Stalls available at Pigtown Harvest Fair, October 13th-15th 2017

The World BBQ Championships Festival Weekend in Limerick City will bring 40,000 people to Limerick this October! Our beautiful People’s Park will be electric for the weekend as competitors from overseas join Irish contenders, and visitors from near and far flock to enjoy the celebrations. Along with a World of Food & Beer Festival, family, gardening, and other areas in the park for the festival, the Pigtown Harvest Fair will welcome food, art, craft and design stalls. If you would like a stall get in touch now! Email me on olivia(at)playpublicity.ie

Find more information at http://world-bbq.com

‘Urban Food Fest’ opening event of Pigtown Food & Culture Series

I’m very excited to be bringing Urban Food Fest back for 2017, it’s a lot of work for us but I know it’ll be so worth it come September 1st! Here’s the release we issued with all the details. One of those beautiful children is mine too! >>>

Pigtown Urban Food Fest at the Milk Market on Friday evening September 1st is the opening event of the Pigtown Food & Culture Series, a two-month long celebration of Limerick’s pig heritage with food, cultural and family events. See pigtown.ie for full listings.

22.08.17 Launching the Pigtown Food & Culture Series opening event Urban Food Fest at the Limerick Milk Market were, Chloe Harper (7), Annacotty, Edon O’Brien (3), Caherdavin and Charley Harper. (10), Annacotty Limerick. Picture: Alan Place

Following its enormous success last year, when an unprecedented 6,000 people turned out for the event ran by Limerick Food Group, Urban Food Fest will once again transform the historic Limerick Milk Market into a street food mecca as local producers, market traders, restaurants, and hotels come together for a unique Limerick food event. This time it’s a ‘Pigtown edition’ to celebrate the start of the Pigtown Culture & Food Series. Continue reading

Going the whole hog – Limerick’s Pigtown Food Series

I’ve been working on something very exciting with the Limerick Food Group, here’s the announcement release with all the info. I did the design work on this too, have to say I’m very happy with my Pigtown logo! >>>

This autumn, the Pigtown Food Series is taking over Limerick in an exciting celebration of Limerick’s Food Culture. Inspired by the history of Limerick’s famous bacon industry, the ‘Pigtown Culture and Food Series’ is an exciting new programme of themed events happening in September and October 2017 in Limerick.

Ruth Guiry, author of ‘Pigtown, A History of Limerick’s Bacon Industry’ at the launch of the Pigtown Culture and Food Series held at the Milk Market, Limerick. Picture Sean Curtin True Media.

Developed by the Limerick Food Group and supported by Fáilte Ireland, the series will focus on Limerick’s unique heritage as a way to showcase the great food available locally, building on their deep-rooted food heritage. Continue reading

The Hunt Museum Gala Fundraising Dinner with Private Preview of The Hunt’s Summer Exhibition

I’m involved behind the scenes for The Hunt Museum Gala Black Tie Dinner on Thursday June 1st 2017 in association with The Savoy Hotel. If you would like to join us at the event please get in touch! Below are more details and photos from the launch…

On the evening of June 1st, a Private Preview of ‘Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland’ exhibition with drinks reception will take place at The Hunt Museum from 6pm, followed by The Hunt Museum Gala Dinner at The Savoy Hotel from 7.30pm.

The hotel will present a sumptuous six-course menu of seasonal and local delights, and the evening includes an auction and other surprises. Tickets per person cost €150 for the Gala Dinner, and €250 for Gala Dinner plus Private Preview of the exhibition. Proceeds raised will go to The Hunt Museum Education and Community Engagement Programmes. Continue reading

Summer at The Hunt Museum – Contrasting Visions of Ireland: Jack B. Yeats & Paul Henry

I’m thrilled to be working with The Hunt Museum on their summer exhibition which we launched today. Here’s the press release with images from the launch and a short video which tells you all about it (you may spot my little Ollie in there!)

Dom Mark Patrick Hederman of Glenstal Abbey, was guest speaker at The Hunt Museum to announce details of an exciting exhibition taking place over the summer months: Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland.

This unique exhibition features two of Ireland’s most important 20th century artists side by side. Featuring rarely seen paintings borrowed from mostly private collections, this unique event will encourage visitors to see Ireland through the eyes of two very different artists working before, during and after the establishment of the Irish Free State.

Billed to be a show of both national and international significance, the exhibition will feature 50 works, many of which are normally unavailable for public viewing, and brings together a collection drawn from private and public collections including works from the European Investment Bank Collection in Luxembourg.

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Placenta Encapsulation – Placenta pills for better mom health

I got a lot of interest when I posted this on my Facebook/Instagram so I thought I’d share here too:

My nutrient rich post natal daily pill, custom designed by my body for me, Placenta Encapsulation benefits include better energy and iron levels, helps milk supply and to balance hormones, and helps to reduce stress levels (tell that to my 3 year old 😉).

It assists in repairing the uterus and placenta wound and is said to have been used in Chinese medicine since the 1500s.

In nature, animals in the wild consume their placenta after giving birth, they instinctively know what’s good for them. Continue reading

Exhibition celebrating designer John McNamara

Limerick’s John McNamara to be remembered in an exhibition and student design award

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An exhibition to celebrate some of the outstanding fashion creations of the late Limerick fashion designer John Mc Namara will take place at the Hunt Museum for three weeks commencing Thursday, April 6 running until Sunday, April 30.

