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Cumann captures sounds of Limerick at Limerick City Gallery of Art

A new exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art is offering unique perspective on Limerick life. Cumann is an audio map of Limerick. This highly original exhibition is the culmination of many months work by artist, Michael McLoughlin.

He has recorded conversations and connections between people in the city, representing Limerick society in its broadest sense.  Central to the work is a sound work creating a forest of suspended speakers that map and recreate stories and conversations by groups of people from all over Limerick city.

Groups involved in the recordings include Adapt House; Landsdowne Active Retirement Group; Limerick Roller Derby; The Social Democrats; Limerick LBGT; St. Mary’s Parish Men’s Shed; Limerick Islamic Society; Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and many others.

Una McCarthy, Director/ Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art said of Cumann: “It is a people centred project and exhibition that celebrates the relationships, friendships, ideas and ideals shared between social, political, sporting and cultural groups in Limerick.  Artist, Michael McLoughlin has been working closely with a range of organisations over the last three months to create an immersive sound installation which creates a forest of suspended speakers that accurately map and recreate conversations with group members.”


“The word Cumann is often associated with politics or the GAA.  The word translates as society, club, community and friendship.  Cumann reflects the idea of togetherness that this body of work aims to represent,” she added.

“We have an exciting range of current exhibitions and future ones in the pipeline.  Entry to Limerick City Gallery of Art is free, so I would encourage everyone to take a look around and explore for yourselves,” she said.

In addition to the Cumann exhibition, the groups involved have also been invited to select work from LCGA’s Permanent Collection for an exhibition entitled Muintir.

Curated by Shinnors Scholar, Simon Corcoran, this exhibition gives a valuable and deeply personal perspective on works from the permanent collection.  Works by major Irish and Limerick artists are included in the exhibition.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.