#LiveableLimerick Christmas Dash to raise funds for charity

REPRO FREE 19/11/17 A crowd of 15,000 turned out in Limerick for the switching on of the Christmas lights and the start of Limerick's festive celebrations. Mayor of LimerickÊÊCllr Stephen Keary was joined by the stars of PAW Patrol for the annual switching on ceremony. Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media

THIS Sunday the Liveable Limerick Christmas Dash will take place on O’Connell Street and will raise money for Novas and the Peter McVerry Trust.

The event will take place from 2pm during the afternoon before the Light Up Limerick celebration, which officially marks the beginning of the Christmas period in the city.

A nominal entry fee of €2 is requested with all proceeds of the fun runs split between two homeless services, Novas and the Peter McVerry Trust, both of whom have offices on O’Connell Street.

Liveable Limerick recreation of Christmastime on the Crescent.
Image: Zeso Architects

John Moran, Chair of #LiveableLimerick commented “At #liveablelimerick we strongly believe that our public realm which includes our streets too belongs to all.  It should and can host more varied and fun events which the public will actively support.

“This was demonstrated last year for the lighting up ceremony and by the success of our own StreetFeast over the summer on Catherine Street.  Now is the time to come out yet again to continue to change minds about new roles our streets can play in our rapidly evolving city.

“Only with everyone’s participation do we earn the right to demand even more each year.  As an added bonus, your participation will generate much needed funds for two great organisations working hard especially this Christmas period.”, he added.

O'Connell Street reimagined by Zeso Architects on behalf of LiveableLimerick.
O’Connell Street reimagined by Zeso Architects on behalf of LiveableLimerick.

Parts of the city will be closed to traffic as pedestrians line the streets and the 100m track where a number of races will take place.

There will be a parent and toddler race, races for our young children and our young at heart seniors, a Mr. & Mrs. Claus race, a wheelchair dash and a Christmas jumper sack race for students of Limerick’s second and third level schools and colleges.

Registration will take place from 1pm at the offices of Novas, at no. 89 and #liveablelimerick volunteers will be available on the day for queries.   Places are limited so early registration is recommended.

For further information on the event please check out www.liveablelimerick.com or send an email to [email protected].