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Application reveals details of Royal de Luxe’s Giant Limerick show

The Giant's Journey: the French pageantry company Royal de Luxe are bringing their 9m tall Giant to Limerick for City of Culture in September, an event that has required a huge amount of logistical planning

The Giant's Journey: the French pageantry company Royal de Luxe are bringing their 9m tall Giant to Limerick for City of Culture in September, an event that has required a huge amount of logistical planning

  • by Alan Owens
 

AN application for an event licence for the Royal de Luxe street show The Giant’s Journey, expected to draw upwards of 200,000 people into the city over three days in September, has been filed by City of Culture.

The application, seen by the Limerick Leader, reveals the extent of the journey the 9m tall ‘Giant’ will go on.

Starting at Colbert Station on Friday, September 5, the Giant “will walk through and be transported on a wheelchair through the streets of Limerick”, calling to Arthur’s Quay Park, the Lee Estate, Thomond Park - and “sleeping” overnight in both Sarsfield Barracks and Shelbourne Park.

The event will commence at 9am each day and finish at 10.30pm, with spectators encouraged to watch the Giant sleeping until the site closes.

It will depart by boat from Limerick on the Sunday evening.

City of Culture has applied for the licence from Limerick City and County Council under the Planning and Development Act 2000 and the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 for the three day event.

The extensive plans detail the routes the Giant will take over the three days, and are available for view at from Limerick City and County Council.

“What is extremely important to the City of Culture team is that we maintain a good working relationship with city centre traders during the lead up and delivery of the event,” explained Paul Foley, senior member of the City of Culture team, who has been seconded from City Hall to work on the project.

“To this end, we have had preliminary discussions with the Chamber and City Business Association. Over the coming days, we will be hosting consultation clinics for city centre businesses. They will be advertised through leaflet drops and social media.

“The first clinic is in the Railway Hotel, for the traders in the streets in that part of the city on Friday afternoon.”

Mr Foley said that the reaction from city traders and retailers has been “positive”.

“They are very welcome to it and very positive about it and basically, the overall objective is to showcase Limerick as a location that can host and deliver events of an international standing, to a high cultural quality,” he said.

A statutory services working group has been established fin recent months and discussions have been ongoing with Gardai, the local authority and emergency services, he explained, all of which have been “very positive”.

“The application has been lodged so we will await the outcome. In the meantime we will continue to advance the event, subject to licence,” added Mr Foley.

It is expected that wires will have to be removed from O’Connell Street, but these specific decisions will be subject to conditions included on the licence.

The giant spectacle is shaping up to be simply unparalleled by anything that has ever been seen in Limerick – or even Ireland – before.

The Giant’s Journey will encompass 72 hours of free entertainment; an original tale, developed and specially scripted for the city - to an expected audience in excess of 200,000 people.

The company is only taking the street procession to Nantes, Liverpool and Limerick this year. The whole production is expected to cost in the region of €1m.

 

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