Riverfest 2009

Tuesday, April 21st 2009

Riverfest 09 Celebrate the City Limerick

Fun, Food and Festivities at Limerick’s Riverfest 2009

Rugbyfest: Watch Munster v Leinster on the big screen!

Limerick will burst into life this May Bank Holiday weekend with an impressive line-up and spectacular fireworks display to celebrate Riverfest 2009.

The four day festival launched today, Tuesday, April 21st, will showcase all that is great about Limerick city, from the best resource of the river Shannon to the music, sporting, artistic and food communities. 

The big match between Munster and Leinster may be on in Dublin but in the home of Munster rugby, we’ll make sure you don’t miss any of the action with a “Rugbyfest” all of our own!

Highlights of Riverfest 2009

  • An outdoor big screen (14 square metres) will be provided on George’s Quay to show the Heineken Cup Semi-Final with messages of support for Munster from some well known faces
  • Live Music on George’s Quay before and after the big game
  • A special Mass will be celebrated at the Augustinian Church at 10.15am on the morning of the big game to pray for the Munster team and to wish the boys in red the very best of Limerick luck!
  • A HUGE continental market featuring exotic treats and produce from France, Spain, Holland, the UK and Germany complemented by the best of Irish organic food provided by  Limerick’s own local traders
  • Slow Food Limerick will showcase local artisan produce and provide free samples of delectable treats!
  • BBQ and Pig-on-a Spit outside the Locke Bar
  • HB will host an ice cream party in Arthur’s Quay park
  • An open air Céilí Mór
  • A spectacular fireworks display over the River Shannon
  • Currach Racing
  • An impressive parade of 150 Motorbikes through the city centre as part of the Down Syndrome Ireland Rev Up challenge
  • Live concert on Glentworth Street by Limerick Youth Service
  • Hiphop Fest featuring some of Ireland’s top dancers!

There will also be a puc fada celebrating 125 years of the GAA, a fishing competition, a tug of war, and art and music events taking place at venues throughout the city.

RTE’s Lyric FM based in Limerick city will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a special concert at the University Concert Hall on Sunday, May 3rd featuring guest soloists Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway together with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.

Mick Flannery will take to the stage in Dolan’s Warehouse on Friday, May 1st and world renowned guitarist Pierre Bensusan plays the Warehouse on Sunday, May 3rd.

Contact Studios, Limerick Ceramic Works and Limerick Printmakers Studios and Gallery will also come together to welcome the public into their spaces throughout the festivities.

At the Hunt Museum, Peter Steedman will exhibit a new collection of limited edition photographs in the Ducartes Restaurant from May 1st with many themes ranging from landscape and stained glass to textures and old buildings while the Revelation exhibition of specially commissioned prints continues until May 3rd.

Some of Ireland’s top hip-hop dancers will be in Limerick on the Saturday and Sunday of Riverfest to showcase their talent and compete with local stars for a HipHop Fest…featuring dancers, graff artists, DJs and a breakdance battle for an urban party with a difference!

Festival organiser, Fran O’Donnell said Riverfest 2009 promises to be a great party weekend:
The Markets this year featuring continental traders, local traders and the Slow Food enthusiasts  will be the biggest ever put on in Limerick city with a fantastic combination of food, treats, pottery and jewellery,” he said.
Obviously the city will be in a Munster frenzy ahead of the big match so we’re hoping to add to the excitement with a large outdoor screen and live music and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be celebrating another appearance in the Heineken Cup Final with a Ceili Mor and our spectacular fireworks display on Sunday night!

This year, Riverfest is delighted to be associated with the Down Syndrome Ireland’s Rev Up Challenge and Limerick will welcome 150 bikers from all over the country on Saturday, May 2nd.
The bikers will spectacularly parade through the city at 5.30pm on Sunday, May 3rd leaving from the Limerick Down Syndrome Centre in Castletroy.

