THE Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh 2013 takes place in the heart of the city for the first time in its history this weekend, with thousands expected to attend the many events taking place in Mary Immaculate College.
While the University of Limerick played host to the Fleadh Cheoil last year - and the town of Hospital in the previous two years - organisers were invited into the city by the Limerick City of Culture team, who see a big future for the annual feast of traditional music, which features two full days of Irish music , song and dance.
Over 1,500 people are expected to attend events on Saturday in MIC, and 2,500 on Sunday, with all events open to the public and music lovers from all over expecting converge on Limerick.
The Fleadh aims to celebrate music, dance and the community.
Groups and bands taking part in the Fleadh Cheoil will perform in the brand new, state of the art 510-seater Lime Tree Theatre on both day.
Another 12 venues will be located in the Tara Building in MIC over the two days of the Fleadh.
The move to the city is seen as something of a trial run for Limerick’s stint as national city of culture in 2014, with the Fleadh Cheoil expected to form a part of the cultural programme for next year.
There will be a Farmers’ Market set up on the grounds of MIC for those that attend the music gala over the weekend.
The event runs from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday.