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Limerick pub lines up cocktail of events for Richard Harris tribute night

Ken Harris, nephew of the late actor Richard Harris, at the memory wall in Richard's favourite pub, Charlie St George's, in Limerick last year
Ken Harris, nephew of the late actor Richard Harris, at the memory wall in Richard's favourite pub, Charlie St George's, in Limerick last year

Published Date:
09 November 2010
RICHARD Harris famously liked a drink, and nowhere more so than in his "second home" - Charlie St George's on Parnell Street. Now, the upcoming annual Richard Harris tribute night will name a cocktail in his honour.
A specially invented 'Harris cocktail' will be "sampled for the first time ever anywhere in the world on the night" of Tuesday, November 16.
The actor once famously said: "I formed a new group called Alcoholics-Unanimous. If you don't feel like a drink, you ring another member and he comes over to persuade you."

The cocktail will, of course, include Guinness, Harris's staple tipple, but the public are being invited to suggest what the drink should be called and receive a special gift for the best answer.

One suggestion already brought to the bar is the "Harris hellraiser".
"The cocktail is a kind of a novelty event," explained organiser Dominic Taylor. "We wanted to add something intriguing to the mix. Charlie St George was the watering hole for Richard Harris whenever he arrived back in Limerick and manager Tommy Dore is concocting the cocktail as we speak," said Mr Taylor.

Last year saw the launch of the inaugural Richard Harris celebration, and while this year is expected to be "a bit more low-key" it is intended to keep the night alive.

One wall in the pub, known as the "wall of memories" is completely dedicated to newspaper articles and memorabilia of his life's work.
Mr Dore said they are again looking forward to this special night and would encourage those who wish to enter into the spirit of things to dress up as Harris lookalikes.

The evening will commence with a showing of his iconic film 'This Sporting Life' at 5pm, while the Limerick Writers' Centre will present a night of music, poetry and story in a special tribute at 10pm.
Harris was also a keen supporter of Munster rugby, so it is fitting that the Munster versus Australia match in Thomond Park will be screened in the pub that night.

Film expert Declan McLoughlin of Limerick Film Archives will give a presentation of his film career and local poets Mark Whelan and Barney Sheehan will read some of Richard Harris's own poetry.

Author Denis O'Shaughnessy will read stories written about the Limerick hellraiser, who passed away in 2002, and musician Dominic Taylor will perform a special song written to celebrate the life of the twice Oscar nominated actor.

Two more local songwriters Larry de Cleir and Conor Sheehan will complete the line up. After the guest performers, the floor will be opened up to anyone who wishes to read a story, recite a poem or sing a song dedicated to the great man himself.

For further information contact Dominic Taylor at limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com or Tom Dore at tdorecharlies@eircom.net.

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