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Sarsfield Bar to reopen as cultural cafe

By Alan Owens

ONE OF Limerick’s most iconic pubs is to be reopened as a cultural centre, in the short-term at least.
The Sarsfield Bar, or “Spirit Store” as it is also known, lies on the corner of Rutland Street and Bank Place opposite the Hunt Museum.
The landmark pub has lain derelict for years, and in latter years has been earmarked as part of the pending Opera Centre development.

However, before that development goes ahead, the bar is to open as a cultural centre for the months of August and September.

The Sarsfield Bar will become the Spirit Store Art Cafe for the next two months, the project being the brainchild of Marlyn Lennon of Limerick School of Art and Design.

A host of diverse cultural activities will take place there, including talks, performances, debates, discussions, screenings, readings and meetings with musicians, writers, visual artists, film makers, collectives and various clubs and societies.

“The idea is that all interested people in Limerick will attend and contribute to this exciting project,” explained local man Paul Tarpey, who is helping to get the project off the ground.

“This inclusive experiment is an open invitation for all of Limerick to experience, absorb and creatively contribute to an exciting project. There will be a collection of diverse cultural activities taking place in the unique environment of a Limerick landmark,” he said.

Mr Tarpey explained that the Spirit Store Art Cafe will “seek to infuse this reclaimed space” with a busy programme of arts activities.
It will open on Sunday, with a preview this Saturday at 5pm.

The cafe will be open Tuesday to Sunday, from 12pm “until sunset”. Coffee will be served free or with a donation, but no food will be served.

© Limerick Leader

Nice to see the Sarsfield Bar being brought back to life, if only for a few weeks. It’s criminal that its been allowed to rot away for the last number of years. At this stage, it’s in need of a fairly thorough conservation job!

Also, the article is completely wrong in reporting that the Sarsfield Bar forms part of the Opera Centre. It of course remains independent of that project!:rolleyes:

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