From South Circular Road in Limerick, John graduated in fashion from the Grafton Academy Dublin and Kingston University London and was regarded as one of Ireland’s most talented designers with an eye for glamour and tailoring. John worked with fashion supremo Ib Jorgenson in Dublin for many years, and then returned to his native Limerick where he set up his own workshop. His many clients included President Mary Robinson who commissioned John to design one of her inauguration outfits. John passed away in 2015 after a short illness while only in his late fifties. Continue reading

Making it easy for A Bride Abroad

Wedding planner Ciara Jørgensen takes the hard work out of planning the big day

Originally from Parteen and now based in Killaloe, Ciara Jørgensen (née Lawler) is owner of ‘A Bride Abroad’, a business she launched just over a year ago as a unique service for Irish brides living abroad who want to plan their dream wedding at home.

Mum of two, Ciara created A Bride Abroad as a service to support Irish brides in planning their big day from foreign shores. She seamlessly manages all the logistics with local Irish suppliers that are involved in organising an exceptional wedding event. Continue reading

Nursing moms’ wardrobe dilemmas

With a few adjustments, it is possible to have a stylish wardrobe while breastfeeding…

While pregnancy can be a challenging time for your wardrobe, at least there are lots of options out there to choose from. From loose fitting and flowing garments to stretchy pieces showing off your baby bump, there is a world of stylish choices for all budgets. Breastfeeding, on the other hand, is a different matter. Access is the main focus here, and there are lots of cleverly designed tops available in nursing ranges allowing discreet access without too much fuss. While these ranges get top marks for function, they can often be lacking however, when it comes to feeling some bit stylish on a day to day basis.

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Baby will need access on demand so the last thing you need is high closed necklines, long items to lift right up, or too many layers to get through. Casual wear like T-shirt style tops, hoodies and button-down-shoulder knit sweaters are generally what’s available and this could be your prescribed wardrobe for at least baby’s first six months unless you get creative and come up with a few other options. Continue reading

I’ve been busy!

I have some very happy news to share – meet the new addition to our household, baby Ollie!

Thank you to the wonderful midwives and staff at UMHL for looking after us so well. Particularly to the girls on ward M1 especially Jenny (best of luck in Middlesbrough), Emma and Liz, and to Prof Cotter of course.

Limerick Pre-School Naíonra na nÓg Best in Ireland

Naionra-Yvonne-AwardWe had some very exciting news at my sister-in-law, Yvonne O’Sullivan’s pre-school, Naíonra na nÓg, (located at Shannonvale on the Old Cratloe Road) when it won the title of ‘Best Indoor Learning Environment in Ireland’ at the Maternity & Infant Early Education Awards which took place recently at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire. Below is more detail from the press release we issued announcing the good news. If you are looking for a place here for your 3-5 year olds I’d suggest you contact Yvonne ASAP to get on the list as the Naíonra (through Irish) is always fully booked and the new Montessori is rapidly getting very established in the area thanks to amazing staff and facilities…

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Make-up picks from new season beauty AW16

Possibly the most exciting time of the year for beauty fans, Autumn always brings a wealth of gorgeous new make-up products for us to pore over. Almost too many to keep up with truth be told, so I’ve enlisted the help of beauty stylist Sarah Morris from Brown Thomas Limerick to offer a selection of some of the best new products hitting the shelves. This is only half of Sarah’s selection so I’ll share the rest in a couple of weeks but for now, here are just some of her favourites…

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Elizabeth Emery’s ‘Sugar Rush’ graduate collection

Having returned to college in her 30s, Limerick designer Elizabeth Emery from Lord Edward Street last month exhibited as part of the Limerick School of Art & Design Graduate Fashion Show.

Last year she interned with label Vivalelisa in Berlin with the college’s renowned internship programme as part of the fashion degree’s third year. Elizabeth, now ready for the next chapter in her fashion journey, told me about her graduate collection…

Elizabeth Emery graduate fashion collection

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Culture & Chips Takes To The Streets for July 12th

I’m very excited to be part of this event – this year Culture & Chips Takes To The Streets in a one of a kind street party in conjunction with Limerick 2020, the likes of which Limerick has never seen before.

Culture and Chips Launch with Fidget Feet. Picture: Alan Place.

Here’s all the info you need >> On Tuesday July 12th, the jury for the European Capital of Culture bid will visit the city and they’re going to get one hell of a Limerick welcome… Daniel O’Connell’s whole block on upper O’Connell Street between Hartstonge Street and Barrington Street (the area known as The Crescent in the Georgian Quarter) will become party central as Culture & Chips Takes To The Streets from noon until evening. Continue reading

Limerick’s Urban Food Fest

ONE FOR THE DIARY: For one night only, the historic Limerick Milk Market is being transformed into a street food mecca for ‘Urban Food Fest’, as producers, market traders, restaurants, and hotels come together for a unique Limerick food (#bialuimní) event.

I’m one of the organisers of this event so I can tell you it’s one not to miss. It will truly be a unique evening in the Milk Market and a real showcase of Limerick food and drink.

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‘Limerick Street Food’ on the boardwalk

Limerick has set its stall out today to become an Irish street food capital after the launch of a new initiative at the city’s stunning Harvey’s Quay boardwalk.

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​​‘Limerick Street Food’, a project of Limerick City and County Council, was officially unveiled to the public as ten purveyors of alfresco foods took over and added further colour, not to mind mouth-watering tastes, to the sun-kissed boardwalk from late morning until late afternoon. Some of the world’s best loved street-foods were on offer, such as Thai food, hot dogs, falafels, crepes, wheat grass and other juices, salads and humus and, of course, coffee.

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