THE city’s first ever ‘Feet on the Street’ festival drew a large crowd out onto O’Connell Street amidst the many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations taking place last week.
The festival, held on Saturday and featuring bands Na Fianna, local rockers Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters and Evonne McCarthy and the McDeadlys, was the brainchild of the St. Patrick’s Day festival committee and HMV Cruises Street, and was in fact the third live music event organised by retail giant HMV in conjunction with city officials over the last year, with one more to come for Riverfest.
Despite the rain, a large crowd was in attendance for the event, designed with the specific intention of bringing people into the city and a stage was erected in front of Penneys on O’Connell Street, with live music and Irish dancing entertaining the masses.
Chris Keena, store manager of HMV, said he was “delighted” with the success of the event.
“It was a really impressive set-up coupled with the fact that we could take over half a street on O’Connell Street on a busy Saturday afternoon,” said Chris.
“As retailers I believe we should give something back to the city and events like this encourage people to come into the city and create a bustling city centre. We’re currently in the process of sourcing bands for a big open-air concert in Arthurs Quay Park for Riverfest over the May Bank Holiday weekend, which will be our biggest event yet.”
The prospect of a big name Irish band to headline that event for Riverfest looms large on the horizon, and Laura Ryan of the Limerick Communications Office, said she was “looking forward to working with HMV” for the showcase event for Riverfest in May.
“We’re very happy with the 2011 Limerick St Patrick’s Festival and the Feet on the Street event, which went down very well, despite the rain,” explained Laura.
“There’s nothing like having live music to brighten up on a Saturday afternoon in the city centre and there was a great atmosphere around Limerick for the entire St Patrick’s weekend between the various parades, the Feet on the Street and the Mayhem at the Milk Market event.
“We’re looking forward to working with HMV for our big showcase event for Riverfest, we’re already in full planning mode for that festival and of course, we’ll be joined by thousands of runners who will be in Limerick for the Great Limerick Run. I can tell you as well as a big live music event for Riverfest we will also have a bbq competition, fireworks, a huge fashion event celebrating Limerick city style and lots of fun on the River so full details will be announced very soon.”