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LISTEN: News Roundup February 5, 2020 – I Love Limerick Podcast Episode 34

LISTEN: News Roundup February 5, 2020 – I Love Limerick Podcast Episode 34


Produced by Elysha Ní Chúlain

Join Elysha Ní Chúlain and Sophia DiBattista as they take a look at this week’s Local Business, Events, Sports, Arts and Entertainment news around Limerick.




To kick off this week’s episode of the, I Love Limerick’s Podcast show we talked about The Nicholas Street painting project, one of the single biggest most exciting community events to take place in Limerick City in recent times. As the winner of Best Tourism Building Project 2019 and a Finalist in the Community and Council Awards for Best Community Based Initiative in February 2020, this project has brought the most important Medieval Street in Limerick back to life. 

The power and determination of this community painted a street! Under the leadership of Dean Niall J Sloane (Saint Mary’s Cathedral), the project was completed with the support of Saint Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, The Hunt Museum, St Mary’s Aid, Limerick Tidy Towns, the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and of course the local residents and traders.

The local man Mr. Brendan Foley (Member of the 1978 Munster Team that beat the All Blacks, holder of 11 Irish caps) will cut the ribbon on a project that has brought the cities most important medieval street back to life. 

Next up, we talked about Neil Jordan opening ‘Best Costume Goes to…’, an ICAP Exhibition at the Hunt Museum. It will explore the relationship between actors and costumes and analyse the growth of the Irish film industry.

In all, 33 costumes representing 19 films and TV series will be on display. This ICAP Exhibition gives the opportunity to view costumes from films and TVs such as The Favourite, The Quiet Man, Braveheart, Vikings, and more.

A joint curation with the Irish Costume Archive Project, the exhibition will look at how costume co-creates the character. Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, costume designer and co-founder of the Irish Costume Archive Project, commented on creating the storyline for the exhibition.

It was curated by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh, Veerle Dehaene, Irish Costume Archive Project and Naomi O’Nolan, Head of Exhibitions and Collections at The Hunt Museum. Visitors will experience the narrative of costumes, understanding not just the history but the social history of time, be that contemporary or in the past, and how people lived, not only how they dressed. 

The exhibition takes place from February 7 – April 14, 2020 from Mon-Sat: 10am – 5pm and Sun 2- 5pm. Admission is €7.50 per adult, €12.50 combo ticket (with the museum) and kids enter for free.

Next, we talked about the beginning of GaelGo Camps. It is an exciting new Irish Language Summer Camp which aims to foster a love for our native language in students by allowing them to pursue their passions through the language.

Whether your son/daughter is interested in sports, music, dance, drama, arts and crafts, team building, etc. GaelGo Camps have an activity perfect for them. The Limerick Camp will run from June 29 –July 3 in Gaelscoil Sairséal and is open to students from all schools and with all levels of Irish.

Camp director Éamon Ó Corcráin stated, “The primary aim of GaelGo Camps is to provide all students from all backgrounds the opportunity to enjoy our native language in a fun, safe and engaging environment”.

Up next, we discussed the Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau’s increase in business tourism. Shannon Bureau in partnership with Failte Ireland has reported a record year in 2019 with a jump from 7.5 Million Euro worth of business tourism in 2018 to a whopping 11.6 million euro in 2019 benefiting the Shannon Region. 

The Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau promotes the Shannon Region as a location for business and sports tourism and offers an entirely free service to event organizers and local ambassadors to help increase the Clare and Limerick regions share of the lucrative international business and sports tourism market.

Speaking about the 2019 Shannon Bureau reports record growth results, Tony Brazil, Limerick Travel and Chairman of the board of Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau said, “Business Tourism is incredibly important to Ireland and indeed the Shannon region. Each delegate is worth €1,600 to the local economy,  in other words, each 1,000 person event can contribute €1.6 million to the local exchequer.”

Next up we talked about Hannah Wrixon the Founder and CEO of the multi-award-winning Get the Shifts Ltd will be the keynote speaker for a special Network Ireland Limerick event taking place in AIB’s 106 O’Connell Street branch, Limerick on Wednesday, February 19 at 6 pm.

The AIB-sponsored event is free and open to all women in business, the professions and the arts in the Mid-West.

In her talk entitled ‘Just Go For It’, Hannah will encourage women to put themselves out there more and take more risks. A serial entrepreneur, Get the Shifts is Hannah’s third business. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the temporary staffing sector and HR and developed bespoke software to underpin Get the Shifts unique offering.

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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.