m er ga rden i n g How many times a day should I water plants during dry spells?

Watering plants is always best done in the early

evening. As the temperatures cool, the rate of evaporation slows, and it's more efficient. You should

aim to thoroughly water a garden full of pots and planters at least twice a week in summer. Using a

hose or can, trickle water into your pots and baskets until it flows out of the base. After letting this initial

water soak in, give them another soak, especially if it's been windy or the plants are in a peat-free compost - these composts dry out a lot quicker than

peat based soil mediums, so need extra attention for watering. Some species of plants like their feet wet

all the time, others don’t. Of course, we might not all have evenings spare to tinker around with a can

so early mornings are good too. Never water plant

leaves and flowers in the daytime - the sun will scorch Tara Maloney of White Dove Nurseries tackles some of our most pressing summer garden queries‌ What natural/organic pest repellents can I use that won't harm other wildlife?

One of the best natural pest treatments is Neem Oil, from the tree Azadirachta indica. Synthetic pesticides that work on contact often build up in the surrounding environment, leaving toxic residue behind that can harm and even kill pets and other animals in the area. Neem oil, on the other hand, is biodegradable and non-toxic. It’s safe for birds, pets, fish, livestock or other area wildlife when used. It's also effective against grey moulds and rusts, fungi

that can seriously affect plant health and flowering ability. With the trend of houseplants on the rise, you might notice infestations of whitefly, or sooty mould attacking your plants - often the whitefly will leave plant leaves

sticky and dull, so spray the leaves with a neem oil dilution, and then gently wipe clean with a moist cloth a few days later. The plant will have taken the Neem into its system, protecting from future attacks.

For the dreaded slugs and snails, beer traps in borders and copper wire rings around the bases of plants do a great job. You can also buy copper tape that sticks around the rims of pots that deter them while leaving them slug pellet free for the birds to enjoy. In fact, have lots of bird feeders, baths and houses around to attract the best natural

predator to set up home in your eco-system. Hedgehog houses and feed are a great help too - these prickly friends will eat up to 50 slugs over a day, really denting the population.

or burn leaves and flowers as it shines on the water

droplets and damp leaves are a magnet for moulds, rusts and fungi. If you're not able to dedicate yourself to a regular watering regime, there's plenty of plants

that thrive on a certain level of dryness - Phormiums, the silvery spikes of Astelia, as well as palms and succulents make stylish pot plants for dry locations

and also alpine plants potted in terracotta pots with

a gravel topping look well dotted around a patio. Topping your soil with gravel is a great way to reduce soil moisture evaporation, and looks good too.

Flower beds are best watered with the hose on a

slow trickle, and left at the base of all your plants

for half hour or so, as often as needed - this wets the surrounding soil throughly, and deeply. Showering the surface with a hose never gets the moisture efficiently deep enough, and only encourages plant roots to grow

upwards to the surface for moisture, where naturally it is drier, creating a vicious circle of dried out plants!

Vegetable gardens need regular and consistent


amounts when watering.


Peaks of moisture and troughs of dryness mean fruit,

When can I start trimming back hedges again?

Dahlia tubers can be grown in large pots, and everyone

their skin before ripening. Blossom End Rot, a black

October to March for the protection of nesting birds

well and cut flowers regularly to promote blooms

such as tomatoes, grow inconsistently, and can burst

patch that appears on the base of tomatoes is a result of inconsistent watering and dry plants become susceptible to moulds and pests.

Why haven't my flowering plants flowered?

Depending upon the plant - quite a few reasons!

Plant could be in the wrong place - Plants that need full sun that have been planted too deeply in shade

wont flower well, if at all. The plant might not be getting enough nutrients - Potassium is what plants

need to flower, so a feeding regime with a 'straight' fertiliser rather than a ready mixed product might be needed. Other flowers like Peonies for example -

have delicate requirements - plant too shallow or too deeply and they will not flower. Some plants such

as Cordylines will only flower in warmer climates. Roses are very hungry plants, and if their beds are not mulched and freshened with new compost and rotted

manure every spring, they flower very meanly and with smaller blooms. So plant well, and feed through the growing season (March – September). Pots and

Country (field and farm) hedges can only be trimmed

and wildlife. In cities, the time to prune your hedge will depend upon the species of plant.

One of the most common hedge plants is Ligustrum or Privet. It's semi evergreen, so during the summer

it will be growing quite fast. It can be trimmed neatly into shape and is dense and lush. Most people give

it the first trim of the year after it has flowered. Buxus hedge is traditionally only trimmed once a year, between The Grand National and Derby Day!

Escallonia, a flowering hedge plant is best trimmed

after its first flush of flower and then once again in late summer. Laurel hedge is best trimmed with secateurs

two or three times a year, hedgecutting machinery

rips and shreds the leaves and stems, leaving it rough and the large leaves damaged. Leyland cypress needs

regular cutting with hedge trimmers to achieve the

Nepeta do well in pots for a year or two. For some

height and movement you can’t equal grasses - from the architectural strikingly striped and upright form

of Miscanthus zebrinus, to the soft and feathery graceful plumes of Miscanthus sinensis there is a grass

for every pot. You might have an old sink or tub that collects water, this would make a perfect bog garden container - try the spiral grass Juncus spiralis or forms

of papyrus grass, they love their feet wet! If you fancy something tropical, Bananas and Cannas will give you

the large leaf jungle feel, and Colocassias, especially the black leafed form grow huge elephant ear shaped leaves in pots.

plants - Ivy can withstand most environments, even

give you cut flowers for the house as well as colour

just as the plants need it.

plants like Verbena bonariensis, Heuchera, and


devices the will become tall and very woody at the

away. Use a controlled release fertiliser tablet such

releases a little feed every time you moisten the soil,

Cosmos daisies, Ranunculus, Zinnias and perennial

In baskets, why not go for a touch of greenery, in

What are your tips for mixed baskets/pots?

as Osmocote - the tablet stays in the soil, and slowly

- you could also try Antirrhinums or Snapdragons,

dense, dark green hedge shape - left to their own

hanging baskets need special attention as when watering, most of the soil nutrient will be washed

loves their amazing flowers in arrangements - feed

In pots, I'd recommend growing plants that will also outside.

keeping with this year's colour trend, and use foliage growing well indoors, and evergreen ferns and trailing Lysimachia species look lush when trailing over the

sides. Use silvery Santolina or Rosemary for a scented

touch. Small grasses in blues and browns Festuca

gluaca and Carex Coman's bronze are perfect or this. Use no more than three types of plants per basket for a more structured look.

Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo



F ood & d r ink Recipe - Thai Beef Salad This aromatic Asian salad combines lemony-flavoured coriander leaves with cool cucumber, refreshing mint and rare beef.



1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Step 1

1 tablespoon finely chopped palm sugar

a jug. Place the steak in a glass or ceramic dish. Drizzle with half the dressing. Cover with

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tablespoon fish sauce 2 teaspoons sesame oil

Whisk together lime juice, garlic, fish sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger and palm sugar in plastic wrap and place in the fridge, turning occasionally, for 2 hours to develop the flavours.

1 teaspoon soy sauce

Step 2

1 (about 680g) beef rump steak

medium or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate. Cover with foil and set aside for

2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger 1 x 200g pkt grape tomatoes, quartered

1 continental cucumber, halved lengthways, thinly sliced diagonally

Preheat the grill or chargrill pan on high. Cook steak on grill for 2-3 minutes each side for 10 minutes to rest.

1 red onion, halved, cut into thin wedges

Step 3

1 bunch fresh mint, leaves picked, large leaves torn

large bowl. Thinly slice steak across the grain and add to the salad. Drizzle with remaining

2 long fresh red chillies, halved, deseeded, thinly sliced lengthways 1 bunch fresh coriander, leaves picked

1 bunch fresh Thai basil, leaves picked, large leaves torn 55g (1/3 cup) toasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

428 kaffir lime leaves, centre veins removed, finely shredded

Place the tomato, cucumber, onion, chilli, mint, coriander, basil, peanuts and lime leaves in a dressing and gently toss to combine. Divide salad among bowls and serve immediately.


F ood & d r ink Recipe - Lemonade

When it comes to refreshing summer-time drinks, you can’t beat a glass of old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade! It’s cool, delicious, and it’s easy to make! In 3 easy steps and 3 ingredients: fresh lemons, sugar and water, you have yourself a thirst quenching refreshment.

INGREDIENTS 1 cup sugar

1 cup water 5 lemons

5 more cups sparkling water

METHOD How to make fresh-squeezed lemonade in 3 easy steps: Simple syrup

Squeeze the lemons Mix it all together

1. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small pot and stir over medium

heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. That’s it! Remove from heat, and let it cool while you’re squeezing your lemons. 2. Juice a lemon with a fork:

Simply spear a lemon half with a fork. Hold the lemon half in one hand and

the fork in the other. Squeeze the lemon in one hand while pumping the fork

up and down with the other hand, as if it were the handle of a water pump. Continue to squeeze and pump until you’ve extracted all the lemon juice that you can.

3. Turn those lemons into lemonade:

Pour your lemon juice into a pitcher. Add the 5 cups of sparkling water. Add

as much or as little of the syrup as you like to sweeten the drink and add

some straws and fancy umbrellas, (and hope the sun is out so you can enjoy

it outside with an oversized hat and sunglasses). You can also turn this into

an alcohol beverage by adding a shot of vodka and some lemon zest for an extra zing.



F ood & d r ink In Season - Pots of gold If you’ve decided to rest the vegetable plot this year or have limited garden space to work with, there are plenty of fruit and vegetable varieties that can be grown in pots. From berries to beans, we look at what is ripe for the taking and planting this month…


Runner beans

time scouring the bushes in your grandparents’ back garden. It’s not often

slugs. Once ready to transfer you’ll need to put them in a large pot as they require lots of

they do briefly appear. Growing your own is easy and they tend to do well

keep them amongst your flower pots as they need the bees to pollinate them (they produce

Try making a gooseberry sorbet with your harvest with the recipe shown, or

bag them up as they last pretty well in the freezer.

Gooseberries are one of those treats remembered from childhoods, spending

Keep runner bean seedlings inside/covered for as long as possible as they tend to attract

you see them in the supermarket and they are usually pretty expensive when

water. Make a wig wam shape with canes or long branches for the plants to grow up, and

in containers. The roots are fairly shallow so a pot of 15 inches will suffice.

pretty little orange or white flowers themselves so will fit right in!). If you get a glut of beans,

make into compote to add to other desserts.

Mange tout

Gooseberry Sorbet

I like to take the literal translation of the name a bit further and eat every last one of these

200g white caster sugar

outside in June and they need plenty of sun. Toss the results into a stir fry, add to an avocado

300ml Sauvignon Blanc (sparkling is preferred but not essential)

green pods of deliciousness. You can sow mangetout (snow or sugar snap peas) directly

900g gooseberries

salad or combine with spring onions, garlic and mint for a simple but effective side dish.

