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Roches Street Art Festival



Pictured above: (l to r)  Gillian O’Gorman – Spinabifida Charity, Catherine Keane – Artist, Hugh Lilburn – Roches Street Committee, Tony Cusack – Limerick Marine Search & Rescue, Marianne Fitzgibbon – Chairperson



By I Love Limerick Correspondent Niamh Higgins





Roches Street annual Art Festival takes place September 8 to September 13.
This is the 14th year the festival has taken place and has raised over €100,000 for local charities so far.

Retailers will display the work of local artist’s.These pieces will be up for sale and 25% of each sale will go to charity. This year the art festival will benefit Limerick Marine Search & Rescue and Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association Mid-West.

Chairperson Marianne Fitzgibbon said, “Every year we pick two different charities. One very close to my heart is Limerick Marine Search and Recuse and the other is Spina Bifida. We picked Spina Bifida through our Ralph Parkes connection. He’s very generous every year to our arts festival.”

The artwork includes pieces by well-known artists including Gavin Hogg, Kieran Irwin, Jean English, Jim O’Farrell, Nora Hurley, Sheila Richardson, Joyce Shee, Jean English and the popular Tom Greaney.

The launch of the art festival took place on Thursday August 21. Catherine Keane was among the Roches Street Traders who attended the event. “It’s a great pleasure to represent Roches Street Traders. I’m also here on behalf of Headway Acquired Brain Injury and I have painted a picture for them”.

Originally the aim of the festival was to generate awareness of the street and to bring art to the public. Service Coordinator of Spina Bifida, Gillian O’Gorman was also there on the night, “We’re very grateful to all the Roches Street Traders for nominating our charity this year for the funds that are going to be raised at the Roches Street Festival. We’re here today to thank them and to support the festival.”

Chairman of Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, Tony Cusack said “It’s a fantastic opportunity for Limerick Search and Rescue where the public and the traders are now fundraising for our service to continue and prosper from.”

Opening of the festival will take place at Serendipity, Roches Street at 6pm Monday the 8th of September.
For more info contact Hugh Lilburn of the Roches Street Committee at [email protected].

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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.