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Locating The Gothic

The darker side of Limerick

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Niamh Higgins

‘Locating The Gothic’ is a 4 day conference and festival which will be held here in Limerick City from 22nd to the 25th of October 2014.



The conference is being organised by Maria Beville (Mary Immaculate College, UL) and Tracy Fahey (Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT).

The two met at the Studies in Gothic Fiction conference in San Diego in 2012. From there the idea and fascination grew to bring their research in the Gothic to the historic, cultural and idiosyncratic location of Limerick city.

‘Locating The Gothic’ is an international conference and series of intertwined events exploring the concept of Gothic localities in and around Limerick City.

The festival will celebrate Limerick as a gothic location and by attending the events you will learn about the gory, bloody history, literature, art, and folklore of our city, from tales of battles and sieges, river monsters and ghosts to cannibalism and a long-standing city-curse.

The two day international conference is being held for academic delegates but all other events are open to the public.

Events over the 4 days will include ghost story telling sessions, workshops with Danish monster makers, Fantasy Fabrikken, horror writing sessions with acclaimed Limerick horror writer Gemma Mawdsley, Limerick Zombie Festival and a ghost bus tour of Limerick.

Keynote speakers will include Dr Iain Biggs, Dr Tabish Khair, Monica Germana and Lorna Piatti-Farnell.

The launch of ‘Locating the Gothic’ is open to the public and will take place from 5pm on the 22nd of October in the Tara Building in Mary Immaculate College.

For more information on ‘Locating The Gothic’ you can visit their website

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The Veil, Fri Oct 24 – Sat 25 


Conor McPherson 

In No. 1 Pery Square





May 1822, rural Ireland …

The defrocked Reverend Berkeley arrives at the crumbling former glory of Mount Prospect House to accompany seventeen year-old Hannah to England

She is to be married off to a Marquis in order to resolve the debts of her mother’s estate

However, compelled by the strange voices that haunt his beautiful young charge and a fascination with the psychic current that pervades the house, Berkeley proposes a séance, the consequences of which are catastrophic

Set around a haunted house hemmed in by a restive, starving populace, Conor McPherson’s new play weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental and the circularity of time

A beautifully lyrical study of the existence of supernatural forces and the frailty of the human heart

“The finest dramatist of his generation” ~ Daily Telegraph

Starring: John Murphy, Meg Hennessy, Marcus Quane, Michelle O’Flanagan, Darren Maher, Bernie Hayes, Bernie Kavanagh, Eleanor O’Brien

Directed by Deirdre Flynn

Lighting Design: Michael Finneran

Costume: Sharon Kiely

Photography: Philip Desmond

Production: Shane Hickey O’Mara, Conor McCoy, Sadhbh McCoy

Fri Oct 24 8pm  – Sat 25 2pm

For tickets go HERE

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.