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Muinteartha young Limerick filmmakers Shane Joyce, Laura Mannix Darragh Hogan and Cú Caulwell pictured above on Thomas Street. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick Muinteartha young Limerick filmmakers Shane Joyce, Laura Mannix Darragh Hogan and Cú Caulwell pictured above on Thomas Street. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick

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Muinteartha film project seeks the stories of minority group members

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Muinteartha young Limerick filmmakers Shane Joyce, Laura Mannix  Darragh Hogan and Cú Caulwell pictured above on Thomas Street. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick

Muinteartha wants to hear the stories of members of the LGBTQ+ community, first or second-generation immigrants and those with chronic illnesses or disabilities

By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew

Muinteartha hopes to connect with minority groups whose identities have not always been explored appropriately in the media. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick
Muinteartha hopes to connect with minority groups whose identities have not always been explored appropriately in the media. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick

A group of Limerick filmmakers are calling for members of minority groups to come and tell their stories as part of a new film project, Muinteartha.


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Organisers hope to connect with minority groups whose identities have not always been explored appropriately in the media. They want to speak with members of the LGBTQ+ community, first or second-generation immigrants and those with chronic illnesses or disabilities. 

Muinteartha will hold three sessions per minority group between Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, May 8, at Narrative 4 on O’Connell Street, Limerick.

At these sessions, volunteers will participate in ‘story exchanges’ by being assigned a partner, listening to their story and then telling it in their own words to Muinteartha project facilitators. 

This practice allows each volunteer to inhabit the role of a storyteller under the guidance of the Limerick division of Narrative 4, a global organisation that uses story exchanges ‘to embolden young adults to improve their lives, their communities, and the world’. 

All volunteers will remain anonymous when the stories born of these exchange sessions are recorded, harvested and used to develop three fictional films about the LGBTQ+, immigrant and chronically ill or disabled communities. 

These films are to be created by the founders of Muinteartha, young Limerick filmmakers Darragh Hogan, Shane Joyce, Oisín McKeogh, Laura Mannix and Cú Caulwell.

Producer Darragh Hogan told I Love Limerick, “We are looking for people from each of these three communities to come into a room and tell their stories. We’re making films about lived experiences, and we want to talk to you.”

For further information on the Muinteartha project, email [email protected].

If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, a first or second-generation immigrant or live with chronic illness or a disability and would like to participate in the Muinteartha project go HERE 

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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 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.