WHILE Limerick hurling fans across the city and county were cheering on their team as they achieved All Ireland glory, there was an event of a completely different kind happening in Pery Square in Limerick.
While the Limerick Team was busy making history in sport, other history and heritage buffs were enjoying a dedicated Victorian Afternoon Tea on Sunday August 19.
Those who attended were treated to an afternoon of literature, history and fashion beginning at 2pm in the drawing room of No.1 Pery Square, overlooking The People’s Park in the heart of The Georgian Quarter.
Throughout the day invited guests enjoyed lots of tasty Victorian inspired afternoon treats as events manager Rose Servitova welcomed everyone to the tea. To add to the occasion everyone who attended received a small Victorian themed keepsake to take home with them.
Other highlights included historical expert, Sharon Slater regaling guests with the many scandals of the day with her presentation talk ‘Limerick Victorians and Vice’.
Award-winning author Nuala O’Connor read from her new novel ‘Becoming Belle’ which is based on the true story of a Victorian dancer who becomes the Countess of Clancarty. Actor and comedian Myles Breen brought his own special brand of wit to the occasion with his take on Oscar Wilde.
Historical costume and heritage expert Melissa Shiels was also on hand to entertain with her talk on ‘Dressing up for Tea’ which featured everything from countesses to corsets. As you can see from our photographs a fantastic day was had by those who attended this special afternoon of history and heritage in Limerick.
by Catriona Tierney