Thousands attend Milford Hospice Harvest Fair

David Hurley


David Hurley


Thousands attend Milford Hospice Harvest Fair

Attending the Milford Hospice Harvest Fair at the University of Limerick were Amelie Harrington, Newport; Hazel O' Sullivan, Garryowen and Finn Harrington, Newport. PICTURE: Gareth Williams

UP to 20,000 people flocked to the University of Limerick yesterday for the annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair.

Within minutes of the gates opening at 11am, almost every parking space was taken such is the enthusiasm for the event, which is the largest single fundraiser of the year for Milford Care Centre.

“We would always say that Milford is owned by the community, it’s a service for the community and, thankfully, along the way the community are there to support us as we very much appreciate that.” said Pat Quinlan, CEO of Milford Care Centre.

In addition to the mix of bric-a-brac stalls inside the main UL Arena there were raffles, a wheel of fortune and a special kids area which included bouncy castles, novelty rides and face painting.

For those who were peckish, there was plenty on offer including a tea hall and outdoor barbeque area.

People from across the Mid West attended the event to show their support and appreciation for the work which is done by Milford Hospice.

“My wife has leukaemia so I support this every year, it’s a wonderful cause and it’s a great day out and people love it,”  said Pat O’’Shaugnessy from Shannon.

Christina Meaney, Castleconnell, said she has attended the Harvest Fair every year since she returned to Limerick from the UK in 2008.

“It’s a wonderful cause and the work they do is fantastic, they are out on their own,” she said.