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The GAFF’s Tiny Little Histories programme presents Parkway Camp



The GAFF’s Tiny Little Histories programme presents Parkway Camp at the Parkway Shopping Centre. Pictured: Hannie O’Reilly with some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

To begin its Tiny Little Histories programme for 2023, The GAFF presents Parkway Camp, an exhibition of paintings and photographs in the Parkway Shopping Centre starting this Friday, June 23

The exhibition, created by a group of women from the Traveller community, is inspired by memories from the camp which was located on the grounds of the Parkway some decades ago, housing members of the O’Reilly family.

Over the past two months, artists Melanie O’Rourke and Julianne Hennelly worked with 12 participants, putting together a collection of new paintings and photographs that tell the story of this very close family.

Some photographs from the original site will be exhibited alongside new portraits of family members which now boasts five generations, headed by the remarkable Hannie O’Reilly, aged 83 who gave birth to 22 children.


The two artists have previously worked with this group on Comóradh, an exhibition of paintings which featured as part of TravFest in 2022 and which can be seen again during Traveller Pride week in July in the Exhibition Centre in City Hall. Parkway Camp runs from June 23 to July 1 in The Parkway.

The GAFF and the community participants gratefully acknowledge support from The Arts Council, Creative Ireland and Limerick Arts Office and is particularly grateful to the Parkway Shopping Centre for providing the exhibition space for this project and to Limerick Traveller Health Programme for ongoing collaboration.

The Tiny Little Histories is a community sharing programme that brings untold histories from the Midwest to life, and the first edition of Tiny Little Histories took place on November 20, 2021 across our social media platforms and we were delighted to present a rich and varied selection of stories from the Midwest.

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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.