Inauguration of Commemorative Plaque to Richard Harris Thurs 22nd Oct 5.00pm

Jared Harris, son of late actor Richard Harris, is to inaugurate a commemorative plaque in honour of his father Thurs 22nd Oct 5.00pm in Charlie St George’s pub on Parnell Street. The event will kick start the Richard Harris Film Festival and also mark the fourth plaque in the Limerick Literary Trail being established by The Limerick Writers’ Centre.

Richard Harris was an actor but he was also a published poet and writer and it is this aspect of his career that the plaque will commemorate. The plaque unveiling has been coordinated by Dominic Taylor, of The Limerick Writers’ Centre. Speaking about the event, he said: “While better known as an actor Richard Harris was also a published poet, I, In the Membership of my Days, a short story writer, The Key in the Head, and novelist, Flanny at 1.10. This plus his outstanding achievement as an actor, puts him up there with the best of Limerick creatives. Richard Harris always said he played a double game, one in public and one in private. His writing is very much the private Harris but one we feel is appropriate to celebrate with a plaque on the Limerick Literary Trail. We are also delighted that his son Jared, similarly a prolific actor and director, has agreed to unveil the plaque on the day. Jared will also read from published and unpublished pieces of work written by his father Richard. ” he said.

A staunch supporter of the Young Munster rugby club and Munster Rugby, the plaque will be inaugurated in one of Limerick’s famous rugby pubs, Charlie St George, a place often frequented by Harris on his many return visits to his native Limerick. The event takes place as we approach the 13th anniversary of his death on the 25th October and has been organised by The Limerick Writers’ Centre.

This plaque is part of a continuing project of creating a Limerick Literary Trail as a resource for the city, its citizens and visitors. It will enable them to discover Limerick through its literary heritage. In July 2014 the Centre unveiled a plaque outside The Locke Bar on George’s Quay to commemorate war poet Robert Graves and his association with the city. In February this year President Michael D Higgins unveiled a plaque to poet Desmond O’Grady outside the White House bar and in July a plaque was erected to celebrate Frank McCourt outside South’s Pub on Quinlan Street.

The unveiling of the commemorative plaque will take place at 5.00pm Thursday 22nd Oct in the Charlie St George pub, Parnell St, Limerick. The public are invited to attend.

Further information :

Dominic Taylor: Director of The Limerick Writers’ Centre.

Tel 087 2996409