Limerick's Tiger TomCat festival roars on bank holiday weekend

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Limerick's Tiger TomCat festival roars on bank holiday weekend

Chloe and Aimee Kate Griffin, with Jacko the Clown, alongside Zoe and Ruby McGuire from Raheen try out this chair in Thomas Street for size Picture: Gareth Williams

AS the sun beat down on the city over the weekend, Thomas Street and its surrounds were turned into a theme park, with sensational sights, supreme sounds, and amazing activities.

It was all part of the Tiger beer-sponsored TomCat street festival, which returned to Limerick for the fourth year in its current guise.

A multi-coloured snake sat proudly at the O’Connell Street junction with Thomas Street, setting the tone for a dozens of activities taking place on the pedestrianised thoroughfare.

A dance floor was set up outside the Still House pub, where Baz Bourke and his LimRockers gave a demonstration of hip-hop dancing.

Mickey Mouse mingled with children, while the ‘Marie Antoinette’ cut-out dolls provided chuckles among the adults.

Leon Anderson contributed to the Saturday with a street magic show, while Jerry Flannery’s Bar in Catherine Street showcased some short films.

Mickey Martin’s pub held a soccer tournament on a specially constructed turf in Augustinian Lane, and there was live music in many of the other pubs on the pedestrianised Thomas Street.

But the highlight for the proprietor of this pub – and festival organiser Deirdre Martin – was when Hungarian pianist David Szabo tinkled the ivories outside Kleiser’s music shop.

“We are thrilled and delighted. We were a bit worried that the forecast was so good that people would head to the coast for the weekend. But there is a lovely crowd around a time, and a fantastic atmosphere. This is exactly what we are trying to achieve with TomCat.”

Enjoying the sights and sounds was Richard Smith, Old Cork Road.

He said: “It is great to see the city buzzing on a Saturday. All those who headed off to Kilkee and Ballybunion missed a great day”.

Meanwhile, a young lady had her first taste of business.

Fourteen-year-old Eva O’Connor, Thomondgate, picked up on the idea of Spiralaytos – spiralised, fried potatoes – while away on holiday in Germany. Alongside her father Brian, she set up a stall, and did a roaring trade by all accounts! 

More pictures from the festival can beenseen on page 19, City Edition