The reason that Ormston House will always stick with me is because it was where I felt my year in limerick came together for me, for lack of a better word for it.
See most of the year I contemplated dropping out several times. Wondering whether I was going to take something away from doing the course. Intensified by the fact that a close friend of mine dropped out within a few weeks. Not to mention the fear that I was going to fail anyway. All this was magnified by personal issues while living in limerick. There were so many I never mentioned during that year.
Everything seemed to manifest in particular when I was presenting my work. I struggled more than I ever had with explaining my ideas. My confidence shot from this.
But when I did the talk in Ormston it was different. I funnily enough put up the wrong draft of my presentation instead of the one that I had decided to mechanically learn by heart. So I had to sort of let go and just adlib.
And in the end it worked. I felt such catharsis, like I had done a marathon.
– Barry McHugh
Alive but tranced and yearning to wake, I see through your eyes.
– Gimena Blanco
We aspire to ordinariness not greatness, and through achieving ordinariness we will become great
– Parent of an LGBT person
Bhí fear ann fadó,
agus is fadó a bhí.
Dá mbeadh sé anois ann,
ní bheadh sé an uair sin ann,
agus dá mbeadh sé anois nó an uair sin ann,
bheadh scéal nua nó seanscéal aige.
Sin nó bheadh sé gan aon scéal,
agus más fearr atá sé agamsa inniu,
go mba seacht fearr a bheas sé agaibhse bliain ó inniu agus,
más fearr nó mura fearr, nár chaille sibh leis ach stiall den ghiall,
réise den charbad,
péire de na clárfhiacla,
nó an dá starróg is faide siar in bhur gceann.
– Ríoghna Ashford
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– Fiona Reilly
Doric or Ionic
“ Doric or Ionic was the thought I had,
about the reminants of another past time.
They intrigued me and are the welcoming smile
to all the art that hang on the walls.
They fit in with images yet hold their own when it come to glitz and glamour,
Like gods in the balcony watching over treasured gifted children.
They are painted a simple white
and flap their wings at night when no one is around.
Oh leaf , oh legend , oh dear what can the matter be,
Jonny so long at the fair.
– Kieran Carey
For the last decade, the scripted statement ‘Help The Homeless’ has been an ongoing project on the walls of the city centre by a Limerick Citizen who continues to remain anonymous. Its message is both acknowledged and rendered for Ormston House and by Street Line Critics. It was nominated by Paul Tarpey.
– Ciaran Nash
Thanks to Mary Conlon for the photo of Nelly posing with her name.