Cowen opens new home for music and dance
IT was a day to celebrate culture -- and where better than the official opening of the new home of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
The spectacular building located on the northern bank of the sprawling University of Limerick campus was opened by the Taoiseach yesterday.
Along with hundreds of assembled guests, Mr Cowen allowed himself to be entertained for more than an hour by an impressive group of musicians, singers and dancers, including The Chieftains, The Irish Chamber Orchestra, and UL students.
The Taoiseach was clearly enjoying himself as he clapped along with the melodies of Donal Lunny and Paddy Moloney.
But he did not opt to entertain the audience following on from last week's celebrated gathering in Galway.
Mr Cowen said the facility was not just a place to study, but also celebrated other cultures.
Currently there are 300 students from 25 nationalities studying at the Irish World Academy.
President of UL Don Barry paid a special tribute to Chuck Feeney of 'The Atlantic Philanthropies', who he said generously donated to facilitate the €20m building.
Later on, the city celebrated Culture Night with a range of free events.
The Hunt Museum, The Georgian House and Garden, Pery Square and Limerick City Museum all opened free to the public until 10pm.