Thousands flock to Limerick to enjoy Riverfest 2010

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Monday, May 3rd 2010 

Thousands flock to Limerick to enjoy Riverfest 2010

Thousands of runners, visitors and tourists thronged Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the city’s Riverfest which ends today, Monday, May 3rd.

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. 

A host of river boats including gondolas, currachs and angling cots participated in the Limerick River Regatta with traditional angling cot racing between Limerick’s Thomond and Sarsfield Bridges. 

On Saturday, May 1st, 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, also from Limerick 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.

The popular Continental market was again a big hit in Limerick featuring delectable treats and produce from France,Spain, Holland, the UK, Greece and Germany. It was complemented by the best of Irish organic food provided by Limerick’s own local traders.

Arthur’s Quay Park played host to jazz band Idol Bones while The Irish Chamber Orchestra and the CBS Pipe Band entertained in the People’s Park and breakdancers, Barry Burke and the “Limrock cru” performed on Bedford Row. There was also live music all weekend at George’s Quay and art exhibitions and open art studios at various venues throughout the city.

Limerick's Cornstore Restaurant was the stylish venue for a packed Riverfest fashion show where some of the city's top fashion houses showcased their stunning new collections.

The top 12 crews in the country took part in The  2010 Coonagh Currach Regatta; the overall winners of the Limerick/Clare league main race were the Limerick crew from Coonagh and current league champions: Michael Grimes, Robert Kenny and Tom Davis.

The winners of the Open Race were The Maherees Crew who also won the Ladies Race.

More than 150 participants entered the Junior Fishing Competition which was won by Stephen O’Donnell while Michael Lysaght won the Senior Event.

Festival organiser, Fran O’Donnell said Riverfest 2010 was a great party weekend:

“We were delighted with the success of the BBQ this year, we had a huge turnout from the public and all the participants made a fantastic effort with their stands and cooked some really wonderful food. It was such a success; we already have taken entries for next year’s event! It was a very busy weekend in Limerick with thousands of people in the city so the market traders did brisk business. There was a great atmosphere too and I think everyone- particularly visitors to Limerick- really enjoyed themselves.”

Riverfest is run by Futureama Productions on behalf of the Limerick Co-Ordination Office and is supported by Limerick City Council, Limerick’s Live 95FM, The Locke Bar, Musgraves Food Services and Shannon Development.

For full details visit http://www.limerickcoordination.ie/

ENDS

For further information, please contact: Laura Ryan, Communications Executive, Limerick Co-Ordination Office, 50 O’Connell Street Limerick 061-400010/086-6042544

Last update:04/05/2010

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