1 egg white


Put the wine and sugar in a large pan and gently heat until the sugar has

looking up lots of recipes. Luckily they are another easy and versatile vegetable, and nothing

simmer for 5 minutes. Leave to cool.

of space so a large pot or grow bag is best, and use some liquid feed every couple of weeks.

proof container (about 2 litres should do it), cool at room temperature,

Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

5 tbsp undiluted elderflower cordial

dissolved. Add the gooseberries and elderflower cordial, cover and bring to a In two batches, blitz to a purée in a food processor. Transfer to a freezerstirring now and again, then cover and freeze overnight until solid.

Remove from freezer and leave at room temperature until just softened. Chop into rough chunks, then process with the egg white until thick, pale and smooth. Spoon the sorbet back into the container and refreeze.


Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2014

The best thing about growing courgettes is you get plenty of them per plant, so you’ll be beats throwing them on the BBQ grill when the weather allows! Plants need quite a bit


F ood & d r ink Electric Picnic - Theatre of Food The Theatre will host a workshop education space, presenting family workshops on everything from

feeding the baby to making pizza in the Theatre of Food Wood Fire Land Valoriani pizza oven. There will be debates on sustainability, fake food news and an all-girl chef line-up discussing Irish restaurant trends.

The Theatre of Food kitchen will once again be

stocked by Waterford’s wonderful and the kitchen, under the watchful eye of executive chef

Caitlin Ruth, will be operated by the Doyle Collection

Kitchen. The beautiful tent will feature a handmade

kitchen from Liam Grant Wood Design and we’ll be using Kenwood equipment to make great recipes.

And of course no Picnic is complete without a little

of the unexpected: The People’s Picnic, brought to us

by four Fáilte Ireland Food Champions, is planning On a beautifully curated stage in the middle of Mindfield, Electric Picnic's Theatre of Food is where the most

to stage the longest Picnic in Ireland on Saturday

from Finn Ní Fhaoláin to Fintan O’Toole, from drum supremo Ralph Rolle to sushi supremo Takashi Miyazaki,

around Mindfield, picnickers can take part by laying

fantastic food and droolsome drinks.

Hampers will be provided to all picnickers at a cost

Let April Danann of Rebel Foods and Dearbhla Reynolds of The Cultured Club expand your consciousness with


talented food lovers in Ireland get all funky, all weekend long. From Assassination Custard to Rosanna Davison,

afternoon. Starting at Theatre of Food and looping

Theatre of Food presents a mind-expanding, mind-altering concept of what Irish food is all about. It’s all about fun,

rugs on the ground in a continuous line. Picnic of €10 with all proceeds raised donated to the charity

The organisers will provide artisan food

their bubbling ferments. There will be music, there will be dancing and there will be speed tasting of great wines

hampers in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland.

celebrating 20 years of Waterford’s most iconic restaurant, whilst Ivan Varian and Jonathan McCrea will show you

This concept is linked to a European event called

of the world with Pascal Rossignol and Beverley Matthews of L’Atitude 51. Paul Flynn from The Tannery will be once again just how strange the science of food can be.

“The People’s Feast” which is taking place the same

Learn how to walk on your hands thanks to the happy pair from The Happy Pear, Dave and Stephen Flynn. Sophie

thousand people sitting together for a communal

weekend as Electric Picnic. This event will see several

White will be demonstrating how to fix a nervous breakdown with good food, and who knows what will happen

meal in celebration of their culture and food, linking

when pizza kings Gaillot & Gray meet up with the iconoclastic Dublin duo from Assassination Custard.

the two events via Periscope.

Theatre of Food will mix it up with chefs Gary O’Hanlon, Jess Murphy, Paul Flynn, Kevin Thornton, cookery

Theatre of Food is produced by McKennas’ Guides.

writers Rosanna Davison, Rory O’Connell, Finn Ní Fhaoláin, Sophie White, Aileen Cox Blundell, musicians

including cookieman Ralph Rolle from Chic, Maurice Seezer and Jessie Kennedy, mixologists Paul McKenna, Oisin Davis and Alan Kavanagh, bakers Scéal Bakery and Patrick Ryan, plus media stars and all round food giants Susan Steele, John McKenna, Declan Maxwell and for the first time, Fintan O’Toole.



F ood & d r in k Little Italy in Limerick

Tuscany Bistro - The Granary and Annacotty in Limerick, and Ballina, County Tipperary

Tuscany Bistro has been described as a restaurant with great vibes, great

food and a great atmosphere. The food philosophy of Tuscany Bistro is:

Simple, Fresh and Uncomplicated….They state: “Life should be enjoyed, revelled and cherished, just like our food”. These wonderful restaurants are owned and run by the lovely Sabrina Amodeo and her team. Whose

passion, drive and vision created this stylish restaurant for families and groups of all ages to enjoy.

Our favourite dish: Seafood Risotto or Chicken Cacciatora Price range: Mid-range. €30 – 3 course menu, A la Carte available La Cucina Centro and Castletroy

When La Cucina Centro first opened on Henry Street in Limerick there A tavola non si invecchia. - Italian proverb. "At the table with good friends and family you

were queues out the door for the first few weeks. Described as casual

do not become old"

Italian dining, La Cucina already had a very large fan base, thanks to

Italian food is good for the soul, it is fresh, tasty, and hearty with a touch of love, and we

Bruno Coppola opened their doors in 2003 and are going from strength

We turned to good old Facebook to find out the favourites of Limerick locals and why

and the food as rustic, hearty and generous in portion size.

are certainly spoilt for choice in Limerick for delicious Italian restaurant experiences. they like them.

the original La Cucina in Castletroy. Lorraine Fanneran and her partner to strength since. The décor can be described as cool and contemporary

Our favourite dish: Frutti Di Mare or Bufala Pizza Price range: Budget to Mid-range. Pizza from €12



La Piccola Italia

A firm favourite for Limerick locals, Piccola Italia is an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Limerick City. Based on the lower ground floor of No. 55 O'Connell St, the restaurant is a completely

family-run business. The Coppola family, Alfredo, Anna & Stefano, have decades of experience in the trade. They cater for large and small

parties, as well as intimate dinners for two. The Restaurant attracts

a varied clientele, including an extremely loyal following of regular patrons, Italian food aficionados and tourists.

Our favourite dish: Scalloppine Di Vitello or Sogliola alla Griglia Price range: Mid to high range. Main course from €18 - €30, pasta from €14



Da Vincenzo Food Hall

Located in The George Hotel, this popular restaurant is family friendly and caters for both

small and large parties. It encompasses a full bar courtesy of the hotel and holds wine tasting events and cooking masterclasses. For us wine lovers out there, they have a selection of over

200 wines available rating from an ‘economy’ wine (from €7), ‘premium’ (from €9), ‘business

class’ (from €14) or ‘first class’ (from €18) Food wise, all of the traditional dishes can be enjoyed in a bustling friendly atmosphere.

Our favourite dish: Lasanga or Crab & Seafood Ravioli Price range: Mid-range. 3 Course dinner €25 Gusto d'Italia Parlour

We can’t write about Italian food in Limerick and not include Gusto d’Italia. An artisan gelato ice-cream parlour located on William Street with 24 mouth-watering flavours, as well as occasional cakes and pastries. All products are handmade on site. Italian gelato ice-

creams are served as a form of a special designed deserts with whipped fresh cream, fruits and toppings. They are available in scopes and containers for take away as well. Our favourite dish: Luxury Nut or Fruit Power Price range: €3.50 - €7





opin ion The Benefits of Giving Technology a B reak

From the minute we wake up, to the time we shut

So what can we do in order to help ourselves avoid

through Facebook, uploading those pretty photos

to take a break is the first step. Personally, I didn’t

our eyes every night, we are sending emails, scrolling

taken to Instagram and snapping BFFs. For most of us

today all this is part of the package of life. Technology has moved so fast it is easy to forget what life was

like before. It has certainly changed our lives for the

better in so many ways, but it is also important that we remember to take a break from it all. So unplug yourself from the laptop and put down the phone, and give the following a try.

Firstly, let's talk about the effects technology actually

has on us. With quite worrying negative impacts coming to light over the years, it’s important we know

them in order to be able to recognise the signs that we

might be one of the many human beings who need to take a step back from it all. Although technology makes us feel more connected than ever, for many

it is actually harming our ability to socialise and is

isolating us from the people standing right in front

getting into these situations? Realising that we need think I had a problem. I’m fine, I go for walks. I take

in nature and everything around me on a daily basis. But what was I doing on these walks? Taking my

phone out of my pocket every five minutes to take pictures of that unusual sky or that panoramic view for my social media profiles. I realised that in fact this

wasn’t me time, I wasn’t unplugging from everything and enjoying the moment. I still had technology glued

to my fingertips, clinging on to it like a lifeline, feeling

I had to document it and share with an audience. Because if I didn’t, did I actually even do it? Most of

us tend to pick up our smartphones every morning

before we’ve even brushed our teeth. Instead focus on preparing for the day ahead, both physically and

mentally. If you’ve tried this and managed to survive, why not try having a set amount of hours that are technology free every day?

of us. Obesity, depression, poor sleep habits, increased

Another great way of learning to release from the

and eyesight are just some of the other effects that

alternative option. Find something you like to do, like

bullying and health problems such as loss of hearing have been documented.

clasps of technology every day is by having an reading a fiction novel or starting a class such as Yoga or Pilates. Make these things a routine and you won’t

have time to be worrying about how many likes your new profile picture has.



Figure out what triggers you to use technology so often and try to extinguish these triggers. Do you use

it to procrastinate from all those college assignments that need doing? Are you sitting at home in the

evenings after dinner so bored out of your tree you’ve

refreshed your Facebook and Instagram feeds ten times in the past minute? Put the phone away! Lock

it in your room and give the key to that annoying sibling who loves nothing more than to see you suffer

and definitely won’t give it back if you ask. Pick up

those books you loaned from the library a week ago, arrange to meet up with friends and have a laugh, get up and go, get stuff done! This break from technology will also boost your creativeness and intelligence.

Like anything worthwhile, it will probably be tough at the beginning. Like drinking or smoking, technology

is an addiction. It will take time to break the habit of picking up the phone every five minutes to check it

even though you didn’t hear it ring. But after a few

weeks you should start to feel the benefits. You will be getting work done at a quicker pace, your mood in general will improve and the free time you will have to

do something new, fun and exciting will surprise you. Nobody is under the illusion that cutting technology

out of life completely is an option, because it’s just not possible. But taking these needed breaks from brightly lit screens should de-clutter your mind. You won’t regret it.

Article by: Amanda Flannery



F it n e ss Summer Dieting or Simply Eating Cle ver?

As the mornings get brighter and evenings longer, it’s time to take total advantage of this beautiful country we live in. It’s a time of year for travel, weddings, birthday, numerous BBQ’s and celebrations. So the question many of you are asking is, how can I manage to stay on track and get through without messing with my food plan?

