THE LIMERICK Communications Office this week launched a comprehensive new guide to the many festivals taking place across the region in 2013.
The guide features details of 25 distinct festivals taking place in Limerick this year, beginning with the upcoming Kate O’Brien weekend and finishing with immensely popular Christmas horse racing festival in December.
The St Patrick’s Festival, which will this year boast Galway street art specialists Macnas for the first time, is a highlight, as is the 43rd International Band Championship, details of which are to be announced this week and which is expected to feature up to six high schools from the United States.
Laura Ryan of the Communications Office said that the guide will be “a great asset to visitors and locals alike”.
“You are never short of something to do in Limerick, a place so full of life with some fantastic events taking place in 2013,” explained Ms Ryan.
“With so much to do, the Limerick Festivals Guide is invaluable to anyone enjoying all that Limerick has to offer,” she added.
There is a huge variety of festivals taking place throughout the year, including the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, LIT Film Festival, Riverfest, the Great Limerick Run and the Foynes Irish Coffee Festival all taking place from April to June, while the inaugural Limerick Sings International Choral event will run over the June Bank Holiday weekend.
Pop up restaurants will be the order of June’s Love Gourmet Week while fireworks will ring over the city for the 4th of July and tag rugby fans will descend on Old Crescent for the Pig ‘n’ Porter.
July also sees the return of the excellent Make a Move festival and the Irish Festival of Speed in Adare in early August. September features the eclectic Limerick Pride parade while Westfest rocks Newcastle West and the hugely popular Elemental Arts and Culture Festival will again add a splash of colour to the city centre.
Culture Night and the second Limerick Jazz Festival take place in September, Cuisle and Open House feature in October, while the Outbreak Zombie Festival, the Rugby League World Cup and Limerick Christmasfest close out 2013.