… my apologies for that appalling pun. But I grew up there so I can get away with it.
Another reason I can get away with it is that it’s my lovely sister Carla who is bringing the gift of larp to Limerick, which happens to be European City of Culture for 2014.
The financial crisis has hit the city of Limerick hard, as elsewhere in Ireland. One good consequence of this is that artists’ studios pop up in peculiar places – a former city centre Benetton store, for example. An enlightened local government policy allows landlords property tax exemptions if they allow artists to use spaces. Low rents and Ireland’s still-generous welfare system have also contributed to a mini-renaissance of Irish art.