30,000 People Enjoy Limerick's Riverfest

Monday, May 4th 2009

Riverfest 09 Celebrate the City Limerick

Spectacular fireworks display rounds off festivities for Riverfest 2009 

More than 30,000 locals and tourists thronged Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the city’s Riverfest which culminated in a spectacular fireworks display last night.

Thousands gathered on the banks of the Shannon to view the exciting fireworks, gas jets and river flares which were a highlight of the four day festival which showcased all that is great about Limerick city, from the best resource of the river Shannon to the music, sporting, artistic and food communities. 

On Saturday, thousands turned out on Merchant’s Quay to view the Heineken Cup semi final between Munster and Leinster on an 18 square metre big screen which included a special preview of the big game featuring well known local faces and highlights of Munster’s European campaign so far.

But despite a disappointing day in Croke Park for the Red Army, fans partied in Limerick with live music on George’s Quay and delicious free bbq treats provided by local traders and Slow Food Limerick.

The popular Continental market was a huge hit in Limerick featuring delectable treats and produce from France,Spain, Holland, the UK, Greece and Germany. It was complemented by the best of Irish organic food provided by Limerick’s own local traders.

Arthur’s Quay Park played host to a family fun day yesterday featuring a very entertaining puc fada over the Shannon which was won by Limerickmen Alan Murnane (senior section) and Shane Fox (junior section).

Formula Fun car racing was enjoyed by hundreds of local children while a top tapping Ceili Mor attracted a very enthusiastic crowd. The mixed team from the Trinity Rooms was delighted to be crowned Tug o War champions!

HB hosted a very popular Ice Cream party in the park in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland before visitors were joined by 150 motorbike enthusiasts who had paraded through the city centre as part of the Down Syndrome Ireland Rev Up challenge.

The Currach Regatta was the largest ever to take place for Riverfest with 15 teams taking part, the overall winners of the Limerick/Clare league main race were the Munster World Champions from Coonagh; Michael Grimes, Robert Kenny and Tom Davis. In the Adult Fishing competition, Sean Quinlivan from Limerick took the first prize.

One of the most popular additions to Riverfest was the Hiphop fest in Limerick Skate Park on Sunday. Some of Ireland’s top hip-hop dancers were in the city showcasing their talent and competing with local stars. The even featured dancers, graff artists, DJs and a breakdance battle for an urban party with a difference!

A skateboarding demonstration also took place followed by an All-Ireland breakdancing competition and a graffiti demonstration.

RTE’s Lyric FM celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a special concert at the University Concert Hall while Mick Flannery and Pierre Bensusan took to the stage in Dolan’s Warehouse.

Festival organiser, Fran O’Donnell said Riverfest 2009 was a great party weekend:

The Markets this year were a huge success and local traders in particular reported very brisk business,” he said. “We were delighted with the numbers that turned out for the big screen on Merchant’s Quay and all the festivities and free bbq’s taking place at George’s Quay. Many people have said the highlight of the weekend was the fireworks display, it was wonderful to see the thousands of families lining Clancy Strand, the bridges and Arthur’s Quay park to witness such a spectacle.

Down Syndrome Ireland national president, Mary O’Reilly said she was delighted with the support from the people of Limerick towards the Rev-Up4DSI participants who thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Treaty City.

Riverfest is run by Futureama Productions on behalf of the Limerick Co-Ordination Office and is supported by Limerick City Council and Shannon Development

For full details log on to www.festivalslimerick.com or visit http://www.limerickcoordination.ie/ 

Last update:05/05/2009