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Bealtaine 2016 Returns to Limerick for the month of May

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Bealtaine 2016 started all over again on Wednesday, May 11.

The Bealtaine festival is now 21 years young. In its 21 years Bealtaine has celebrated over and over the wise spark of creativity amongst our elderly citizens. In celebration of this coming of age, thousands of Irish people will participate in over 600 nationwide events, throughout the month of May.

Limerick city and county Bealtaine 2016 celebrations are already in full swing. On Wednesday, May 11, a screening of the film Walk in the Woods was enjoyed by many in Friar’s Gate Theatre, Kilmallock.

Many more celebrations are lined up for Bealtaine 2016. On Friday, May 13, at the Belltable, actor Laurence Foster will perform Dickens in Limerick. This commemorates a night in 1858, when Sir Charles Dickens journeyed to Limerick city on his reading tour. Dickens’ descriptions of Limerick’s Arthur’s Quay, Pery Square, Limerick Jail and workhouse will be linked with character sketches and excerpts from his novels.

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Following Friday night’s entertainment, the Ballyhahill Active Retired group will make their way to the Lime Tree theatre for a performance of The Plough and the Stars, followed by dinner at the Rathkeale House Hotel.

On May 25, in Broadford Day Care centre, the local active retirement group will showcase some of their art and craft work, in celebration of Bealtaine 2016.

Finally, on May 28, the Limerick Writers Centre are hosting an open evening of music and poetry, in the Belltable. Eleanor Shanley and poet Gerard Dawe will be joined by further local writers and musicians.

Chief executive of Age and Opportunity Limerick, Karen Smyth, spoke at the launch of Bealtaine 2016. Karen told of the committee’s delight at the festivals continuous annual growth and prosper, “It is with the support of our local partners that Bealtaine 2016 can successfully deliver its mission which is to support our older artists and to provide more opportunities for people of all ages to come together to celebrate the arts and become creative,”

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Bealtaine 2016 – Celebrating creativity in older age Limerick

 

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