First things first, let’s get rid of the word DIET. For most it becomes a chore, hassle and hard work. That is the last thing we want. You need to enjoy life a little and need to eat

well, gaining benefits of weight loss, a healthy immune system and being full of energy. Food has it all, it is medicine for the soul. You all know that after eating a heavy-weighted

meal full of grease, sugars, salts and simple carbs, you feel like sleeping. When you go without food, you can suffer from headaches, and get cranky and irritable. When feeling

cold, having something warm to eat suddenly raises body temperature. So keeping that summer feeling and being chirpy is all about what you decide to pump into your body. Kill the word diet, just eat well. It will automatically remove that pressure.



When out and about and going for something to eat in a restaurant, order clever. Ask for sauces on the side

- unfortunately here in Ireland when you ask for a Caesar salad, in true accommodating style they lavish the salad in Caesar dressing until you cannot see the

lettuce any more. So instead of someone deciding for

you stay in control of the extras that go on your dish. Same applies for other foods such as steak.

Try to eat slower; don’t rush your food. Enjoy the

"Food has it all, it is medicine for the soul" Banana Power


1 medium banana

you have eaten, but try delay it as long as possible so

1 240ml Almond Milk or fat-free milk

you don’t feel bloated.

200g of fat-free plain Greek yogurt (FAGE) 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Eat every 2.5hrs and keep your meals simple and

1 Tbsp. Powdered peanut butter (better body foods

in restaurant or café you aren’t overcome with hunger

Handful of ice cubes

easy. This way when you do go for something to eat and end up sticking your head in the bucket.

Now is the season for fruit smoothies, salads and juice, so take advantage of their low calorie highly nutritious ingredients. Remember you are what you

PB fit)

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 278 kcal, 29 g protein, 22g carbs, 6 g fibre, 9 g fat.

eat, but more precisely you are what you absorb. Every

Increase the heat

up or breaking me down?

pineapple and grapefruit all increase body thermic

time you look at food ask yourself is this building me


Smoothies are great on the go and a quick breakfast

to kick off your morning. But the trouble with most smoothies is you are starving after a short while and

would be happy to start chewing on your desk, to

result in fat loss. The thermic effect of food (TEF) is

the amount of energy required to digest and process

the food you eat. So, by just eating these foods on their own won’t reduce weight, you need to move!

• If you eat more than you burn, you’re in a state of

process and savor the tastes, it is much better on your

digestive system. Also have something to drink after

But let’s call a spade a spade here, no food can directly

Spinach, radish, hot peppers, onions, garlic, beetroot, affect. Just be careful as the summer comes in and

temperatures rise, you don’t want to feel bloated and extra hot and sweaty.

positive energy balance, and you will gain fat.

• If you eat less energy through food than you burn, you’re in a of negative energy balance, and you will lose fat

Thirst or Hunger?

Water is the excelsior of life, without it we simply

cannot function. We can often mistake thirst for hunger. The best trick is to drink and if you are still

hungry then it is not thirst. When doing a training session be sure to have electrolyte in your water as you lose salts in your body while working out. Water is a

key ingredient in keeping the body cool. With high humidity levels, sweat will not evaporate quickly. This prevents the body from releasing heat in an efficient

manner. Therefore it is necessary to hydrate and drink water, even when you are not thirsty. Being thirsty

is not a sufficient indicator that you are dehydrated, at that point you are well and truly into a state of dehydration.

Article by: Jason Kenny

Photography by: Alan Place

satisfy your hunger. The smoothie needs to be packed

with wholesome fruits and veg, and you can even add oats and protein to your mix. Here is one I love:



Min d Your M in d When Dad is sad

As Father's Day approaches, it's an important time to remind ourselves to treat mental health as seriously as physical health. Men are often a casualty to gender stereotypes and role expectations: men are often considered the protector of their family, the strong one and the person who exerts confidence and independence. Men’s coping mechanisms are

as result often completely different to those of a woman - where she will be quicker to show her emotions, a man is likely to be much slower. This has only encouraged an existing attitude that men should never admit their plights and therein lies an immense problem. The main issue is (for a sufferer) admitting that they are struggling with matters of the mind and letting their family in to allow them to help. It is particularly hard when society still expects men and fathers to be the strong, steady head of the family.

Suicide - Men are almost five times more likely to die

Bipolar disorder- Bipolar is a treatable mental health

Self-harm- Many men (while not fully comprehending

the biggest cause of death in men between the ages of

and energy. With bipolar, a person’s mood can

by punching walls or hitting things and generally

by suicide in Ireland compared to women. Suicide is

15 to 34 years old, far more than road traffic accidents. Suicide has major repercussions for family members

and friends, it can take years to recover from losing a loved one to suicide. Explaining suicide to young children in particular is a very difficult thing to do.

Affective defective hyper disorder - ADHD is

usually undiagnosed and therefore it can play a part

in breaking down relationships. Symptoms can range from having little attention to anything followed by having a hyper focus were the sufferer can only

think about what they are doing and ignore everyone around them. Impulsiveness, disorganisation, lack

of motivation and bad self-esteem are also signs of

illness characterised by changes in mood, behaviour

alternate between pure highs and extreme lows which

can last for hours, days or weeks. Men are less likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to their reluctance to see a general practitioner. Symptoms

when the sufferer has a young family and the sufferer

and in some cases a disregard for their own safety

or that of others. Young children with their dad in

the throes of a high might think their dad is happy however, the energy is not sustainable and when they come down, they have to contend with an epic turnaround from their once energetic selves.

fatigue, loss of concentration and feelings of

things they once enjoyed, loss of appetite, anxiety, uselessness. Some sufferers self-medicate or turn to drugs or substances to mask their feelings and emotions, isolating themselves and pushing family

away adding to a child’s confusion about their father’s illness.


or other problems.

by the inability to switch off, increased productivity

happiness, racing thoughts, sleep deprivation caused

to maintain a good relationship with them or others, inability to concentrate on their kids.

harm usually to cope with their feelings of depression

Recognising a problem

Depression- Symptoms include loss of interest in

their unsettled moods are a major factor and their

harming themselves in any way possible. Men self-

alter from feelings of sadness, usefulness, irritability to

ADHD. Children will find it hard if their dad is suffering with ADHD as their parent will be unable

that they are self-harming) are injuring themselves

Undiagnosed mental illness is a particular problem

is resisting treatment or the idea of seeking help. For a partner the problem can be tiring as they fight to maintain their family home and relationships. It may

take time for a sufferer’s partner to notice the signs and if their loved one is dismissing any offer of help

it can add to the ordeal. However, it is imperative that a person you consider to be ill sees a doctor sooner rather than later. Then the real work begins…


Telling the kids

Explaining to young kids about their Daddy is never

easy but for the family to move forward it must be discussed as a family. Children may not understand

why their father is ill or why he is suffering from a form of mental illness. They will have many questions

regarding the illnesses (that they probably have never heard of ) and you should take the time to answer their

queries as honestly as possible. The kids may blame

themselves as they may resolve that if they behaved better or loved their daddy more that he wouldn’t be ill. Parents will have to work to reassure their children

and while the road may be long ahead you will get

through it as a family. Get help from support groups and charities, never feel alone while you deal with

these issues and stand united in your battle again mental health problems. Supports and help

There are many organisations who are only too happy

to help and support families who are affected by mental health issues. Please visit the links below if you are struggling or are worried about a loved one.



Par e nt in g Parenting - Jane Tickets are priced at â‚Ź6. More information can be obtained from I am looking forward to attending with my 3 year old! Dog Show and Fun Day

On Sunday 9th July Limerick Animal Welfare is

holding a Dog Show and Fun Day for all the family to enjoy. The event will be held between 12pm and

4pm. Games, refreshments, activities and the pet and rescue dog show will be sure to entertain the whole

family. Limerick Animal Welfare is a registered

charity which does fantastic work in the community. They provide a safe haven for unwanted, neglected and

abandoned animals. The charity has a no kill policy

and endeavours to find secure and loving homes for all of their animals.

Curraghchase Forest Park

This beautiful forest park is located in Kilcornan, a 15 minute drive from Limerick City. At Curraghchase

there are walking trails, cycling trails, opportunities There is no need to go abroad to experience a fun filled and action packed summer. Limerick and its surrounding areas are full of thoroughly enjoyable events and family days out. Here are a few activities sure to engage the whole family throughout the summer months. The Fairy Woods

The Fairy Woods are located in Castleconnell approximately a 20 minute drive from Limerick City. The fairy

village is located in the Fairy Woods along the river walk. Throughout the walk a selection of fairy houses can

be found amongst the trees. These houses are where the fairies live, work and play - be sure to keep an eye out

for them going about their day! This magical fairy trail is sure to captivate the imaginations of young children and and is an enjoyable walk for the whole family. Following the walk the playground is a lovely spot for small children to play and enjoy a picnic. Family Circus Saturdays

On Saturday 17th June the Irish Aerial Creation Centre at the Burlington Business Park, Gillogue will host

two family circus classes for children between the ages of 1 and 5 years old. The first class will run between 11am and 12pm while the second class will ensue between 1pm and 2pm. Here the children along with their mums and dads can play delightful games and partake in magical circus themed activities!


for relaxing picnics and fun filled playgrounds. If

you prefer a longer sojourn the caravan and campsite provide the perfect opportunity for a tranquil and nature filled break from the ordinary. My own little

boy loves all types of exploring, collecting sticks,

discovering new creatures and going on adventures. This type of forest experience engages and entertains

children of all ages. While a stay at Curraghchase Forest Park is a holiday in itself, it also serves as a

fantastic base to explore other attractions in the south west.

I wish all my readers a relaxing summer and hope you enjoy some of the aforementioned days out! Article by: Jane O’Halloran


Par e nt in g Father’s Day

Timothy Cummins: My best experience was three days after we brought my daughter home from the

hospital. She wasn’t sleeping at night and my wife

was completely exhausted from the whole pregnancy/ labour/breastfeeding/no sleep thing so I took the

baby downstairs and rocked her to sleep in my arms. I spent six hours just staring at her sleeping in my arms before I went to sleep. It was amazing. Ahead of Father’s Day, our dads reflect on their best moments as parents and how their own fathers have

Before my daughter was born, my father didn’t exactly

been there for them along the way.

espouse the beauty of childbirth and told me to not

Mark Lloyd: My best experience as a father? Too many to count. The births, the first steps, the first words,

He said children are like sausages: you'll enjoy them

watch the birth as I'd stop viewing my wife as sexy.

the devilish ice-cream smooching smiles, the sleeping angels, kicking ball, the list goes on. Who can forget

more if you don't watch them being made…

very uplifting experience to recall all these moments now.

James Slattery: Watching my son playing the tin

There is one memory involving my father that is very special to me, but it is a selfish moment. One day

Amazing Grace for my wife, Grace - that is up there

played for the u12s and Jack played for the u14s. When they stood in for the team photo I swelled with

at my quadruplets birth, that was an unreal experience.

