Hunt Museum presents innovative career of renowned Irish fashion designer
The Hunt Museum has curated a new exhibition from its collection of Sybil Connolly clothing, sketchbooks, swatches, glass and ceramics to explore her trailblazing design career in a new presentation entitled ‘Sybil’.
Connolly is regarded as Ireland’s first international fashion design icon. She used tweed, crochet and lace in vibrant colours and interesting silhouettes in her work with pleated linen her trademark. In 1953, her full-length red cape and white crochet dress was on the cover of Life Magazine, accompanied by the caption ‘Irish Invade Fashion World’.
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
The Hunt Museum has issued the press release below announcing the appointment of their new Director. It’s a very exciting time for the Museum and Dr Cousins sounds like a fantastic addition to the cultural sector in our region. I look forward to seeing the further development of the Museum under her directorship.
The Board of the Hunt Museum is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Jill Cousins as Director and CEO of the Museum.
Dr Jill Cousins joins the Hunt with over 10 years of involvement in the European cultural heritage sector as the Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation, which she created from a project idea with 4 people to an operational service with 62 persons across 4 European offices. Funded, by the European Commission and the Ministries of Culture across Europe, Jill has worked with cultural heritage organisations across Europe to increase the use and visibility of their collections in education, research, creative industry and towards the general public. She has extensive business development experience and has previously worked in the publishing, event, marketing and information industries. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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.
Limerick’s John McNamara to be remembered in an exhibition and student design award
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
We 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…
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
‘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.
This day last year a much loved Limerick gentleman was taken from us in the form of designer John McNamara. He is still greatly missed by all who knew him.