Regatta and community festival for Limerick parish of St Mary’s

One of Limerick’s oldest parishes will hold a community festival on Sunday July 1, which will bring young and old together for a great day’s entertainment.

One of Limerick’s oldest parishes will hold a community festival on Sunday July 1, which will bring young and old together for a great day’s entertainment.

The St Mary’s Community Festival and Regatta will commence at 1pm with music from St Mary’s Prize Band and the Tin Whistle Group at the Star Rover’s Pitch beside King’s Island Community Centre.

There will be various sporting competitions for children including races, penalty shoot out competitions and fly casting. This year they are holding a fancy dress competition for boys and girls up to ten years old. There will be a tug of war contest. A soccer match will be held between Star Rovers FC and St Mary’s RFC.

The regatta will commence at 4pm. There will be open races in angling cots and gandalows for men and women.

The Community Festival started four years ago and due to requests from people in the community the organising group decided that a regatta should be part of the day. Sean Quinlivan, chairperson of the committee said: “I am happy that an annual regatta is again taking place as it gives young people an interest in boating”.

St Mary’s Community Festival and Regatta is organised by members of the community and voluntary groups active in the area. It is supported by the development officer of Limerick Sports Partnership, Eddie Price. It is funded by the Regeneration Agency.

An awards ceremony will be held that evening at St Mary’s Clubhouse.