Twitter by Rose Rushe“The legion is here! It’s in the bag” – Duc de Magenta, 1859Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Committee 30th anniversary: Sheila Deegan, Limerick Arts Officer ( 2nd left) with poet Vivienne McKechnie, Eileen O’Connor and Marie HackettIT is a fortuitous milestone. 30 years as “a weekend festival organised by readers for readers”, and this Kate O’Brien Weekend is early excitement for City of Culture year.Proper order that funds filtered in to bring the 2014 event to four days and two bases, operating out of 69 O’Connell Street and Lime Tree Theatre.It is also rechristened as The Limerick Literary Festival to reflect status. The line out is mighty: Saturday February 22 alone will see the individual power of husband and wife writers Claire Tomalin and Michael Frayn, Irish starpower in Frank McGuinness, Anne Enright and Prix de l’Europe winner Peter Cunningham; Costa Award nominee Selina Guinness, Professor Elaine Fox and our Laureate na nÓG, Siobhan Parkinson.In February last year at the launch in O’Mahony’s Booksellers, City of Culture board members Pat Cox and Bill Whelan were supportive, especially in the light of wife Denise Whelan’s service on the O’Brien committee. In a twist befitting a novel, the Whelans had bought O’Brien’s former Roundstone home a long time ago for respite.The tight committee has hooked Amélie de Mac-Mahon, Duchess of Magenta to launch the 30th celebration on Thursday February 20 (magenta being the colour of Limerick’s Culture designation).Marie Hackett, a French woman herself and key to the Kate O’Brien project for a dozen years, explains the Duchess’ Limerick connection.“Her lineage is fascinating, really. At the time of the Treaty of Limerick 1690, young Catholics found themselves dispossessed of land and many went overseas, to Bordeaux especially. Jean-Baptiste de Mac-Mahon went to Burgundy where he studied medicine and married into the nobility”.Reader, flick forward generations to his grandson General Patrice Maurice de Mac-Mahon becoming third president of France, a great war hero and royalist. “Having distinguished himself in the Battle of Sedan [and Magenta, Italy], Napolean III gave him the title Duke of Magenta”.Forward centuries again to: “The 4th Duke of Magenta came to Limerick in 1992 and University of Limerick gave him an honorary doctorate. It is his wife, Amélie de Mac-Mahon and her son Maurice, the fifth Duke who are coming to Limerick to open this literary festival”.As the venerable General said at the Battle, “The legion is here! It’s in the bag”.Her work is stronger than ever in her 9th decade; Sunday 23, Lime Tree TheatreWhat a coup for this persevering committee, along with literary lions such as Michael Longley. There’s international resonance from Finghin Collins at a Lime Tree Theatre recital and Edna O’Brien introducing her latest on Sunday February 23. She will be in conversation of Mike Murphy who presented RTE television’s ‘The Arts Show’. NewsLiterary lions roar for 30th Kate O BrienBy Rose Rushe – February 6, 2014 754 WhatsApp Facebook Read all about it on www.limerickliteraryfestival.com, source of tickets for host venues. Linkedin Print Email Advertisement Previous articlePavarotti’s great Italian love songsNext articleRob Penney and Simon Mannix to leave Munster Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post
New Delhi: England won the second One-day International against Sri Lanka due to faster run rate on Saturday after the match was interrupted by heavy rain.The visitors scored 278/9, with Eoin Morgan scoring 92 runs, however, the umpires stopped the play at Dambulla with Sri Lanka on 140/5 after 29 overs with Dhananjaya da Silva playing on 36 and Thisara Perera on 44. The duo had scored 66 for the sixth wicket stand after the hosts looked in deep trouble at 74 for five.ALSO READ: Parupalli Kashyap loses passport in Amsterdam; seeks Swaraj’s helpHeavy rain continued to lash at Dambulla Stadium an hour after the game was halted and England were recorded a 31-run victory under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern run rate system.Earlier, a warm up game against Sri Lanka Cricket XI did not start due to rain.The third 50-over match is in Pallekele on Wednesday and the hosts are also scheduled to lock horns with Sri Lanka in two Tests and a T20I. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.