Bring Your Limericks to Limerick to win €1000

As part of the Tailteann Nua festival which will take place over the August bank holiday weekend from 2 – 5 August the University of Limerick in association with The Limerick Writers Centre plan to bring the five line famous ‘Limerick’ verse home to Limerick. So far, we have over 70 submissions from 16 different countries, including, the US, Australia, China, Canada and the UK. The winning Limerick will receive €1000 is prize money. In addition to the poetry competition and slam, writing workshops will take place in Plassey House, University of Limerick on August 3.


The Tailteann Nua festival features a feast of Irish culture including international step dancing, set dancing workshops, ceilis, ladies gaelic football, writing workshops and a family fun day on August 4.

Coinciding with the competition and festival The Limerick Writers Centre have commissioned local historian Matthew Potter to write a history of the ‘Limerick’ and its association with the area.


POETRY/CREATIVE WRITING – 10.00am – 12.00 noon

This workshop, facilitated by John Liddy, is designed to inspire writers to discover/extend their poetic voice. Existing poets may explore new directions while those seeking to write poetry for the first time will find a springboard for their ideas and style.


Award-winning storyteller, poet and playwright Fiona Clark Echlin will lead this innovative fiction-writing workshop, which is designed for experienced writers as well as those with nothing more than a will to write. You are invited to bring along work in progress or simply your ideas, enthusiasm and hopes.


How to Write a Memoir. This workshop, facilitated by Sheila Quealey, is a survey of the memoir genre and will give the writer practical advice on how to begin to record stories from their life.

For further details or to submit your Limerick visit

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Tour of the Rare Books and Manuscripts

As part of the Tailteann Nua Festival August 2 – 5 visitors will have a unique opportunity to tour renowned book and manuscript collections donated to the Special Book Collections at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick. 


Rare Books and Manuscripts, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick

The Leonard and Norton collections encompass literature, history, topography, politics, the social sciences and culture. The Norton collection consists of over 9,000 items, including: Full sets of the Limerick historical journals, including the North Munster Antiquarian Journal and The Old Limerick Journal, Limerick city maps beginning in 1722, Original 18th century prints of Askeaton, Kilmallock, Adare, Thomond Bridge and many other notable Limerick antiquities, Collections by Limerick authors including Michael Collins, Dorothea Conyers, Michael Curtin, Aubrey de Vere, Gerald Griffin, Michael Hartnett, Jim Kemmy, Brian Merriman, Lola Montez, Kate O’Brien, Desmond O’Grady, Gabriel Rosenstock, Eithne Strong and Frank McCourt, Historical works by leading Limerick antiquarians, including the Knight of Glin, the Earls of Dunraven, PW Joyce and TJ Westropp.Some of the highlights of the Leonard collection include: Maps and atlases by Mercator, Speed, Petty and Janson, A definitive collection on the Shannon, Nineteenth century reports, commissions and enquiries, A full range of county histories, A postcard collection of every county in Ireland (12,000 postcards), A superb collection of Irish guide, travel and topographical books.

Visitors will have the chance to view some of the most significant donations to the collections, including:

  • A collection on stamps issued by the Vatican State
  • Kate O’Brien Letters
  • The Carrol Collection of family heirlooms and military memorabilia dating back to the 1700’s and continuing right up to the 1920’s.  The Collection includes memorabilia from the Peninsular Campaign, The Boer War and both World Wars. Many items are handwritten personal documents including a handwritten letter from The Duke of Wellington to William Parker and also his wife’s diaries for the years 1817 – 1818 – 1819
  • The Conlan Collection of Irish Coins, Tokens and Ring Money illustrates the history of the Irish coinage of the period from 1015 to 1826. 
  • The Maurice Walsh Archive including Several manuscripts of The Quiet Man along with a letter of rejection from the editor, A copy of the The Saturday Evening Post (11th Feb 1933) in which The Quiet Man eventually appears, Correspondence between the author and Sean O’ Faolain on the subject of Irish and American neutrality during World War II, Actual nomination certificate for The Quiet Man from the Screen Writers Guild, Best Comedy 1952, Manuscripts for his books, The Small Dark Man, Blackcock’s Feather, Trouble in the Glen, The Spanish Lady and Danger under the Moon.


  • The Emerald Wreath by John Francis O’Donnell (1864)
  • The works of Aristotle, the famous philosopher : containing his Complete masterpiece and Family physician; his Experienced midwife, his Book of problems and his Remarks on physiognomy. (1779)

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Irish Festival of Speed 2013

This exciting two day festival takes place August 3 + 4 this year. This year the organisers have something for everyone. The various events will showcase a wide selection of racing cars, including: rally cars, supercars, vintage and classics, motorcycles and air displays.

Building on Limerick Citys historic association with motorsport the Irish festival of speed promises to be an exciting combination of classic displays, dynamic parades and fun-filled entertainment with hot names, such as, Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, TVR, Honda, BMW, Mazda, Mini and Subaru. Image

2013 also marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous sports cars in history and the Porsche Club will be attending the Irish Festival of Speed to help celebrate the occasion.

