Riverfest Limerick makes a BIG splash

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REPRO FREE Limerick will become the country’s capital of fun again this May Bank Holiday weekend as it plays host to Riverfest 2019. Pictured is Meghann Scully. Thousands to flock to Limerick for the May Bank Holiday weekend with spectacular aerial dance shows, fireworks and fun on the Shannon. The banks of the Shannon will be the epi-centre of the first major national festival of the year as thousands are expected to flock to Limerick to take part in the festivities and soak up the atmosphere. There are loads of different activities also on offer for those hoping to keep their feet on the ground, including an artisan food market, a coarse fishing competition on the Abbey River, an art exhibition, kayaking and a tour of an Irish naval vessel.   Family favourites include the BBQ on the Boardwalk, the Panoramic Wheel and the Riverfest Fireworks, where world class aerial dancers Fidget Feet will perform works of beauty, mystery and charm over the Shannon. Pic Sean Curtin True Media.

RIVERFEST has officially kicked off today. The four day festival will see music, entertainment, water activities and food stalls line the streets of our City.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mayor James Collins commented on the successful festival, which is in its 15th year.

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“Riverfest Limerick 2019 promises to be another huge success, having already built a reputation as the country’s top festival destination for what is officially the first bank holiday weekend of the summer.

“The key to the festival has been the diversity and this year there’s a huge variety of activities and events, for both day and night time.  There’s an incredible programme scheduled over the weekend, with something for everyone,” he said.

Today is all about fashion. Celia Holman-Lee will host two fashion shows in Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre at 11.30am and 3.30pm. The model agent will be showcasing the best in Limerick fashion. Not only that but Celia will be joined by one of Ireland’s Top Influencers and Limerick native Louise Cooney who will MC the fashion shows.

Between fashion shows why not stroll out to Arthur’s Quay where the Riverfest Village is located. Treat yourself to some artisan foods, take a ride on the vintage amusements and enjoy the live music. Happy Food At Home is a pop up stall in the village that will be serving a colourful Riverfest Salad.

 

As the evening falls upon us, why not take to the waters. Nevsail and Get West will be hosting kayak tours which is a great way to see the City as the sun sets.

On Saturday, make your way to the Limerick Milk Market which is a hub of activity. Get some local and tasty treats and see some of the hand crafted products on offer.

The Hunt Museum will be hosting Crazy Golf but if at some stage you need a break from the hustle and bustle then checkout the chill out zone in the museum garden.

If you’re looking for some tasty and filling food then come to Howley’s Quay from 12pm where the BBQ on the Boardwalk is happening. Come visit us as we toss burgers and raise money for charity.

On Sunday, the Regeneron Great Limerick Run is taking place. A marathon, half marathon and 6 mile run will all happen from 9am. Take to the streets of Limerick and support those who are taking part.

For the music fans, The Stunning will be playing Live at the Big Top from 7pm. After the gig, make your way to the riverside for the firework display and for the first time Fidget Feet aerial spectacle.

On Monday, the Limerick Street Feast is happening along Catherine Street from 12-5pm as part of Liveable Limerick.

Speaking ahead of the festival, Culture and Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council, Sheila Deegan reiterated what the Mayor said.

“The success of Riverfest is an indicator of how far Limerick has come in terms of its development as a vibrant, creative, industrious and welcoming city.

“Festivals bring people, communities, families and friends together and we know large-scale events like this drive tourism and boost both economic and creative growth. Riverfest and the joy, celebration and appreciation it creates is central to community life in Limerick.” She added.