New historical festival to take a walk down Limerick’s memory lane

Shannonside History Festival will take place over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

LIMERICK history lovers – and history lovers from all over – are invited to take a walk into the past later this month with a new history festival.

The Limerick Civic Trust, in association with the Limerick Museum and Limerick City and County Council, are behind the Shannonside History festival, which  will include a host of free and paid events, including lectures, walking tours, and workshops.

The festival kicks off on Friday, May 31, with a workshop on Limerick Silver in Limerick Museum, hosted by Dr Zara Power and Jim Noonan, which will be opened by Dr Ed Walsh.

Throughout the weekend, there will be free walking tours hosted by Limerick Civic Trust and John Elliott of Limerick Museum.

Lectures will be held in a host of venues across the city, and the Limerick Civic Trust has teamed up with the LPYMA and the International Rugby Experience for three special events.

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Alan English will be speaking on the history of Munster matches against New Zealand at the International Rugby Experience, while there will be a series of events at the historic LPYMA Hall on O’Connell Street throughout the weekend, including a tour of the building by Dr John Logan and Craig Copley Brown.

Siobhán Doyle of the National Museum of Ireland will be one of the speakers at the festival, as well as a number of other renowned historians such as Sharon Slater, John O’Callaghan, Ruan O’Donnell, Padraig Lenihan, and Jane Ohlmeyer, spanning topics from Limerick during the Civil War to the 1651 Seige of Limerick.

The only student-run history journal in Ireland, History Studies, will also be launched in the People’s Museum on Friday May 31 at 7pm.

For tickets and further information on the festival, visit