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Issue 1 March Edition 2010

Limerick’s Monthly Events The Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival is here once again and this year it is bigger and brighter than ever! T he Nat io na l L o tt e ry Skyfest, the 40th International Band Parade and Competition and the huge St. Patrick‟s Day parade offers fun for all the family and enjoyment for all ages. This year‟s parade theme of I Love Limerick encourages all participants to be creative about having pride in our city . We invite all visitors to our

city to join in with the people of Limerick in celebrating our St. Patrick‟s Festival. It is a showcase for our culture and our heritage but most of all it is a showcase for the best that Limerick has to offer. The Limerick St Patrick‟s Day Parade 2010 is set to be one of the biggest ever seen in the city. Crowds in excess of 60,000 are expected to line

the O‟Connell Street route to watch Ireland‟s second largest parade. We hope you enjoy it!


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National Lottery Skyfest Saturday March 13th Time: 6.30—8.30pm (Build up from 6pm) Live on RTE from 7pm Best viewing points: Clancy’s Strand, O’Callaghan’s Strand, Howley’s Quay, Arthur’s Key Park, Sarsfield Bridge. Limerick skies will come alive with a kaleidoscope of colour as they play host to this year‟s National Lottery Skyfest taking place on Saturday, 13th March, as part of the national St. Patrick‟s Festival celebrations. King John‟s Castle, situated at the heart of Limerick‟s medieval quarter and overlooking the River Shannon, will provide the backdrop to the spectacular show. The Treaty city‟s skyline and the magnificent Shannon river will offer an outstanding canvas for this fireworks extravaganza that is The National Lottery Skyfest, as part of the National St. Patrick Festival celebrations. Pre-show activity kicks off in the city from 6.00pm, where St. Patrick‟s Festival has programmed an exciting lead up to the event with on-street performers from Galway street theatre group Arcanna to wow the crowds before the main spectacle. Arcanna will treat the crowds to the ultimate outdoor production and will also open the 2010 National Lottery Skyfest in spectacular style. Ensuring those at home can share in the celebrations, the show will be broadcast live on RTE 1 on Saturday 13th from 7.30pm followed by a special

National Lottery Lotto draw live from Limerick City at 8.00pm. Yearlong dedication and planning is required to create and produce such a visual sensation. 1.5 tones of fireworks with over 1,500 shots will take

over 8 days to set up, resulting in explosive celebration. An estimated crowd of 60,000 are expected to view the show from Limerick City with a further 15,000 to enjoy the spectacle from outlying 2

areas. Internationally renowned and award-wining fireworks company, Pains Fireworks, has developed this unique show and promises a night time show to remember for the Shannon-side city. The National Lottery Skyfest pyrotechnic extravaganza will be set off to a carefully crafted soundtrack especially compiled for the event by RTE 2FM‟s Jenny Greene and coordinated to the fireworks display. ”It is amazing to be part of such a massive event. Mixing the soundtrack was great fun but adding fireworks into the mix brought its own challenges. Compiling an initial list of tracks I wanted to use then narrowing them down to what would work with fireworks was a whole different ball game. Thinking in colour was a new skill I had to pick up pretty quickly, but thankfully I think we pulled it off and hopefully the music will add an extra dimension to what promises to be a jaw dropping display,” said RTE 2FM presenter Jenny Greene. “ In addition to St. Patrick‟s Festival National Lottery Skyfest, Limerick will host its very own „I love Limerick‟ themed St Patrick‟s Day Parade on March 17th plus lots of events to mark our national day.

