Limerick’s Cultural Ambassadors: Myles Breen and Bottom Dog

Left, John A Murphy, Liam O'Brien, Mayor Liam Galvin, Myles Breen, Mike Bourke and Pius McGrath Photo: Ian Collins
Left, John A Murphy, Liam O’Brien, Mayor Liam Galvin, Myles Breen, Mike Bourke and Pius McGrath on presentation of their civic honour as Cultural Ambassadors for Limerick
Photo: Ian Collins

COUNCILLORS seats filled as did the audience chamber late at County Hall on Wednesday 16 as the Mayor of Limerick bestowed civic honours on actor Myles Breen, and Bottom Dog Theatre Company.

Myles is Limerick man of the season as decreed in his official scroll, now formal Cultural Ambassador for Limerick. Likewise, Liam O’Brien of Bottom Dog accepted similar honour with grace and humility for his company shared with Myles, Mike Bourke, John A Murphy and Pius McGrath.

Mayor of City and County Limerick cllr Liam Galvin congratulated Myles – winning best actor in New York’s Origins Irish Theatre Festival 2015 – and Bottom Dog for their “wonderful, wonderful achievement.. what they have done individually and combined is significant”.

He referenced long years of activity in the arts: pioneering plays, producing shows, working in film and concerts and with multiple local and national corps.

Limerick Council’s senior executive Christy O’Connor hosted the reception with humour  (“we see a bit of acting here ourselves in council chamber”). The ceremony was attended by Limerick Arts Officer Sheila Deegan of #limerick2020, councillors Daniel Butler, Joe Crowley, Maria Byrne and more, as well as friends, fans, theatre peers and family of the ambassadorial squad.

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Myles Breen is starring in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ pantomime at UCH twice daily (exceptions) until January 3rd, sharing the stage with Keith Duffy, Leanne Moore, Hilda Fay, George McMahon, Richie Hayes and Richard Lynch.

Full story Arts page next week.