Tony McCarthy, Circus enthusiast, historian
The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) will be present at this significant launch and step towards bringing this fascinating collection to the attention of the public.
The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) are delighted to be supporting Tony in drawing attention to three generations worth of an Irish circus collection. This living archive of pictures and circus arts has been assembled and created by four generations of the McCarthy’s family from Cappamore, Co. Limerick and exhibited in McCarthy’s Circus Bar. The exhibition is part of the Circus 250 commemorations celebrating 250 years of Circus in Ireland and the UK.
The launch will be taking place on Friday, March 16th, at the Limerick Museum in Franciscan Friary, Henry Street at 6 pm. The museum will also be specifically opened for the exhibition on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March from 2 pm to 5 pm. Admission is free.
LIMERICK TODAY - 250 YEARS OF THE CIRCUS AT THE CENTER OF LIMERICK’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS - Interview with Tony McCarthy and Dr. Mícheál Ó hAodha
For more details, listen to Limerick live95fm interview of Tony McCarthy exhibition curator of the McCarthy’s Circus Bar Exhibition and historian, and Dr. Mícheál Ó hAodha visiting lecturer in the history department at
About the John McCarthy Circus Archive
For more than a century, the
The John McCarthy Circus Archive comprising more than 400 unique circus posters and in excess of 200 photographs, many of them extremely rare was born. This unique cultural resource enhances our knowledge of the history and development of the circus not only in Ireland
To date, four books have been published as based on materials in this archive and further research is planned for the near future. In keeping with the cyclical nature of circus, the John McCarthy Circus Archive continues to grow and expand, and just as one generation’s immense work is done, the next begins - “The show must go on!”
“The fact that a social record as detailed and as unique as John McCarthy’s Circus Archive survived the Irish War of Independence, the Civil War
Dr. Mícheál Ó hAodha, Visiting Lecturer, UL