The Treaty City Turns Green in Celebration

Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival is turning the Treaty City green – literally! Some of Limerick’s most iconic buildings will be glistening green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

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Publish Date: Monday 11th March 2013

- Limerick’s St Patrick's Festival is turning the Treaty City green – literally!

Some of Limerick’s most iconic buildings will be glistening green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Ireland’s tallest hotel, The Clarion; one of the most distinguished 18th century buildings in Limerick, The Hunt Museum and Adare Manor, named by travel experts Condé Naste as one of the world’s best hotels, will all get into the festive spirit and glow green on Sunday, 17th March 2013.

The three well known Limerick buildings will join many famous landmarks and iconic sites throughout the world also going green, including the Empire State Building in New York, the Sydney Opera House in Australia and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil.

The Clarion Hotel and The Hunt Museum were both illuminated emerald last year but this will be the first year Adare Manor ‘lights up’.

Along with the much loved Limerick buildings, the city’s streets will also be a sea of green with hundreds of St Patrick’s performing in the Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, 17th March at 12 noon.

Five community groups paired with local businesses will dress as St Patrick in an attempt to break the world record for the most Paddy’s in one place, led by Artistic Director, actor/writer Mike Finn.

"We have essentially created five community arts projects in Limerick City through our record breaking attempt, as each group made their own costumes and from locally sourced materials," explained Mr Finn.

Each group of 50 will also perform throughout the parade, led by local performers.

  • The Model School sponsored by Recycle Right will be led by Simon Thompson and will portray an exciting, comical theme

  • Scoil Carmel sponsored by Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre will join forces with Anne Blake from the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra to perform as a kazoo orchestra!

  • The aptly named St Patrick’s GAA Club sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre are teaming up with Pius McGrath to chase a giant snake down O’Connell Street!

  • St Mary’s Parish Community sponsored by Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival led by Myles Breen will be dancing to the theme of Learning and Fishing for Knowledge and

  • The Limerick College of Further Education, celebrating their 50th anniversary will also be rounding up some snakes led by stilt walker Gearoid O’Halloran!

Mr Finn said the world record attempt has remained a local effort throughout with three fashion students from Limerick School of Art and Design, Jennifer Byrne, Michelle Doyle and Asta Alminaite designing the costumes. "The Parade of Patrick’s adds a unique community dimension to this year’s festival with local participants, locally sourced materials and local designers," he added.

The current record is held by Kilrush, Co. Clare who gathered 207 St Patrick’s in 2011, but Limerick is hoping to smash that record.

The Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival also includes the 43rd International Band Championship when 21 bands featuring over 1,000 musicians from all over Ireland, the USA and Europe will compete to be crowned Overall Parade Champion on Monday, 18th March 2013 at 12 noon.

The Band Championship will start at the Crescent on O’Connell Avenue and end in Arthur’s Quay with a free concert for the public in Arthur’s Quay Park.

The Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade regularly attracts more than 70,000 spectators on to the streets of the Treaty City.

Highlights of the St Patrick’s Festival 2013 include:

  • The St. Patrick’s Day Parade with street entertainment and Limerick’s talented arts and community groups showcasing their talents with brightly coloured floats and entries led by our giant Grand Marshal, St Patrick

  • The Limerick Military will be led by the Colour Party down O’Connell Street past the Review Stand to Arthur’s Quay

  • Learn traditional Irish dancing at the Céili Mór with the world famous Kilfenora Céili Band at the Greenhills Hotel on Saturday, 16th March

  • Three Limerick landmarks are going green on St Patrick’s Day – The Hunt Museum, the Clarion Hotel and Adare Manor will all glow green in celebration on March 17th

  • Ireland’s largest tricolour will be carried by members from St Michael’s Rowing Club, our 2013 Flag Ambassadors

  • Watch Limerick City’s streets burst into life with the magical performance of ‘The Cockroach and the Inventor’ by Irish performers Macnas

  • More than 1000 musicians in 21 international bands will take part in the 2013 Limerick International Band Championship

  • A Parade of Patrick’s, participating in the parade are hoping to break the world record for the most St Patrick’s in one place

  • Limerickcity streets will be alive with traditional music with the popular city ‘trad trail’ of cosy musical pubs

  • Relax and enjoy the festivities post parade with free live music and finger food on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of March at the St. Patrick’s Festival Club at the Clarion, the Greenhills and the Limerick Strand Hotels

The Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival 2013 is run on behalf of the Limerick Communications Office by Futureama Productions and sponsored by Limerick City Council in conjunction with Shannon Development, Fáilte Ireland, Stryker, Limerick Regeneration, Analog, Limerick’s Live 95FM and McDonalds.

More details on the 2013 Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival including the International Band Championship can be found on www.limerick.ie/stpatricksfestival.

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For further media information, please contact Laura Ryan or Kelly Moran, Limerick Communications Office, 88 O’Connell Street, Limerick. 061-400010 / 086-6042544

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