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Let’s Paint Limerick Purple this weekend

Paint Limerick Purple Weekend was promoted by: David Fitzgerald – Milk Market, Michael McMahon – Mother Macs, Majella O Brien – Limerick CC, Liam Dwane – Brown Thomas, Mick Dolan – Dolans, Garda Luke Conlon , Mayor James Collins, Garda Fiona McGrath, Stephen O Connor – Strand Hotel, Fiona Kilderry – King Johns Castle, Dylan Naughton – The Old Quarter, Mike Roche – The Boutique and James McMahon – Mother Macs pictured at the Strand Hotel. Picture: Brian Arthur.

Let’s Paint Limerick Purple this weekend

Let’s Paint Limerick Purple: Celebrates the first anniversary of the city receiving the Purple Flag, publicans, restaurateurs and others involved in the evening and night-time economy are being requested to go purple this weekend.

Friday, 19 October to Sunday, 21 October would see businesses, local authorities and the Gardaí promoting the purple flag.

The flag promotes to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of the city centre between the hours of 5 pm and 5 am.

The Purple Flag district in Limerick is centered at the Market Quarter and extends from Thomond Bridge to Shannon Bridge on both sides of the river and from Barrington Street and Parnell Street to King’s Island. 

The Purple Flag is an accreditation process similar to the Green Flag award for parks and the Blue Flag for beaches.  It leads to Purple Flag status for town and city centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy. 

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins said: “Limerick has made significant progress in the past number of years and the Purple Flag is a great opportunity to work together for the future promotion and betterment of Limerick city.”

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Mayor James Collins, Fiona Kilderry – King Johns Castle, Garda Luke Conlon, Garda Fiona McGrath and Mick Dolan of Dolans pictured at the Strand Hotel promoting ‘Purple Flag Weekend’. Picture: Brian Arthur.

The flag is also recognised internationally and is the ‘Gold Standard’ for evening and night-time destinations.

To achieve the flag, towns and cities must prove themselves in 30 criteria that are all relevant to the evening and night time economy.  The Purple Flag is a positive initiative that indicates an entertaining, diverse, well-managed area that leads to an enjoyable night out.

Superintendent Derek Smart from Henry Street Garda Station said: “An Garda Siochana look forward to continuing our support with the upcoming Purple Flag Weekend. It is about people being able to enjoy themselves in a safe and inviting environment that we want to encourage.”

Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment, and culture while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and local residents.

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Paint Limerick Purple

Paint Limerick Purple

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.