All the fun of the fair at Groody


Funderland on the way to Limerick

SIXTY -TRUCKS are wending their way to Limerick…. following a gap of five years when a suitable venue was not available, Funderland, Europe’s largest travelling funfair, and the brainchild of the Bird family, returns to the city on Thursday, May 28. 

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The event which was last held at the Old Greenpark Racecourse, moves to a new site at Groody Road, just off the University Roundabout.

William Bird Sales, one of the companies belonging to the Bird family from Limerick, are the promoters of Funderland, which first began in 1975 at the RDS in Dublin and has grown over the years to become one of the largest carnival events in Europe.

A feature of Funderland is the presentation at each event of some of the most spectacular machines found in the modern fairground industry.  The forthcoming show in Limerick has no less than three rollercoasters in the line-up along with the 150 feet high jubilee Ferris Wheel which will provide panoramic views across the city.

Don Bird  said: “Once we secured the new ground we were determined to bring a spectacular show to Limerick and we are excited about the line-up of attractions, many of which have not been here before, including the Power Shot Reverse Bungee”.

Funderland mixes top class thrill rides with a host of family attractions and kiddie rides to guarantee an experience which will appeal to every age group.  The Ultra Buzz  and Take Off rides are two of the fastest “white-knuckle” rides found anywhere in the world, and these will sit alongside more traditional rides such as the Waltzer and Dodgems.

A host of kiddie rides including the Crazy Worm, a family rollercoaster which both parents and children can enjoy together, will ensure lots of fun for even the youngest thrill seekers.

An important issue in the current economic climate according to John Magee, Marketing Manager for Funderland is value for money.  

Funderland will be open each day at Groody Road from 2pm.