Rugby hero Keith Earls to lead Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Tuesday, March 2nd 2010


Munster, Ireland and Lions rugby legend Keith Earls will lead the 2010 Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal.

Full details of the exciting 2010 Festival were announced tonight (Tuesday) at the official launch in Daghdha Space, St John’s Church, Limerick where fire eaters, musicians and dancers entertained the crowd.

This year’s festival is a showcase for the best that Limerick has to offer with the 40th International Band Parade, the huge St Patrick’s Day parade and the National Lottery Skyfest all taking place in the city.

The National Lottery Skyfest is part of the National St. Patrick’s Festival celebrations. This is the third year the event has been staged outside of Dublin and Limerick has been chosen this year to host this exciting event as part of the National St. Patrick’s Festival celebrations.

Speaking at the launch, Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Kiely, said he is thrilled that 22 year old rugby hero Keith Earls would lead the Limerick St Patrick’s Day parade.

“We’re all very proud of Keith, he’s a fantastic ambassador for Limerick so he’s a natural choice for our Grand Marshal” said Mayor Kiely. 

“I’m delighted to launch the 2010 festival and what a festival we have this year! We are asking everyone to come out and support our Limerick parade; it’s our national day after all and an opportunity for a fantastic family day out.”

The festivities kick off on Saturday March 13th when the National Lottery Skyfest will light up the skies over Limerick with King John’s Castle providing a stunning backdrop to this year’s breathtaking fireworks display. Pre-show activity, provided by Shannon Development kicks off from 6pm and includes live bands, fire jugglers, painters and much more!

Dr. Vincent Cunnane, Chief Executive Shannon Development said:
“We are delighted to support the St. Patrick’s festivities. It’s not only a wonderful opportunity for the people of Limerick to enjoy themselves, but it also provides us with a unique platform to showcase the best of Limerick to a
national and international audience. The televised Skyfest event in particular is a wonderful vehicle to put Limerick centre stage as a fun loving place to be.  As the tourism authority for the Shannon Region, Shannon Development will be using this magnificent spectacle and the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in our tourism marketing promotion to attract additional visitors to the city during the year.”

The popular International Band Parade and Competition is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Marching bands from around Ireland, the USA, Germany, Africa and Northern Ireland will join Limerick’s finest to showcase their talents with adrenalin pumping music for all the family to enjoy! The Band Parade will start in O’Connell Avenue and end in Arthur’s Quay Park with a free concert to the public.

The Limerick’s St Patrick’s Day Parade looks set to once again be the largest parade in the country outside of Dublin with a huge number of colourful entries for 2010.

Highlights of the St Patrick’s Day Parade 2010 include:

Singing sensation and local schoolgirl Nastasia Vashko will entertain the crowds and proudly represent Limerick as the 2010 Junior Marshal

A parade by the Massachusetts State Troopers from the USA

Colourful entries from exciting 2010 Limerick events including The Great Limerick Run, The Special Olympics and the Pig n’Porter festival

Limerick Military Entry led by the 12th Infantry Batallion from Sarsfield Barracks down the traditional route of O’Connell Street past the Review Stand to Merchant’s Quay

Limerick’s talented skateboarders will perform for spectators

Ireland’s largest tricolour will be carried by the girls from Scoil Carmel, our 2010 Flag Ambassadors

The Irish Chamber Orchestra based at the University of Limerick will also take part in the parade as will the Expressive Arts Theatre Group, the Limerick Polish School, the Munster Indian Cultural Association and many other sporting, cultural, community, business and social organisations who will give the parade a great splash of colour.

The Limerick St Patrick’s Festival 2010 is generously sponsored by Limerick City Council in conjunction with the Limerick Co-Ordination Office, Shannon Development, Stryker and Limerick’s Live 95FM.

Futureama Productions managing director Fran O’Donnell who is organising this year’s St Patrick’s Festival said: “We’re delighted with the interest in this year’s Festival from the public and especially the St Patrick’s Day parade. We had a phenomenal parade last year and this year’s event is gearing up to be just as successful.  We’re very grateful to the generous support of our sponsors and we’re looking forward to a great few days of entertainment.”

Further information on the Limerick St Patrick’s Festival is available from or check out


Editors Note:
Press 22 will provide images of the Limerick St Patrick’s Festival launch WITH COMPLIMENTS to your newsdesks

For further media information or to arrange interviews, please contact: Laura Ryan, communications executive, Limerick Co-Ordination Office, 50 O’Connell Street, Limerick. 061-400010/086-6042544

Last update:04/03/2010