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Ormston House bring two exciting events to Limerick this June14 and 22 with new releases from Ruth Clinton and Nathan O’Donnell

Ormston House announces two exciting events this June 14 and 22, bringing the talents of Ruth Clinton and Nathan O’Donnell to the city centre cultural space

This Fearless Maid 2 presents songs in a traditional or folk idiom, which challenge patriarchal power and feature women in active roles

Ormston House announces two exciting events this June, bringing the talents of Ruth Clinton and Nathan O’Donnell to the city centre cultural space.

This Friday, June 14, Ormston House will host Ruth Clinton for a celebration of the publishing of her new book ‘This Fearless Maid 2’.

A highly anticipated follow-up to the 2016 release, this collection presents songs in a traditional or folk idiom, which challenge patriarchal power and feature women in active roles.


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Rarely-heard Irish, English, Scottish, and American songs from the seventeenth century to the modern day will be presented in new arrangements for voice, strings, and synth, covering themes such as work, thievery, political struggle, and the supernatural.

This Fearless Maid 2 is published by Marrowbone Books, and copies will be available to purchase on the day.

The celebration continues on Saturday, June 22, with the launch of The Book of Invasions, a new publication by writer and artist Nathan O’Donnell.

As part of the River Residencies programme, over the summer of 2021, O’Donnell spent several weeks on the Tipperary shoreline of Lough Derg, exploring its history, ecology, and topography, all the while gathering stories about swimming on the lake. 

Ormston House announces two exciting events this June 14 and 22, bringing the talents of Ruth Clinton and Nathan O'Donnell
As part of the River Residencies programme, over the summer of 2021, O’Donnell spent several weeks on the Tipperary shoreline of Lough Derg

The Book of Invasions is a record of this process, devised in consultation with local respondents and designed by Clare Bell. For the launch, Nathan O’Donnell has invited geographer Patrick Bresnihan to discuss the making of The Book of Invasions, including the residency on Lough Derg and the collaborations that made it possible. 

They will talk about the experience of the residency on Lough Derg and the dialogues with swimmers and local historians through which a portrait of the lake and its community became clear. 

They will also talk more generally about the different ways in which researchers – be they artists or geographers – might approach a body of water, exploring its history, its ecology, its culture, and its politics.

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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.