A walk with John Logan

Photo Credit: Deirdre Power

As part of the Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien, John Logan hosted a walk through Limerick landmarks closely associated with Kate O’Brien, including Kate O’Brien’s early life: Boru House in Mulgrave Street, where she was born on 3 December 1897; Presentation Convent, Sexton Street, the setting for her 1963 memoir Presentation Parlour, and Laurel Hill Convent school where she boarded between 1903 and 1916.

The walk was beautifully captured by Deirdre Power whose photographs from the event can be viewed on Flickr by clicking here.


February 24, 2014Permalink

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A selection of photos from opening night of the 2014 Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien.

February 22, 2014Permalink

Sebastian Barry in conversation with Mike Murphy

Sebastian_BarryOrganisers of the Limerick Literary Festival have today (Wednesday, 19 February 2014) confirmed that on receipt of medical advice Edna O’Brien is unable to travel to Ireland to participate in this weekend’s festival.
Festival organisers have confirmed that award winning novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry has been added to the 30th annual Festival programme in Ms. O’Brien’s absence.
Sebastian Barry’s novels and plays have won numerous awards including the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Costa Book of the Year award, the Irish Book Awards Best Novel, the Independent Booksellers Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He also had two consecutive novels, ‘A Long Long Way’ (2005) and *The Secret Scripture* (2008), shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children. The film of *The Secret Scripture*, starring Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave, will begin shooting in Ireland in May. His new novel, The Temporary Gentleman, will be released in April by Faber and Faber.

MikeMurphyMike Murphy is no stranger to Irish audiences having presented countless RTE radio and television programmes including The Arts Show, The Live Mike, Winning Streak, Eurovision, Masterpiece and more recently, The Big Interview and The Lives of Mike.  This multi-faceted man captured the hearts of Irish audiences during hisbroadcasting career.

February 19, 2014Permalink

2014 Limerick Literary Festival honouring Kate O’Brien Press Release

2014 Limerick Literary Festival honouring Kate O’Brien
February 20th- February 23rd  2014
Venues : 69 O’Connell St (formerly The Belltable)
The Lime Tree

Edna O’Brien to headline 2014 Limerick Literary Festival honouring Kate O’Brien

We in Limerick, are delighted to announce the lineup for the 2014 festival as well as the
30th anniversary of the Kate O’Brien Weekend.
Opening the festival on Thursday February 20th,  at 6.30 p.m. At 69 O’Connell St will be Duchesse  de Magenta, Amélie  de Mac-Mahon, whose late husband, Philippe was a descendant of J-B MacMahon, one of the Wild Geese, who left Limerick after the Treaty.

Following the opening, Beoure Theatre will do a reading of Kate O’Brien’s play Distinguished Villa.
On Friday, historian John Logan will lead a walking tour from Boru House,(formerly family residence of Kate O’Brien) starting at 2p.m.

Later that evening at 8p.m., internationally renowned pianist, Finghin Collins will give a recital at The Lime Tree Theatre.

A very packed day is scheduled for Saturday, starting  at 10.am, in 69 O’Connell St, which will include such luminaries as Claire Tomalin, Michael Frayn, Anne Enright, Elaine Fox, Peter Cunningham, Siobhan Parkinson, Selina Guinness, Frank McGuinness in conversation with Kay Sheehy.

The programme concludes on Sunday at The Lime Tree Theatre with Niall MacMonagle at 10 a.m followed by winner of Irish Times Poetry award, Michael Longley.

Finally, at noon, in conversation with Mike Murphy, (formerly of RTE), celebrated writer Edna O’Brien will discuss her life and work.

For a full listing of all events and booking details please go to our event calendar by clicking here:
or contact the booking office 061774774
or book online : boxoffice@limericklimetreetheatre.ie

February 6, 2014Permalink

Limerick Literary Festival Walking Tour

Join us on this free event, celebrating the Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien, with John Logan.

The Walking Tour which takes place on Friday February 21 will commence at 2pm and will last 2 hours approx. Starting at BORU HOUSE, taking in Mulgrave street, Cemetery, Presentation, and finish at Laurel Hill.

As it is a free event, there is no ticket to purchase.

January 30, 2014Permalink

Event Participants Bios

Want to learn more about those presenting at the 30th Kate O’Brien weekend event. Take a few minutes to check out the individual biographies for our various presenters available from the menu at the top of this screen, or by clicking on the names below:

January 28, 2014Permalink

Speaker Schedule for the 30th Kate O’Brien Weekend Announced

The Limerick Literary Festival announces the schedule of speakers for the 30th Kate O’Brien weekend. Talks will take place on Saturday 22nd February at 69 O’Connell Street ( known as Belltable). Event details are available through the Festival Events Calendar page.

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: CLAIRE TOMALIN

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM: MICHAEL FRAYN

11:30 am – 11:45 am: Coffee Break

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: ANNE ENRIGHT

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM: ELAINE FOX

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch



4:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Tea Break



January 26, 2014Permalink