People’s Museum is On The Nail

The G.P.O. 1916, by Thomas Ryan

EVERYBODY needs good neighbours. Thus Limerick Writers’ Centre is taking its monthly On The Nail literary gathering across the road to People’s Museum of Limerick for its next session. Both the Centre and the Museum frame that St Michael’s Church corner of Pery Square.

Two writers will lead the Thursday 7 gathering at the new museum, No. 2 (formerly Culture House) for 8pm. Organiser Dominic Taylor introduces these guests for the event, who will read from their individual works

Joseph Sweeney graduated from UCD with a Master’s Degree in Anglo Irish  Literature in 1983. He has won and been shortlisted for various awards including winning the Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, 2015. In 2017 he was longlisted for the Colm Toibín International Short Story Award.

Jessica Brown is pursuing her PhD at the University of Limerick. Her publications include an essay in the book ‘Jane Austen and the Arts’ and articles in Journal for Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. The Texan will read from her recent poetry collection ‘And Say’, published by Revival Press. See

Thomas Ryan RHA

FACING on to the People’s Park, the People’s Museum of Limerick is also party  to a visual arts show of high mien in the same week. It will host paintings by the Limerick-born artist Thomas Ryan RHA for November.

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Museum manager Dr Rose Anne White tells us that “we are delighted that Thomas will launch the exhibition on November 5 to tell us the story behind some of his most famous works, and so that we can celebrate his 90th birthday in his home city.”

This show features Ryan’s ‘The G.P.O. 1916’ which hung for more than 20 years in Leinster House.

Thomas Ryan RHA was born in Davis Street in Limerick and trained at Limerick School of Art and at the National College of Art. He served as president of the Royal Hibernian Academy for ten years and is an honorary member of the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy.