Limerick Goes Green For 2009 St Patrick’s Festival

Limerick St Patrick's Festival LogoMonday, February 9th 2009

Mayor appeals for strong community spirit to celebrate our national day

The 2009 Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade is set to be one of the biggest ever seen in the city.

Announcing the theme today, Monday, February 9th, of GO GREEN, festival organisers are hoping that a spectacle of colour and sound will fill the streets of Limerick with a parade that celebrates all that the Riverside City has to offer.

The theme of Go Green can be interpreted as green for Limerick, green for St Patrick’s Day or green for the environment and the future so there is plenty of scope to be creative.

All sporting, cultural, community, business and social organisations are invited to take part in the event which takes place on Tuesday, March 17th.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr John Gilligan is appealing to everyone to get involved.

“We all know that we’re in a deep recession at the moment where there’s a lot of doom and gloom around the place but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves,” he said. “This in an opportunity for a great family day out, with lots of colour, music and fun. Community spirit is vital in these times and I urge everyone to take part or come along and enjoy the celebrations for our national day.”

The Limerick St Patrick’s Festival in association with Live 95FM will start on Sunday, March 15th with the popular International Band Parade now in its 37th year beginning at 12noon.

The St Patrick’s Festival is run on behalf of the Limerick Co-Ordination Office by Futureama Productions.

“Last year 55,000 people attended the festivities in Limerick making it the second largest parade held in the country and the biggest parade in the city for the last ten years,” said Fran O’Donnell, managing director, Futureama Productions.

“A further 25,000 people attended the International Band Parade so we had a great turn-out. 

Even though resources may be tighter this year, we’re encouraging participants to be inventive and creative with their ideas for floats—we want the 2009 festival to be the best yet,” Mr O’Donnell added.

Anyone wishing to take part in this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade or Band Parade can download an application form from the Festivals Limerick website

The deadline for entry to the band parade and the St Patrick’s Day parade is Friday, February 27th.

Schools, groups or companies that need help or inspiration in creating their parade entry can also log onto for ideas.

Laura Ryan
Communications Officer
Limerick City and County Council
Phone: 061-407100

Last update:19/02/2014