Culture Night

Culture Night
 Limerick 2009 Events


Culture Night, Limerick

Friday 25th September


The Belltable Arts Centre present

6pm Filmmakers in the City

Belltable offsite @ 36 Cecil Street


The Belltable in association with Limerick Film Forum present screenings of films, animations and exerpts from work being made by filmmakers and artists currently living and making work in the city. The screenings will include work from Christina Gangos, Dermott Petty, Emma Teck, Sarah Ryan, Nicky Larkin, Dan Canham & Laura Dannequin among others. Come along and check out their work. No booking required just turn to Belltable offsite at 36 Cecil St, Limerick.


Waiting for IKEA

Belltable offsite @ 36 Cecil Street



Directed by Alan King

Written by Georgina McKevitt & Jacinta Sheerin

The play, written by and starring two real-life friends, tells the story of inner-city mates Jade and Chrissy – who have nothing to do with nothing to do, and all the time in the world to do it. They spend their days sitting around (in pyjamas, of course), waiting. Waiting for the kettle to boil, waiting for Coronation Street, waiting for the next bit of juicy gossip and, of course, waiting for Ikea (they won’t shop in Argos anymore)!


Set in the heart of inner city Dublin, where night wear is day wear and bitching is everywhere, Waiting for Ikea uses quick fire wit and old school charm to create a heart-warming story of friendship, to find the heart beneath the bling!


So don’t miss this side-splitting look at family, community and sunbed obsessives. It’ll knock your slippers off!



Conradh na Gaeilge

Halla Ide, Thomas Street

5pm -10pm

Conradh na Gaeilge

Halla Íde, 18 Thomas Street, 5pm-10pm

tel: 061-417895 email: web:

An informal session of Irish traditional entertainment in “An Chistin”. Musicians, singers and dancers will be introduced to our visitors by the “bean an tí” (woman of the house) and of course the traditional “cupán tae” will be provided. This will be a bilingual informal occasion and you can come and go at any time between 5pm and 10pm.


Beidh fáilte is fiche roimh gach éinne sa Chistin chun taitneamh a bhaint as an gceol agus as an gcomhluadar. Buail isteach chugainn am ar bith.



Contact Studios

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mulgrave Street, 5pm – 10pm


Contact Studios invites all to view work, relax and chat with its 14 current artists, while giving the public the chance to view the space where it was created. Conversation deep (and not so deep!) will be encouraged, with a wine, beverage and nibbles selection, along with live background music. Founded in 1997, in partnership with the H.S.E., the studios provide a multi-disciplinary working space in the city.  The contact artists’ are ;  Carl Doran, Vivienne Bogan, Ciaran O’Sullivan, Cathriona Moran, Gerry O’Mahony, Nuala O’Sullivan, Michael Delohery, Maurice Foley, Julie Brazil, Rory Prout, Emma Burke, Joanna Hopkins, Suzanne Mortell, Doireann O’Grady, Stephen Roche



Daghdha Dance Company
St. John’s Church, John’s Square
5pm – 10pm 


Free of charge and open to all, Daghdha looks forward to seeing you! 


Daghdha Dance Company will be openning the stunning surrounds of Daghdha Space, John’s Square on Friday, 25th September for Culture Night. Daghdha’s programme will appeal to all the family, a memorable evening of accessible and engaging contemporary dance.


Relaxed and informal, audiences are welcome to come and go throughout the evening.


5pm – 6pm – Join us for ‘Contemporary Chaos’ with dance artists Mark Carberry, an hour of fun contemporary dance for all the family – from toddler to teenager, parent to grandparent.


6.30pm – 7.30pm – This will be followed by dancers of the Daghdha/Garvey Initiative and their unique performance style, with dance artists Angie Smalis.


