Festival will raise spirits in the city

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A FESTIVAL of fun and beer is lined up for Limerick city this June.

‘Spirit of the City’, will celebrate craft beers and small distilleries, and Irish entertainment from June 27 to 30 when Arthur’s Quay Park will be transformed into an outdoor extravaganza for cocktail lovers, foodies and the culturally-curious.

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The four-day programme includes experiential and sensory activity such as cocktail demonstrations from award-winning mixologists, varied culinary delights from local street-food suppliers, fire breathers, live bands and DJs.

Comedian Bernard Casey, who has almost a million views on YouTube and more than 65,000 fans on social media, will take the stage on the Thursday night. The Kerry comedian has taken the internet by storm with his videos ‘The Polish/Irish Barman’, ‘The Irish Listening Test’ and his hugely popular character, ‘The Local Gossip’.

Irish Eurovision star Mickey Joe Harte will take to the stage each night getting crowds on their feet.

More than  25 Irish gin and whiskey brands will be showcased at the festival including Drumshambo Gunpowder Gin, Garnish Island Gin, Bertha’s Revenge Gin, Beara Ocean Gin, West Cork Whiskey, Teelings Whiskey and Hide Whiskey.

Festival organisers have set the event for over-23s.

The ‘Spirit of the City’ concept is the brain-child of Cork-based Kevin Collins who said that Ireland has some of the best gin, whiskey, beer and food producers in the world. This is matched by our hospitality and entertainment talent.

“Spirit of the City” is all about bringing these elements together in a weekend of celebration and exploration in Ireland’s best-loved cities. While it is particularly exciting for gin and whiskey lovers, the wide programme of activity makes it perfect for the culturally curious too,” he said.

Details at www.spiritofthecity.ie