Interview: Al Worden

Apollo astronaut Al Worden is one of only 24 people to have been to the Moon. He has been visiting Limerick for three years now, and we have Limerick native Paul Ryan to thank for it. Paul, a graduate of computer systems in UL, works for AXA Insurance, Shannon and volunteers at Lough Gur Heritage Centre. A self-confessed ‘boring IT guy doing this crazy space stuff,’ he has always had a passion for space but as the priorities of life got in the way it became more of a hobby. Then in 2010 Paul su
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Berna Anat: Dishing the Dirt on the Crazy Life of a Digital Nomad

In January 2018 she grabbed a bag-pack and set out with her boyfriend to embark on a whirlwind worldwide adventure. They have been travelling ever since. Currently they have set up home in Taiwan and as for where they’ll travel next, who knows? That is the wonder of Berna and Peter’s lives right now. She has gained over 8,000 followers on Instagram, many of whom love her for her candour, humour and honestly. This girl is not afraid to get weird, she is not afraid to be honest and she doesn’t sh

Benhaffaf twins are flying high after visiting Shannon Airport

It has been eight years since Cork twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf were born joined at the chest. Since their birth and subsequent separation the brave boys have gone through 45 operations and have a lifetime of surgery ahead of them. The Share a Dream Foundation decided to reach out to the family and plan a fun day out on April 6th at Shannon Airport to celebrate the 8th anniversary of their successful million-to-one odds separation. The twins, still conjoined, in 2010 The twins were joi

Michelle Fox Casulty Actress Interview

Surprisingly Michelle Fox wasn’t an avid viewer of BBC’s Casualty when she landed a coveted role in the long running medical drama. Although she does admit to binge watching the present series once she learned she would be playing a gutsy young doctor called Bea. Michelle grew up in Caherdavin, the youngest of three girls. She didn’t come from show business stock, her parents own their own business and her sisters are teachers, but that didn’t stop her from getting the acting bug.

WATCH: Limerick actor Peter Halpin finds success in short film 'Narcan'

The Irish film industry is going from strength-to-strength and since the success of short film, ‘Stutterer’, at the Academy Awards in 2016, more talent is emerging, with Limerick natives at the heart. ‘Narcan’ is very much an Irish affair, despite being set and shot in New York. At only 18 minutes long, it is a powerful and emotive viewing. Directed and written by award-winning writer/director Peter McNamara, the film also features Limerick actors Malachy McCourt , Laura O’Shea and Peter Halpi

Old St. Clements building demolished after 82 years

St. Clements College, on the South Circular Road, is demolishing its old school after 82 years. The school is run by the Redemptorist Order of Limerick and is on land owned by the Order. Rector of the Redemptorist College Fr. Seamus Enright told Limerick Voice that the old building is being demolished because it was no longer fit for purpose and the cleared land will be re-purposed as a “car park and a memorial garden”. Pat Talty has worked in both the old and the new school, having joined St

Chez Le Fab - leading the cultural revolution in Limerick

Chez le Fab run by Lesley Anne Liddane and Shay Riordan boasts several different titles, dog friendly café, arts café, wine bar and live music venue. There seems to be something for everyone. Limerick Voice made a visit to the café to catch up with Lesley Anne and find out more about this eclectic café. Located in the old Tourist Information office, Chez le Fab has a fantastic location, overlooking the River Shannon and located next to a busy bus terminal. But, owner Lesley Anne said it wasn’t

Interview with Amanda Wittome

Anyone who has had their hair done recently in Limerick’s River Hair Studio might have been lucky enough to have been styled by their Award-Winning Creative Director Amanda Whittome. Amanda was crowned winner of the Avant Garde Award at last year’s Alternative Hair Show International Visionary Awards. Originally from England, Amanda moved to Ireland at 16 and calls Limerick her home. Hairdressing has been the only thing she’s ever wanted to do, laughing that growing up her Barbies and dogs had

Interview: Tullio Orlandi

Even if you don’t think you know 28-year-old Limerick interior designer Tullio Orlandi, you do. Some of the restaurants and office spaces he’s designed are staples of Limerick: The Buttery, Luigi’s Traditional Fish & Chips and the Bank Building to name a few. Recently Tullio has designed the new stylish interior of  La Cucina and we caught up with him to get an insight into his creative process. Can you tell us a bit about your background, how did you get into interior design? I’ve always had

The Makeup Fairy Talks Blogging, Obsessions and Her New Line of Make-up Brushes

Makeup fanatics rejoice. Joanne Larby, aka ‘The Make Up Fairy’, has released a set of 12 gorgeous makeup brushes, just in time for Christmas. The luxurious Tiffany blue and rose gold brushes come in a rose bronze star case, complete with a strap that functions as a handbag. These brushes are the first product to be released as part of her ‘Enchant by Joanne Larby’ line. Author, blogger, model and brand ambassador Joanne leads an incredibly busy life. caught up with the Dublin blogger

