The Power of Community

Monday August 17th, 2009

Find out what’s on in your city!

Ever wanted to try something new? Get fit, take up a new hobby or make some new friends? Well if you do, or your club, group or organisation is looking for participants or volunteers then the biggest ever Limerick City Community and Voluntary Fair is the place to be this September.

On Saturday, September 5th at City Hall Limerick the 2009 Fair will take place from 12 noon to 5pm.
This will be a great opportunity to let the people of Limerick know what is on offer in our city and what services are being provided. Plus there will be free food, entertainment, sport and fun!!

The Fair was launched at City Hall today, Monday, August 17th with some of the city’s well known volunteers including Tommy Dillon from the Southill Powerlifters Club and Barry McInerney from the Limerick Scouts Organisation. They were joined by entertainers who will perform on the day of the Fair which promises to be action packed!

The 2009 Fair will feature representatives from up to 100 of Limerick’s clubs, societies, voluntary organisations and service providers who will display their own service, social histories, demonstrate their achievements and welcome new members.
 Limerick’s very own Dennis Allen will perform on the day.  Entertainment will also be provided by other bands from the city, Igbo Masquerade and Ghanaian Drums, traditional Capoeira display, dance performances and skateboard and Martial Arts displays. 

Limerick City Sports Partnership will organise a Wii Computerised Team Sports Programme which is expected to be a big draw; there will also be an opportunity for people to try their skills at the Target Penalty Shoot Out, Kick Boxing, with Bouncy Castles and Face Painting to amuse the younger children

One of the highlights of the Fair is the BBQ Cook-Off competition featuring the Limerick Slow Food movement.  This year community groups providing ‘Meals on Wheels’, meals in schools or in their own communities have also been invited to participate in the BBQ Cook-Off.  Organiser Monica O’Brien Smith, a development worker with the PAUL Partnership, said teams are already being put together and so far teams from Southill, Queen of Peace, Limerick Youth Service, St Mary’s,  Kileely and  Ballynanty have signed up to take part.

She added: “We also have teams from the new communities of Limerick and include, Ghana & Ireland Friendship Association and The Igbo Union of Ireland.  The food provided will be “Slow Food” involving locally sourced vegetables and meats.  Meats on offer will be free range chicken, lamb, beef, lamb and vegetable kebabs and locally made sausages.  Tea and coffee will also be provided so it promises to a great day.””

Those who wish to reserve a stand should fill in a reservation form available on
Performers or entertainers who would like to perform or display their skills should fill in the Performance Form also on the website and return it as soon as possible. 

“The Fair will be a celebration of people helping people, neighbours helping neighbours, we are all in this together,” Monica O’Brien Smith said. “As well as this, studies have shown there is a huge health benefit to volunteering so it’s a great time to see what you’re good at, register, get involved and make a difference in your community.”

For further information, please contact: Monica O’Brien Smith at PAUL Partnership. or call  061 419388  . Form are available on-line at

Last update:17/08/2009