7.30pm onwards – The evening will culminate in an ongoing contemporary dance installations by Daghdha’s Artistic Director Michael Klien in close collaboration with dance-artists: Mark Carberry, Laura Dannequin, Riikka Theresa Innanen, Sonja Jokiniemi, Ellen Kilsgaard, Katalin Lengyel, Sheena McGrandles, Isabella Oberländer, Diane Reddington and Lucy Suggate.. 



The Georgian House and Gardens

No. 2 Pery Square

5pm – 10pm

The Georgian House is one of a terrace of six houses built c.1830 by The Pery Tontine Company. It has been fully restored by The Limerick Civic Trust.  Starting inside the front door, the original marbled walls and period stairs link the grandeur of upstairs living with the plainness of the downstairs service areas.  Sixteen rooms are on show and exude the flavour of early 19th century living.



The Hunt Museum

The Custom House, Rutland Street

5pm – 10pm


With short guided tours and 10 minute talks on silver, jewellery and ceramics 

The Hunt Museum houses one of Ireland’s greatest Museum collections.  A thousand years of art and antiquities from around the world are here.  Irish highlights include the Antrim Cross, one of the country’s best examples of early Christian metalwork, the Beverley Crozier, made from Walrus ivory intricately carved into animals and figures and the Ballyscullion caludron


5.30 – 9.30pm               Cave Art Workshop for children

6pm –                           Highlight tours of the Hunt Museum Collection

7pm –                           Boher Bouy brass & reed band playing in the courtyard

7pm –                           Guided tour of Sean Keating in focus

7.30pm –                      Costume workshop for kids

8pm –                           Guided tour of Sean Keating in focus

8.30pm –                      live electronic projection onto the building as part of Tweak Festival



King John’s Castle

King’s Island

5pm – 9.30pm

King John’s Castle is one of Ireland’s best examples of a Norman Castle.  When the castle was built between 1200 and 1210, its cutting edge design was ahead of its time.  You can find out why in the visitor centre, where an exhibition details the castle’s history.  Other attractions include a mock medieval courtyard, and the undercroft to the officers’ quarters, excavated in the 1990s.  Walk the battlements to enjoy far reaching views of Limerick City.



Limerick City Gallery of Art

Carnegie Building, Pery Square

5pm – 10pm.  


Noughties but Nice: 21st Century Irish Art – Limerick City Gallery of Art

This exhibition surveys the extensive terrain of art made in Ireland during the first decade of this millennium. This exhibition selects some of the most exciting contemporary master-works of the Noughties, including seminal works by leading Irish artists.


5pm – 10pm      20 minute Tours of Noughties but Nice or Permanent Collection

5.30pm             Eamon O’Kane Artists Talk

6pm & 7pm      Cardboard Modernist Furniture Workshop, fabricate your own cardboard furniture (age 16+ / limited places)

7pm – 10pm     Limerick Youth Theatre performances with Plus/Minus interactive installation by artists Connolly/Cleary


Limerick Youth Theatre Performance at LCGA



LCGA are delighted to host an innovative series of short performances by Limerick Youth Theatre as part of Culture Night 2009. Four young performers will respond to the Connolly Cleary interactive installation Plus/Minus. Movement and physical theatre are devised specifically to fit the strong aesthetic of striped projections and the accompanying jazz music of 12345SIX projected simultaneously. The installation is manipulated and choreographed by each performer, leaving behind the remnants of activity.



Limerick City Library

The Granary, Michael Street

5pm – 10pm

Free Event


6pm – Sionna String Quartet – “Classics to Modern” a performance of musical pieces ranging from Classic composers to the Beatles.


Violins: Lucia Hartigan and Breffni Considine

Viola:  Finola Moloney

Cello:  Aoife Sadlier


7pm – Meet the Authors

Limerick City Library will hold an evening of Authors discussing and reading from their work. Popular national Irish fiction writers will give free insights and readings of their work giving an opportunity for readers to come into direct contact with contemporary living authors.