I’m somewhere between atheistic and agnostic, so I don’t believe in heaven or hell, but on that day, at that

My Dad would not be really into babies/toddlers and

the feeling of a week-old child asleep on your chest as you lie on the couch watching Judge Judy? It is a

last summer my three boys lined up for Limerick Cricket Club in The Mardyke in Cork. George and Tom pride. My dad was a keen cricketer with AIB, North Kildare and Old Belvedere. He died when I was eight.

whistle at my wedding when he was seven he played with some of the great moments. Also being present

moment, I really felt that he was with me.

takes more interest when they are older, but he got

Jason Kenny: The best moments as a father are hearing your baby saying daddy for the first time and seeing

would come over and feed them when they were very

comes first, no matter what. No sacrifice is enough for your family.

or out for a while. I’m sure he was still watching the

your very first Father’s Day card. In terms of how my father inspired me, he taught me that your family

involved when we had the quads. He and my mam

small and look after them so we could go to sleep

racing channel while he was doing it, but nevertheless! Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo



B usine ss P r of ile Rachel Wa lsh Rachel Walsh of Discover Digital recently won the Network Ireland Limerick Award 2017 for Emerging Business

Tell us a bit about why you decided to set up Discover Digital?

I’ve always worked with big brands. My very first job after I left LIT was in the advertising department in Ryanair which was amazing experience. I’ve also spent time working with Tesco, Virgin Media, but it’s very hard to see the contribution your making in these big corporations and that’s something that always played on my mind.

I’m very passionate about small businesses and digital marketing and I really wanted to use the experience I had gained and use it to help a business where you can actually see the impact the advertising is having for the brand. How did it feel to first step out on your own?

It was scary, certainly! I was used to working with a team of really talented people in my previous roles who I could bounce ideas off of. When you work for yourself you really have to believe in yourself and trust your gut. That was definitely difficult to get used to. But I’m lucky that I’m surrounded by lots of people who’ve done this before me so I always have someone to go to for advice.



What challenges have you faced as a new business and how did you overcome them?

It can sometimes be a challenge to communicate

the value a digital marketing strategy can bring to a business as there can be an element of fear associated

with using new channels such as social media if the business hasn’t used these channels before. Not everyone has grown up with or is comfortable on social media. My ethos is all about Sharing The

Digital Love so I try to educate businesses on the fact that digital marketing is not just more cost effective

than traditional marketing channels, but it’s also the smart thing to do as more and more consumers are

consuming their information online. The perfect strategy would be to combine the traditional and digital channels to form an integrated marketing strategy.

What support have you had along the way?

I’ve had amazing support from family and friends. When you start a business you have to be prepared to work all hours in the day. When I started I had a lot of

other things going on like lecturing in LIT, studying for my masters part time, and moving into my new

house so I didn’t have much time for anything else. My friends and family were all very understanding and continue to be! My family literally moved me

into my house so I could focus on my exams and the work I had to do for the business.

What has been your proudest moment in business so far?

I’ve had lots of great moments and the award is one

of them but one that stands out is gaining my first

client (Treaty Veterinary Clinic), that was the point where I started to believe I could do this. Another of

my early clients was a restaurant in Tipperary called Prime 74. I developed a social media strategy for

their launch and continued to work with them for a

number of months. They recently won an award at the

Irish Restaurant Awards so it was great to see them gaining recognition.

How did it feel to win the Network Ireland Limerick

How do you switch off from work - is it hard when

I was actually shocked! I’ve been involved in Network


Award for emerging business?

Ireland Limerick for almost three years now and there are so many amazing business women in the network

who have been in business for a lot longer than me. As a newbie to the business world, I thought it would

be a few years before I got the kind of recognition that comes from winning an award. It’s been such a great

experience and I’m so glad I entered. The response has been overwhelming and the exposure I’ve got from winning the award is priceless. No amount of digital

social media is such a big part of work and personal It’s very difficult - my phone is never out of my hand

and is always pinging with notifications from pages I run, that’s just the nature of it! Exercise is great way to tire out the mind. I love to walk my dog Alfie, or

rather I should say he walks me. Also Studio One in

Annacotty do a great Spin class that’s sure to sweat any stress out of you. Failing that, a nice big G&T in one of my favourite Limerick bars works a treat!

marketing could compete!

What does the future hold for digital marketing?

How important has Network Ireland been in your

have to keep on top of that. Video content continues

business journey?

I genuinely don’t think I would have set up Discover Digital if it wasn’t for Network Limerick. I joined

the network a few years ago when Discover Digital was just an idea that I wasn’t even sure I was

going to act on. But the network is full of amazing inspirational business women and it’s impossible for

that entrepreneurial spirit not to rub off on you. I remember feeling very nervous going to my first event a few years ago thinking how the hell am I going to

hold my own in a room full of experienced business owners, but I was made feel so welcome and put at ease straight away. For me, Network Limerick is a

place I get support, advice, mentoring and friendship.

The world of digital is constantly evolving so you to lead the pack and businesses should ensure it is

incorporated in their marketing strategy. Also, data is really topical and is widely considered to be a company’s biggest asset. This includes everything

from customer data to website analytical data. Use

your data to create a persona of who your customer

is and tailor your marketing activity accordingly. Personally, I’m currently studying a masters in Digital Marketing and analytics in DIT so I’m focused on

getting through that and looking forward to a well-

earned trip to Thailand at Christmas when it’s all over! Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

Photography by: Paul Mullins



B uild in g B r an d s Visual Identity In last month's issue we explored the core elements of

A brand’s visual identity however is far more than a

This demonstrates again how important it is to lay

traits feed directly into everything that a brand does

that has been curated based on a set of core concepts.

key in the creation of a strong brand identity because

your brand, its values and traits. A brand's values and

and says and therefore they are central to the creation

of your brand’s overall identity. But what is a brand identity? Identity is a very complex, multi-faceted concept and so over the coming months we aim to

break down the term and explain how we at The Pudding understand identity and how our approach

to the subject allows us to become creative partners

with our clients and holistically develop their brand identities.

This article focuses on the visual manifestation of a

brands identity ie: visual identity. Branding, as we

know it today, originated from farmers needing to

identify their cattle and in turn these marks developed into symbols associated with quality. During the early 1900s, as advertising grew, the demand was placed on businesses and organisations to develop visual systems

of communication for their brands. And as a result of

this, we now live in a society which is highly aware of branding, identity and visual identity.

logo. A visual identity consists of a visual language The brand’s values and traits are distilled into a visual

language that is communicated through colour, typography, photography, imagery, illustration layout etc. Our strategy, as discussed in previous issues, allows

us to gain an intrinsic understanding of your brand.

We assist you in defining your objectives, mission, value and traits and all of these aspects contribute

it will inform every decision that needs to be made, especially within the design process. It feeds into absolutely every aspect of your brand’s visual identity from the choice of colour palette to the typography

and layout as well as the materials and even social media platforms that you use.

to the development of a creative brief. How do we

A brand’s visual identity can be seen as a toolbox

do we get the message to people that you stand for

combined to communicate a precise and consistent

communicate what your brand is all about? How quality, for example, or that you are results driven

or environmentally friendly? This all starts with the

creative brief. The brief allows the creative team

to identify exactly what the objectives of the visual identity should be. Take for example an extremely

interesting brief which had only two objectives. One, the brand wanted a package so unique and different

that you could find it in the dark and two, they wanted the glass to be so distinctive that even when it was shattered on the ground, you could still identify

it. This was the creative brief set for the design of the Coca Cola bottle in 1916. The strength of the outcome is mirrored in the precision and clarity of

the objectives, so much so that the design has stood the test of time and is to this day revered as iconic.


the groundwork for your brand identity. Strategy is

of carefully considered visual elements that can be

message. For example business cards printed on rich, thick card with metallic foil emboss say something about the organisation and business and person that

it belongs to. With this understanding that a brand’s visual language is far more than a logo we will, over

the coming issues, look at the role that some of these elements play in the creation of a visual identity that truly reflects your brand.

Article by: Eva Shortt - Creative Lead, The Pudding


Ne ws Be Dog Smart The interactive workshops will be aimed at anyone

who has responsibility for children such as; parents, teachers, grandparents, child-minders, foster carers as well as the children themselves.

“We wanted to keep the Be Dog Smart campaign message simple: Paws; Think; Stay Safe," Fiona Gregan, Education and Community Manager at

Dogs Trust explains. "The campaign uses a Be Dog Smart Safety Code which mirrors a traffic light system to teach adults and children how to stay safe

with dogs. We hope that our guidance will become as much a part of a child’s education as road safety awareness.”

Dogs Trust launches nationwide ‘Be Dog Smart’ education campaign Pulling his tail, sitting on him, disturbing his sleep and kissing his nose are just some of the antagonising ways

children act around dogs according to a new survey released by Dogs Trust. The charity is urging parents to never

The Dogs Trust ‘Be Dog Smart’ top tips NEVER:

leave a child alone with any dog as part of its ground-breaking Be Dog Smart dog safety campaign launch.

Disturb a dog while they’re eating or drinking

The recent study commissioned by Dogs Trust has revealed some startling statistics about our understanding of

Approach a dog who isn’t with their owner

dogs’ behaviour and how we allow our children to interact with dogs. 12% of Irish parents would leave a child of 5 or younger alone with a dog. 40% of Irish parents would leave a child under 11 or younger alone with a dog.

Disturb a dog while they’re in their beds

Tease a dog, even if you think it’s only fun. CAUTION:

A quarter of Irish adults have let a child approach a dog they did not know. One in 3 parents have seen their child

Move calmly and quietly around dogs

don’t know there are 21+ signs that a dog may be feeling uncomfortable or stressed.


kiss a dog on the nose. Whilst 82% of Irish parents say they teach their child how to behave around a dog, over 96%

If you’re uncomfortable around a dog, do the “x

With these worrying statistics in mind, Dogs Trust has launched their Be Dog Smart campaign, a nationwide

Remember, you can never know how a dog is feeling.



Suzie Carley, Executive Director of Dogs Trust says: “With over 30% of households owning a pet dog, it is likely

Let the dog sniff your safehand before you rub them

benefits; it is vital children learn how to approach and interact with a dog safely.”

Treat dogs with respect

free education program to teach all family members how to stay safe around dogs whether in the home or out and

that children will come into contact with dogs regularly. Whilst being around dogs can have so many wonderful

Last year the Dogs Trust Education Team carried out over 1800 workshops teaching just over 56,000 children about responsible dog ownership. With the Be Dog Smart campaign they plan to increase this figure by 50%.

Dogs Trust Education and Community Officers will be delivering free Be Dog Smart Workshops, designed to

keep children safe both at home and in the community in a variety of locations such as, libraries, community centres, antenatal classes and Montessori schools across the country.


Ask the owner for permission before you pet their dog Walk your dog with an adult

Ensure that a child is supervised when a dog is present.




L it e r at ur e Po et ry I n t erv i ew Sandy Yannone Tell us about your life in writing - when you did first

How would you describe your style? What subject



realise your passion for storytelling and talent for The operative word is first. Over the course of my career I have had to rediscover my passion over

and over. In this regard, passion and talent always

have seemed at odds. In my undergraduate poetry workshops, there were young women whom I was simply in awe of their imagination and writing. They

chose, however, not to continue to write and persist. I

first committed when I took a leave of absence from law school in 1987 and enrolled in an MFA program

in Boston the following spring. I never went back. I left that entire world behind, even the people I had met, for a richer, poetic existence that has persisted. How did you first get your writing in print?

