This week will celebrate our natural heritage. The Museum is organising a range of events and activities including:
SATURDAY – August 19th – 3:00pm – 5:30pm
‘Introduction to a Gandelow’: Gary McMahon
Come and meet a Gandelow and the men who maintain, build, row and celebrate these unique and elegant local Limerick wooden boats.
Gather at The Hunt Museum’s main gate (Rutland Street) then walk to Arthur’s Quay where the Ilen Project will talk and demonstrate on all things Gandelow. And for the plucky among us a row around Limericks King’s Island, will follow. Limited places – so express your interest by emailing [email protected]
MONDAY – August 21st, 1pm – 2pm
‘Abbey Fisherman’: Sharon Slater
A brief history of the Abbey Fishermen, who plied their trade on the Shannon River between the Lax Weir and Doonass from time immemorial until the construction of the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme in 1929. This illustrated talk will describe the rise and fall of this fishing community.
TUESDAY – August 22nd, 11am – 12pm
Bee Loud Glade Workshop
Family friendly ‘Bee Loud Glade’ workshop. Learn about the important work bees do and how they help the environment. Then create your very own bee to take home!
WEDNESDAY – August 23rd, 1pm – 2pm
‘Ilen wood boat building’: Gary McMahon
Visit the Hunt Museum on August 23rd for a talk and slideshow presentation on the rebuilding of the wooden sailing ship ‘Ilen’! The Ilen was a masterfully created individual and community endeavor, focused on the repatriation and rebuilding of traditional types of wooden sailing vessels which are a familiar sight on the great quays of Limerick before the rapid expansion of Ireland’s road network.
THURSDAY – August 24th, 1pm – 2pm
Jack Yeats and Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland
Come along to this family friendly ‘See and Respond’ tour and creative workshop exploring the beauty and wonder of Ireland’s natural landscapes. Then pool your family’s creativity to produce an imagined Irish landscape you can display at home.
FRIDAY – AUGUST 25th, 1pm – 2:30pm
‘Medicinal Plants of Ireland’
Take a step into the past with a free lecture on Ireland’s long history of utilising different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants. This talk will explore how these plants were used traditionally, and how many of these came to be modern medicine. The talk will particularly focus on plants which yield therapeutic compounds of proven value in current medicinal practice and are in world-wide use today!
SATURDAY – August 26th
11am – 12pm – Jack Yeats and Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland
1pm – 2pm – Jack Yeats and Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland