Urban Food Fest is back for ‘Summer Fiesta’

Myself and the team at Limerick Food Group are excited to to bringing back Urban Food Fest, here’s all the info, get in touch on limkfoodgroup(at)gmail.com if you want to take a stall…

Limerick Food Group will hold Urban Food Fest street food evening in the Milk Market on Thursday June 14th with a ‘Summer Fiesta’ theme in one big Limerick city summer party.

Pictured launching the event were, Tom Flavin, Executive Chef, The Strand Hotel, Olivia O’Sullivan, eatinlimerick.ie and Stephen Cunneen, Treaty City Brewery. Pic: Alan Place

Record crowds of 6,000 people turned out for Urban Food Fest in 2016 for Limerick Food Group’s first event and the voluntary community group has gone from strength to strength since, with last year’s event taking place as part of the Pigtown Culture & Food Series in September.

Guests to the upcoming event, which has free entry and will operate a cashless token system (€15 for 5 tokens), can expect the historic market venue to be transformed into a street food mecca as producers, market traders, restaurants, and hotels come together for a unique Limerick food event. Continue reading

Why I’m voting Yes on May 25th

I have no doubt that voting yes is what Ireland needs to make it a safer place for women. I grew up in a Catholic home and my mother has particularly strong faith but she also taught me great empathy and compassion and these inform my decision.

We need bodily autonomy in pregnancy for Irish women. We need healthcare professionals to be able to do their job without the Eight Amendment meaning doctors consult lawyers before making decisions on women’s health.

I want this for my daughter so that she will never have to suffer because of it, for my nieces, for my friends, for every woman I know, and every Irish woman. It took us 35 years to have another referendum on abortion; we can’t let the next generation suffer too. Continue reading

Wearing your beliefs for social justice

Referendum inspiring designers to become fashion activists for this generation

Fashion activism is nothing new; the mini skirt was a defiant statement of its time, and the slogan t-shirt has been a political tool since its inception. Repeal sweatshirts are one of the most controversial items of the moment but they are not the only items popping up ahead of the upcoming referendum.

Stacey Grant-Canham, originally from Ballinacurra Gardens, completed a degree in fashion at LSAD before doing a MA at Kingston University in London. She now works as a lecturer teaching fashion design in Cardiff and in her spare time runs her design led lifestyle brand, Black & Beech.

Stacey explained, “During my maternity leave period in 2017, I started Black & Beech from my kitchen table selling teething jewellery that mums can wear and babies can fiddle and play with, whilst breastfeeding, being worn in a sling, or whenever baby needs a distraction. Following Brexit I became a bit more political with the brand and this was cemented with the re-election of the Torys and Donald Trump in the US. Continue reading

RIP Dolores, modern style icon

The superstar powerhouse who always stayed through to her own individual style

Limerick and the world said goodbye this week to iconic singer, and The Cranberries front woman, Dolores O’Riordan, from Ballybricken. Musical tributes have poured in from across the world of entertainment, but the fashion stage too has lost a pioneering soul.

Anyone growing up in Limerick in the 90s understood exactly where Dolores’ style came from originally. Grunge with a touch of punk, a big dab of goth and a hint of mod (all influences to be found at Quinn’s Pub on Ellen Street on any given weekend or later on in Termites, and other such establishments catering to the alternative youth at the time) crafting a bold look that she would develop into her own style and carry around the world. Continue reading

Dressing soldiers worldwide, Limerick Clothing Factory

History of Limerick Clothing Factory, one of the largest clothing factories in Europe

Written by well known local historian Sharon Slater, and edited by Dr. Matthew Potter and Jacqui Hayes, new book ‘A Stitch In Time’ chronicles the history of the Limerick Clothing Factory.

A young Scottish man, Sir Peter Tait, founded the Limerick Clothing Factory in 1853. It became one of the largest clothing factories in Europe, supplying army clothing throughout the world. The factory had contributed to Tait’s rise in popularity locally. He became the Mayor of Limerick for three consecutive years and had a clock erected in his honour. 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

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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Ready to face the challenge – Interview with make-up artist Sarah Morris

Fresh off the plane after enjoying emigrant life in Vancouver for several years, make-up artist and Raheen local Sarah Morris has landed a leading beauty role in Limerick.

