Ormston House has partnered with Limerick Pride to host a series of events celebrating Limerick’s LGBTQIA+ community through this year’s theme Pride is Culture. Historian-in-residence Sharon Slater has been announced as the Grand Marshal of the festival taking place from 4-10 July, and she will formally launch the week-long programme on Monday 4 July at Ormston House.
A Culture of Pride: Monday 4 July, 6-8pm
The official launch of Limerick Pride 2022 will be held at Ormston House on Monday 4 July. Please join us for a wine reception followed by an address by Adam Long of the National LGBT Federation, a performance by renowned movement artist Mark Carberry aka mmmmmmmmmmmmove, and a talk on film and theatre actress Alice O’Day by Sharon Slater. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Trans Writing Showcase: Tuesday 5 July, 7-8.30pm
Trans Limerick Community is a peer support group for trans, non-binary, gender diverse and questioning adults based in the Limerick region. TLC meets monthly to provide a safe online community space to meet-up, chat, and support each other. For Limerick Pride, writer-in-residence William Keohane will host an hour-long reading at Ormston House featuring local trans writers sharing their work. Admission is free and booking is required here.
When We Move in Blue: Wednesday 6 July, 7-8.30pm
When We Move in Blue celebrates the work of Breda Lynch and her iconic Blue Dyke series which was installed at Ormston House from 2020 to 2021. The gathering will begin with a short presentation by Breda Lynch on the background to Blue Dyke, followed by the artist in conversation with El Reid-Buckley. In celebration of Blue Dyke, a limited edition collaborative pamphlet between Breda Lynch, El Reid-Buckley and designer Oisín Ralph will be launched on the evening. You can find more information here.
The Morning After the Life Before: Thursday 7 July, 8-10.30pm
A groggy Sunday morning, May 24th 2015, and 62% of Ireland is #hungoverforequality, Ann gets a text from her brother: “How’s the morning after the life before?” Gúna Nua presents the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning play by artist-in-residence Ann Blake for one night only in Dolans Warehouse. The show is a personal, entertaining tale of weddings, coming out, and arguments over who takes out the bins. Tickets are available from Dolans.
SHAME: Friday 8 July, 7-8.30pm
John Logan will present SHAME, episodes from Limerick’s queer past, at Ormston House. John is an historian who believes that much of what passes as history is political or religious propaganda, a narrative that keeps well away from the edges and margins, avoiding discomforting or critical thoughts and things. Instead, we might try to promote a full understanding of our place and time by searching out the hidden, the avoided, the shunned, thereby gaining a clearer picture of how our own identities have been formed and, perhaps, transformed. Admission is free and all are welcome.
InformationLimerick Pride will take place from 4-10 July 2022 at locations around Limerick city. For the full programme of events and information on the Pride Parade, visit limerickpride.ie.
Photos: promotional image (top) of Ann Blake for The Morning After the Life Before by Emma McNamara; Sharon Slater at the press launch of Limerick Pride 2022 by Dolf Patijn.