Technology: Nightfinder App

Nightfinder Limerick, a new hospitality website and app, has joined forces with the very best hospitality businesses in Limerick in order to give visitors and the people of Limerick one place to find everything they need for a good night out. The app helps you find find local taxis, the best pubs, nightclubs, casinos, restaurants and even a place to stay for the night. You can also filter your search to suit your needs, including by reviews, opening hours, menus, directions, live music, events

Music: Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Internationally acclaimed composer and performer Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin is retiring this year from his post at UL. He is acknowledged as having developed a unique Irish piano style exploring the sounds of traditional and classical music with occasional incursions into jazz and other world music forms. In 1994 he was appointment as the first Chair of Music at the University of Limerick, where he founded the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. We were privileged to get the chance to sit d

Artist Profile: NeSpoon

It’s unusual to think of something as delicate and intricate as lace being used to create street art, but that’s exactly what professional Polish street artist NeSpoon does. She has now become so successful and sought after that people ask her to come and paint her beautiful lace designs all over the world, and now her work is here on the streets of Limerick. Hybrid is a one week series of events dedicated to Limerick Lace. Currently taking place, it is a multi-site exhibition and conference ex

Be Well Week Limerick

A group of young adults from Limerick Youth Service have set up Be Well Week in Limerick. Be Well Week will deal with the all-important issue of mental health among young people. A number of exciting events will take place during the week including a mental health first-aid workshop and ‘Mental Fitness Through Martial Arts’. Three of the members involved with this project, Bobby, Andy and Áine came into the TLM office to have a chat with us about why the issue of mental health is so important to

Interview: Roisin Meaney

We caught up with Limerick-based author Roisin to discuss her successful career as a writer and how she made the transition from primary school teacher to bestselling author, in the process of writing her fourteenth book. Roisin started life as a primary teacher, going straight from Laurel Hill to Mary Immaculate College. Born in Kerry, she confesses she’s not actually a Limerick woman, but has lived here since moving here at the age of eight and her parents still live here too. Her first teach

The FRIENDS Project

Often when we think of mental illness, we think of the individuals who suffer from mental illnesses themselves. But those who may not be recognised and supported enough are the family members who tirelessly support and struggle to understand the family members who are affected by mental illnesses. Mental illness can be extremely draining and traumatising for the family members of those affected. Struggling to comprehend and be there when and where needed can be a tough task, especially if the i

Music: Weenz

A passionate man with a good head on his shoulders, Limerick rapper Weenz (Keith Ryan) is not deluding himself about the work that needs to be put in and to get where he wants to be. In his songs you can hear the real emotion in his voice and expressive lyrics about his background and hard upbringing. Weenz started out in HipHop/Rock band CampaignLK, and has become a successful solo act since band broke up.  This year he played his first Electric Picnic, where he went down a storm with a packed

Discovering the past: Limerick Walking Tours

The best way to get to know a city is by walking around it. But to really get under its skin, to find out more about the history that shaped the streets you are walking on today, it’s worth calling on the services of a guide. Limerick tour guide Declan Hassett explains why walking tours are not just for tourists… How long have you been doing walking tours for? I started the tours three years ago. Naturally, like any new business, things were slow in the beginning. I nearly gave up. I was at a

The Magic of the Movies – Irish Chamber Orchestra

The Magic of the Movies, an event where the Irish Chamber Orchestra will showcase some of Hollywood’s best film music, from classic movie scores to today’s most popular soundtracks, takes place in St. Mary’s Cathedral on 6th October. Director Kathering Hunka tells us more. Can you tell us a bit about The Magic of the Movies? We did a tour with it a few months ago and we had a great audience reaction – it is all these tunes that make people well up straight away, without really knowing why. We

Author Interview: Gerard Mulvihill

Gerard Mulvihill, a third year UL Journalism student, has come full circle from being supported by Enable Ireland since he was six months old, to leaving their services at 18 and raising money for them. The Listowel student has just published a book, Play The Cards You’re Dealt, with all proceeds going to the charity. The book is a collection of 21 stories from celebrity figures or public figures who have overcome obstacles or dealt with crisis situations in their life. The message of overcomin

SU Presidents Interviews

No one has greater insight into your new college than the Student Union Presidents, so it’s good to get to know their faces and who they are. We caught with Limerick’s current SU Presidents to find out a little about their roles and what advice they have for new and returning students. Can you tell us a bit about the role of the SU?  LIT Students’ Union is the representative body for the students of Lit Moylish, LSAD and LIT Tipperary (Thurles and Clonmel). Every registered student is automat
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