The Limerick I Love

March 10th 2009

The Limerick I Love

Limerick to be showcased through the eyes of its schoolchildren

Images of Limerick as seen through the eyes of its youngest citizens will be displayed in a novel way through a unique exhibition launched today, Tuesday, March 10th, by the Limerick Co-Ordination Office.

Children and teachers from local primary schools were present at City Hall, Merchant’s Quay, to launch the photographic exhibition ‘The Limerick I Love’ celebrating all that is great about Limerick, Ireland’s Riverside City.

The exhibition was launched by Mayor John Gilligan, patron of the event, with a huge 4ft x 30ft image featuring a new unique view of Limerick.
Children are invited to take pictures of whatever they love about Limerick, their families, their home, their friends, their pets, where they live, their favourite places, play-time, sport etc.

Their images will be used to brighten up the city centre and exhibited in the heart of Limerick using the new retail units in Bedford Row (the old Central Cinema) and the Thomas Street centre on the corner of Thomas Street and Catherine Street.

Many of the images will be enlarged and framed and the child’s name, age and school will be displayed beside their entry. The event is being organised by the Limerick Co-Ordination and is being supported by the Limerick Leader, Shannon Development, Carambola Kidz and Limerick photographic exhibition company Relive the Memory based on Lower Hartstonge Street.

“There are three categories of entry, up to Second Class, Third to Sixth Class and Others,” explained Laura Ryan, spokesperson, Limerick Co-Ordination Office.

“All entrants are eligible to win prizes including a computer for the winning school, digital cameras and more. A selection of entries will also be featured in the Limerick Leader newspaper and displayed on our website,”she added.

All schools will receive a pack over the coming days including a letter for parents, entry forms and posters. Mayor of Limerick, Cllr John Gilligan, said he is looking forward to seeing the images that the children produce. “I warmly encourage pupils to take part in this project which I truly believe will be a success and a lovely way for our schoolchildren to show civic pride in our great city,” he said.

Colm O’Brien of Carambola Kidz said; “Our mission is to change the world by promoting healthy lifestyle, beginning with nutrition. Healthy Lifestyle Awareness in all children suggests activity, creativity, fun and family and the hugely innovative Limerick I Love Children’s Photographic Competition’ is definitely all about that!
We are honoured to participate,” he added.

Dermot Long of Relive the Memory added: “Our business is about bringing photos to life, through a process of enlarging, enhancing and framing. An event such as this acts as an ideal reminder to people of just how special images can be.”

John King, Assistant Chief Executive, Shannon Development said he too was very enthusiastic about the event, “The Riverside City has much to be proud of, and who better to express that pride than its own young citizens. This event is a great way of fostering creativity and innovation and encouraging civic pride,” he said.

The Mayor of Limerick praised the organisers and sponsors for their work and acknowledged the support of Rooney auctioneers and the owner’s of the buildings on Bedford Row and Thomas Street where the exhibitions will be staged.

The closing date for entry to the exhibition is Thursday, April 2nd. As many entries as possible will be exhibited from Monday, April 20th-Friday April 24th at the city centre locations.

Laura Ryan
Communications Officer
Limerick City and County Council
Phone: 061-407100

Last update:19/02/2014