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20 May 2022

Louise Loves: West Limerick Food Series announces SpringFest

Louise Loves:  West Limerick Food Series announces  SpringFest

Olive Sheehan of the West Limerick Food Series and Owner of Platform 22 at the Barnagh Greenway Hub

PARTICIPANTS of the West Limerick Food Series have announced that the inaugural family-friendly Limerick Spring Fest will take place on Wednesday April 6 from 1 – 6pm at the Barnagh Greenway Hub outside Newcastle West.

The festival is a collaboration of local chefs, artisan producers and food enthusiasts and the culmination of the second phase of the  West  Limerick  Food Series - a comprehensive networking and training programme designed to inspire and develop the food sector and food tourism industry by fostering collaboration between businesses in the region. 
Barnagh is part of the Limerick Greenway, a 40km-long walking and cycling route which opened last summer and which connects Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale along the former Limerick to Kerry railway line.
Entry to Limerick SpringFest is free of charge and tickets can be booked in advance online via Eventbrite. From 1.00pm to 6.00pm there will be a street food market and craft fair showcasing the best of West Limerick food, drinks, and hospitality offerings available in the area.
There will also be a seanchaí telling the terrifying tale of Spiorad Na mBarna along with cookery demonstrations by some of the region’s top chefs - namely Mike Tweedie (of the Michelin-starred The Oak Room at Adare Manor, and 1826 Adare’s Wade Murphy) - guest speakers, and craft making sessions throughout the afternoon.

The confirmed line-up for the Limerick SpringFest includes:
2pm: Michelle Dirks Guest speaker, "Food and herbs and medicine" 
2.30pm: Mike Tweedie The Oak Room, Adare Manor Food Demo
3pm: Caoimhin Brosnan Guest speaker, "Honey bee democracy" 
3.30pm: Wade Murphy Chef Patron, 1826 Adare Food Demo, Limerick wild mushrooms                  on sourdough toast with soft Croom free range egg
4pm: Jim MacNamara Guest speaker, "Spirit of the woods" 
4.30pm: David O Gorman & Tom Flavin Cooking Demonstration, McMahons Wagyu Beef, Ballyhoura Mushrooms, Pandy                                                                                          
As day moves into evening, from 5pm onwards Platform 22 (the restaurant at Barnagh Greenway Hub) will play host to a ticketed event (€50 per person), where some of West Limerick’s best chefs will be cooking and serving a range of snacks (called Cúrsaí) that showcase the region’s produce.
Commenting on the launch of the inaugural Limerick SpringFest, Owner of Platform 22 an participant of the West Limerick Food Series, Olive Sheehan said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the West Limerick Food Series showcase, West Limerick has so much to offer, just  look at the line up.’’

Florence and the Machine Announce Dance Fever Arena Tour!
A very exciting week in news for Florence and the Machine fans, me included.
She is set to visit Dublin’s 3Arena on November 30, 2022. Plus her new album Dance Fever drops on May 13th.
After her short run of intimate UK shows sold out within minutes of going on sale this week, Florence + the Machine has announced her album tour for November which will take place in the UK, France, and Ireland. Florence + the Machine announced her 5th studio album Dance Fever last week with her new single ‘My Love’ . Produced by Florence Welch, Jack Antonoff and Dave Bayley, Dance Fever is the album that brings back the very best of Florence and is released on May 13th on Polydor Records.
Florence + The Machine come to Dublin’s 3Arena on November 30, 2022, with tickets from €65.60, including booking fee, going on sale at 9am this Friday March 25.

TO DO
Stitch ’n Bitch
WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH @ 7PM – 9PM
The Sisters Social - Westbury Shopping Centre, Corbally.
All levels are welcome to join from beginner to advanced.
There is no cost involved.
Knitting | Crocheting | Cross Stitch | Needle work
Simply bring along needles and yarn!

TO LISTEN
IT’S JUST CAT – IT'S NOT A VIBE
Electro –pop bliss!
A vibey one for the summer playlist with an added splash of sass in the form of the coolest drag queens you have seen!

TO SEE
ROBERT GRACE AT DOLANS
Friday March 25
A pandemic success story!
Shooting to fame on TikTok in 2020, Robert Grace now stands alongside Dermot Kennedy and Niall Horan as only the third Irish male solo act to have a top 20 hit in his native country last year. RG is one to watch and a Dolans gig not to be missed!

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