Limerick to go wild for Wild Geese Festival all over again

Michelle Daly-Hayes, Randel Hodkinson, former Mayor of Limerick Gerald Mitchell, Dr Loïc Guyon, Lorna Hodkinson, Dr Paul O’Brien.

THE WILD Geese Festival is set to return to Limerick once again this week, with a full line-up of historical fun for all the family.

After last year’s success, the Wild Geese banquet is to become an annual event, taking place at the LPYMA building on O’Connell Street, restored for the occasion. The black-tie banquet includes a drinks reception, sponsored by Mickey Martins, a six-course menu by chef George Casey, and musical entertainment featuring soprano Eve Stafford.

On Sunday, 7 July, a parade led by the City of Limerick Pipe Band will march from King John’s Castle to St Mary’s Cathedral for the fifth annual flag-raising ceremony supported by the Defence Forces, commemorating the Flight of the Wild Geese and celebrating Irish-French friendship. The Curraghower Singers will perform the national anthems.

A concert inside St Mary’s Cathedral will feature the Lorcán Mac Mathúna Trio and French-American singer Zoé Basha.

The festival concludes with a farewell event on Merchants Quay.

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Festival founder Loïc Guyon expressed his gratitude to sponsors including the Limerick City and County Council, the French Embassy, the University of Limerick, Heavey Technology, Arup, Carelon, Conradh na Gaeilge, and over 30 “Friends of the Festival”.

The full programme is available on and the festival’s social media accounts.