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Report by Síona Carroll


Salon du Chat

ONE of the founders of the ‘Salon du Chat’ experience, Róisín Buckley, suggests that we consider this salon as “speed debating, think talk with the chit, the conservation of life”. She describes is as an arts project with a twist, with the audience welcomed not into theatre but a café.

Backed by the City of Culture status, the first Salon du Chat of 2014 takes place this Thursday 10 as part of ‘Limerick Spring, a Festival of Politics and ideas’. It meets in Fitto Café, Catherine Street at 8pm.

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Topics that have been confirmed are ‘What’s on The Box Set?’, ‘Minister for In Justice’, and ‘Overbearing Status Sharing’.For more information visit


Lunchtime Concerts

ALL are welcome to attend a performance by Leaving Certificate students from Villiers Secondary School, in St Mary’s Cathedral next Wednesday April 16 at 1.15pm. The students will perform a varied program as they take part in the second out of four lunchtime concerts.

Malcolm Green is also director of Limerick Choral Union
Malcolm Green is also director of Limerick Choral Union

Violinist, Galina Badmaeva and Malcolm Green, pianist and cello player, are booked for May 7.This concert is followed by soprano Helen Houlihan and pianist Irina Dernova on May 14; all free but with a collection for the cathedral’s music programme. 1.15pm-2pm music.







Riverside Sculpture

FRENCH artist Denis Tricot transforms the riverside with his elegant sculptures into a temporary art gallery. Inspired by surroundings, his installations weave their way through the landscape “creating dynamic connections between the water, the land and the architecture”.

Tricot at Shannon Rowing Club
Tricot at Shannon Rowing Club

He used 3-meter lengths of poplar wood and created the sculptures there and then. He built curves, lines and arches that flow through this beautiful part of the city.Assisted by Mathieu Harzo and produced by ArtsAgends, Tricot’s sculpture installation scores the riverscape for three to four weeks. Supported by City of Culture 2014.






Eigse Michael Hartnett

POET, critic, novelist Theo Dorgan is this year’s president of Eigse Miichael Harnett, operating out of several sites in Newcastlewest this weekend, April 10 to 12.Author Sheila O’Flanagan is on the slate as are writer and comedian Sonya Kelly, tenor Brian Hartnett, visual artist Ciaran O’Sullivan, tenor Brian Hartnett,  Micheál Rowsome, musician Paul Dunworth, and poets Eileen Sheehan, Martina Evans and John W Sexton.


Bríd Quinn of Limerick Arts Office
Bríd Quinn of Limerick Arts Office

Bríd Quinn is festival co-ordinator and NCW’s library is traditional host venue for opening ceremony this Thursday 10, 8pm. Celebrated photographer John Minihan gives the keynote address.