THOUSANDS descended on the University of Limerick for the 29th annual Milford Harvest fair - with the charity set for a €100,000 boost.
The UL Arena was turned into a massive indoor market for the annual event, the major fundraiser for Milford Hospice, which provides in-patient care to around 1,200 cancer patients on Sunday.
While the arena was thronged with bargain hunters looking at bric a brac stalls, tombolas and raffles, the outside of the arena saw a play area, and the traditional large barbecue.
More than 300 volunteers from across the city joined the fundraising effort on the day.
Milford Hospice chief executive Pat Quinlan said: “It never ceases to amaze us the level of support we do get. Thankfully, it is a dry day, the crowds are here and everyone is having a great day out.”
Other highlights included ‘the Living Head’, an illusion presented by the Munster Magic Circle which has been at the fair for the past 21 years.
Enjoying the fair was Raymond Quinlivan, St Mary’s Park, who came with his daughter Rachel.
“It is great: I love it. It is so important to support Milford. Everyone knows someone who has used the service,” he said.
Martina Higgins, Rhebogue, who travelled with her son Evan, agreed, saying: “You never know when you are going to need someone like Milford Hospice, so it is really important to keep supporting them.”
Castletroy man Kieran Horgan one of the 300 volunteers, said: “ It is a tremendous occasion, and a tremendous event. There is a wonderful sense of community spirit here”.
Brendan Daly from Pineview Gardens suggested the organisers could arrange a five-a-side tournament at next year’s Milford fair, to take place on the turf outside the arena.
Mayor Michael Sheahan arrived at around 1pm.
He said: “I am looking forward to walking around, buying some raffle tickets, and I might even be tempted to get the odd bit of bric a brac”.
He revealed Mr Quinlan had been nominated to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge for Motor Neurone Disease.