Ormston House and Sharon Slater are collaborating on 100 Women of Limerick, a book to recover, remember and celebrate women's histories. We are working with award-winning designer, Victoria Brunetta, to produce this resource publication. 100 Women of Limerick tells the stories of women from Limerick city and county, and their outstanding achievements in various fields including the arts, activism, business, education, health, politics, science and sports.
We have successfully fundraised the fees for the research, writing, editing, proof-reading and design, and some printing costs. Through this Fund it campaign, we are seeking the balance of the printing costs to produce an edition of 500 hardcopies to be launched on International Women’s Day 2022.
Who is Sharon Slater?
For over twenty years, Sharon has been researching the history of life in Limerick, and she holds an MA in Local History from the University of Limerick. She was named National Heritage Hero by the Heritage Council of Ireland in 2017. She is the author of multiple publications, most recently "The A-Z of Curious County Limerick" in 2021. Sharon is currently Historian-in-Residence at Ormston House, and advising on a range of artistic commissions and creative projects. You can find out more about Sharon at sharonslater.ie and her research at limerickslife.com.
What is Ormston House?
Ormston House is a meeting place for the arts in the heart of Limerick City. We welcome audiences seeking intimate arts experiences. Our programme is co-designed with citizens to promote access and inclusion resulting in community partnerships, multi-annual projects and cultural events that are responsive to the city and its context. We have developed a participatory model to connect local wisdom with diverse approaches to artistic practice. Ormston House is part of the Limerick Public Participation Network and the Irish Network Against Racism. You can find out more about us at ormstonhouse.com.
Why do we want to do this?
Earlier this year, we launched a mobile phone app called “Women of Limerick” which recently won the National Heritage Week Award for Limerick. "Women of Limerick" is available to download for free onto Apple devices here and Android devices here. We want to build on this success and interest in marginalised histories by creating a beautiful book. There is currently little acknowledgement of the contributions made by Limerick women locally, nationally and internationally. This book addresses the absence of women in written history, and seeks to enhance our cultural memory and intangible heritage.
About the budget:
To date, Ormston House has received funding from Creative Ireland and the Decade of Centenaries Local Legacies. These awards covered the fees for the research, writing, editing, proof-reading, and design, and part of the printing costs. We are at an advanced stage of the design process, and we are now seeking to raise the balance to print 500 hardcopies.
Total cost of project: €12,719.49
Successful fundraising: €10,719.49
Thank you for your consideration!
Image: photograph of Ada Rehan (detail) in 1896, courtsey of the United States Library of Congress.