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40th Limerick International Band Competition “I Love Limerick”

Start Time: 12 noon Start Point: O’Connell Avenu End Point: Island Road

The 2010 Limerick St Patrick‟s Festival will celebrate everything that is great about the Treaty City with an I LOVE LIMERICK theme, it was announced today. Festival organisers are hoping that a spectacle of colour and sound will fill the streets of Limerick with a parade that celebrates all that the Riverside City has to offer. The theme of I Love Limerick can be interpreted in a number of ways, participants can decide to design a float/entry to show their pride in their home city, their school, business, sports club or community event so there is plenty of scope to be creative. All sporting, cultural, community, business and social organisations are invited to take part in the event which takes place on Tuesday, March 17th. To mark the occasion pupils from second class at St Patrick's Girls School on the Dublin Road created a giant green heart, which will be entered in this year's St Patrick's Day parade. The deadline for entry to the band competition and the St Patrick's Day parade is Friday, February 19. Schools, groups or companies that need help or inspiration in creating their parade entry can log onto for ideas.

This event has seen bands from all over Ireland as well as the UK, Germany, France and the United States take their place and show their style and their music prowess.

This year sees a milestone for Limerick City. For the past forty years Limerick has hosted the “International Band Parade and Competition” every year, which is Ireland‟s only international band competition.

Limerick has a great musical tradition and we hope to showcase this again with the 40th anniversary of the International Band Competition. Bands of all types, abilities and sizes are welcome to participate in this International event. Last year, over 30,000 people crowded into the city to watch the parade through the streets of Limerick.


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Rugby hero Keith Earls to lead Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Munster, Ireland and Lions rugby legend Keith Earls will lead the 2010 Limerick St Patrick‟s Day Parade as Grand Marshal. Speaking at the launch, Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Kiely, said he is thrilled that 22 year old rugby hero Keith Earls would lead the Limerick St Patrick‟s Day parade. “We‟re all very proud of Keith, he‟s a

fantastic ambassador for Limerick so he‟s a natural choice for our Grand Marshal” said Mayor Kiely. “I‟m delighted to launch the 2010 festival and what a festival we have this year! We are asking everyone to come out and support our Limerick parade; it‟s our national day after all and an opportunity for a fantastic family day out.” The festivities kick off on Saturday March 13th when the National Lottery Skyfest will light up the skies over Limerick with King John‟s Castle providing a stunning backdrop to this year‟s breathtaking fireworks display. Pre-show activity, provided by Shannon Development kicks off from 6pm and includes live bands, fire jugglers, painters and much more! The popular International Band Parade and Competition is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Marching bands from around Ireland, the USA,

Germany, Africa and Northern Ireland will join Limerick‟s finest to showcase their talents with adrenalin pumping music for all the family to enjoy! The Band Parade will start in O‟Connell Avenue and end in Arthur‟s Quay Park with a free concert to the public. The Limerick‟s St Patrick‟s Day Parade looks set to once again be the largest parade in the country outside of Dublin with a huge number of colourful entries for 2010. Highlights of the St Patrick‟s Day Parade 2010 include: Singing sensation and local schoolgirl Nastasia Vashko will entertain the crowds and proudly represent Limerick as the 2010 Junior Marshal Colourful entries from exciting 2010 Limerick events including The Great Limerick Run, The Special Olympics and the Pig n‟Porter festival Limerick Military Entry led by the 12th Infantry Batallion from Sarsfield

Barracks down the traditional route of O‟Connell Street past the Review Stand to Merchant‟s Quay Limerick‟s talented skateboarders will perform for spectators Ireland‟s largest tricolour will be carried by the girls from Scoil Carmel, our 2010 Flag Ambassadors The Irish Chamber Orchestra based at the University of Limerick will also take part in the parade as will the Expressive Arts Theatre Group, the Limerick Polish School, the Munster Indian Cultural Association and many other sporting, cultural, community, business and social organisations who will give the parade a great splash of colour. The Limerick St Patrick‟s Festival 2010 is generously sponsored by Limerick City Council in conjunction with the Limerick Co-Ordination Office, Shannon Development, Stryker and Limerick‟s Live 95FM.

Attend the other wonderful events in Limerick Limerick Musical Society Present: Fiddler on the Roof

11th –13th March @8pm

University Concert Hall

Seachtain Na Gaeilge

5th - 7th March

Various City Centre Locations

The Sharon Shannon Big Band With Jerry 12th March @ 8pm Fish and Carol Keogh

Dolans Warehouse 4

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