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UPDATE: Limerick Artist Thomas Ryan to give a once in a lifetime talk at People’s Museum

A self-portrait of Thomas Ryan from 2017.
Limerick Artist Thomas Ryan to give a once in a lifetime talk at People’s Museum
On Thursday, December 19, acclaimed Limerick artist Thomas Ryan will return to Limerick to give a once in a lifetime talk on his life and work. The lecture will be delivered in the People’s Museum of Limerick, where his 90th Birthday exhibition of forty paintings will surround him during the talk.

The talk will be open to the public free of charge and kicks off at 7 pm, there is no booking in advance required. The People’s Museum has been showcasing the work of Thomas Ryan since early November.

Museum manager Dr. Rose Anne White commented “Thomas Ryan is one of Ireland’s most significant artists. We are incredibly grateful to be able to show a selection of his works in our museum on Pery Square, showing his versatility across portraits, still life, and historical scenes.”

On show is a selection of Thomas Ryan’s works, including one of his most famous works “The G.P.O. 1916” which hung for over 20 years in Leinster House.

Thomas Ryan PRHA was born in Davis Street in Limerick and trained at Limerick School of Art and at the National College of Art. He served as President of the Royal Hibernian Academy for ten years and is an honorary member of the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy. He was made a freeman of Limerick in 2007 and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Limerick.


He continued to return to Limerick for his inspiration and work, despite gaining experience and an excellent reputation in both the national and international arenas.

The People’s Museum of Limerick is currently open Monday to Friday, 11 am to 3 pm, with extended opening hours coming soon. Rooms in the house are also available for rental and for community use, and events are held in the museum most nights of the week. 

Speaking on the decision to entitle the museum ‘The People’s Museum of Limerick’, manager and curator of the museum, Dr. Rose Anne White said, “It showcases items that have been donated by the people of Limerick that are about the history of Limerick. The tour guides, carpenters, curators are all from Limerick themselves so you will be shown around by someone who lives right across the road in most cases”. 


For more information 0n the Thomas Ryan exhibition at the  People’s Museum of Limerick click here.

For more stories on upcoming art exhibitions in Limerick click 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.