The feelgood factor

Street entertainers added to the atmosphere of Limerick's Riverfest over the May bank holiday.
Street entertainers added to the atmosphere of Limerick’s Riverfest over the May bank holiday.

by Bernie English

THE CITY centre was thronged, there was music in the air, the smell of delicious food cooking brought thousands into Denmark Street and it didn’t hurt that the sun shone on all of it.

Limerick can hold its head high after a weekend of showing just what this city can do when it decides to throw a party. The Treaty City treated citizens and thousands of visitors to a real fiesta for Riverfest.

Friday showcased the superb reputation we have as a city which cradles emerging designers and gives fashionistas superb choice of labels and style.

On Saturday, the Limerick Post was among many companies that put their hands in their pockets to show the people of Limerick and visitors that there actually is such a thing as a free lunch.

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The atmosphere, the fun, the food and the smiles at the bar-b-que competition had to be experienced to be believed. And the professional establishments which took part showcased some of the best food the city has to offer. Visitors basking in the sunshine, the music and the food enjoyed hospitality that was second to none.

On Sunday, athletes and have-a goers came in their thousands to take part in the Great LImerick Run and each and every participant was buoyed up by the huge support  from those who came out and lined the route and fellow runners who encouraged those who were struggling.

There was music everywhere until late and a stunning fireworks display against the magical backdrop of the River Shannon rounded off what can only be described as one of the best Riverfests the city has seen.

The people behind the gig can be justly proud of the excellent organisation and planning that went into making it a successful weekend.

And the people of Limerick can be justly proud that they showed their very best face, the one we all know is the true face of the Treaty City.