PLANS for a large-scale event on New Year’s Eve in Limerick which could draw up to 20,000 people onto the streets have been lodged with Limerick City Council.
The event, which is set to kick off Limerick’s stint as national City of Culture in 2014, will feature a concert at Merchant’s Quay, a procession of people through the streets of the city and a massive fireworks display, if a licence is granted by the planning department in City Hall.
Specific details remained scarce at the time of going to press but the event organisers, Davis Events, are understood to have been involved in last year’s New Year’s Gathering event in Dublin and are expected to follow a similar model in Limerick.
It is understood also that RTE will broadcast the festivities live in tandem with those taking place in Dublin, to mark the opening of City of Culture.
The planning application says that “the events will be held in various locations in Limerick city, including a concert at Merchant’s Quay, a people’s procession and a fireworks display at King John’s Castle”.
The date of the proposed event is December 31, finishing at 1am on January 1 and the application says that it is “anticipated that the numbers attending the events will not exceed 20,000 at the New Year’s Eve event”.
It is understood from sources locally involved in organising the event that a number of high profile international, Irish and local acts have been signed up to play at the large concert in front of City Hall on Merchant’s Quay.
The event will follow the example set by Dublin’s New Year’s Gathering event last year, which featured Imelda May and Bell X1 as part of a ticketed concert on College Green, with various other activities for families and revellers alike taking place around the city centre, such as stilt walkers and a torch lit procession.
Detailed plans for the New Year’s Eve event in Limerick are expected to be unveiled when the programme for City of Culture is unveiled on November 4.
The year of culture was awarded a €6m budget from Government last week, some of which will go towards funding the New Year’s event.