Monday, June 21, 2010

'On The Nail' Reading @ The Locke Bar, Limerick
Thurs. 1st July 2010 8.00pm

The next monthly 'On The Nail' literary reading takes place Thursday 1st July 2010 at 8.00pm in The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick.

Organised by The Limerick Writers' Centre this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music.

This Months Guest Readers are Noel King, Tim Cunningham and Richard Halperin.

Richard W. Halperin is an Irish/U.S. poet who lives in Paris. Since 2005, he has been widely published in journals, mainly in Ireland, e.g., Revival, The Stony Thursday Book, The Shop, Cyphers, The Stinging Fly (Featured Poet, Summer 2009), Poetry Ireland Review, Ropes Galway. He will be reading from his debut collection Anniversary (Salmon Poetry Limited). [optional:] He gave his first reading in 2007 at Glenstal Abbey.

Noel King is a writer, actor and musician, native of Tralee, Co. Kerry. His poetry, haiku, short stories, articles and reviews have appeared in publications in over thirty countries, the poetry in journals as diverse as Poetry Ireland Review, The Sunday Tribune, Bongos of the World (Japan), The Dalhousie University Review (Canada), Kotaz (South Africa), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria) and Quadrant (Australia). Along the way he has been a singer with the famous Bunratty Castle Entertainers and has worked as an arts administrator and poetry editor. His first collection Prophesying The Past (Salmon Poetry) has just been published.

Tim Cunningham was born in Limerick in 1942. Tim has three collections published: Don Marcelino's Daughter (Peterloo Poets, 2001), Unequal Thirds (Peterloo Poets, 2006) and Kyrie (Revival Press, 2008).

Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers . Even if you don't write you are welcome to bring something along to read. The night begins at 8.00pm and there is free admission and free finger food for everyone attending. So join us on the night and make this event something special.

NOTE: Our special authors book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD's etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table. Contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 to make arrangements.

Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email web
To view videos of June reading go to:


SongWriter Sessions @ The Locke Bar
Thursday 24th June 2010 9.00pm

The SongWriter Sessions@The Locke Bar, continues upstairs at The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick 9.00pm June 24th with special guest Peter O'Malley.

This Weeks Special Guest is singer/songwriter Peter O’Malley.

Peter O’Malley set sail from his native town of Limerick, back in the bad old days, when you could nearly sell your job on the open market. Armed with guitar the green fields of France awaited. The busking became full time work for many years and brought him the length and breath of Europe. Then living in Munich for two years he recorded his first E.P. This led to parts in a German T.V. documentary and many appearances on the very healthy folk scene at the time. The homeland was calling him back and he knew that he would have to return to Limerick.(Where that same old offer of “Job for sale” is back).

Peter then set up the O'Malley's who at that time were playing a mix of country and Irish. It was a three piece band and they recorded a four song (E.P.) and did one or two shows on R.T.E. Then the band got bigger and did tours of Germany (in a red V.W. Van, God Bless it).The O'Malley's went on to play all the main venues around Ireland, released two records and Videos. Did every TV. show, The Late Late, Pat Kenny, Sunday night at the Olympia, Brendan Grace Show, Shay Healy's Nighthawks weekly show. Then they toured England, Russia and the States.

Peter went solo doing the club circuit. He brought out a comedy single Poitin which opened the world of comedy to him. Also at this time he started doing gigs with James Hanley and he brought out his first C.D. called "Beyond the Pale" on Round Tower Music. Peter's songs have also been featured on albums," Drag Lines", The Cream of New Irish Music, Songs from Ireland and The Best of Irish Song Writers" He toured this Album across Europe, from the North to the South, West to East. Peter did some recording in Denmark in the Medley Studio. He then released his second C.D. “Till the morning gets Late” with James Hanley and is now releasing his new C.D. “Four giant Monks”. All are for download on

As usual all aspiring songwriters are invited to attend and play there songs in front of a live audience. All types of music and singers are welcome, a limited amount of instruments will be available for use on the night.

There will also be an opportunity for getting a YouTube video of your performance made free of charge and uploaded to our site. Performances will also be recorded and broadcast as a Podcast at a later date. Host for the sessions are songwriters Brian Connolly, Chris Wood and Sean Macleod. As the venue develops into a hot spot for new talent in Limerick, plans are a foot to invite recording artists, producers, managers and publishers, anyone who may be looking for fresh new songs. SongWriter Sessions@The Locke Bar is a regular feature of the live music scene in Limerick and takes place every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month.

If you wish to play contact Brian Connolly at to book a spot or turn up on the night. Further details can be got at or from

All are welcome those who wish to perform or just listen. Free admission and free finger food.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Slide Show: Limerick Songwriters @ The Locke Bar Thurs 10th June 2010


Slide Show: 'On the Nail' @ the Locke Bar Thurs 3rd June 2010