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Code Red For Health – From Silence To Empowerment

We are inviting the community to join us in an open-ended discussion of their experiences and knowledge of living with the contamination of Europe’s second-largest alumina plants on the banks of the Shannon Estuary. What are the health impacts felt by the community? What are the risks of the expansion plans? What are the known ecological impacts?

The evening will be based on the backdrop of two powerful documentaries:

Stigma Damages which was created by local artist Michele Horrigan is part of a three-part series of videos and installations. The documentary is intended as a pertinent way to describe an investigation of the concerns surrounding the contamination of air and water by red mud (bauxite) residue and the large number of chemicals within it.

Finite, The Climate of Change is based in Germany and the UK. In Germany, concerned citizens step forward to save an ancient forest from one of Europe’s biggest coal mines. They form an unlikely alliance with a frustrated community in rural England who are forced into action to protect their homes from a new opencast coal mine.

Special Guests are:
Elisa O Donovan

A local councilor for Limerick City West and working as a Speech and Language Therapist in Limerick. She currently works in mental health and is a board member of West Limerick Resources and Employability Limerick. She studied medicine in UCD. She lived and worked for 10 years in Dublin as Community Integration Officer with Headway, an organization that provides support to individuals living with acquired brain injury. She returned home to Limerick 5 years ago to work as the acquired brain injury local area coordinator for the Mid-West. She was elected to Limerick Council’s Community, Emergency and Leisure Services SPC as a social inclusion representative in 2017 and is a passionate advocate for those living with disabilities in our community and their carers. She established Swimable Limerick, an initiative to restore open water swimming to Limerick City. As part of this, she hosted many public meetings on The River Shannon, open water swimming, and the local environment.

Elisa has been advocating for the River Shannon and has submitted objections against Irish Cement and Aughinish Alumina in the past.

Gerry Mc Govern

Gerry helps organizations reduce data waste by designing simpler, lighter, more environmentally friendly websites and apps. He developed Top Tasks, a research method that identifies what really matters and gets rid of what doesn’t. Top Tasks can result in an 80–90% reduction in content, clearer menus and links, and better search results. Over a 20-year period, Top Tasks has been implemented hundreds of times.

Gerry has written eight books. His latest is World Wide Waste: How digital is killing the planet and what to do about it. The Irish Times has described him as one of five visionaries who have had a major impact on the development of the Web.

Michele Hourigan

Michele Horrigan is an Irish artist and curator. Her installation, photographic and video artworks keenly explore narratives and potentials of environment and place.

She studied art at the University of Ulster, Belfast and the Städelschule, Frankfurt. Since 2006 she is founder and curator of Askeaton Contemporary Arts, enabling over one hundred artist residencies and projects to be realised in the west of Ireland. She is editor of A.C.A. PUBLIC, a publication venture exploring the many meanings and relationships between art and the public realm.

More about Askeaton Contemporary Arts can be encountered at

Stigma Damages – Directed by Michele Horrigan

For several years Michele has explored the history and the material culture of the aluminum industry. She grew up in the shadows of such a world – mineral ore, bauxite was imported from Guinea in Africa into Ireland’s largest industrial complex in her hometown of Askeaton, to be chemically refined to become alumina.

The world’s most versatile metals are used in computer parts, weaponry, explosives, drink cans, and airplanes. Throughout this short documentary, she investigates the health impact of red mud residues from this process.

Finite – The Climate of Change – Directed by Rich Felgate

FINITE: The Climate of Change is an insider’s view of the world of direct action; a raw, authentic, and emotional insight into the David and Goliath battle between front-line communities, activists, and fossil fuel corporations.

Inside the core of the climate movement, concerned citizens in Germany put their bodies on the line to save the ancient Hambach forest from one of Europe’s biggest coal mines. Every year since the 1970s, a section of the forest has been cut by Europe’s biggest CO2 emitter, energy giant RWE. Now just 10% remains. Robin, Indigo, and Clumsy are part of a secretive community of dedicated activists who have spent years living in self-built treehouses to halt the chainsaws. They are heading for a final showdown with RWE and the police to decide whether the forest is wiped off the map forever, or if the all-powerful fossil fuel industry can be stopped before we fall off the cliff of climate breakdown. The activists form an unlikely alliance with a frustrated but tight-knit community in rural northeast England who have spent 30 years fighting plans for a new coal mine next to their homes. Julia, June, and their neighbors have exhausted all legal avenues to protect the beautiful valley where their children grew up. With mining about to begin, the community feels they have no choice but to occupy the valley to halt work commencing. A localized chapter of the story that will define humanity. FINITE lays bare what the green leaders of the world are really doing to our natural environment but also how collective action can turn the tide against all odds.

If you want to contact the organizers please reach out to us at or go to our Facebook or Instagram page, ‘Neart An Naduir’.

Dolan’s Upper Floor 3-4 Dock Road V94 VH4X Limerick Ireland

Admission is 8 euros and tickets can be bought online.

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