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Wednesday 12th - Sunday 16th September
Newcastle West, County Limerick
Newcastle West is shaping up to be the place to be this September. Despite the weather, the town is making final preparations for their end of summer highlight, The Knights of Westfest Festival.
The festival opens on Wednesday 12th September with a Fashion/Business Showcase in The Courtenay Lodge Hotel, with exhibitions from local restaurants, businesses and boutiques etc. Hosted by I love Limerick’s very own Rich Anthon; a complimentary drinks reception will be included.
The music acts begin on Thursday 13th Sept with one of Ireland’s leading cover bands Bluemoose who take to the Main Stage in The Square.
On Friday 14th, the ten participants in the revived Knights of Desmond contest will be interviewed on stage by Hector O’hEochagain, followed by a performance from Fastest Accordion Player Michael O’Brien & band.
The party continues on Saturday 15th with popular Galway band, The Saw Doctors who will be headlining this year's Knights of Westfest powered by the song-writing partnership of Leo Moran (guitar) and Davy Carton (vocals).
They have captivated audiences from Galway’s Volvo Ocean race to numerous venues during their tour of the USA. Their performance will be guaranteed to bring an electric atmosphere to the town and beyond on the night.
An Artisan Food Fair called Taste of Westfest has been added to the 5 day musical extravaganza on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September. Showcasing an extensive range of mouth-watering West Limerick produce, visitors will be able to meet first class artisan producers and see well known chefs demonstrate their culinary skills whilst sharing their expertise.
Ross Lewis from Ireland’s best restaurant, Chapter One, will head the chef line up. The Michelin Star Chef will be joined by Newcastle West native, Tom Flavin, who is the Executive Chef in the Strand Hotel in Limerick.
A Family Fun Day will kick off at the GAA grounds from 2pm on Sunday 16th with Bouncy Castles, Fun Races for Kids and Adults. Some new features to the festival will be a Teddy Bears Picnic and a Reptile Zoo.
Sunday also sees the return of the All Ireland Donkey Derby that attracted a crowd of over 5,000 last year. Richie Kavanagh, Irelands’ No.1 Comedy Singer and Songwriter will launch this year’s Donkey Derby which will be held in The Coursing Field on the Demesne Grounds and will entertain the crowd with many of his hit singles including 'Aon Focal Eile' & 'Mickey’s Buckin Ass'.
And if that isn’t enough, on Sunday evening after the announcement of 'The Knight of Desmond', Newcastle West is delighted to welcome for the first time the extremely talented group The High Kings to provide very entertaining foot-tapping rousing ballads which will be followed by a fireworks display to wrap up the weekend.
Admission: Adults & Teens of €5, under 12s €3 while toddlers will be free. For this patrons will receive a wristband which will gain them access to 5 days entertainment over the festival. Wristbands will be on sale at various points around the town before the event and over the course of the weekend.
Let Limerick Surprise You…The friendliness of the people, the vibrancy of the riverside City, the sporting passion, the history, the rural majesty of County Limerick – come and see it for yourself…
For Limerick City Council website please visit www.limerickcity.ie