First Limerick Ladies Weekend proves a success

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Aoife and Niamh O'Connor at the races in Limerick for the Ladies Weekend. Picture: Dave Gaynor
LIMERICK’s first annual Ladies Weekend has proven to be a massive success, with thousands enjoying the festivities in the city, and the Greenmount Racecourse.

LIMERICK’s first annual Ladies Weekend has proven to be a massive success, with thousands enjoying the festivities in the city, and the Greenmount Racecourse.

More than 2,000 people took part in the Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon, with thousands of euro raised for local charities in the process (see left).

And while this formed the centrepiece of the weekend, there were a number of other attractions, including fashion trails, special retail offers, and other events.

Following the race,many runners decided against giving their aching limbs a well-earned rest - instead deciding to dance the night away at a post-race party in Clohessy’s Bar on Howley’s Quay.

And yesterday, thousands of race-loving ladies headed out to Ladies Day at the Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell.

Sponsored by Keane’s Jewellers, Ladies Day took place as part of the Limerick Racecourse’s premier raceday, with special guest judges Suzanne Jackson, one of Ireland’s leading fashion and beauty writers, and influential local hat designer Aisling Maher, from Adare.

The best dressed lady on the day took home a diamond ring to the value of €4,000, sponsored by Keane’s Jewellers.

Elsewhere, throughout the city, there has been a number of other attractions to mark Ladies Weekend.

The City Business Association teamed up with retailers in the Fashion Quarter at Catherine Street and Roches Street to offer a fashion trail.

Retailers were encouraged to create fun promotions showcasing their offerings.

A map was provided as a guide to all participating retailers and details of offers.

Ladies were then be able to take advantage of all offers at their leisure as this explore all city’s shops and uncover a few hidden gems. The Ladies Weekend aimed to celebrate the achievements of women.

Nigel Dugdale, City Business Association, who helped set up the fashion trail, said there is much more of a willingness among retailers to get involved as a group.

“I would hope next year we will see a much bigger fashion trail, and that people will see Limerick as the place to go for the Ladies Weekend. What is starting to come out is that there is more of a willingness to get involved. The structures are in place to make it easier for retailers to get involved and put something on,” he said.