Sliabh Luachra music trail to preserve Limerick traditional heritage

Kerry Arts Officer Kate Kennelly, Cork Arts Officer Ian McDonagh and Limerick Arts Officer Pippa Little with musicians Eoin Stan O'Sullivan, Eimear Flynn, Marie Flynn and Maura O'Connor at the Sliabh Luachra event.

THE first decisive steps in a journey to preserve Limerick’s rich traditional music heritage were taken at a networking event in Abbeyfeale this week.

Belonging and identity were the key elements of the exploratory meeting which was jointly organised by the Arts Offices of Cork County Council, Kerry County Council and Limerick City and County Council to establish the Sliabh Luachra Music Trail

The meeting  in Leen Hotel last Thursday discussed ideas for promoting the celebration and preservation of the musical heritage, the cultural and creative tourism in the Sliabh Luachra region and the encouragement of participation.

The three local authorities are working together to promote the music and cultural heritage of Sliabh Luachra, anchored by an approach that sees a strong engagement with community stakeholders, from festivals and events, to schools and individuals.

The network acknowledged the passion and commitment to Sliabh Luachra music by local stakeholders, in particular festival organisers, schools and musicians.

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This has helped to inform the direction of Local Authority and Arts Council support through the inter-county Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence project, funded through an Arts Council ‘Invitation to Collaboration Award’.

Limerick Arts Officer Pippa Little said the project highlights the work and traditions of Sliabh Luachra musicians and a number of Limerick festivals including Fleadh by the Feale and the Garry McMahon Singing weekend.

“This delivers on our cultural strategy, by retaining and attracting creative practitioners to live and work in Limerick and by engaging citizens through involvement in culture,” she explained