Riverdance set for first performance in Limerick

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick is hoping to raise tens of thousands of euro this May after scooping Riverdance to entertain guests at their annual gala dinner in May.

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick is hoping to raise tens of thousands of euro this May after scooping Riverdance to entertain guests at their annual gala dinner in May.

The Irish dance phenomenon will give their first performance in Limerick at the UL president’s gala dinner in the Strand Hotel on May 11.

Guest of honour at the event will be renowned composer and producer, Dr Bill Whelan, a native of Limerick, who composed the music for the internationally famed Riverdance show and who is a director of the UL Foundation.

“It has always been an ambition of mine to bring Riverdance to my home City of Limerick, so it gives me great pleasure to finally see this dream come true. To be able to do so in a way which helps raise funds for the university’s charitable activities makes it all the more pleasurable,” said Dr Whelan.

Tickets for the event are priced at €180 per person, and tickets will be served on a first come basis as the capacity may be limited to some 200 people. Riverdance’s Irish tour this year includes concerts in Dublin only at present.

The president’s dinner is an annual fundraising event which supports a different project each year.

This year’s event is a celebration of UL’s ties with the city and will raise funds for expansion of the president’s volunteer award programme which is run by the university. The programme was established two years ago to support the contribution that students at UL make to volunteering activities outside of their academic studies.

For queries about tickets for the event, please contact Sarah Hartnett, UL Foundation on 061-234240 or sarah.hartnett@ul.ie