Dogged persistence. My first poetry publication was

out of my control. My professor Bill Knott asked me

at Narrative 4 and at Limerick Writers' Centre's On the

Nail literary gathering. She tells us how Ireland, sexuality, womanhood, and the Titanic inspire her writing.

to stories that originated in the 1880s-1920s: the

Titanic, Houdini, the Pullman porters, a fire that burned down the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia in

1917. I find inspiration in the lesser known details of these grand stories. I am drawn to exploring the intersections where silence, disaster, desire, and hope

meet. Living on the West Coast of the United States, my orientation provides me a perspective to turn around and look east to where I grew up on that coast

of our shared ocean, the Wild Atlantic, as you call

it in Ireland. As a woman writer who identifies as lesbian, I also explore these compass points from the vantage point of my sexuality.

six prestigious literary journals. I gave him a villanelle

Honestly, I just considered how I’ve always been

my favorite poets on the planet, Li-Young Lee, chose

the poem. I was flabbergasted, but it did give me confidence, or maybe something closer to hope, that my poems could find an audience. This was in the late

‘80s. In the ‘90s, I had good success with publishing poems across the country, but as the century turned my

focus wavered for about ten years while I got on solid ground with my faculty position at The Evergreen

State College, where I direct its writing centre. This

current decade has emerged as one to reconnect with my writing and getting my poetry out into the world

again. Limerick and its poets have been incredible supporters of this endeavour.


personal with the historical. I am particularly drawn

You've visited our shores several times - why do you

I’d written, “Other Women,” and the judge, one of

Limerick on more than one occasion, appearing recently

My style is largely narrative and attempts to fuse the

for a poem to enter a national contest for emerging writers. The winners would be published in one of

American poet Sandra Yannone has brought her work to

matters are you drawn to and where you find

feel so drawn to Ireland?

connected with Ireland because I grew up in New England, and we share an ocean, an ocean that for over

a hundred years has held something sacred to me, the wreck of the RMS Titanic. In April 2012, I was on a

Titanic Memorial Cruise that was travelling Titanic’s

route on the timeline she sailed on her maiden voyage in 1912. I was in Cobh (Queenstown), Titanic’s last

port of call, for six hours; those six hours changed my

entire perspective on her story. In the United States Titanic’s narratives are mostly about the American first-class passengers who perished. There are no

locations associated with these stories other than the

passengers’ hometowns. In Ireland, Cobh is a place of departure, a vital point on a fateful map.


"B e ing a wr i t e r i s a m i nd s e t, a p r o c ess of living in t he w or ld, a s m u c h as an act i on" Right across the street is one of the most beautiful, haunting




witnessed, the

Lusitania Peace Memorial. When I revisited Cobh unexpectedly in late June, 2016, I was mourning the

victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, FL, and spent the bulk of that week in that literal

vortex of space. I recorded myself reading my sestina “Requiem for Orlando” in front of that sculpture. The entire experience felt spiritual.

You visited Narrative 4 in Limerick recently, tell us about that and your previous experience of Limerick? Will you be returning again?

My previous experience of Limerick was similar to

my first experience in Cobh. I spent one magical

evening the night before I was returning to the United

States. That night at The Buttery’s “On the Nail” reading, I met Edward O’Dwyer and reconnected

with Knute Skinner, the father of a former student of mine at Evergreen. I also heard Linda Louise Galvin

and Teri Murray, whom I had so looked forward to

meeting this trip and was deeply saddened to learn

of her passing. Earlier this year, Edward contacted me to ask if I would blurb his magnificent new

second collection, Bad News, Good News, Bad News. Incredibly honoured, I began contemplating a trip

to Limerick for his launch. To sweeten the prospect, Edward helped arrange my reading with John Liddy at

Narrative 4. The evening, honestly, was electric. John’s

first public reading of his new epic poem “Madrid” had me enraptured. I shared a mix of Titanic poems

and newer work, including “Requiem for Orlando”

I connected with so many wonderful people that

Who are some of your favourite writers?

reading at O’Brien’s Pub. My birthday is in late April,

Bishop, a mid-century American poet who grew up

evening as was the case at Edward’s launch and a

and I wouldn’t mind participating in Poetry Month every April in Limerick!

What is next for you, what are you focusing on right now?

I am embarking on three projects simultaneously. My

parents are stained glass artists, and I am writing a collection called Museum of Glass. An extended

meditation, every poem has the word glass in it. I also

am launching a collaborative project of erasure poems based on the first major book ever written about the Titanic, Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember. I’ll

be recruiting all the poets I know, including those in Limerick, to contribute. Finally, I am continuing to research the women’s suffrage movement as 2020

marks the 100th anniversary of women in the United

States achieving the vote. I hope this work will

My favourite poet of immemorial time is Elizabeth in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts and lived much of

her adult life in Brazil. I’ve been reading her for years, but her poems about travel have resonated deeply more recently. Marie Howe and Li-Young Lee, for

their deep introspection into the liminality of life, death, and memory. For books about the significance

of poetry I turn to Muriel Rukeyser’s 1949 classic The

Life of Poetry and Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider.

Also anything by Carl Phillips and Adrienne Rich, Russian futurist Vladimir Mayakovsky, and poets

published by Copper Canyon Press. I also cannot leave this interview without giving the highest recommendation to the recent anthology Even the

Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry, a treasure chest edited by Jessie Lendennie, a international poetry ambassador of unprecedented vision.

coincide with the next election cycle replacing the

Where can our readers find out more about you?

White House.

I needed to buckle down and get a website. Until I do,

current executive, if he has not already vacated the

Do you have any advice for burgeoning or lapsed writers?

I’ve been that lapsed writer many times over. Being

a writer is a mindset, a process of living in the world, as much as an action. Trust your vision in yourself, even if you are not producing. Live. Write. Live some

When I returned to the U.S., I told a dear friend that folks can friend me on Facebook (Sandy Yannone) or scroll the web – many of my poems are archived in literary journals like Glass: A Poetry Journal, which published “Requiem for Orlando” last August. Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

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and “Inauguration Night,” a poem in response to the presidential election.



St ud e nt Lif e Advice for New College Graduates - What's Next?

Becoming a new graduate is, understandably, a very scary thing! For a lot of people, it will be your first time not being in any kind of formal education. Having to face the big, bad world for once and for all is incredibly daunting for most but it doesn’t have to be all bad! There are so many options out there for you once you’ve left college.

Whether you’re planning to keep on truckin’ and head straight back into education to further your studies or you have decided to take a year out to breathe before getting fully into the swing of things, we have compiled a few important tips. So, before you become a fully-fledged adult – yes, it’s finally time – we hope that this will make the experience a little less terrifying!

Of course, these tips can be applied to any level of graduate but we’re guessing that if you have a PhD, you’re already pretty established in what’s next for your life. This article is dedicated to the poor, overwhelmed undergraduate. We feel your pain.



Expect to feel a little lost.

Once you first graduate, you’ll probably be hit with

an overwhelming sense of ‘What now!?’ Don’t worry, that’s completely normal. It might seem like everyone

around you is swimming along just fine while you feel like you’re drowning. But trust us, they’re feeling

just as anxious as you are! The most important thing to remember is that, if you’re dedicated, this feeling

won’t last forever. Chances are you’ll find your niche sooner or later. However, if you’re still in college and

just can’t stand the idea of being in limbo once you leave, do your research now. Research the type of

thing you’d love to do after college and take the steps

you need to get there. For example, if it’s you’re dream to travel for a year once you graduate, do your research and look up costs and start saving.

Don’t listen to others – for the most part.

While you will likely get helpful advice from people

who have been in your position, you will equally get a lot of unhelpful advice. Many people will tell you about the worth of your degree and what you should

be doing instead but it’s important to weed out the good advice from the bad and not pay attention to

anything else. After all, the only person who knows what’s best for you is you so go with your gut and you’ll be absolutely fine! Keep in mind that there

are so many avenues to get to where you want to be. Again, the key is to be determined. If studying for the next couple of years towards a post-grad or

masters doesn’t appeal to you, do your research. For a

lot of jobs, you can start from the bottom and work

your way up through internships and apprenticeships. So, don’t listen to that ‘helpful’ advice that your Arts degree isn’t going to get you anywhere.

If your dream is to write for a fashion magazine, keep

your eyes peeled for internships and get your foot in

Don’t panic if you decide to change your path.

Many fields of study such as technology are in high

you’ve studied for four years no longer appeals to you.

enough to land a graduate-level job that will help you

Make sure to look at things from a positive outlook.

require you to be highly qualified. The earlier you do

longer for you now rather than after having put down

however - there are plenty of sites online that offer

about! Give yourself a break and don’t beat yourself

education. One fantastic website is You

money, do a night course or take up a new hobby.

days but there is a great ‘adult learning’ section with a

eventually, it just takes some people a little bit longer

in Ireland. If you’re still in college and are thinking

waste, think of them as a learning experience and

to a career guidance counsellor can be a great way to

You might be petrified at the fact that the subject

demand and so you may find that you are lucky

This is a perfect time to take a step back and breathe.

move up in your career. However, many industries

At least you have realised that the path you’re on is no

your research for further qualifications, the better,

ten years in a field that you aren’t at all passionate

advice and support for those wanting to return to

up about it. Travel, take a year out to work and save

might remember Qualifax from your Leaving Cert

Whatever you do, don’t panic. You’ll find your way

full list of Postgraduate and Masters courses available

to get there. Don’t think of your studies so far as a

about further education once you graduate, speaking

focus on the things you can take away from it.

explore options and figure out what you will need to

Travel, travel, travel.

If you’ve just graduated college and don’t already have

carry on with your studies. Article by: Ali Molloy

a job, don’t have children and are healthy, you’ll never

have a better opportunity to go out and see the world as you do now. Think about it, you have your whole

life to work and make money but there is no better

time than now to make experiences and memories. It’s a total cliché but nobody has ever looked back at their life on their deathbed and though ‘I wish I made more money and worked more’. Whether you

go by yourself or with friends, the memories you make

at this point in your life will last you a lifetime and they’ll be the stories you tell your children in years to come.

As mentioned above, if you’re unsure where to go next in your life or career, travelling is one of the best ways

to give yourself time to ‘find yourself ’ as cheesy as that may sound!

Take steps in furthering your career.

the door. No matter what degree you’re currently in, nobody can write you off as having an unsuccessful future, you can get there if you’re dedicated.



L it e r at ur e B o o k Rev i ews Books To Read In June This edition of TLM is all about summer, which has got us thinking about lazy holidays, curling on the beach with a great book and a cocktail or two. Choosing the best books for your holiday is almost as important as finding the perfect bikini. I devour books on holidays and over the years I have found the perfect balance of genres. I need a cheesy romance book, a sci-fi book, an autobiography and a book that teaches me something. You might not be as meticulous as me when it comes to your beach reads but here’s a list that should have something to suit everyone.

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler

has been keeping a life changing secret from her. Seeking comfort and solace

countries such as Africa to Germany and onto the tropical Bahamas where she

Georgia Ford finds out a week before her wedding that her beloved fiancé of her family she hops in her car and flees home to her family’s vineyard in Sonoma. But she soon finds out that her fiancé hasn’t been the only one keeping secrets from her. A perfectly suspenseful beach read!

