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Pat Shortt opens Roches Street Arts Festival 2014

The official opening of the Roches Street Arts Festival 2014 took place in Serendipity Shoe shop on 6 Roches Street. Now in its 13th year the festival runs until Saturday September 20 and proceeds are in aid of Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association Mid West.

The arts festival was officially opened by Pat Shortt who relived his memorable times on Roches Street, "It´s great to be here, I´m delighted to be here. I´ve huge memories, fond memories of Roches Street, from the mid-eighties actually. Strangely enough I learned to play saxophone on this street, I used to come up from Thurles every weekend."

He then went on to speak of his love of art and his love of Roches Street, "It´s a fantastic, wonderful thing that´s going on here. It´s a great thing bringing art to the street and Roches street is very much the heart of the city and there is a great community kind of vibe here."

Roches Street annual Art Festival takes place September 8 to September 13. This is the 14th year the festival has taken place and has raised over €100,000 for local charities so far.

Retailers will display the work of local artists.These pieces will be up for sale and 25% of each sale will go to charity. This year the art festival will benefit Limerick Marine Search & Rescue and Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association Mid-West.

Also there on the night was Mayor Michael Sheahan who made a rousing speech about the importance of positivity within the Limerick community.

"Working together we create goodness for each other. With a group of traders here on the street come together for two most needy causes that´s what it´s all about. We´ll create our own feel good factor. The message is positivity! Limerick is open for business and this is an example of it!"


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