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Shannonside History Festival comes to Limerick this June Bank Holiday

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Dr Stephen Griffin pictured with William O’Neil of Limerick Civic Trust. Limerick Civic Trust announced the new Shannonside History Festival which comes to Limerick this June Bank Holiday

Limerick Civic Trust officially announces a new history festival coming to Limerick this June Bank Holiday weekend

Limerick Civic Trust officially announces the new Shannonside History Festival coming to Limerick this June Bank Holiday weekend
Limerick Civic Trust celebrated 40 years of safeguarding Limerick’s history in December 2023. David O’Brien, Limerick Civic Trust, Dr Pat Daly, Limerick City and County Council and Donal Creaton, Limerick Civic Trust
Picture: Adrian Butler

The Limerick Civic Trust, in association with the Limerick Museum and Limerick City and County Council officially announced a new history festival coming to Limerick at the end of the month.

The Shannonside History Festival will include a host of free and paid events, including lectures, walking tours, and workshops.

The festival kicks off on Friday the 31st of May, with a workshop on Limerick Silver in Limerick Museum, hosted by Dr Zara Power and Jim Noonan, which will be opened by Dr Ed Walsh.


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Throughout the weekend, there will be free walking tours hosted by Limerick Civic Trust, and also by John Elliott of Limerick Museum.

The lectures will be held in a host of venues across the city, and the Limerick Civic Trust has teamed up with the LPYMA and the International Rugby Experience for three special events.

Alan English will be speaking on the history of Munster matches against New Zealand at the International Rugby Experience, while there will be a series of events at the historic LPYMA Hall on O’Connell Street throughout the weekend, including a tour of the building by Dr. John Logan and Craig Copley Brown.

Siobhán Doyle of the National Museum of Ireland will be one of the speakers at the festival, as well as a number of other renowned historians such as Sharon Slater on the history of Limerick’s Life history website, John O’Callaghan(ATU) talking about Limerick during the Civil War, Ruan O’Donnell(UL) focusing on Sean South, Padraig Lenihan(NUIG) discussing the 1651 Siege of Limerick, and Jane Ohlmeyer(TCD) examining Ireland and Empire.

The only student-run history journal in Ireland, History Studies, will also be launched in the People’s Museum on Friday, May 31st at 7pm.

Find tickets and other information on the festival here
Read more Limerick Civic Trust stories 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 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.