Publish Date: Tuesday 14th March 2017
- Limerick gears up for St Patrick’s Festival 2017
A German band which has entertained millions of people around the world in places like the Great Wall of China, New York, Table Top Mountain in South Africa and a royal performance in Swaziland will compete in this year’s Limerick International Band Championship.
Trommlerkorps ‘Gut Klang’ was founded by a group of miners in Dortmund, Germany in 1919 and will be performing in Limerick for the very first time in the 47th running of the Limerick International Band Championship on Sunday 19 March 2017.
This bring to 18 the number of bands marching in Limerick this year, joining Band No 1 Brigade, Banna Chluain Meala, Clonmel, Blackforest Band, Clondalkin Youth Band, Dr. O'Hurley Pipe Band, Cashel, Dungloe Marching Band, Friendship Band, Killorglin & District Pipe Band, Mullingar Town Band, The Illinois State University and Yorkshire Band.
Limerick as always will be well represented by Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band, CBS Pipe Band, City of Limerick Pipe Band, Newcastle West & District Pipe Band, Redemptorists Centre of Music Concert Band and St. Mary's Prize Band.
The bands will be hoping to impress the judges with their skills and win the Kenneally Jewellers Perpetual Trophy for Best Overall Band.
Bands will be allowed to perform at the reviewing stand for three minutes and will be judged by an international panel of judges.
The winners will be announced at Arthur’s Quay Park following the marching. There are awards in several categories: Best International Band; Best Youth Band; Best Local Band; Best Musical Performance; Best Uniform; Most Entertaining Performance; Special Judges Award; Mayor’s Prize; Special Commendation Prizes (awarded at the judges’ discretion and Overall Winner - All Ireland International Band.
The Band Championship is just one of a number of events taking place in Limerick over the St Patrick’s Festival.
Large crowds are expects to line the streets of the city on St Patrick’s Day for the annual parade. Community groups and sporting clubs are busy putting the finishing touches to their entries for the parade, which this year has ‘‘Our Stories – this is where we belong’, as its theme.
14-year-old Luke Culhane is this year’s Grand Marshal.
Around 4,000 participants will march down O’Connell Street, making it the largest regional parade in the country.
Award winning street performing groups Lumen, Luxe and Artastic have joined forces ith various groups throughout the city to create a series of colourful and fun entries.
The St Patrick’s Day parade begins on O’Connell Avenue, at Wolfe Tone Street Junction at 12 noon on Friday 17th March, while the 47th International Band Championship begins at 12 noon from Pery Square on Sunday 19th March 2017.
Grooveyard is producing this year’s parade and championship on behalf of Limerick City and County Council. Limerick St Patrick’s Festival is kindly sponsored by Analog Devices, Mr Binman, Maldron Hotel and Limerick’s Live95fm.
Local pride will be in evidence as community groups march across Limerick with parades taking place right around the county on St Patrick’s Day.
Newcastle West parade is back on starting at 3.00pm starting from the Community Centre in the Demesne.
The other county parades are:
- Abbeyfeale gets underway at 4.00pm from Mountmahon Industrial Estate
- Askeaton starts at 2.00pm from Askeaton Church
- Ballylanders begins are 3.00pm from Tonedale Bedding complex
- Bruff starts at 2.30pm from Main Street
- Castleconnell begins at 12.00pm from Castle Oaks House Hotel
- Herbertstown gets underway at 11.30am from Herbertstown Community Field
- Kilfinane gets underway at 1.00pm from McCarthy's Yard
- Kilmallock begins at 1.00pm from Kilmallock Church
- Rathkeale starts at 12.00pm from Tadhg O'Connor Furniture, New Line Road
Other events taking place as part of Limerick St Patrick’s Festival 2017 are gigs by Aslan, Anuna and the Kilfenora Ceili Band, Horse racing and greyhound racing, St Patrick’s Day Unlocked, adventure sports on the River Shannon, a Trad Trail, and Festival Carriage.
For more information about Limerick St Patrick’s Festival visit www.limerick.ie/stpatricksfestival.