Riverfest 2021

Ormston House has partnered with Limerick City & County Council on a special Riverfest update for the Women of Limerick app. Historian and National Heritage Hero, Sharon Slater will introduce five new women along the city’s Three Bridges walk.

From 30 April 2021, you can read and listen to stories about Molly Clancy, Phoebe Cleeve, Madge Daly, Kate O’Callaghan, and Maude Kearney, and their contributions to Limerick life – from the founding of Cumann na mBan to the aftermath of the Curfew Murders, and from the establishment of the Shamrock League which operated out of the milk factory to the famous Limerick Lace industry.

The Women of Limerick app acknowledges women’s contributions to arts, education, health and politics. It also offers an opportunity to address the absence of women in written history. The app is available to download for free onto Android and Apple devices, to plan walking routes through the city or to engage with Limerick’s cultural heritage at your fingertips, wherever you are in the world.

At each location on the map, you can read a short biography of each woman and listen to a story about her life.

Sharon Slater is Historian-in-Residence at Ormston House. She has been researching the history of life in Limerick for over twenty years and holds an MA in Local History from the University of Limerick. Sharon is the author of multiple publications and has worked with media organisations locally, nationally and internationally. She has received awards from the National Heritage Council of Ireland, Irish Blog Awards, and a Mayoral Reception at Limerick City & County Council. You can visit her website at

The Women of Limerick app is developed as part of the Feminist Supermarket (2020–) at Ormston House curated by Niamh Brown and Mary Conlon. Our thanks to the Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, and Limerick Culture & Arts Office for the funding support. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Councillor Elisa O’Donovan and the Community Initiative Scheme at Limerick City & County Council.


The Women of Limerick app is available to download for free onto Android devices here and Apple devices here. A virtual Riverfest will take place this year from 30 April to 3 May 2021. You can find further information here. Image: Kathleen Clarke, Countess Markievicz, Kathleen Clarke and Margaret Pearse, four of the six Black Widows elected to Dáil Éireann in 1922; sourced from Liz Gillis, Women of the Irish Revolution (Cork, 2014), p. 150.
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