Thousands to descend on Limerick for Riverfest 2013

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Riverfest 2013: Clive Larkin, Heineken, James Lennon, Smyths Bar, model Yolanda Lowry and Ronan Lenihan, Heineken pictured at the launch of Riverfest 2013 which takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Picture: Sean Curtin
LIMERICK will be the place to be during the May Bank Holiday weekend as tens of thousands of people are set to descend of the city for the annual Riverfest celebrations while thousands more are set to take part in the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run.

LIMERICK will be the place to be during the May Bank Holiday weekend as tens of thousands of people are set to descend of the city for the annual Riverfest celebrations while thousands more are set to take part in the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run.

A spectacular fireworks display, the National Powerboat Championships, the continental market and the Riverfest BBQ will be among the highlights of the weekend.

Thomas Street will be transformed into an open-air catwalk on Friday May 3 for Fashion Friday and a flotilla of yachts are set to travel from Foynes to Limerick during the weekend.

Over 100 teams are set to take part in the Riverfest BBQ on Denmark Street, which for the first time will be sponsored by Coors Light.

“Having seen the success of last year’s Riverfest BBQ, Coors Light is absolutely delighted to sponsor it this year and to become a part of the festivities. It’s one of the highlights of Limerick’s summer and with record entrants to date, we can’t wait to get tasting what the competing teams cook up on the grill,” said Ronan Linehan, Brand Manager for Coors Light.

Last year’s Riverfest saw 40,000 people enjoy their experience in Limerick and organiser are hoping, weather permitting, to attract even larger crowds this year.

“Riverfest 2013 is shaping up to be the best yet, with new attractions being added every day- it truly does celebrate our city, highlighting Limerick’s most treasured resources: the scenic River Shannon, our generous hospitality and the exciting events we have to offer,” said the Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerrry McLoughlin.

“As thousands of visitors to our city will affirm, we know how to enjoy ourselves in Limerick and our friendly welcome is renowned by those who keep coming back year after year. We’re looking forward to hosting Ireland’s biggest party on the May Bank Holiday weekend,” he added.

Ivan Tuohy of the Limerick Hotels Association says demand for rooms over the Bank Holiday weekend has been phenomenal.

“Riverfest is a key event on the Limerick festivals calendar and the May bank holiday weekend is now one of the busiest weekends of the year. We feel that Riverfest is now a national brand and with over 30 individual and family events planned, it is really helping to drive 100% occupancy across all the city hotels,” he said.

For full details of events, visit riverfest.ie or log onto Facebook.

Riverfest can also be found on Twitter by following @riverfestlimk.