FROM Irish dance, music, literature and sport, the University of Limerick is preparing to host up to 1,000 participants across a range of activities for the Tailteann Nua festival this weekend.
Organised as a key event in the Limerick Gathering calendar by Campus Life Services in the University, the festival will run until Monday, with organisers believing it could grow into a major weekend for Limerick.
The festival will welcome Irish dancers, musicians, writers, ladies footballers and visitors from worldwide for a weekend of Irish culture and fun.
The programme features set dancing, step dancing, music, writers workshops and readings, genealogy, storytelling and more and all events are open to the public.
Supported by Fáilte Ireland, the festival has attracted bookings from overseas visitors, including a Canadian contingent of 70 strong Irish dancers and a number of competitors from the UK, France and Spain.
Daily set dancing and sean nos workshops with tutors Pat O’Dea and Mairead Casey will take place over the weekend with classes available for beginners, families and advanced dancers.
The Abbey Ceili Band and Kilfenora Ceili Band will perform this Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Limerick band Hermitage Green are also to perform on Saturday night.
A wide variety of other events will take place over the weekend, launched by special guest Mary Kennedy Presenter of RTE’s Nationwide on Friday.
In a first for Limerick, the festival’s ‘Limerick Slam’ competition will take place this Saturday with a top prize of €1,000 and historian Matthew Potter will launch his book The Curious Story of the Limerick.
For full details and a programme go to www.limerickgatheringfest.com.