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Laurel Hill and Bruce College former student Sarah Morris returned to Limerick with fiancée David Dineen after spending the last three years in Vancouver while Sarah extended her make-up artistry CV. Having worked in the industry for ten years, the 29-year old landed the role of beauty stylist at Brown Thomas Limerick – the first position of its kind outside of Dublin. Continue reading

Mitchell’s extraordinary knits – Caroline Mitchell knitwear designer

Caroline Mitchell knitwear designer is one of the finalists in the 2016 Irish Fashion Innovation Awards.

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“I’m from Limerick and a fashion graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design. I fell into a job designing mens’ knitwear after college and got hooked. I started my own knitwear label in 1996 and, after several years of wholesaling to shops like Carraig Donn/Kilkenny Shop and independant boutiques, I decided to change it all and go more upmarket. Continue reading

Limerick’s world famous fashion photographer

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Until an Irish Times piece this week I’d never heard of Limerick man Niall McInerney. Little did I know that one of the most famous fashion photos of all time was shot by him.

In a new book of his photography, McInerney (now 74) explains: “This is my bestselling photograph and was a very lucky shot because very few photographers got a picture of it. At the time, I was the house photographer for Westwood and this was in a small venue in Paris near the Palais-Royal.”

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In conversation with: Chef Wade Murphy

Wade Murphy is obviously a man who likes to keep busy. Chef and co-owner, along with wife Elaine, of 1826 Adare, the Limerick restaurant awarded a Bib Gourmand this year by the Michelin Guide and also RAI Best Restaurant in Munster, he is current Commissioner General of Euro-toques Ireland, the national organisation of outstanding chefs established by Myrtle Allen.

Wade Murphy 1826 Adare

From guesting at Electric Picnic’s Theatre of Food and Irish food symposium ‘Food on the Edge’, Wade is a daytime TV regular on RTE’s Today programme but found time in his hectic schedule for a coffee and a chat during afternoon prep time in the restaurant. Continue reading

Limerick food culture on a platter – Eat in Limerick launch #eatinlimerick

LAUNCH DAY! My new project has been launched to whet our appetites for Limerick food and local dining. Eat in Limerick, supported by GGL Security and LEO, is a personal project after seeing a need to bring the local food scene together and serve it up under one tasty promotional umbrella.

Food writer Valerie O’Connor and Eat in Limerick’s Olivia O’Sullivan at the Milk Market for the launch of the #eatinlimerick foodie guidemap (thanks for the pic Richard Lynch of WWW.ILOVELIMERICK.COM)

I felt we needed a foodie guidemap for Limerick City, there are so many new eateries even locals can’t keep up with happenings, not to mention trying to inform visitors. That’s how Eat in Limerick came about; it was a case of needs must. We have great food heritage here and increasing numbers of local producers so something like this was needed to bring attention to all of that.

Limerick company GGL Security, who operate nationally and internationally and have headquarters in Limerick City, is the main sponsor of the project. Contributing to the launch press release, Derek Tobin, MD of GGL Security, commented: “We are spoiled in Limerick with such a selection of food businesses, there must be 120 food businesses listed on the Eat in Limerick city map. As a Limerick business too, GGL Security is delighted to support this initiative which I’ve no doubt will encourage us all to explore our city and county even more and visit some new eateries.”

Social media users are being encouraged to use the hashtag ’#eatinlimerick‘ on facebook, instagram and twitter to highlight how much is going on in Limerick food, from casual, healthy and gourmet dining, to homegrown produce. Continue reading

Session styling with Castleconnell’s Gareth

Castleconnell native Gareth Bromell has worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. The 31-year-old is based in Los Angeles and works as a session hairstylist on photo shoots for magazine editorials and advertising campaigns. Home in Limerick for a short holiday to visit family and friends, Gareth shared some of his career highlights with me, and explained the journey his career took to where he is today…

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“My career started when I was 15, I had left school early to pursue training to be a chef. I started working as an assistant chef and studying in catering school. Having given it a few months, I realized it wasn’t for me. My mum said to me ‘you either go back to school or start work’ and, as I preferred to work, she organized an interview with her then hairdresser Cyril Morgan at the  Hugh Campbell group. This was the beginning of my career in hairdressing. Continue reading