Chelsea Handler is back with another book. Follow Chelsea through various gets up to all sorts of adventures. She shares stories from traveling the world with us, all told with her hilarious view on life.

The Coldest City by Antony Johnston

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

of the Berlin Wall. The movie adaptation starring Charlize Theron and James

Emma writes about one family's two-week trip to the sunny island of Mallorca,

The book is a double-agent spy thriller that takes place on the eve of the collapse

McAvoy will be released on 28th July, so plenty of time to get reading if you’re one of those who like to read the book before seeing the movie.

This is a book to live vicariously through if you’re not going abroad this summer. Spain. It’s a story that follows the complicated relationships among family and

friends, especially on vacations. A great book to have if you’re planning to go on holidays with your family, it will make all your squabbles seem insignificant in comparison.



The Girls by Emma Cline

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by

caught up in a cult. An intelligent book that shows how easily it is for sheer

Published on 20th June, BuzzFeed writer Anne Helen Petersen’s book discuses

Set in ’60s California, this debut novel is about lonely teenager Evie who gets loneliness to control your actions.

Anne Helen Petersen

modern rule-breakers such as Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian. Anne takes an

analytical look at how female celebrities challenge the boundaries of what it means to be a woman in today’s society.

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

The Bees by Laline Paull

story of Louna, a young woman working as a wedding planner for the summer. She

breed. Flora 717, a member of the lowest caste, finds herself caught between her

Sarah Dessen is back again with her 13th novel, published 6th June. She tells the thinks she’s done with romance herself, until she runs into a guy called Ambrose who starts wreaking havoc with her plans to remain alone.

A fast-paced book about an ancient caste system in which only the queen can

own dreams and the norms of society when she dares to challenge the queen's wishes.

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman

And We’re Off by Diana Schwartz

a cliffhanger and we’ve been waiting eagerly for it’s release for a year now. So if

and live vicariously through your book. 17-year-old artist Nora’s grandfather offers

Orange Is the New Black Season 5 is coming to Netflix on 9th June! It ended on you’re looking for something to do after binge watching the new season you can go

back to the start by reading the true story that inspired the series and started it all.

For anyone on a staycation this summer this debut novel is the perfect way to travel

her an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe to study history’s most famous artists. In exchange he wants Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to him. Her mother is less than supportive about

her daughter’s chosen career path, but at the last minute she decides to join her daughter for the trip of a lifetime. Article by: Sarah Talty



FIXED VORTEX by Ilyana Kuhling Feeble fingers have collapsed into themselves her fist, like an infant’s lies limp in her lap

As if made of marble lyana Kuhling Ilyana Kuhling is an Irish-Canadian poet based in Limerick, and a lover of all things spoken word. She's


“What is it that you

a member of the Art-Bar poetry group in Toronto,

are holding on to?”

"Slam-Sunday" poetry competition. Her poetry

I take her thumb

Bitterzoet Magazine, and she was featured in the

digging into her palm

Canada, and a previous winner of the Dublin-based

Po et ry from stan zas

the grip won’t relax

has been previously published in Silver Apples and

try to unfurl the claw, the nails

Poetry Day Ireland 2017 Mix-Tape, curated by Lagan


Online and Poetry NI.

She must

Ilyana's favourite poets include Sylvia Plath and

be searching for some sensation

Elizabeth Bishop, and she firmly believes that a good

some sting of pain

cup of tea can solve almost anything.


Stanzas takes place monthly in Hook & Ladder on


new and emerging writers. The June event takes place

I am watching two blue planets

Summer Solstice.

notice the sound

Sarsfield Street. Stanzas aim to encourage and develop

on Friday 16th, from 7pm, and is a celebration of the

To see if they

If gravity can pull them, alter the orbit,

and turn them toward me “Do you know who I am?” They are empty planets They don’t move She is here

and not here Stuck

in the fixed vortex of this

in between



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L it e r at ur e Stories from Limerick Writers' Centre ‘Not so far, it isn’t,’ I said under my breath.

There wasn’t room to swing a cat in Gustos. A cacophony of screaming babies and pesky toddlers

blasted out, while mammies didn’t care or take a blind bit of notice. I was like a fish out of water, being the only male customer in the place.

In the middle of the coterie of motherhood lay one vacant table. I rushed to reserve it by depositing my cap, glasses and paper on it. At the counter, I ordered

a large Americano. A golden pastry sausage roll sat on a zinc white plate. It was the last one. I ordered it without delay.

‘You go Mr Crusty - I bring pronto,’ said Mariana, pointing to my table.

My glasses and cap had disappeared. I cursed my luck. Then I spotted them. Little Rosie had my glasses on,

GRUMPY’S COFFEE MORNING Tom McElligott A tickly cough had kept me awake for hours. I was like a bag of cats when I got out of bed after nine o’clock.

Trudging down stairs to boil the kettle was futile, when I discovered I had no milk for my coffee. Another one of

while her twin brother Danny was walking around

blind, with my cap hanging down over his button

nose. Their mammy was unconcerned until she said;

‘Danny put that thing back where ever you got it, there could be anything on it.’

those days, I thought.

I glared at her and retrieved my cap and glasses from

At a quarter to eleven, I sidled down in the rain to the newsagent to pick up the daily paper. Reading the headlines

look of more mischief, offering a pretence of demure

some nosey gab from the newsagent, Mrs Collins.

paper was still in one piece.

‘Bad morning Mr Crusty, terrible day - you are very serious looking in yourself. Have you the flu?’ she nosed.

clamouring of a colony of pepping penguins at

‘No, tis the full moon,’ I replied with a forced grin.

jabbering one louder than the next. Their hungry

did nothing to perk me up or quell my impatience as I waited to pay in a static queue. And then I had to listen to

Not in form for chat today, I almost said biting my tongue. She shrugged her shoulders and cast her eyes up in

the terrible twins. The scamps watched me with a harmlessness under their shy smiles. Luckily, my The din in Gustos was ear piercing, like the incessant breeding time. Mammies pecked out feverish babies were crying louder still.

despair of me. Outside on the shopping mall a waft of coffee enticed me in to Gusto’s Café.

I waited and waited, giving Gusto the come on for

‘Good morning Mr Crusty,’ said Gusto.

returned a sardonic smile saying, ‘Come soon sir,


God sake look, with the coffee and sausage roll. He soooorrrry.’


I was surrounded like ‘‘The Lone Ranger’’ in the

‘Jenny we are over here, come and join us,’ they shouted into my ear.

Indians. Not a daddy in sight. Then, the mammies

How in God’s name could she miss them? They were the main act.

midst of a tribe of loud screaming, ready to scalp, Red began comparing notes in in baby talk.

‘Gu Gu Gu little baby, spittin’ image of you,’ said a flattering mother.

‘Oh really, do you think so,’ replied the beaming baby’s mammy.

‘Cutchi Cutchi Cutchi - Who is a good boy?’ asked the mother of the twins.

‘Why me stupid,’ baby boy would have replied if he could.

‘How old is ‘‘himself ’’ now?’ asked Danny’s mother. ‘Daithi was three months yesterday, three soiled nappies already this morning – must be from his jabs

he got yesterday,’ replied his mother, who didn’t seem to notice that the smell of number four had arrived.

‘My twins are two and half, holy terrors the two of them,’ said their mammy.

I know, I felt like bellowing out, but tried to be nice. Meanwhile, Belinda, another expectant mammy sat with her brood three tables away.

‘I see that Belinda is on the way again,’ said the terrible twins mammy, looping an exaggerated hand mime over her stomach.

‘Six under eight, imagine, better her than me,’ she whispered.

‘OMG, six under eight,’ offered her pal. Yeah, I sighed, so what? The café door opened admitting another family of five.

That’s right, pile in here with the rest of the sardines, no problem, I muttered. Jenny circled the double buggy and squashed herself in long side me, uninvited.

Her brood, two standing and crying twins hemmed me in. She plonked her baby bags on my table, spilling

out baby bottles, wipes and a couple of soothers, without acknowledging my presence. Different wave length, you see, unconnected not able to recognise an old codger trying to have fifteen minutes peaceful time. There

was no escape now. Mariana arrived with my cuppa, all smiles, giving an apology in broken English. I returned another lie smile.

I emptied one sachet of sugar in my coffee, using a ringing stir to sweeten it, before streaking a line of red sauce on the sausage roll. I bit into it. Heaven itself had arrived to calm my irritation. After two or three sips of black coffee my gloom began to lift like a rising fog.

Two vacant seats at my table, invited a pair of pesky young penguins to stray from the mammies and join

me. Holy shit. I spread my paper far and wide in a veiled curtain of social exclusion, advertising no vacancies. Then, I felt a small paw, a sticky jammy hand, gripping on to my trouser leg, using it as a ladder to elevate her

up the cliff face on my shin to one vacant seat. I held my ground waiting for mammy to arrive. She did not. Meanwhile a noisy bustle under my newspaper alerted me. Little Danny had made it to the table, allowing his chubby toddler’s hand with the soft pink dimples to ferret its way on to my plate.

He was grinning a cheeky innocence and grabbed a lump of my sausage roll and stuffed a bite of it into his tiny gob. There was no denying, he loved it. He chomped on it, while he squeezed the red sauce bottle in to his mouth with poor direction, initiating himself into the Red Indian tribe.

While little Danny was making an oil painting of his face his twin sister decided to sweeten me up with a half dozen sugar sachets, paper and all. I rescued the situation by dumping them to one side. I considered making a protest to the coterie, but I had second thoughts and chickened out of it.

And still they talked and talked appearing to understand every spoken word, amid the noisy cackling. They patted colic stricken screaming babies on the back, until their little peepers nearly popped out.

‘He is cursed with the colic and the windy pains. Brings it from the daddy’s side - sure God help us,’ said Mammy.

Baby squealed like a piglet, so much so that I thought that he must have been doing battle with the wind of a tornado in his turbulent gut. Just as I took another bite, a mammy wiped regurgitated vanilla cruds off her spewed on shoulder. I squirmed and gave her a half glare but my protest was lost on her. ‘I shouldn’t have given her the vanilla ice cream. It always happens,’ she said.



Little wonder that she was a baby puker, I wanted to say but couldn’t.

Meanwhile, the starting race flag was dropped. Off they sped. Three and four year old buggy stock car

drivers raced their way up the strait of the narrow aisle.

Gusto went mad when they come to a crashing halt, bringing down Mariana with a full tray of scrambled eggs and tea. But the mammies were oblivious to it

and babbled on. I was sick of the place by now. I had not gotten my eye past the first page of the paper. Pain was shooting out of my ears from the noise and my coffee was cold and insipid. Little Rosie had opened

up all of the sugar sachets and constructed a hill of

sweetness, which she sampled with little sticky fingers.

Danny had grabbed the remainder of my sausage roll. He was half choking on it but his mammy didn’t

take a blind bit of notice, until his red sauced jaws

changed to panicking purple. Mammy ran to Danny. Four more of the cackling greylags waddled in to the

rescue. Gusto arrived on the scene reeling round my

Author bio:

eccentric orchestra conductor.

