Riverfest will bring powerboats and thousands of visitors to Limerick

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

THE IRISH National Powerboat Championships will take place in Limerick as part of Riverfest on the May Bank Holiday weekend, it was announced today.

THE IRISH National Powerboat Championships will take place in Limerick as part of Riverfest on the May Bank Holiday weekend, it was announced today.

The city will host a round of the spectacular boating event on the weekend of May 4-7, which has now become one of the biggest in the city’s calendar, with the Great Limerick Run and Munster playing at home adding to an estimated 40,000 visitors who come to the city for Riverfest.

Organisers stress that the festival aims to celebrate “all that is great about Limerick city” across music, sporting, artistic and food communities.

Among some of the highlights announced are the return of the Great Limerick BBQ, live music from the Sawdoctors in the Big Top at the Milk Market, a continental market and artisan craft fair, live fashion and theatre events and a city-wide bar exemption for pubs - the first such application for Riverfest in some four years.

City-based analysts Focus Consulting have estimated that the specific events taking place last year as part of Riverfest 2011 generated an economic value of €3.54m for Limerick city.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, said Riverfest had “grown into a hugely successful festival which promotes the best of Limerick life and is a really enjoyable weekend”.

“We’re looking forward to hosting Ireland’s biggest party on the May Bank Holiday weekend and a very successful Riverfest 2012,” he added.

A full line-up of events for Riverfest 2012 is available for download at Riverfest 2012.