Richard Harris International Film Festival: Culture at the Castle

Wenjie Zhong

As part of the Richard Harris International Film Festival (RHIFF), an afternoon event of music, literature and performance presented the best Limerick culture on Saturday, October 28.

The event took place in King John’s Castle cafe from 1pm to 4pm and music with the Mysterious Mr Valentine Jazz duo.


2017 is the fifth Richard Harris International Film Festival in Limerick, and it was the first year holding this “Culture in the Castle” event.

Bob Quinn and Gerry Stembridge who are film makers and writers, attended the event along with Stanzas Poetry Collective.


Mr Quinn and Mr Stembridge read some parts of their books and led audiences back to past times.

Mr Bill O’ Reilly, one of the guests, read one of Richard Harris’s poems and shared his stories about his friendship with the great man.

The Limerick Writers’ Centre, which is located in Limerick City, aims to improve contemporary literature, arts and culture as a non-profit organization. It was founded in 2008.

Over the past few years, there have been a number of significant developments for RHIFF and in 2017, it became an Irish Film and Television Academy affiliated festival.

This year, RHIFF screened 115 shorts and features from all over the world.


Bob Quinn and Gerry Stambridge doing Q&A

“I am delighted that we have these prominent filmmakers as Bob Quinn, Gerry Stembridge from Limerick,” Limerick Writers Centre coordinator Dominic Taylor said.

 Domimic Taylor with Gerry Stambridge. Photo by Christopher Barr

Domimic Taylor with Gerry Stambridge. Photo by Christopher Barr

“It gives us a great expectation of what Limerick was like in the 70’s and we have learned a a lot of things about the times, ” Mr Taylor said.

The relationship between this event and the film festival is that the writers’ center organize the culture aspect of RHIFF which is generally about film, but also include poetry and literature, he added.

The sponsor of this festival is Limerick City and County Council which is the gold sponsor of Shift-72 Video on Demand (VOD) and technology as well.

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