WATCH: Limerick parties as over 120,000 enjoy Riverfest celebrations

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WATCH: Limerick parties as over 120,000 enjoy Riverfest celebrations

Much of the Riverfest fun was centered around Arthur's Quay Park. Here, Zoe May McCarthy and Damien McCarthy, Killaloe are enjoying themselves PICTURE: SEAN CURTIN/TRUEMEDIA

MORE than 120,000 people were in the city over the Bank Holiday weekend, in a move which has brought an estimated €7m into the local economy.

Bright sunshine and warm weather, especially on Sunday, made Limerick the destination to go to this weekend, as the landmark 15th Riverfest celebration took place.

The water-based activities saw huge numbers enjoying the popular double zip line across the River Shannon while zorbing, kayaking, dragon boating and a social swim had many getting a different perspective of the great river.

High above the river, aerial performers Fidget Feet brought the world of the Shannon Fishermen to life with amazing displays of aerial acrobatics, while mermaids riding seas horses also enthralled the crowds during the festival.

A spectacular light show by Fidget Feet on Sunday evening heralded the start of the now traditional Riverfest Fireworks extravaganza. Thousands lined the quays and strands around Limerick to catch a glimpse of the 20 minute show as the skies were lit up in what has become a firm favourite of Riverfest weekend.

Riverfest Limerick 2019 from Limerick.ie on Vimeo.

Earlier on Sunday there were fireworks of a different kind as up to 14,000 people took part in the Regeneron Great Limerick Run – which itself is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The marathon, half marathon and six mile distances were covered by the athletes through the city’s streets.

One of the most popular attractions at the festival was the LE Eithne naval vessel where thousands of people enjoyed a tour of the Irish ship.  For many it was the first time behind the walls of Limerick Docks and, with thanks to Shannon Foynes Port Company, gave them a glimpse into the operations of a working port, as well as pretending to be a member of the Irish Naval Service.

The boardwalk on Howley’s Quay was the location for the now traditional BBQ on Saturday, with companies and charities from across Limerick and Mid-West cooking up a storm for the hungry spectators. 

The overall winners of the barbecue contest were the Carriage House Pirates from Adare Manor. They were joined in the winners enclosure by Sexton’s Bar and Pizza and Southill Drama Group.

As always the Riverfestival Village centred in Arthur’s Quay Park and stretched this year along the river to the Hunt Museum and on to the Potato Market.

Tens of thousands enjoyed the entertainment, fun and shows including a 40ft Panoramic Wheel, carnival rides and music.  This year a chillout zone was set up in the Hunt Museum for those who wanted to unwind but still enjoy Riverfest and was supported by the Limerick Autism Group.

Mayor James Collins said: “Riverfest showcases Limerick to its fullest and best. There was such a fantastic atmosphere around the city with everyone enjoying themselves.  From the Riverfestival Village to Fidget Feet high above the River Shannon and the water enthusiasts there was just so much happening and plenty of free activities and events to keep all ages happy.”

Arts officer Sheila Deegan added: “It’s so rewarding to have had many clubs and associations bring their unique offering to the festival this year using the platform of Limerick’s biggest festival to celebrate our maritime heritage.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Incredible weekend in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LimerickCity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LimerickCity</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverfestLmk?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RiverfestLmk</a> showcasing the very best of our beautiful city! I can’t pick a highlight, so here are some snaps from my weekend! Good food, good friends, lots to do and see &amp; an epic venue on the banks of the Shannon! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/thatslimerickcity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#thatslimerickcity</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/br%C3%B3d?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#bród</a> <a href="https://t.co/cobQjApCpa">pic.twitter.com/cobQjApCpa</a></p>&mdash; Louise Cantillon (@LaoisDeCantalun) <a href="https://twitter.com/LaoisDeCantalun/status/1125459785288224768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 6, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What a way to finish day 3 at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiverfestLimerick?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RiverfestLimerick</a>! Thanks to @fidgetfeetaerialdanc and of course to the people of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Limerick?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Limerick</a> for lining the streets tonight! Join us tomorrow for day 4 of Riverfest!<br> <a href="https://twitter.com/WeAreTrueMedia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@wearetruemedia</a> <br>.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/riverfestlimerick?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#riverfestlimerick</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/riverfest?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#riverfest</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/limerick?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#limerick</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/likerickcity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#likerickcity</a> <a href="https://t.co/PX8eMnAwJF">pic.twitter.com/PX8eMnAwJF</a></p>&mdash; Riverfest (@RiverfestLmk) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverfestLmk/status/1125162215135490048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 5, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">That’s a wrap on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiverfestLimerick?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RiverfestLimerick</a> 2019! THANK YOU to the people of Limerick and beyond for helping us celebrate our city and making this our biggest and best year yet. See you next year! <br> <a href="https://twitter.com/WeAreTrueMedia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@wearetruemedia</a> <a href="https://t.co/xwhx101kQD">pic.twitter.com/xwhx101kQD</a></p>&mdash; Riverfest (@RiverfestLmk) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverfestLmk/status/1125461225800859648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 6, 2019</a></blockquote>
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