I folded my paper, stuck my glasses in my pocket and left Gustos, grumpier than ever.

‘Oh Danny love what is it?’ cried Mammy.

Tom McElligott's stories, poetry and photography have featured in several publications including

table in a panic, throwing his hands in the air like an

‘It’s my bloody sausage roll that he has nicked. Serves

him right, the greedy little git,’ I whispered to myself. Mammy administered a couple of squeezing heaves

under his mid riff and he coughed up the lump of sausage roll, returning it to me on my white shirt. ‘Are you alright Danny love?’ she asked. Heads nodded disapprovingly and eyes glared sharp

stabbing daggers at me. Then, Danny’s mammy

grabbed him gruffly away from my table and said, ‘Really men are so bloody stupid, giving a two year

old a big lump of sausage roll like that. Sure what else would you expect?’


‘Losing Touch’ and ‘Moments Thought’ The Clare Champion, ‘A Table for Two’ Limerick Writers

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f ilm A (brief ) history of the monster movie, Part 2

Crucially, American society as a whole became

familiar with a little appliance that would soon become a perennial staple across all households: The

TV set. Pre-1950s, very few Americans would have

owned a TV, due to their high price. Up to this point, most people would have relied on a radio set for entertainment. But this was to change radically in this

decade. Sales and popularity of television skyrocketed. An estimated 77% of households purchased their first TV set during the roaring 50s.

But this decade also heralded a darker trend. The

US entered into an implicit conflict with the Soviet Union, giving rise to the Cold War.

The Soviets gained the upper hand on the space race when they shocked America and the world at large Some of you may recall the thrills and scares we

Who goes there? America's fear of the alien

with the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, the first man-

to the weird and wonderful world of classic cinema

emerged victorious from the Second World War, the

the first shot in the space race, with the Soviets clearly

showed you in our previous piece. We introduced you

1950s America was a melting pot of change. Having

made satellite put into orbit. This surprise event fired


post-war years brought about huge financial growth

in the lead, much to America's chagrin.

If you are indeed the curious kind, look skyward

The Civil Rights Movement began its unstoppable

The Soviet Union were to become Public Enemy

the night sky. Up among the darkness between the


became synonymous with ultimate evil, to be fought

time to come down here.

Disneyland opened its doors to the public in July

would have far-reaching consequences, and the

And here on our little blue planet, we also have

billions of dollars in revenue since. In the science

would be a tragic result.

playing God does not sit well with Mother Nature.

start line for the space race. And Playboy's first issue

A state-sponsored campaign of fear of the Soviet

with many traditionalists in a deeply conservative era.

induced deep paranoia among American society. This

tonight, cause there is more than dazzling comets in stars, beings are watching us, waiting for the right

monsters of our own making. Because as you will see,

and far reaching social and cultural transformations. rise, for instance, heralding a new era for social

1955, kickstarting a franchise that has generated

world, NASA was founded, putting America on the

was published in 1953, something that did not sit well

Number 1 of the American people. Communism and prevented from spreading at all costs. This policy Vietnam War in the 1960s-70s, among other events,

Union and the communist way of life as a whole social climate of fear, paranoia, and invasion was soon to find its way into American cinema.



of Hiroshima and Nagasaki heralded the atomic era. These historic events would have a profound and

lasting effect on all strata of Japanese society, and such heightened emotions would soon find its way into filmmaking.

Themes of total destruction, mutation, radiation sickness,






consequences of nuclear warfare, so deeply embedded into the psyche of the Japanese population, would permeate literature and cinema for years to come.

The 'giant monster' genre is a direct result of the

nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They're here already! You're next!

Whichever the case may be, Body Snatchers must be

Known as kaiju film ('strange beast'), this sci-fi

rise to a perfect sci-fi and horror movie storm. The

when it was made. For many, it is one of the clearest

radiation, usually battling other monsters in hand-

time. The onset of the space race instilled the younger


fascination with outer space. Landing on the Moon

example of a big monster running amok. It features a

things in the Universe seemed closer and more real.

In the movie, Godzilla unleashes stomping mayhem

cinema ticket sales due to the booming popularity

weapon. Nevertheless, the movie makes it clear that

techniques and create more spectacular films to lure

may rise.

The social and cultural climate during the 1950s gave space race, the Cold War, and crucially, the diehard

fight against the spread of Communism around a buoyant, capitalist, and 'free' America.

The Day the Earth Stood (1951) is a fine and

classic example of American sci-fi with a message. Critics have seen a multitude of themes running

through its footage, from loss of individualism (the alien humanoid Klaatu makes it clear that if Earth persists in its attempt to spread violence beyond its

own borders, the planet will be swiftly destroyed by a superior race), to an allegory against the pervasive

watched in the context of the socio-political climate

subgenre features gigantic monsters mutated by

insights into the American psyche and mindset at the

to-hand combat, and flattening entire cities in the

generations of this decade with a newly found

Godzilla (1954) is the first and best known early

was still a few years away, but all of a sudden all the

giant lizard, whose mutation was caused by radiation.

This new trend, coupled with a steady decline in

on Tokyo before succumbing to an experimental

of television, compelled movie makers to devise new

as long as nuclear testing continues, another godzilla

people away from their living rooms.

The big monster movie soon turn into big money, so

McCarthyism throughout 1950s America.

Risen from the ashes of the nuclear fire

countless sequels and imitations would follow. The

The themes of atavistic fear of invasion, and the

it is the first in a long list of 'nuclear monster' or

Cloverfield (2008) and The Host (2006) featuring

loss of one's identity were to be explored again in

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Based upon a book by American author Jack Finney, Invasion of

the Body Snatchers documents the onset of a silent invasion by extra-terrestrial lifeforms through podlike plants. Once again, critics perceived the story to

be a subliminal allegory of the spread of communism, and the loss one's identity to a faceless leader. This

was been hotly contested by the film's producers, who insisted they simply set out to make a sci-fi/horror

thriller using the material provided by the book, without any intention of political allegiance or social

Them (1954) is of particular importance, because

genre continues during present day, with movies like

'big bug' films. The origin of this sub genre can be

giant creatures bent on total destruction.

ended in Europe, but the Pacific theater had not yet

Until the next and final instalment goodnight, and

traced to 1945. The Second World War had already

seen the end of hostilities. Japan, though isolated,

keep watching the skies...

completed the Manhattan Project, a research and

Article by: Fernando Sanchez

held out against American forces. The US had just

development program led by Robert Oppenheimer

with one specific goal: to create a nuclear weapon. The program's outcome yielded Fat Man and Little Boy.

These seemingly innocent names would open up a

grim chapter in mankind's history. The destruction




TV June 2017

Orange Is The New Black



at the hands of Baxter Bailey, which understandably

this month, with Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Tulip

You) as an art curator who moves to the French

off on a road trip to find God, wherever He may be.

apart when her husband is seemingly killed in a

the Cowboy and it looks as though this season will

wife through their grief, a lot of dark secrets about

the books by Garth Ennis, producers Seth Rogen and

Academy Award winning Neil Jordan (The Crying

pleased with season two. Watch it on Amazon Prime

Banville (Albert Nobbs), the idea for this show was

Season four ended with the dramatic death of Poussey upset her fellow inmates and inevitably led to chaos. This new season will pick up from that and the

thirteen episodes will take place over the course of just three days. As the prisoners try to recover from

the fallout of Poussey's death, they will be questioned

about their rights and how they are treated by the prison officers. There's no doubt that the drama will be amplified this season as a new trailer shows Daya

aiming a smuggled gun at the detestable Thomas Humphrey. We may also be seeing a few familiar

The possessed Texan preacher is back for more later

Starring Julia Stiles (Dexter, 10 Things I Hate About

(Ruth Negga) and Cassidy ( Joseph Gilgun) setting

Riviera with her billionaire husband, her life is torn

Season one helped to provide a lot of background for

yacht explosion. As she bonds with her husband's ex-

see him truly become the Saint of Killers. Based on

her husband come to light. Created by our very own

Evan Goldberg guarantee that fans will be more than

Game, Michael Collins) and Wexford writer John

from 26th June.

apparently thought up by former U2 manager Paul

McGuinness. With such writing and directing power behind this, it is bound to be unmissable so catch it on

faces back in Litchfield, including Lolly who we last

Sky Atlantic from 15th June.

saw being sent to The Psych and Stella Carlin (Ruby Rose) might also have a small cameo. Back on Netflix on 9th June, this is a can't-miss.

Orphan Black

Mock the Week


and final season this month. Following the troubles

Dennis are back for a 16th season of this topical,

Watts (Mulholland Drive) will star in this new 10

This clever science fiction series is back for its fifth and adventures of 'sister clones', all played by Tatiana Maslany, season four ended with the cliffhanger of

Sarah and Cosima facing death. Rachel, who was always aware that she's a clone, has sold off her clone

sisters but one wonders if she realises that she could

also be subjected to scientific testing. Creator of Neolution, P.T. Westmooreland, is still alive and is it possible that Delphine is on the island? As this is the

final season, expect all of the loose ends to be neatly tied up. Check it out on Netflix on 11th June.


On our screens since 2005, Dara O'Briain and Hugh satirical panel show. Guests this series will include

Sara Pascoe, Ed Gamble and Milton Jones while newcomers to the show will be Tez Ilyas, Felicity Ward

and Kerry Godliman. This will premiere on BBC Two on 8th June – election day in Great Britain – so with

all of the political strife of Brexit and a potentially new political administration, expect the jokes to be appropriately topical and of course, very cutting.

Later this month, the immensely talented Naomi

episode psychosexual thriller on Netflix. Watts plays Jean Holloway, a therapist who seems to have the

perfect life – a handsome lawyer husband played by Billy Crudup (Alien: Covenant, Watchmen), a

beautiful home in the suburbs and a successful career. However ideal her life may be, Jean feels something lacking and becomes dangerously involved in the lives

of her patients as she struggles with her own identity

crisis. With Watts and Crudup in the leading roles, Gypsy is certain to get viewers hooked. It starts on 30th June on Netflix, be sure to check it out.


m usic New Music and Releases - june 2017 International



Haim - Want You Back

James Vincent McMorrow - True Care

Black Phoxx - Pure Release

announcing new music and global performance dates.

the end of last month. True Care, in his own words,

Limerick musician Conor J Ryan, blending nu-jazz,

might be ahead of me. And sometimes life is magical.

debut album release, Black Phoxx have been posting

and out of rhythm constantly. It’s rarely slick, rarely

including a cover of Jeff Buckley’s Grace. Head over

Haim returned to our welcome ears in May, Hot off the heels of the gorgeous Right Now, Want

You Back is the first official single from the album

Something to Tell You, and it is bursting with lyrics full of wistful longing and reflection. Dig out your 70s

suede and free those long locks because your summer road trip soundtrack is right here.

