Limerick To Host Ireland’s Biggest Party For Riverfest This May Bank Holiday Weekend

Tuesday, April 13th 2010

Limerick will kick off Ireland’s biggest party over the May Bank Holiday weekend with a sizzling line up of BBQ treats, music, sport and fun for Riverfest 2010, it was announced tonight.

Details of the four day festival were unveiled at a launch party in the historic Shannon Rowing Club on Sarsfield Bridge tonight (Tuesday). The festival aims to showcase all that is great about Limerick city, from the best resource of the river Shannon to the music, sporting, artistic and food communities.  This year, thousands of athletes will also enjoy the festivities as they flood into the city for the inaugural Great Limerick Run.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Kiely, donned one of his oldest titles, as Admiral of the Shannon to launch Riverfest 2010 as he arrived at the Shannon Rowing Club by boat to officially launch the festival with the traditional throwing of a dart symbolising his jurisdiction over the river.

The 400-hundred-year-old title gives the Mayor of Limerick the power to act as Judge over all maritime offences committed on the River Shannon from the city right down to the mouth of the Estuary.

Highlights of Riverfest 2010 include:

  • The Great Limerick BBQ, Saturday, May 1st. A Riverfest favourite, the Great Limerick BBQ will fire up at 11am on Saturday, May 1st on George’s Quay. An amateur competition, the day long event will host three different cooking categories based on flavour, texture and presentation. See up to 70 teams take part in this fun event and try out some free samples of delectable treats!
  • Riverfest Continental Market, Friday-Monday. Find everything from the sweetest handmade fudge, ripest olives, and tastiest French potatoes to handcrafted art and jewellery at the four day Riverfest market which features exotic treats and produce from France, Spain, Holland, the UK and Germany complemented by the best of Irish organic food and craft provided local traders.
  • Riverfest Coonagh Currach Regatta 2010, Saturday, May 1st. See the top twelve crews in the country compete in the Coonagh Currach Regatta at 5pm on Saturday, May 1st at Howley’s Quay. Come     support the Limerick Crew who are the 2008 winners of the International Great River Race in London, Limerick & Clare League winners 2009 and the current 'Ocean to City' winners 2009!
  • May Music in the Park, Saturday, May 1st. Enjoy Riverfest with some of Limerick’s top musicians who will perform concerts in the city’s leafy parks throughout May as part of the May Music in the Park series. Jazz band Idol Bones will play in Arthur’s Quay Park and the Irish Chamber Orchestra will entertain in the award winning People’s Park at lunchtime on May 1st.
  • The Great Limerick Run, Sunday, May 2nd. Cheer on the thousands of runners who will descend in Limerick for the Great Limerick Run on Sunday, May 2nd. All three races (Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k) start at the People’s Park and end in O’Connell Street and take in a host of historical and cultural sites along the way. Don’t forget the Great Limerick Run expo in Thomond Park showcasing a host of sporting products.
  • Riverfest C:Inside 2010 Friday-Monday. Live tattooing, photographic printing and a 24 hour drawing marathon! Come and see how artists work and develop their ideas and how they create a piece of art. Six Limerick studios have put together a timetable of fun family cultural events to co-incide with Riverfest including Contact Studios, Limerick Printmakers Studio, Wickham Street Studios, Faber Studios, Raggle Taggle Consortium and All-Out Design.
  • Riverfest Fashion Friday, Friday, April 30th. Pop into Limerick city for a coffee and some great fashion to kick-start Riverfest weekend! The Café Quarter in association with Limerick Riverfest presents Friday Fashion Morning Coffee at the Cornstore, Thomas Street on Friday, April 30th. Come along to see Limerick’s top fashion houses present their latest Summer collections. Admission is free and there are also goody bags!!
  • Riverfest Rugbyfest. Watch Limerick Leprechauns take on the gardai before Limerick throws a huge party to watch Munster do battle with Biarritz in San Sebastian!
  • Limerick Riverfest Racing, Monday, May 3rd. Celebrate Riverfest with a great line-up of National Hunt Racing starting from 2.30pm on Monday, May 3rd. Lots of specials, free children’s entertainment and a special bus service from Limerick city!

There is a host of other events taking place over Riverfest weekend including the acclaimed production of Language Unbecoming of a Lady by Bottom Dog Theatre, choke comedy at the Belltable, and a great live music line-up at Dolan’s including Nik Kershaw and Johnny Duhan.

ev+a 2010:Matters continues across the city centre and the Hunt Museum will host free Egyptian arts and crafts for children over Riverfest weekend.
King John’s Castle will also be free for visitors on Sunday, May 2nd and offer two for one specials on Bank Holiday Monday.

Speaking at the launch, Mayor Kevin Kiely, said there is nowhere else in Ireland to be but Limerick over Riverfest weekend.
“With the current sunny weather and Munster’s great win in Thomond Park, the city is in a celebratory mood and it’s great to have Riverfest to look forward to,” he said.
“The Great Limerick Run along with the BBQ, the big match between Munster and Biarritz and all the other events taking place means that Limerick will be alive and buzzing and a fantastic place to be over the May Bank Holiday weekend,” he added.

Riverfest is run on behalf of the Limerick Co-Ordination Office by Futureama Productions.
Fran O’Donnell, managing director, said: “One of the highlights is the Great Limerick BBQ, now back in all its glory and we’re confident it will be a great success. It’s always been a very popular part of Riverfest and we’ve had huge interest from people wanting to take part.  It’s always great fun and we’re looking forward to all the interesting dishes that the entrants will come up with this year!”

Sponsors of Riverfest 2010 include Limerick’s Live 95FM, The Limerick Post, Musgrave’s Foods, The Locke, Limerick City Council and Shannon Development.

Keep an eye out for the Riverfest brochures available across Limerick this weekend or log on to for full details.

Last update:14/04/2010