A WIDE variety of events are taking place in the city this weekend as part of Riverfest, which is expected to provide a timely economic boost for Limerick.
With thousands travelling to the city for the four day festival - plus the Great Limerick Run on Sunday - Limerick will be full to capacity this May Bank Holiday weekend.
The festival boasts fireworks, food, fashion, music, theatre and Powerboats on a packed agenda this year - and, with a survey indicating that last year’s Riverfest was worth some €3.54m to the city, it is much needed in economic terms.
At Limerick District Court this Monday morning, publicans were granted a city-wide bar exemption for the festival, allowing them to serve until 1.30am this Bank Holiday Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
Limerick FC and Munster both play at home this weekend - to Mervue Utd and Ulster respectively - while a stage of the Irish Powerboat Championships on Sunday will see high octane racing take place on the river in the afternoon.
The centre-piece of Riverfest is the Great Limerick BBQ, which draws hundreds of food lovers down to George’s Quay on Saturday to sample a variety of delicacies, while the continental market again returns to Michael Street for the four days of the festival, ensuring food lovers will be well catered for.
The Sawdoctors play in the Big Top on Friday night, while Orchard Theatre company host a 24 hour theatre challenge in St John’s Church on Friday and Saturday, and local choirs will also be performing around the George’s Quay and Michael Street areas on Saturday.
Fashionistas should head to Thomas Street on Friday at 1.30pm and 3.30pm where the city’s top fashion boutiques will be showcased at a free event in a covered dome on the pedestrianised street.
A huge outdoor fireworks display will mark Riverfest on Saturday around 9.30pm and Mayor Jim Long says the whole event will be “Ireland’s biggest party”.
Fashion Friday on Thomas Street, 1.30pm and 3.30pm
Continental Fair, Fri-Sun 10am-7pm, Mon 10am-3pm
Saw Doctors, Big Top, Friday 7.30pm
Great Limerick BBQ, Saturday, George’s Quay
Riverfest Raceday, Limerick Racecourse, Saturday 2.30pm
Currach Regatta, Saturday 3.30pm
Fireworks display, Saturday 9.30pm
Great Limerick Run, Sunday
Irish Powerboat Championships, Sunday afternoon