Limerick’s Riverfest a “huge success”

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THIS year’s Riverfest has been branded a “huge success”, with thousands of visitors flocking to the city for the four day festival.

THIS year’s Riverfest has been branded a “huge success”, with thousands of visitors flocking to the city for the four day festival.

Thanks to a combination of inluences - largely the fact that the sun shone for the entire weekend - Riverfest is estimated by Shannon Development to have generated up to €20m in visitor spend over the weekend.

Eoghan Prendergast of Shannon Development, said the festival had been a “huge success”.

“The impact on the economy and the money this brings in is one thing and I know it is very important, but the feel good factor is fantastic, there is a real buzz around the city. I think this has been one of the best ever Riverfests. This is Limerick at its best,” he said.

Mayor of Limerick, Maria Byrne, said that she believes Riverfest would “continue to grow and become a major national and perhaps international event”.

“The best of Limerick life was showcased over the last few days and thousands of people enjoyed the festivities in glorious sunshine. It was wonderful to see so many visitors and Limerick people enjoying themselves,” she said.Gardai reported no incidents over the weekend, despite thousands of people taking to the streets for the various events, which included a fashion show, a continental market, the ‘Great Limerick BBQ’, a fireworks display and open air concert in Arthurs Quay Park.