Limerick city celebrations will bring spark to the New Year

Fireworks in Limerick City
Fireworks will play a major role in the New Year's Eve celebrations.

LIMERICK city centre will be a hive of activity over the Christmas period, culminating in a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza to welcome in 2018.

“There is a real sense of excitement and anticipation about the festivities planned for New Year’s Eve which is set to be a spectacular end to 2017,” said Head of Marketing and Communications with Limerick City and County Council Laura Ryan.

Along with the post-Christmas retail therapy that will be taking place during the sales, a little piece of winter wonderland will be available at Limerick On Ice in Arthur’s Quay Park until January 7.

‘Oh yes you can’ have family fun at the panto, a tradition that is alive and well in Limerick with two different shows to attend. Limerick Panto Society are staging Aladdin in the Lime Tree Theatre and the Spar Panto’s Cinderella is taking place at the University Concert Hall.

Visitors to Limerick can avail of the more than 200 free car parking spaces in the Cleeve’s Factory site, on O’Callaghan Strand, from 9am to 9pm daily.

The carpark will stay open until midnight on New Year’s Eve to allow thorough enjoyment of the city’s Medieval Quarter and the celebrations, which will begin at 8.30pm with specially commissioned dramatic illuminations projected on the walls of King John’s Castle.

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Patrons are advised to arrive early for a good view of the fireworks display which starts at 9pm. It promises to transform the Limerick skies into an explosion of colour, but the best viewing points will be at Clancy’s Strand and Sarsfield Bridge.

The New Year’s Eve Extravaganza is a collaborative event between Limerick City and County Council, Shannon Heritage and Limerick School of Art and Design and is being managed by Grooveyard Event Management Company.

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