Sunday 25 February 2018

Limerick sets art of war aside for sake of its future

As the dust settles on the culture row -- and with new board appointments -- the Treaty City is now focusing on what the project's legacy could hold, says David Raleigh

Mike Fitzpatrick has been appointed interim CEO and artistic director of the City of Culture project to replace Patricia Ryan. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22.
Mike Fitzpatrick has been appointed interim CEO and artistic director of the City of Culture project to replace Patricia Ryan. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22.
Artistic Director: Karl Wallace. Photo: Sean Curtin.

My city's motto in Latin, "Urbs Antiqua Fuit Stuiisque Belli" or "An ancient city well versed in the arts of war", should be proudly worn on the chests of every Limerick native.

Limerick's urban landscape is a Treaty City that has always battled to stand up for itself and its rich cultural heritage.

But, with any war -- be it the subject of an old Latin phrase or recalled in more modern tones -- comes collateral damage. History has always recorded that.

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