The sun shone on 8,500 participants who took part in the Great Limerick Run while a round of the Irish National Powerboat Championships also took place as well as a Giant BBQ and a spectacular fireworks display over the Shannon. Riverfest 2012 aimed to showcase all that is great about Limerick city, from the best resource of the river Shannon to the music, sporting, artistic and food communities.
Twenty one marching bands featuring musicians from across Ireland, Europe and the USA performed in Limerick for the 42nd International Band Championship in Limerick on Sunday, March 18th 2012. More than 1300 musicians took part in Ireland’s only international band competition which featured a world class judging panel and attracting 40,000 spectators on to the streets of the Treaty city as part of the 2012 Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival.
University of Limerick founding president, Dr Ed Walsh led more than 4,000 colourful participants in Limerick’s St Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal of what is believed to be the largest parade in the country. Gardai estimate 60,000 people lined the Limerick parade route. The theme of the 2012 Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade was ‘The World in Union’ which celebrated Limerick’s huge community base, its ethnicity and diversity.
Limerick’s majestic River Shannon was the setting for a spectacular water sports display as the 2011 European City of Sport celebrates Riverfest! Fashion Friday at the Milkmarket, BBQ competition, The Coronas at the Big Top and lots of river fun all played a part in celebrating Limerick for the festive weekend!
Clondalkin Youth Band were crowned 2011 Parade Champions at the Limerick International Band Parade and Competition 2011. Thousands of spectators lined the streets of the Treaty City to watch Ireland’s only international band competition which featured hundreds of musicians and a world class judging panel. The musical parade and competition, which is part of the Limerick St Patrick’s Festival, was led by The Irish Army Band, The Band of the First Southern Brigade .
Limerick celebrated its largest to date St Patrick’s Day Parade with over 4600 participants taking part in the colourful event as the city celebrated being crowned 2011 EU City of Sport. Gardai estimate that close to 70,000 spectators watched five of Limerick’s most popular and successful sporting heroes lead this year’s Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade including transatlantic rower Sean McGowan and Ireland and Munster rugby hero John Hayes.
Limerick has a beautiful location on one of Ireland’s most picturesque rivers, the River Shannon. The skyline of the city has been transformed in recent years with additions such as Ireland’s tallest hotel, The Clarion and the River Point development. This gallery contains some beautiful scenic images of the Limerick's skyline and River Shannon.
Roger Beck from Limerick’s Parkway Shopping Centre took the top honours at the Great Limerick BBQ, a day long amateur competition, traditionally the highlight of Riverfest weekend where dishes are judged on flavour, texture and presentation. Tony Connollys Menswear won the best dressed BBQ stand while the Most Entertaining participants were the colourful ”Lava Lads from Iceland” who drew a huge crowd to a lively George’s Quay where the BBQ was based.
Thousands of runners, visitors and tourists thronged Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the city’s Riverfest 2010. The city was a hive of activity as more than 6,000 runners took part in the Great Limerick Run, hundreds entered the Great Limerick BBQ competition and many visitors enjoyed the festivities of the four day event which showcased all that is great about Limerick city, from the best resource of the river Shannon to the music, sporting, artistic and food communities.
Thirty thousand spectators thronged the streets of Limerick as Mullingar Town Band swept the boards at the Limerick International Band Parade and Competition. Limerick City Brass and Reed won the most entertaining performance category while the Newcastle West and District Pipe Band won Best Local Band.
On Yer Bike! On Saturday 19th September, hundreds of families from all over Limerick joined Patrick Sarsfield (actor Mike Finn) for the 2009 Car Free Parade. Entertainment on the day included a spectacular action filled 1690 Battle Re-Enactment at Clancy’s Strand, a sword fencing demonstration, a military encampment display and street entertainment.
Thousands gathered on the banks of the river Shannon to view the exciting fireworks, gas jets and river flares which were a highlight of the four day Riverfest festival. All images in this gallery are compliments of Mike McCarthy, photographer and are available for purchase from www.pix-shop-ireland.com / email@example.com