Andrew Nugent, popular author of Irish Crime Fiction Titles including The Four Courts Murder, Second Burial and Soul Murder is a former trial lawyer who became a monk of the Order of St. Benedict and is now Prior of Glenstal Abbey. He spent 9 years in a foundation monastery in Nigeria and has traveled extensively in Europe, U.S., The Middle East and West Africa. He lives in Limerick.

Helena Close, Limerick born author who has written four popular novels under the pseudonym Sarah O Brien with co writer Trisha Rainsford. Helena has two published titles, Pinhead Duffy (2005) and a recently written title The Cut of Love which was published in February 2009 .


Limerick City Museum 

Castle Lane – Free

Late night opening until 10pm

Limerick’s award-winning museum traces the history of Limerick City from the Bronze Age to the present day.  Bronze-age axes, seals and ceramic figures, Viking coins and 17th century cannon balls, bombs and remains from the 1690 Siege of Limerick are among the highlights. The museum houses more than 40,000 objects including award winning Limerick lace and memorabilia from the Fenian uprisings.



Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery

4 Robert Street 


5pm to 10pm

T-Shirt Printing for Adults and Children


5pm to 7pm:
T-Shirt printing for kids
Bring your own T-Shirt get it printed or have a go yourself!


Demonstrations in the Studios
Watch our artists create beautiful original prints


Come and have a tea or coffee while the kids print


7pm to 10pm:
T-Shirt printing for Adults
Bring your own T-Shirt get it printed or have a go yourself!


Demonstrations in the Studios
Watch our artists create beautiful original prints


Come and have a glass of wine with us.



Limerick School of Art & Design

Clare Street 

5pm – 10pm

Join us at the Limerick School of Art and Design for the Tweak Festival exhibition and tours of our newly refurbished building here at the Clare St Campus 



Tweak is an interactive art and live electronic music festival taking place that aims to promote understanding of the use of technology within our culture and to explore contemporary issues (social, economic, psychological, aesthetic and functional). Tweak examines the growing impact of digital technologies in the creation of art and aesthetic experience. Providing a space for Digital Artists to redefine the nature of technology within our lives, the festival intends to create public awareness of the complex nature of technology and explore the relationship technology has to our lives.


Thomond Park, Museum

Thomond Park Stadium, 5pm to 10pm

The new stadium has incorporated a spectacular interactive museum that showcases the proud history and heritage of Munster Rugby including an impressive range of memorabilia such as the match ball from the famous victory against the All Blacks in 1978 and the 2006 Heineken Cup trophy. The Museum also contains fantastic interactive displays and touch screens suitable for all ages with a specially commissioned film titled “We are Munster” that portrays the tradition & history of the club and the unique bond that it shares with its loyal supporters



Walk the Walls of Limerick

Start at 5pm King John’s Castle Visitor Centre, 5pm – 6.30pm

The walk will be led by Brian Hodkinson, Assistant Curator of Limerick City Museum and will take approx 1.5 to 2 hrs.  There are thirteen extant stretches of the City Wall, which includes the west curtain wall of King John’s Castle, which formed part of the city’s defences, and stretches around the English and Irish towns. 



Wickham Street Artists’ Studios

5pm – 10pm

Wickham Street Studios is Limericks newest artist led space, located in the heart of the city, just off William Street. There are currently 12 artist’s members most of whom are very recent graduates of LSAD. Over time the space will act as more than just a studio, it will also be a space for other artist led projects such as exhibiting, artist’s talks, seminars. Culture night will provide the public with the opportunity to visit the studios and engage with the artists and their work.

We invite you meet some of the artists, view their work and get an insight into their individual studio practices. All studio members will have there spaces open, and the public will be free to wander through them.

The artists are – Ramon Kassam, Julie Lovett, Tom Prendergast, Aoife Flynn, Laura McMorrow, Aislinn O Keeffe, Paraic Leahy, Gerry Davis, Paul Rathigan, Emmet Kierans, Noelle Collins, Sean Guinan.

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