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First Limerick Garden Festival will celebrate Limerick’s passion for gardening

The launch of the Limerick Garden Festival at the Milk Market with representatives from Limerick city & county council, Limerick Milk Market, Gardening businesses and enthusiasts.

First Limerick Garden Festival will celebrate Limerick’s passion for gardening

Limerick has a long history and a great passion for gardens and gardening. A stand-out historical example in the city is, of course, William Roche’s Hanging Garden built in 1808. Today, gardening is equally very much loved in Limerick with garden groups thriving all over the city and county and amazing visitor gardens open to the public.

In appreciation of this great passion, a new festival is going to be held this year as a stand-alone event at the Milk Market in the heart of Limerick City Centre. Limerick Garden Festival taking place on Sunday, June 17, and will feature an impressive plant, garden & food market with over 50 traders from all over Ireland. The festival will also hold talks by garden experts and many opportunities for gardeners, their families, and friends to enjoy and experience all things gardening from ornamental to organic gardening. 




Chairman of the Limerick Market Trustees, Cllr. Jerry O’Dea said “The Milk Market stands for exceptional food and healthy living being a community gathering place with a strong reputation for quality produce. Combining health & hobby as core elements, what better new key festival to include on our calendar of events but a Garden Festival.” He continued by saying that “much appreciated support for the festival is already coming from local traders including our festival partners Limerick Strand Hotel and Limerick City & County Council.”

Limerick Garden Festival

Sowing the Seed of the new Limerick Garden Festival to be held at the Milk Market on 17th June 2018 were, Carmen Cronin, Limerick Garden Festival, Deputy Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Marian Hurley and Chairman of Limerick Market Trustees Cllr. Jerry O’Dea.

Welcoming the festival, Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Councillor Marian Hurley said “A festival connecting to the roots of our people and relevant for both city and county is always welcome in Limerick. At the same time, the festival will be the first true city garden festival in Ireland taking place on the street and in the much-loved Milk Market adding to its flair and interest. I am delighted to wish Limerick Garden Festival great success for 2018 and for many years to come.”

The 2018 festival theme is ‘UR Garden’ and will combine Urban and Rural Gardening, aiming to welcome gardeners from all over Limerick city & county and beyond. It will be a platform for horticultural education, community engagement, specialist trade, and innovation as well as tradition and conservation in the horticultural and gardening sector.

Festival manager Carmen Cronin said “Due to its central location, great reputation, and experienced staff, the Milk Market is a fantastic venue for a Garden Festival. I am thrilled to have been asked to take the lead and delighted to offer my expertise and hard work to build this new garden festival from the ground up. Already nearly 20 traders whom I am working with in other locations including many from Limerick have confirmed that they will be joining us on the day. Combined with our expert talks and demonstrations, visitors can expect an action-packed, great gardener’s day out in mid-June.”

Limerick Garden Festival will be held on Sunday, June 17 at the Milk Market, Limerick. The festival aims to serve the entire gardening community and their families and friends by offering a specialist garden fair and fun & educational entertainment in a horticultural manner creating a great family day out.


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.