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Pedal Power Heritage Tours part of Heritage Week

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Pedal Power Heritage Tours part of Heritage Week.
Bernadette Kiely, Limerick Pipe Organ Festival, Organist and Choir Director St John’s Cathedral; Peter Barley, Limerick Pipe Organ Festival,  Organist and Choir Director St Mary’s Cathedral; Canon Wulfran Lebocq, Sacred Heart Church, Limerick; Bishop Kenneth Kearon, Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick & Killaloe; Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick; Kieran Lehane, Director of Services, Limerick City and County Council; Canon Donough O’Malley, Chancellor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Limerick; Fr Leo McDonnell, St John’s Cathedral. Picture repro free, Limerick City and County Council.

Limerick Smarter Travel and Limerick Pipe Organ Festival have joined forces to create the Pedal PowerHeritage Tours.  This event forms part of the Heritage Week celebrations taking place between August 20-28 with over 1,800 events, large and small, planned across the country.

Launch of Pedal Power Heritage Tours at St Mary’s Cathedral Front row (left to right):  -    Canon Wulfran Lebocq, Sacred Heart Church,  -    Mayor Kieran O'Hanlon,  Mayor of the City and County of Limerick -    Bishop Kenneth Kearon, Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick & Killaloe  -    Noreen Ellerker, St Mary's Cathedral Middle row:  -    Bernadette Kiely, Limerick Pipe Organ Festival, Organist and Choir Director St John's Cathedral -    Peter Barley, Limerick Pipe Organ Festival,  Organist and Choir Director St Mary's Cathedral -    Fr. Leo McDonnell, St John's Cathedral Back row:  -    Lise-Ann Sheahan, Limerick Smarter Travel  -    Canon Donough O'Malley, Chancellor of the RC Diocese of Limerick -    Kieran Lehane, Director of Services, Limerick City and County Council

Launch of Pedal Power Heritage Tours at St Mary’s Cathedral. Picture repro free – Limerick City and County Council.

Adding to this rich mix is Pedal Power family-friendly heritage tours with a difference.  They will allow you to experience the power of the organs, hear long-lost stories from local people at each historic place, and see the city like you’ve possibly never seen it before.


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Follow the historic trail of churches and cathedrals around Limerick on foot, by bike or shared travel.  The routes have been planned so you can use the city bikes and pedal your way from venue to venue.  Individuals with reduced mobility are welcome; contact the organisers for further information.  Admission is free, however, booking is essential.

Peter Barley, Organist at Saint Mary’s Cathedral and Committee Member with Limerick Pipe Organ Festival commented: “We hope to see as many people as possible out and about enjoyed a fun-filled Pedal Power heritage tours which will showcase eight historic cathedrals and churches.”

“At each historic place hear the organs play and listen to hidden tales from passionate local custodians.  The Pedal Power heritage tours will be followed by ice-cream in much loved historic Limerick locations,” he added.

Miriam O’Donoghue, Project Manager with Limerick Smarter Travel highlighted the importance of choice of travel to the overall experience of this event.

“Heritage Week celebrates Ireland’s built, natural and cultural heritage.  This year we have collaborated with the team from the Limerick Pipe Organ Festival to create a family-friendly event with a difference.  Walk, cycle or share your travel to get the most out of this unique tour.  Limerick Smarter Travel is delighted to be involved with the event, which promotes cycling as a mode of transport.”

visit the Limerick Smarter Travel website for more information.
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