I was delighted to be invited this evening to speak at the press launch of the Roches Street art festival to be held in September from the 6th to the 18th. This is a fantastic initiative and one that should be replicated throughout the city and great credit is due to its chairman, Michael Murphy and the committee. The launch was held in Aroma at the corner of Roches/Catherine Street and its proprietor Kieran made us all feel very welcome – Aroma is definitely worth a visit. For the 9th successive year, all the retailers and traders on Roches Street have come together to showcase the work of local artists in their shops and in doing so they are also helping two nominated well-deserving charities, St Gabriel’s and Milford Hospice. So the artists gain by having their art profiled for sale, the public gain by having the opportunity of seeing and buying works of art from local artists, the charities gain as 25% of the proceeds from the sale of the art goes directly to them and the retailers gain by showcasing their businesses and in showing that working together as a team, they can be successful as well as contributing very positively to their city and their local community. This year, they also plan to introduce and showcase works of art from the Limerick School of Art and Design which will provide a platform for the very creative artists being nurtured there by Mike Fitzpatrick and his team.
So please keep your eyes peeled for more information on the Roches Street art festival as we approach the 6th September. You will not be disappointed.