I detest tripe. I fucking hate it. I have never allowed it to pass my lips. The very sight of the stuff makes me retch.
And that’s why I find the idea of an arts event based on tripe a little bit intriguing.
The SpiritStore group are developing a project called the Catherine St Cultural Dig as part of the annual EV+A exhibition. The project tries to connect the residents of these streets where some of us grew up with the work of the artists and one of these traditions is the pig industry.
Limerick was once a major centre of the pork and bacon industry and I know about this better than most, having grown up very close to one of the major bacon factories, with the smells and the noise and the appalling conditions.
The Dig’s discoveries about Limerick butchers will be presented at the corner of Catherine St and Thomas St on Saturday March 13.
At 6.00 you can feast on traditional Packet and Tripe. In fact you can have my share. There will be a video of stories from the old women who have cooked the stuff for generations, a photo exhibition by Darren Ryan and playwright Mike Finn, author of Pigtown, will be cavorting with the Teaspach theatre group.
Spiritstore will also be running a festival based on the dig in May. Check the details at SpiritStore.
(Pics by Darren Ryan)