Rich literary tradition to St Mary’s Parish

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Limerick great Cristóir Ó Floinn

THE next community heritage talk at St Mary’s AID in the Widows Almshouses, Nicholas Street is on ‘The Parish Literary Tradition’. Taking place on Friday December 14, the 1pm session will be accompanied by an illustrative slide show and tea/ scones for the €5 entry. Everyone is welcome.

“The Parish Literary Tradition focuses on the huge treasury of literary wealth that exists within the confines of St Mary’s Parish,” broadcaster/ music journalist John O’Regan tells Limerick Post. “It traces a path from the legendary works of The Bard of Thomond – Michael Hogan, the most published author from the Parish, to Christóir O’Flynn through to the parochially slanted writings of Arthur Lysaght, and two of its best known local authors, Maureen Sparling and Denis O’Shaughnessy.”

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Indeed, Maureen Sparling has just published her latest collection of poetry and short stories, ‘Under the Upside-down Saucer’. On Friday 14, John tells us that special guest reader on the day is Denis O’Shaughnessy who will read  from his new collection ‘Bygone Days –Stories of Limerick’.