LIMERICK was the place to be last weekend with more than 120,000 people enjoying Riverfest in the city centre.
Inclement weather failed to dampen the spirits of the attendees as the magic of Limerick’s biggest festival descended on the Treaty City for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
From fireworks to the daring zipline, the BBQ competition to tours of one of Ireland’s naval ships, to the buzz of the Riverfestival Village or hanging about at bingo with Fidget Feet, there was something for everyone.
Added to the Riverfest mix was the Regeneron Great Limerick Run and Dolans Live at the Castle. A spectacular fireworks display on Sunday evening saw around 30,000 people line the quays and strands around Limerick to catch a glimpse of the show as the skies were lit up in what has become a firm favourite of Riverfest weekend.
Earlier on Sunday there were fireworks of a different kind as thousands of people participated in the Regeneron Great Limerick Run as the marathon, half marathon and six-mile distances were covered by the athletes through the streets of Limerick.
A Party in the Park for the runners and others took place in the People’s Park after the run to give them a chance to cool down after their races and soak up the relaxing vibe.
One of the most popular attractions at the festival was the LE James Joyce naval vessel where more than 8,000 people enjoyed a tour of the vessel. For many it was the first time behind the walls of Limerick Docks and, with thanks to Shannon Foynes Port Company, gave them a glimpse into the operations of a working port, as well as pretending to be a member of the Irish Naval Service.
The boardwalk on Howley’s Quay was the location for the now traditional BBQ on Saturday, with companies and charities from across Limerick and Mid West cooking up a storm for the hungry 15,000 spectators.
Riverfest started off on Friday as Limerick’s style icon Celia Holman Lee showcased the best of Limerick fashion to packed crowds of people in Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre, while the Air Corps provided a flyover.
The Riverfestival Village, centred in Arthur’s Quay Park, welcomed around 65,000 people over the four days, who enjoyed the entertainment, fun and shows of Riverfest, carnival rides and music.
“Riverfest showcases Limerick to its fullest and best. There was such a fantastic atmosphere around the city with everyone enjoying themselves. From the Riverfestival Village to the Naval vessel and the water enthusiasts, there was just so much happening and plenty of free activities and events to keep all ages happy,” said Mayor Daniel Butler.
“Riverfest has proved itself to be a great festival and one to be proud of. But we must strive to keep it interesting and attractive to locals and visitors alike.”