Allure of 1930s’ Grand Prix to return to Limerick

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

Jack Kingston (AKA The Stig) at the launch of the Irish Festival of Speed 2013.Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22
THE Irish Festival of Speed returns to Limerick on the August Bank Holiday and is expected to boost the local economy by as much as €6m.

THE Irish Festival of Speed returns to Limerick on the August Bank Holiday and is expected to boost the local economy by as much as €6m.

The festival last took place in Adare Manor in 2011 because of an historical link with the Earls of Dunraven and attracted a crowd of 16,000 people, a substantial number of whom were from outside the area.

This year the Irish Festival of Speed will be run across two days on August 3 and 4, at a specially laid track at Greenmount Racecourse in Limerick

The event is a mix of demonstrations and exhibitions from all things motorsport from 1930’s Grand Prix cars to modern day supercars. It will include rally cars, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and air displays across the weekend. There will be sprint racing across both days on the track, sky divers, stunt motorbike riding and a Supercar Paddock including Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche Clubs.

Richard O’Donnell, co-founder of the Irish Festival of Speed, said; “This is the largest motorsport event in Ireland and will provide a huge boost to the region. We see the event growing in a similar fashion to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK which attracts 150,000 people year on year. In five years time we expect to have grown this to a 100,000 person event, which will be massive for the region and will attract visitors from across the globe.”

“This really is a five star event and everything around the event is aimed at ensuring that attendees enjoy a five star experience here. We have made the biggest investment in Irish motorsport in 40 years with the laying of a purpose built track at Limerick Racecourse and we think this year’s Irish Festival of Speed is going to be one of the best events in the country this year.”

The festival is not geared to motoring fanatics alone, Mr O’Donnell stressed. “There is something for everyone, with exhibition stalls, aerobatic shows and displays from our stunt riders.” he said.

The weekend will also see a part reenactment of the “Round the Houses” 1930s Limerick Grand Prix on the Saturday evening with some of the original cars from the event being driven through the city in what is expected to be a great spectator event.

One day and weekend tickets are available and a discount of up to 35% is being offered on these for a limited period. To secure tickets or to get more information go to