Limerick amps up the atmosphere this summer with a host of cultural events that cement its status as the first Irish City of Culture
The Milk Market
Limerick makes the most of the natural larder on its doorstep, and there’s nowhere better to experience this than at the historic Milk Market. While it’s open throughout the year, the market really comes into its own in summer, as locals banter over breads, and bask in one of the most enjoyable indoor/outdoor spaces in the city.
It’s urban, it’s summery, it’s local and it’s not to be missed.
The River Shannon Project
A play. On a boat. On a river. It’s not every day you come across a project like this, but as the first Irish City of Culture, Limerick is edging out with innovative arts experiences that really shake things up. Designed to encourage people to “engage with the river in a completely new and different way”, the River Shannon Project is scheduled for August 1.
The project will use real-life testimonies, an original score, film, live music and audience participation to create a unique and memorable play. Just another night at the theatre? Definitely not.
Part of Limerick’s appeal comes from the vibrant, vivacious characters that make the city so unique. To really uncover what makes this midwestern gem tick, get stuck into a summer festival, when the city comes out to enjoy itself with long balmy days by the river.
Riverfest (2-5 May) is one of the best, with a food festival, music and fashion events, a massive BBQ competition and a great atmosphere both on and off the water. Summer fun, sorted.
Make a Move Festival
Urban culture revs up a gear with the Make a Move festival as part of the City of Culture programme. And if you’ve got teens in tow, then this is perfect. With dance, music and street art, Limerick is going hip hop for four days in July (25-28), with street events and music and street art workshops.
There’s a Teenage Tackie Jam, gigs, graffiti exhibitions, a street Block Party and an All Styles Dance Battle. Get your dance on.
A River Cruise
Limerick is cocooned by the kind of countryside that is tailor-made for lazy, balmy summer days. Take Lough Derg, for starters. The largest of the River Shannon’s three lakes, it’s a stone’s throw from Limerick city, and is scattered with beautiful, quiet and magical islands.
Just 20 minutes outside the city in the village of Killaloe, you can jump on a cruise through the Shannon and Lough Derg, and before you know it you’re into a pleasure land of twinkling waters, carefree villages and rich wildlife.
If you like your food accompanied by a beautiful riverside view, then you’ve come to the right city. The Pavilion is one of the city’s hottest places to eat, with a great location in the University of Limerick’s North Campus on the banks of the Shannon.
In summer, grab a seat on the veranda where a BBQ menu is the perfect accompaniment to the long bright evenings. The French Table on Steamboat Quay serves acclaimed French fare in a great location, while the award-winning Locke Bar is the riverside pub of choice.