May Music In The Park

Monday April 19th, 2010

Limerick will be alive with music and song throughout the month of May as top local musicians and singers perform lunchtime concerts in the city’s leafy parks.

As part of the May Music in the Park series, Limerick City Council will work with local bands to bring an exciting and varied music recital programme to the people of Limerick.

The performances will begin on Saturday, May 1st-to co-incide with Limerick Riverfest 2010- with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the award winning People’s Park and local jazz band Idol Bones in Arthur’s Quay Park.

On Saturday, May 8th, The People’s Park will host a traditional music concert with musicians from the Irish World Academy while Sammy Benson’s Limerick City Brass and Reed Band will entertain in Arthur’s Quay Park.

On Saturday, May 15th, it’s the turn of the Cantette Choir and Limerick Youth Choir in the People’s Park with Limerick’s Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band playing in Arthur’s Quay Park.

All concerts are free and take place between 1.30pm-3pm.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Kiely said he hopes that Limerick families, shoppers and business users will use the opportunity to have a picnic, listen to some great music and enjoy the city’s parks as a recreation area.

“There has been a long tradition of music in Limerick City Council’s parks and I’m delighted to see that it is now being revived,” said Mayor Kiely. “Our Arts and Environment departments are working together to promote our parks as a wonderful city asset and both the People’s Park and Arthur’s Quay parks are ideal for somewhere to relax, bring the family and listen to some of Limerick’s most talented musicians.”

The People's Park, in Pery Square, is the principal park in Limerick City and the only park in Ireland to hold a prestigious Green Flag.
It was formally opened in 1877, in memory of Richard Russell, a prominent local businessman. Items of interest in the Park include the recently restored Drinking Fountain, provided by employees of Russell Flour Mills Former Carnegie Library, built on park ground, and now the City Art Gallery Children's Playground. There is also a Remembrance Plaque in memorial to Thomas Spring Rice, M.P. for the city 1820-1832, a  Band Stand erected by the Corporation of Limerick in 1895 and two Park Shelters.

The park is also home to a large selection of mature, deciduous and evergreen trees such as, Ash, Beech, Birch, Elm, False Acacia, Flowering Cherry, Flowering Crab, Hawthorn, Holly, Hornbeam, Horse Chestnut, Lime, Maple, Mountain Ash, Oak, Ornamental Pear, Plane, Poplar, Walnut, Whitebeam and Willow plus, of course, a wonderful display of flowers during the summer months.

Arthur's Quay Park is situated in Limerick City Centre, opposite the Arthur's Quay Shopping Centre and on the banks of the River Shannon. It was opened on the 1st January, 1991, by former President Mary Robinson. The local Tourist Office is located alongside the main entrance to the park and there are excellent views of the River Shannon, Curragour Falls and Clare Hills from this park.

Everyone is invited to the free concerts which Limerick City Council hopes will be a tremendous success.

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    Music in the Parks is a programme of free summer concerts being held throughout the City in Limerick City Council's parks. Working with local Limerick bands to bring an exciting and varied music recital programme to the people of Limerick, these free concerts are organised by Limerick City Council's Arts Service and Limerick City Council Environment Department. Why not bring a packed lunch and sit and enjoy the music with friends and family.

Last update:20/04/2010