Down Syndrome Ireland chief executive, Mary O’Reilly said she is delighted that the people of Limerick will support the Rev-Up4DSI participants who are looking forward to their trip to the Treaty City.
Rev-up4Down Syndrome Ireland is an annual round Ireland Motorcycle challenge in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland,” she explained. “Every year there is a different route and this year as a Limerick person, I am delighted to be able to bring it to the city for two nights. There will be 200 participants who generously do this on an annual basis for us, with 1,000 plus kilometres to be covered over the weekend. Sunday will also see all Rev-up4DSI participants’ parade from DSI Limerick’s Office beside the Castletroy Hotel under Garda Traffic Corps escort, across the city to the Strand Hotel at 5.30pm which with 150 motorcycles is a sight that has to be seen to be believed!

She added: “All funds raised go towards the further development of the National Resource Team which comprises of experts in the fields of Early Intervention, Counselling, Education, Medical and Independence as well as providing support to members and their families.

Riverfest 2009 will also provide fun entertainment for kids and adults in Arthur’s Quay Park. This will start with Formula Fun Kids racing on Saturday where children between four and nine will be given a chance to drive mini racing cars on an inflatable track.

The adults will get a chance to show their muscle in the Tug-o-War and family fun games in Arthur’s Quay Park on Sunday and they can step it out at the free open air Ceili Mor in the park also that afternoon.

There will be plenty of entertainment on the Shannon on Sunday with the popular Currach Regatta featuring the world champions Munster Currach crew. Hundreds of triathletes will also be in Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend for the Joey Hannon Memorial Triathlon and would appreciate your support!

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr John Gilligan, said Riverfest has something for everyone to enjoy.
What a way to start off the summer and after the success of St Patrick’s Day, it’s great to see Limerick in a celebratory mood launching Riverfest,” he said. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity for Limerick people to celebrate the best that our city has to offer and to showcase all its positive aspects.

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 www.limerickcoordination.ie

For further information, please contact: Laura Ryan, Limerick Co-Ordination Office, 50 O’Connell Street Limerick 061-400010.

Friday, May 1st 2009

  • French and Continental Markets 10am-late
  • Open Day: Limerick Printmakers 11am-5pm
  • Open Day: Contact Studios 10am-5pm
  • Open Day: Limerick Ceramic Works 12pm-6pm
  • Revelation Exhibition/Peter Steedman photographs: Hunt Museum 10am-5pm
  • Aesop’s Fabulous Foibles and Fables: Belltable Arts Centre 10am and 12 noon
  • Live Music Limerick Youth Service, Glentworth Street 6.30pm- 8.30pm
  • Mick Flannery, Dolan’s 8pm

Saturday, May 2nd

  • French and Continental Markets 10am-late
  • Open Day: Limerick Printmakers 10.30am-4pm
  • Open Day: Contact Studios 10am-5pm
  • Open Day Limerick Ceramic Works 12pm-6pm
  • Revelation Exhibition/Peter Steedman photographs 10am-5pm
  • Aesops, Fabulous Foibles and Fables: Belltable Arts Centre 12 noon and 3pm
  • BBQ/Slow Food, George’s Quay 12 noon
  • Live Music, George’s Quay All day
  • Big Screen Munster v Leinster, George’s Quay Match Build Up From 4.30pm
  • Currach Racing 12pm-4pm
  • Junior Fishing Competition (under 16) 11am
  • Formula Fun Cars All day
  • HipHop Fest Skate Park/Arthur’s Quay Park

Sunday, May 3rd

  • Spectacular Fireworks Display 10pm
  • Ceili Mor 5-7pm
  • Motor Bike Parade 5pm
  • Puc Fada 11am
  • Senior Fishing Competition 4pm-7pm
  • Formula Fun Cars  All Day
  • Tug of the War and fun game All afternoon
  • Revelation Exhibition/Peter Steedman photographs: Hunt Museum 2pm-5pm
  • HB Ice Cream party in Arthur’s Quay Park
  • Lyric FM 10th Anniversary Concert, UCH 8pm
  • Pierre Bensusan, Dolan’s Warehouse 8pm
  • Hiphop Fest Skate Park/Arthur’s Quay Park

Monday, May 3rd

  • All day Continental Market

Last update:29/04/2009