For further details please visit

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Bring Your Limerick’s to Limerick 2013

The Limerick Writers Centre has been running an All-Ireland Limerick Verse Championship since 2010. The fun-packed festival highlights the history of the Limerick. The Limerick is a verse form which first originated in Croom, Co.Limerick in the 18th century. It contains five lines, lines 1,2,5 must rhyme and lines 3 and 4 must rhyme. A great Limerick will have a clever punch, subtle innuendos and will often have wordplay or a witty element.

One Summer they gathered in Limerick/Working, talking, and composing rhetoric/An abundance of fun/Despite lack of sun/Who knew the two weeks would pass so quick?

As a beauty I’m not very pretty/There are others more handsome and witty/But my face I don’t mind it/Because I’m behund it/’Tis the folks in the front that I pity

As part of the Tailteann Nua Festival we are asking participants, visitors and potential poets to submit Limericks to . The judging panel will adjudicate entries and select a shortlist of finalists. Finalists will be offered an opportunity to travel to Limerick to do battle for the ‘Best Limerick in the World 2013’ and will receive a Tailteann Nua official presentation. Image

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UL40 International Womens Day Conference March 8th 2013

This year we have a very exciting line up for the international women’s day conference. The theme is ‘Accelerating Change’ and was chosen to reflect the growing economic concerns, the globalisation of brands, the changing pace and scale of education and cultural changes that are taking place in everyday society.

This is a special day of the year when the University, the broader community and the business community come together to share ideas, voice their opinions and listen to interesting keynote speakers. This year’s speakers include: Sonia O’Sullivan, Olympic Medallist, Paul McNieve, Former CEO Hamilton Osbourne King, Kathleen O’Toole, Former Chief Inspector, Garda Siochana Inspectorate, Jenny Daisley, Founder and CEO of Springboard Consultancy, Nicola Byrne, CEO and founder of Call 11890 and Author Gary Kirwan.

There are plenty of opportunities to network and mingle with attending delegates throughout the day and this year’s parallel workshops include a nutritionist talk, a fitness coach and live Reiki sessions. With a free buffet lunch and free workshop sessions this promises to be a great day.Image

The UL Women’s Forum is a network within the University of Limerick which supports the development of female employees within their working environment through the organisation of events, co-ordination of sub-committees and lobbying for support for womens issues. For further information or to book a place e-mail

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Limerick Gathering Festival – An Tailteann Nua, 1 – 5 August, 2013

Drawing inspiration from our cultured past we aim to have a week long celebration of Irish Culture from August 1 – 5 this year. Originally noted as the Aonach Tailteann Games and traced back as far as 632 BC the games provided a platform for celebration of Irishness. The Tailteann Games took place in 1924. The games were routed in friendly competition. In history the games lasted a week and was attended by kings, chieftains and noble men. The three main objectives of the original games were too:

  1. Honour the famous dead
  2. To promulgate new laws
  3. To provide entertainment for the people


The Tailteann Games was unique in that it combined sports competition with cultural competition. Sports featured in the original games varied from Athletics, swimming, boxing, Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie, Gymnastics and others. There were also Irish dancing competition, poetry competitions, drama, music and famous Irish story telling sessions.Competitive events were organised in Irish Dancing, Poetry, Prose, Drama, Oratory and Story Telling (All in Irish and English).

In an attempt to revive the values of the Aonach Tailteann and to promote inclusive Irish heritage, An Tailteann Nua will be held at the University of Limerick from 1 – 5, August as part of the Irish Gathering tourism campaign. Plans are already well underway for a Ladies Gaelic Football Tournament, musical acts, a dancing competition and genealogy workshops for visitors. For more information and updates on the festival activities follow @GatheringFestUL or Like!/LimerickGatheringFest

Cead Mile Failte!

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Bruce Springsteen set to rock Thomond Park, Limerick July 16, 2013


Legendary musician Bruce Springsteen has officially confirmed that he will play an outdoor concert at Thomond Park in Limerick this coming July 2013. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will be performing live on stage within the unique setting of Thomond Park in Limerick on Tuesday the 16th of July 2013. Tickets for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band live at Thomond Park in Limerick are on sale from 9:00am on Thursday, December 6 2012 and prices start from €90.

Special Offer at University of Limerick Apartments

for Bruce Springsteen Gig –  €49.00 per person per night

University of Limerick are offering rooms at a very special rate of €49.00 for the Bruce Springsteen concert on Jul 16, 2013. Accommodation is available in 6 bedroom ensuite apartments with spacious living/kitchen areas are available at Dromroe Village, University of Limerick with free return transfer from Thomond Park.

To book please contact the team on 061 234178 or fill out an enquiry at . Make sure to say that you are coming to see Bruce so that we can give you the above special rate.

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