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Limerick City of Culture: Stand Out Summer Events

Limerick City of Culture is a hive of events in Ireland for 2014. We check out what’s hot for the summer.

What do the River Shannon and Limerick City of Culture have in common? They're both in full flow. Here, we cherry-pick the events you won’t want to miss from May to September.

Limerick, they say, is a lady. This elegant town on the Shannon River is home to the newly renovated King John’s Castle, a beautiful array of art and antiquities at the Hunt museum and the foodie hub, the Milk Market boasts tasty treats in abundance. Speaking of tasty treats, the Irish Coffee was born on a stormy night in Foynes, just 30 minutes from here. The Flying Boat Museum there tells that story and more.

Oh, and in case you hadn’t heard Limerick is currently wearing the crown of Ireland’s first ever City of Culture.

Should you still need convincing that NOW is the time to visit Limerick, we’ve cherry picked some of the tip-top cultural events happening there from May to September.


Still Current (27 May): Dancers of international renown, a choreographer who trained at the Royal Ballet, and a lighting designer worth his weight in awards: this is dancing as art. Music wise, expect new scores and Eric Satie works while the dancing will consist of new works from the prolific film-score composer, Armand Amar. 

Culture and Chips (29 May – 2 June): A celebration of the humble chip in a 1920s Spiegletent is the type of festival that doesn’t come along too often. Expect music from Jerry Fish and the Electric Slideshow, and a Culinary Carnival and Banquet where locally sourced grub is matched with craft beers and wines. Yum.


Bianco (14-22 June): Forget all you know about the circus: NoFit State Circus has changed everything. Presented under the vaulted folds of a big top tent, the BIANCO show is an explosion of circus skills. Think swinging trapeze, cloudswing, aerial straps and all sorts of eye-watering acrobatics.

A Bill Whelan Gala Celebration (21 June): Question: What do you get when you cross a Riverdance composer, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Limerick’s University Concert Hall? Answer: a night of musical memories that will last you a lifetime.


Sense and Sensibility (20 July): Thanks to the timeless genius of Jane Austen and the folks at Chapter House Theatre company, you have the chance to witness something unique: a performance of Sense and Sensibility in an 800-year-old castle (King John’s).


The Elemental Arts and Culture Festival (12-14 September): If you’re missing the imagination you had as a child, here’s where to find it again. Elemental’s otherworldly creations are delightfully dream-like and will be coming to you throughout Limerick city via the mediums of visual art, dance, theatre, literature and more.

Culture Night (19 September): Museums, galleries, historic houses and many more cultural curiosities open their doors after hours and into the night for one night only. Expect free entry, a surprise or two and an entirely different way of seeing a city.

Limerick Jazz Festival (25-28 September): Limerick, they say, is a lady. And she likes music. Limerick Jazz Festival is a smoothly seductive musical moment during the year of culture that pops up in venues all over the city thanks to the Limerick Jazz Society.

New to Limerick city? Here’s what you’ve been missing, and you can get a taste of summer in the city right here.

Rugby fan? The World Club Rugby 7s will be rolling into the city this 9-10 August and the Munster stadium, Thomond Park, will be a venue.

About the author

Raised in the Wicklow countryside, David is country through and through. He loves reading, especially Sebastian Barry and Roddy Doyle, and cooking (burning?) up a storm in the kitchen. You might find him bouncing around a tennis court on weekends before retiring to a quiet pub with friends for a long lazy afternoon. David writes about sport, food and nature and is fascinated by the Titanic. Favourite Walk:The Lambe Hill (for thinking) and Beal Ban beach in Ballyferriter (for romancing).

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