Local Heroes group want city to champion July 4 celebration

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

LIMERICK should host the largest American Independence Day festival outside of the United States on the 4th of July - that’s one of the main proposals from a group describing themselves as “local heroes” who aim to create jobs and boost the vitality of Limerick.

LIMERICK should host the largest American Independence Day festival outside of the United States on the 4th of July - that’s one of the main proposals from a group describing themselves as “local heroes” who aim to create jobs and boost the vitality of Limerick.

Up to 400 people attended the last ‘Local Heroes’ summit in Thomond Park, which takes its lead from a similar initiative in Drogheda designed to revitalise the city in a number of ways.

The steering committee in Limerick have now put together working action groups for a number of core ideas believed to be achievable within the coming months.

“We have formed individual pillars or action groups namely tourism, retail, community spirit and finally enterprise, employment and education. An individual project manager for each of the four groups has been appointed and the public are invited to get involved with whichever group they believe most suits their interest and expertise,” explained Tony Frawley spokesperson for the group.

The first of these tourism meetings takes place in the Clarion Hotel this Thursday, March 1 at 8pm.

To date almost 200 tourism ideas were submitted and these have been categorised into festivals, sporting, maritime, transport and tours, among other areas.

Creative sporting ideas to attract school tours and UK soccer clubs for pre season training were outlined and an international craft centre in Castle and Nicolas Street was proposed. However, the group said that in order to take these ideas to the next stage local action heroes are required.

If you would like to be involved or have any ideas but cannot attend the meeting in the Clarion, the committee can be contacted via email tourism@limericklocalheroes.com, or see www.limericklocalheroes.com