Our History

In 1951 the Limerick Art Society was established more formally by devotees such as Ms. Dolly Stewart, Frank Colbert, Stan Downing and Phil Andrews. Dr Wyse Jackson continued as President of the Society until 1970, followed by Dr Edward Walsh until 1983 and then by the present President of Ireland, Dr Thomas Ryan, Past President of the Royal Hibernian Association, the prominent and renowned, Limerick born artist and Freeman of Limerick.

President Mary Robinson performed the Opening Ceremony of the Society’s “Golden Jubilee Exhibition” in the Limerick City Gallery of Art in 1992. In 2012 in his first formal event in Limerick as President of Ireland, President Michael D. Higgins opened its “70th Anniversary Exhibition” in the Hunt Museum

The Limerick Art Society, Silver Medal has been awarded to Tom Greaney, painter, teacher and mentor; Gerde Hughes, long time stalwart of the Society, Barbara Hartigan, also a huge contributor to the Society and to painting in Limerick,  and Denis Leonard, founder member of Limerick Civic Trust, for their outstanding contributions to the arts in Limerick.

The Society’s Bronze Medal has been awarded to selected painting students of the Limerick School of Art and Design from time-to-time.

LAS Committee

• Eamonn McQuade   Chair

• Brigitte Henning  Secretary

• Michael Geraghty  Assistant Secretary

• Anne O'Carroll  Treasurer

• Margaret Ray Nestor

• Ethel Murphy

• Mary Dilleen-McCarthy

• Jim Hartigan

• Keith Fawcett

• Gretta O'Regan

LAS Honorary Life-long Members:

Brenda Andrews
The late Arthur Grayson
The late Tom Greaney
Barbara Hartigan
Geraldine Healy-Hutchinson
John Mackenzie

Christie Mannix
Roger McCarthy
Bernie O' Donnell
Frank O'Meara
Margaret Ray

John Shinnors
Dr. Thomas Ryan, PP RHA