LIMERICK’S main street will be transformed into a sea of colour this Friday evening to mark the opening of the country’s premier underage hurling and camogie festival.
Feile na nGael 2013 will see up to 4,000 juvenile players battle it out for honours in hurling camoige and handball from July 5-7.
And the festival will start out with a colour parade from the Gaelic Grounds along the Ennis Road to a review stand at O’Connell Street.
Traffic diversions will be in place this Friday as up to 5,000 people parade the streets in their club colours. The GAA stars of the future are being put up over the weekend by host families all over Limerick city and county.
Welcoming all guests to the city, Mayor Kathleen Leddin said:“Limerick is one of Ireland’s strongest sporting cities and we have proved that with our outstanding performance in the Munster senior hurling championship to date.
“I am most looking forward to welcoming the visiting teams to our city for what is shaping up to be an exciting, fun-filled weekend.”
Under-14 teams from around 150 hurling and camogie clubs, as well as 60 handball clubs, are to descend on the city for this weekend’s festival.
It all kicks off with the parade, with all 32 counties – as well as representatives of London GAA clubs – to pound the pavement. They will be led out by five marching bands including the famous Artane Boys Band on a route that will also include Mallow Street, Pery Square, Hartstonge Street, Barrrington Street and Catherine Place.
The parade is due to begin at 7.30pm on Friday evening and Limerick City Council is advising motorists of a number of road closures on the northside and in the city centre.
O’Connell Street will be closed as far as the junction with Mallow Street in and around the time of the parade.
For more details and a full list of fixtures, visit www.feilelimerick2013.com.