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UPDATE: Limerick Artists For Ukraine raises €50,000 for refugees

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Limerick Artists for Ukraine – Moya Ni Cheallaigh, second from left, is pictured with her daughter, Cara, left, and fellow Limerick Artists for Ukraine organizer and Lebanese entrepreneur Samira Kaissi and her daughter, Sara.

UPDATE: The Limerick Artists For Ukraine fundraising website finally closed on May 18 with almost everything sold!

Over 100 Irish artists partook in the hugely successful Limerick Artists for Ukraine fundraising exhibition, with over €50,000 raised for the Irish Refugee Council.  

The organisation has played a key role in assisting Ukrainian people arriving in Ireland from the war-torn country. 

Following the closure of the exhibition on April 28, many volunteers were involved in the effort to arrange and distribute the purchased artwork. 

The organisers of Limerick Artists for Ukraine have been invited by the Ukrainian Embassy in Ireland to present the €50,000 cheque to the Irish Refugee Council in the presence of the Ukrainian Ambassador next month. 

Organiser Moya Ni Cheallaigh commented, “I would like to say a massive thank you to all of you for so generously donating your work and helping make this event the sort of event I’ve been told that people will remember proudly that they were part of in the years to come. 

“I think, speaking as a blow-in, that Limerick has a unique community spirit and it really showed in this collective effort.”

Well done to all involved in this heroic fundraising event!

Over 70 artists have donated thousands of euros worth of artwork to Limerick Artists for Ukraine (14/04/2022)

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

Limerick Artists for UkraineThe artworks in the exhibition will consist of 35 auction pieces and 40 pieces that are for direct sale, available to buy online up to April 26.
Ukrainian refugees have been arriving in Limerick over the past six weeks.

The Limerick Artists for Ukraine auction and exhibition will take place at the Limerick School of Art and Design on Thursday, April 28 at 7.30 pm.

A pre-viewing of the art will take place on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 from 10 am to 6 pm.

The event aims to bring Limerick artists together in a collective response to the Ukraine crisis, to raise much-needed funds for refugees arriving in Ireland.

The artworks in the exhibition will consist of 35 auction pieces and 40 pieces that are for direct sale, available to buy online up to April 26.

On the auction night, members of the public can view and bid on the artwork.

Sponsorships and donations are also being accepted for the event, with all proceeds going directly to the Irish Refugee Council to help Ukrainian people arriving in Ireland.

The Irish Refugee Council provides services and support to people who are seeking protection and are recognised as refugees in Ireland. They advocate for humane and dignified protection procedures for people who are fleeing persecution.

The council works with people who have had to flee from their country as it is no longer safe for them to be there, as a result of war, conflict or other oppression.

For more information on the exhibition, go HERE

For more art stories, go HERE

Pictures: Ava O’Donoghue/ilovelimerick

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 ilovelimerick.com 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.

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