Liveable Limerick Christmas dash to be held in the city centre

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

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AHEAD of the festive lights being switched on this Sunday afternoon, a ‘Christmas dash’ will be held in Limerick city centre.

Organised by Liveable Limerick, the event will raise funds for homelessness charities Novas and the Peter McVerry Trust, and it will also demonstrate how the city streets can play host not just to cars but to fun participation events.

As a result of the turning on of the Christmas lights by cervical check campaigner Vicky Phelan, Annacotty, O’Connell Street will be closed to traffic from lunchtime.

A running track of 100m will be laid on the street, and a wide range of races and participants are planned, including a parent and toddler race, races for youngsters and those young at heart seniors, a Mr and Mrs Claus race, a wheelchair dash and a Christmas jumper sack race for students of Limerick’s second and third level schools and colleges .

John Moran, who chairs Liveable Limerick, said: “We strongly believe that our public realm which includes our streets too belongs to all. It should and can host more varied and fun events which the public will actively support. This was demonstrated last year for the lighting up ceremony and by the success of our own StreetFeast over the summer on Catherine Street.”

“Now is the time to come out yet again to continue to change minds about new roles our streets can play in our rapidly evolving city.  Only with everyone’s participation do we earn the right to demand even more each year.  As an added bonus, your participation will generate much needed funds for two great organisations working hard especially this Christmas period.”

A nominal​ donation of just €2 will be requested to take part in the events, with all proceeds split between Novas and the Fr Peter McVerry Trust.

Registration will take place from 11am at the offices of Novas, at 87 O’Connell Street, and #liveablelimerick volunteers will be available on the day for queries.

Places are limited so early registration is recommended. 

A number of leading businesses are also helping to organise and sponsor individual races.  But all help is welcomed even on the day to make this event a success. 

For further information on the event please check out www.liveablelimerick.com or send an email to xmasdash@liveablelimerick.com.

Or give Novas a call at (061) 370 325.

Alternatively, you can simply turn up on the day, and get involved!