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The Limerick Spring Festival

The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas is back with a bang February 19th – 25th 2018 in venues across Limerick city. Following a year off to plan the biggest festival yet, the theme for 2018 is Hope in Uncertain Times. This year’s festival calls on us to not only hope, but to actively engage with ideas and stories that offer us a vision of what our human family can achieve.

The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas began in 2014 and since then has touched on many social, political and cultural issues and themes with a strong core value of activism. Activism for some of us might be campaigning against local polluters, being involved in tidy town or working together for better planning of infrastructure. For others it might be about fighting for the right to work, marry, or enjoy basic human rights such as shelter and refuge.

Each effort, however small, changes the society we live in. These changes may seem trivial to us now, but as history shows us, nothing stays the same, and we and our actions are all part of that long-term story of the ups and downs of human progress.

This year the festival welcomes back legendary Limerick journalist Vincent Browne to the festival for a unique interview with UL’s Kathryn Hayes in the stunning location of King John’s Castle. Browne has graced our screens and newspapers for over 5 decades with his sharp, no-nonsense approach to reporting. His infamous interviewing style has made him an irreplaceable personality in Irish journalism. With this event we are expecting an engaging and intriguing look back at the extraordinary life of a Limerick icon. Vincent Browne in conversation with Kathryn Hayes, Friday 23rd February, 7pm-8:30pm, King John’s Castle, tickets €10 / €5 concession.

On Saturday 24th February, with the Limerick Literary Festival at Dolans, Blindboy Boatclub will be in conversation with Kevin Barry. Tickets and info for this event can be found at

This will be immediately followed by the Limerick Spring’s much loved and always enjoyed music event, The Revolution Will Not Be Spotified in Dolan’s upstairs venue at 10pm until late. This event brings together the cream of Limerick’s music scene along with national and international guests too to perform their favourite protest songs. Tickets €5

The Limerick Spring aims to shine a celebratory spotlight on those projects, ideas and citizens who offer us a glimmer of what is possible. You are invited to join us and reflect on some old ideas, explore some new thinking and take inspiration from people and projects that are leading us through these stormy times.

Your participation is vital and who knows what changes you might be ready to inspire in the world in the years to come. There are many more fascinating events taking place right through from Feb 19th to 25th and many of the events are highly participatory and involve active audience participation.

For tickets and more information visit

Salon Du Chat

Think speed debating, think talk without the chit chat, think the conversation of life…

Salon du Chat, an arts project with a twist, returns to Limerick as part of the Limerick Spring Festival of Politics on Thursday 22nd February in Ormston House.

Originally conceived by Limerick residents Roisin Buckley, Gillian Jonker, Jennifer Moroney Ward and Conor Buckley, as part of a Daghdha Dance Company project, Salon du Chat has gone on to be programmed at festivals and events around Ireland including Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Mindfield, Cultre & Chips, HearSay and more. Salon du Chat audiences are welcomed not into a theatre but into a pop up cafe. They take a seat and are given a hot drink and a menu. But instead of ordering food they order conversation. Then for the next 45 minutes or so they chat and talk to their friends or strangers about the topics they have chosen from the menu.

Salon du Chat producer Róisín Buckley says, “We all spend a lot of time talking every day, but we don’t often have time to talk about things that really matter. At Salon du Chat we find couples talking about things they’ve never discussed before, and strangers having inspirational conversations. The aim of Salon du Chat is to stimulate wonderful conversation in a relaxed and sociable environment.”

A new menu of conversation topics is created for every meet, popular topics from previous menus include ‘To Swipe Or Not To Swipe’, ‘Patronising Our Schools’ and ‘Faithless Funerals’. Visitors to Salon du Chat can expect a menu that spans culture, music, sport, politics, the environment, social media, and more.

Salon du Chat takes place from 8pm – 9:30pm, Thursday 22nd February at Ormston House. This is a free event and all are welcome.

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