Ormston House is delighted to host two events as part of Aontacht, this year’s Limerick Alternative Pride programme.

‘Aontacht’ is the Irish word for unity or oneness, a quality which has come increasingly under threat in recent years. To respond to intensified social fractures and exclusions, this year’s Limerick Alternative Pride programme aims to delve into the diversity of queerness and Irishness through an exploration of lesser-seen, lesser-heard perspectives and experiences.

This programme is inspired by Karen Barad’s notion of radical hospitality: “an opening up to all that is possible in the thickness of the Now in rejecting practices of avoidance, taking responsibility for injustices, activating and aligning with forces of justice, and welcoming the other in an undoing of the colonizing notion of self-hood”. The events and activities are intended to inspire guests to hold space for each other, foster connection, and explore and nurture solidarities in a variety of forms.

Overall, this five-day programme seeks to inspire unity in the wider public in Limerick through highlighting the importance of common ground and community.

Wednesday, 10 July 2024, 7–8.30pm – The Third Annual Trans Writers Showcase

In partnership with Trans Limerick Community (TLC), the Trans Writers Showcase highlights the artistic talents of the trans community from across the west of Ireland that are not often seen, celebrated, or public. The showcases highlight the work of trans authors at any stage of their writing practice or career, giving them a platform to share their writing in a safe and non-judgemental environment. This year’s showcase will be hosted by Dr El Reid-Buckley, and it will showcase the work of five trans authors Nell Brosnan, Albha Foley, Llewyn Máire, Charlie Mullowney, and Kara Xuereb on the theme of unity.

Thursday, 11 July 2024, 7–9pm – Queer Spectrum Film Festival Short Film Showcase

Queer Spectrum Film Festival (QSFF), founded by Pradeep Mahadeshwar, is Ireland’s first-ever film festival dedicated to amplifying the narratives and experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals of colour and immigrants. In collaboration with Limerick Alternative Pride, Mahadeshwar and QSFF Co-Programmer Lee Isac have curated a selection of short films by LGBTQIA+ BIPOC filmmakers to showcase as part of Aontacht. The films will explore the themes of migrancy, displacement, body movement, diversity, memories, and the search for/transition into a new world.

These events, and all events at Limerick Alternative Pride, are for people over the age of 18 only.

This project is funded by Creative Ireland and Limerick City and County Council through Creative Ireland Made in Limerick 2024 and the Rowan Trust-Dublin Pride Regional and Radical Pride Fund.



Aontacht full programme: 8–12 July 2024. Tickets and waitlist are available here. Image by Oisin Ralph.
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