James Vincent McMorrow released his new album at

Black Phoxx is a new collaborative music project by

“Is the life I've lived up to this point, it’s the one that

electronic music and song-writing. Ahead of the

But other times it’s scary and fucked. It moves in

some teaser track snippets on their Facebook page,

untouchable. If this album was going to feel like a

and have a listen before the album drops this month!

true life, have it deep in its bones, then it needed to be instinctual and not laboured over to the point where

it became that intangible unreal thing.” For those reasons, he recorded the songs in single takes, and

has left many of the so-called flaws in its production. The sense of real, in-the-moment existence in the

music can be felt in the album’s title track and first single release National, with the typical soulful tones of McMorrow’s voice providing a sense of fragility

honesty and a sense of exploration for meaning. We think this is going to be one of the most intriguing Irish albums of 2017.

Plan B - In the Name of Man

Warsaw Radio - Still Have You to Hold

been waiting for a follow up to the seminal album

Warsaw Radio combines the earthy vocals and lyrical

Fans of London singer and rapper Plan B have long

The Defamation of Strickland Banks, and at last he is back with new music and a sound that harks back to

the gospel-like soul that took everyone by surprise in 2012. The subject matter of In The Name of Man is all the more poignant as we contend with even more

recent attacks in Europe and ongoing global conflicts.

In a behind the scenes documentary of the video,

True to previous form, this new offering from narratives that will make you think of Springsteen and

the great rock storytellers. With uplifting harmonies

and soaring strings this is a song to break your heart and mend it all over again. Article by: Kayleigh Ziolo

Plan B, real name Ben Drew, talks about realising the

power of movement in showing emotion and telling story. The video is a collaboration with Flabbergast Theatre puppetry and depicts a story of conflict being born.



M usic st ea m b oat d i a ry Off The Record

Live on air 2017

A massive congrats to all the acts that completely rocked the Live on Air festival in Sligo, including a lot of the store’s friends, Lisa Canny, Nile St. James, Hermitage Green, Toucan, Strung, Laura Duff, Nice Tiger, Siomha, Rusangano Family, Dora Gola, Hoodman Blind and Moxie.

And a special mention to Steamboat’s Mike Hogan and Martin Atkinson Borrull who both missed work on Saturday because they were playing at the festival. Well done lads.

June Gig Picks

Thomond Sessions - Sean’s Walk & Mide Houlihan Chez le Fab 9th June, 8pm

The monthly gig we sponsor is back for the June edition, featuring Sean’s Walk and Mide Houlihan it will be a great night in their new venue Chez le Fab. We

had a lot of fun hosting the Thomond Session in our own store for International Record Store Day.

Declan O’Rourke

Dolan’s 16th June 8pm One of my favourites, Declan O’Rourke returns to Limerick to play the intimate

setting of upstairs in Dolans. Many will remember the enchanting evening last

Christmas when Declan performed outside our former store on Thomas Street. You can listen back to those videos on our YouTube channel SteamboatMusic

dREA Acoustic Show

Phil Rudd Band (Formerly of AC/DC)

dREA returns to Dolans for an intimate full band acoustic show will be showcasing

Not really sure what to say about this, but one of rock’s greatest ever drummers

Special Guests Robert John (Formerly Senakah) and Louise O Flanagan.

Highway to Hell and Back in Black, just saying. You’d be mad to miss this.

Dolan’s 10th June, 9pm

some new material .

dRea’s latest album is available in store in Steamboat Records.

Dolan’s 29th June 8pm

is playing in Limerick! And tickets are only €22 He created the drum tracks for

Article by: Mark Carey



E v e n t g uid e Reconstructing Memory, Cléa van der Grijn

Jack B. Yeats & Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland Exhibition

Limerick Street Food



Boardwalk, Harvey’s Quay

Limerick City Gallery of Art, Carnegie Building,

The Hunt Museum, Custom House, Rutland Street,

Footsteps Youth Theatre present 'The Leaving by Tom Swift'


Pery Square, Limerick

SEPTEMBER Limerick City

The Walkie Talkies - Glenroe

Limerick FC vs Bray Wanderers



@ 7PM

Glenroe, Co. Limerick

Limerick International Food Truck Festival THURSDAY 1ST - MONDAY 5TH JUNE People's Park, Pery's Square, Limerick City

The Movie Screen: Poetry as Dreaming THURSDAY 1ST JUNE @ 3PM TO 6PM

Limerick Lane, Little Catherine Street, Limerick (behind Olio & Farina Cafe)

Markets Field, Garryowen Road, Limerick

Building Workshop






Friars Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

An evening of Comedy FRIDAY JUNE 9TH @ 8PM

Mother Macs High Street, Limerick

Très Court International Film Festival

Your Yoga Centre, Corbally Road, Limerick


Limerick Speakers Corner

Courtbrack Avenue, Limerick


Arthur's Quay Park, (opposite the Arthur's Quay Shopping Centre), Limerick

Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College,

Munster Stadium Showjumping FRIDAY JUNE 9TH @ 4PM

Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Dock Road, Limerick

The Staves I Hear You And Rejoice THURSDAY 1ST JUNE @ 8PM


Cookbook on Tour

Dolans Pub & Warehouse, Dock Road, Limerick

FRIDAY 9TH JUNE @ 7.30 Bishops Quay

Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh

Foynes / Shannonside FC Lip Sync Battle Fundraiser



Belltable 69 O'Connell Street, Limerick


Kilfinane, Co. Limerick

Bill Moran Live in Limerick THURSDAY 1ST JUNE @ 8PM

Chez le Fab // Wine Bar & Arts Café Arthur's Quay Park, Limerick City

Summer Voices THURSDAY 1ST JUNE @ 7.30PM

St Mary's Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick City


Brimstone Limerick Bar and Grill, Riverpoint,

The South Court Hotel, Raheen, Limerick

'The Tayman, the Tomcat and Others' - The stories of Eamon Kelly, the Seanachaí

Limmy - That’s Your Lot



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

Music of America and Ireland - free concert

Friars Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

Mr & Ms Gay Limerick 2017 SATURDAY 10TH JUNE @ 8 PM

Clayton Hotel, Steamboat Quay, Limerick


St Mary's Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick City

F o l l o w u s o n l i n e f o r m o r e e v e n t l i s t i n g s w w w .t h e l i m e r i c k m a g a z i n e . c o m


E v e nt g uid e Military Bands & Pipes of the Defence Forces SUMMER PROMS

Honest Arts present Punt


Friars Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

Castletroy, Limerick

Cordeen in Concert

Mystery Tour with Yoga Walks Ireland

The Honey Fitz Theatre, Lough Gur, Co. Limerick,

University Concert Hall, University of Limerick,




Kilbehenny Community Centre, Kilbehenny, Co.

Shadowman Sports Tackle Camp


SATURDAY 17 JUNE @ 10:00–14:00

The Fab Street Feast by the Park Party


Young Munster RFC, Tom Clifford Park, Greenfields,


Chez le Fab // Wine Bar & Arts Café Arthur's Quay Park, Limerick City

Summer Bellydance Party SUNDAY JUNE 11TH @ 6:00 PM

Limerick Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick City Centre

Limerick Roller Derby Triple Header at UL Arena June 17th SATURDAY JUNE 17TH @ 11.15AM

University of Limerick Conference and Sports

Campus, Campus Life Services University of Limerick Castletroy Limerick

Women's Self Defence evening

Twilight Racing - Music by Jackie Chan All Stars Band



Delta Sports Dome, Delta Retail Park, Ballysimon Rd, Limerick

Limerick Racecourse, Greenmount Park, Patrickswell

Made of Stone


Friars Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

Bloomsday in Bruff FRIDAY 16TH JUNE @ 12.30PM

Church of Ireland building, Main Street, Bruff


Dolans Pub & Warehouse, Dock Road, Limerick

Mid-Summer Run 2017 SUNDAY JUNE 18TH @ 1 PM

Castleconnell National School Castleconnel Co Limerick

GemStars School of Performing Arts presents Phantom Manor

Nicole Sweeney School of Dance Annual Showcase



@ 3PM & 7.30 PM

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

Limerick Sings International Choral Festival - Concerts THURSDAY 22ND JUNE - SUNDAY 25TH JUNE

Limerick City

Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Limerick v Tipperary THURSDAY JUNE 22ND @ 7:30PM Gaelic Grounds, Ennis Road, Limerick

The Orthadox Spirit THURSDAY 22ND JUNE @ 8PM

St Mary's Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick City

Lough Gur Summer Solstice Surge June 24th SATURDAY JUNE 24TH @ 11 AM

Lough Gur & Visitor Centre, Lough Gur, Co. Limerick

Ballyhoura Active Duathlon SATURDAY 24TH JUNE 2017 @ 10AM

Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail, Ballyhoura Failte Kilfinane, County Limerick

Summer Camp 2017 TUESDAY JUNE 27TH @ 5:00 PM

Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, Castletroy Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Noirín Ní Riain - Ordination Celebration WEDNESDAY 28TH JUNE

St. John's Church, Knockainey, Co. Limerick

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

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Ev e nt Hig hlig ht Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland

This unique exhibition features two of Ireland’s most important 20th century artists side by side. Featuring rarely

Dom adds: “This exhibition is going to be very

the eyes of two very different artists working before, during and after the establishment of the Irish Free State.

Wild Atlantic Way for tourists, they’re also trying

seen paintings borrowed from mostly private collections, this event will encourage visitors to see Ireland through

Billed to be a show of both national and international significance, the exhibition will feature 50 works, many of which are normally unavailable for public viewing, and brings together a collection drawn from private and public collections including works from the European Investment Bank Collection in Luxembourg.

“They were practically contemporaries,” Dom Hederman said of the artists, “Paul Henry was about six years

younger than Jack Yeats and they died within a year of each other. Paul Henry was what might be called a post-

important, and just while they’re developing the to develop a cultural way which would take in Sligo, and Lady Gregory’s Estate at Coole Park, all that area

down to here including the Hunt Museum. Here will be the culmination of all their peregrinations when they arrive for this exhibition so thank you to all who have organised it.”

impressionist. He went to the Achill Islands and was able to capture Irish landscape and the specific kind of

Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions

beautiful but it became standardised so he wasn’t as experimental as Jack Yeats and I think the fascinating thing is

to September 30th 2017 in The Hunt Museum,

lighting that Ireland enjoys, and how you could put those on a canvas and what the colour scheme would be. They’re both of them were painting the same kinds of scenes that we all see around us.”

In their distinctive ways, both Yeats and Henry offer an insight into the Ireland of their day, the newly independent Ireland, its landscapes and seascapes and the ways of life of its people.

For the first time this exhibition allows the visitor to compare the work of these two major artists, their constructions of the New Ireland and their distinctive representations of its terrain and its people.


of Ireland is open to the public from June 2nd Limerick City.



N? T’S O WHkA ’s Event Highlights

June 2017

Limeric Wed 31st May – Mon 5th June

Thur 1st – Mon 5th


Fri 16th


Church of Ireland, Bruff

Fri 2nd



St. Mary’s Cathedral

People’s Park

Thur 22nd – Mon 26th


Thur 1st


Dolan’s Warehouse

Fri 23rd

Sat 24th



Throughout Limerick

Limerick Racecource




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