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Rathkeale Welcomes All to the Start of the Greenway with a Community Funday



Greenway Community Funday – Rathkeale’s Augustinian Abbey and surrounding park, the location for the Greenway Community Funday

Rathkeale Welcomes All to the Start of the Greenway with a Community Funday

Greenway Community Funday

Greenway Community Funday sign on the N21 road outside Rathkeale.

Team Rathkeale, the Rathkeale Community Council and many community volunteers are inviting Limerick residents and visitors to their Greenway Community Funday on Sunday, September 5 between 2 and 6 pm. The free celebration in the park next to the historic Augustinian Abbey will feature music, food, games, competitions, spot prizes as well as a market. Proceeds will be donated to the Butterfly Club, a charity for children with special needs.





The Reverend Canon Patrick Comerford, Father Robbie Coffey, and Reverend Ruth Watt will bless the festival and its attendees with an Ecumenical Service at 7 pm on Saturday the 4th in the Abbey grounds. Space may be limited due to Covid restrictions.

“The Funday is Rathkeale’s way of welcoming visitors to the start of the Limerick Greenway and thanking neighbouring residents for their support,” said Derek Downes, Chairperson of the Team Rathkeale business group. “We enjoy seeing all the new faces, even when they wear masks.”

Greenway Community Funday day games will include a giant dart board, a tug of war with Ireland’s strongest man, kids five-a-side soccer and penalty competition, a Football Legends Showcase featuring “The Orchard vs The Park”, a Wheel of Fortune, a Princess of Desmond competition, Angel Card Reading, face painting and spot prizes. The BBQ and snack stands are hosted by O’Sullivan’s Bar and Downe’s Eurospar Supermarket. The Bloomers food van will serve sandwiches, beverages, and ice cream.

Sponsoring organisations include Adare Walks, Bloomers Food Van, Celia & Jeff Fruit & Veg, Community Charity Shop, Deel Bakery at Downe’s Eurospar, Eamonn Baggot’s Handmade Crafts, Garda Community Beat Team, Luma Frames, Mrs Pebbles Personalised Pebble Artwork, Pedal Pursuits Bike Hire, Sheila Fitz Angel Card Readings, Triona Doody Beauty, TUC Tuc Van, and Val Foley Arts. Stands are free however vendors are asked to contribute to the Butterfly Club charity.

“Rathkeale continues to better itself,” said David Lamont, a champion for rejuvenation and member of Rathkeale Community Council. “Over 15 businesses have upgraded during the pandemic, the town has fibre broadband, and we will soon be at the corner of the Foynes to Limerick motorway, making it faster to get to and from Limerick City or to work remotely in a rural environment.”

For more information about the Rathkeale Greenway Community Funday, to request a stand, to pre-enter a competition or request an invitation to the Ecumenical Service, contact Derek Downes at (085) 812 5700 or email [email protected] 

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