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UL researchers to take part in Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien

The Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien will take place 23-26th February in a variety of locations around Limerick City. The Festival, formerly known as Kate O’Brien Weekend, is this year celebrating its 33rd edition. The event continues to honour the life and works of the Limerick author, while attracting prominent participants from all over the world. Building on this significant history, the Limerick Literary Festival seeks to promote Limerick nationally as a place of literary excellence and to provide a platform where readers can meet their favourite authors and other readers.

The Festival will officially be opened on Friday, February 24th at 6pm in Limerick City Gallery of Art in Pery Square by journalist Olivia O’Leary.

On Thursday evening, February 23rd, in conjunction with Chez le Fab, by the river at Arthur’s Quay Park, UL Professor and author Eoin Devereux  (Department of Sociology, UL) will deliver an illustrated talk on Oscar Wilde and Morrissey. Expect some great music (and wine).

On Friday, in association with The Granary, Limerick City Library, Martin Dyar and Donal Ryan (UL) will talk at a free event.


On Sunday morning, 26th February, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Dr Cinta Ramblado (School of Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics) will present “Kate O’Brien’s Versions of Spain”. It will be followed by renowned musician Bill Whelan and broadcaster Liz Nolan revealing their choice of books in Desert Island Books, including “the book I would never lend”. And finally, popular novelist Cecelia Ahern will be in conversation with esteemed author Donal Ryan.


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