THERE are plenty of events taking place across Limerick city and county this weekend as the summer season begins in earnest.
Limerick city will come alive to the sound of more than 200 choristers from across Ireland and the UK who will be attending the inaugural Limerick Sings International Choral Festival.
While the main events will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral and the University Concert Hall, many of the visitors will be performing informally at churches and venues across the city throughout the weekend.
“We are so looking forward to welcoming old friends and new this weekend for the inaugural occasion of Limerick Sings International Choral Festival 2013. The programme of entertainment is an exciting collaboration ranging from opera, chamber music, gospel and folk to contemporary music,” said Dolores Hanly, festival coordinator.
Meanwhile, the inaugural TomCat Street Festival also takes place in the city centre this weekend with a number of free events taking place at venues in the Thomas Street and Catherine Street areas.
The aim of the festival is to have a broad and inclusive range of events including vibrant representation of performance, music, dance, DJs, installation artwork, photography, craft work and workshops, film fiestas and conceptual works.
“The TomCat Street Festival is designed as an opportunity for all to investigate, participate and question their street but most importantly to experience a range of diverse events that redefine this city centre space for a summer’s weekend,” said Deirdre Martin, one of the organisers.
For those who are looking to dine out in style over the Bank Holiday weekend, Love Gourmet week 2013 begins on Saturday.
This year, almost 20 restaurants across the city and county are offering special gourmet menus between June 1 and June 9. (See www.lovegourmetweek.com)
In County Limerick, the biggest festival taking place this weekend is the Foynes Irish Coffee Festival, which begins on Friday.
A variety of events for people of all ages will take place in the village across the weekend culminating in the selection of the “Powers Irish Coffee-making Champion” on Sunday night.
The naval vessel, the LE Ciara, will be docked in the port throughout the weekend and will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
For petrol-heads and motoring enthusiasts, the Circuit of Munster Rally promises to be one of the highlights of the weekend.
Organised by Limerick Motor Club, the rally takes place on Sunday afternoon and is expected to attract competitors from every county in Ireland and from Britain.
Six of the nine stages will take place across West Limerick while the rally will end in style at Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell.
Limerick County Council says there will be a number of road closures on Sunday to facilitate the rally, which is round three of the West Coast Championship.
(See www.lcc.ie for details of road closures and times).
Elsewhere, a number of charity events will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The fifth Galtee Challenge for MS Limerick takes place on Saturday, June 1 at Galtymore near Mitchelstown.
The leisurely walk, suitable for all ages and abilities, starts at 11am and finishes at around 2.30pm.
Kelly’s bar in Doon is providing a barbecue from 7pm where a raffle of spot prizes takes place.
Also on Saturday, a charity cycle in memory of Ciara McCarthy and in aid of Cliona’s Foundation leaves the community centre in Boher at 7pm.
On Sunday, Murroe-Boher Camogie Club will hold a coffee morning in aid of Feile at the community centre beginning at 10.30am.
This will be followed by the annual Boher fun day which takes place at the GAA pitch, Beary’s Cross, from 2pm.