Thursday, October 11th, from 1-2pm at the Hunt Museum
Limerick has been graced with a magnificent natural environment, a powerful element of which is the mighty Shannon and its tidally powered estuary leading to the seas and oceans beyond. Added to that is its built inheritance, the piers, quays, and the immense Floating Dock which allows ocean going vessels play their trade within a few hundred yards of O’Connell Street. Less imposing, but very impressive are the remnants among the people of its ancient maritime tradition which are ready for development, revival and diffusion. This is the task which the AK Ilen may address as it serves as a flagship for the fleet of gandelowes and Limerick City Ones and leads us to our friends and relatives beyond the waves, connecting us all the while with past generations who have ploughed the same field with similar craft inspired by the same wisdom and love of the elements.
Brother Anthony Keane OSB has been a monk at Glenstal Abbey for over fifty years where he has been engaged in the hewing of timber and stone, the study of theology, the planting of trees and the professing of environmental concerns. Over the last twenty years he has, with Gary MacMahon and hundreds of others, been involved in the rebuild of Limerick’s timber sailing ship The AK Ilen.
This talk is free, and all are welcome!