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Sarsfield Day Weekend



Come and enjoy a whole festival weekend dedicated to Limerick’s hero Patrick Sarsfield  and the heroes of Limerick in 1690.   Michael “Galloping” Hogan, Ned of the Hills, Honora de Burke and the Marquis de Boisseleau  and 100 fully costumed Jacobean horsemen will  ride through the streets of Limerick, for the first time in over 320 years , in a festival pageant commemorating Sarsfield’s historical ride to Ballyneety in 1690, to intercept and blow up the Williamite munitions train, which ultimately helped defend the walled city of Limerick to repel William of Orange and lead to the Treaty of Limerick in 1691.

This will be followed by a Sound & Light show and a  spectacular fireworks display on the river in front of King Johns castle, to re-enact the massive explosion created at Ballyneety in August 1690, which was heard in the hills of Clare and further afar.

Be part of our city’s great historical and proud history.

 Sarsfield Day Weekend




Friday 8th August.

7.30pm     Official opening – Big Top,Milk Market, Limerick

8.00pm     HORSLIPS in Concert in the Milk Market, Limerick, in association with Dolans.

Saturday 9th August.

9.00am   Sarsfields Ride  (cycle tour) 135kms (85mls) – Start/Finish – King Johns Castle, Limerick. Top class cycle tour in conjunction with “Cycling Ireland” over the whole route of Sarsfields historic ride to Ballyneety in 1690 and continuing on to finish at King Johns Castle, Limerick. The route will travel through Counties Clare, Tipperary, Limerick, and finish at King John’s Castle, Limerick .
Click here for registration form and route map.

Sarsfield Day Weekend

Attend the Medieval Fayre on Saturday

1.00pm    Medieval Fayre at Arthurs Quay Riverside Park, Limerick Centre.

2.00pm   Battle re-enactments and Craft & Food Stalls @Medieval Fayre at Arthurs Quay park.

5.00pm   Return of Sarsfields Ride Cycle Tour to King Johns Castle, with music and celebrities.

9.00pm   100 fully costumed Jacobean horsemen including Sarsfield, Galloping Hogan, Boisseleau, Ned of the Hills, Honora de Burke  etc will ride out of King John’s castle over Thomond Bridge and down Clancys strand with a marching band,  followed by an enormous fireworks display and Sound & Light show on the riverfront.

Sunday 10th August.

1.00pm    Medieval Fayre with Battle Re-enactments at Arthurs Quay Park.

 2.00pm Sarsfields Relay Run, to connect the 5 medieval parishes of Limerick, where a woman representing each parish,will
carry a torch in a relay, to honour the brave women of Limerick, that defended the city against William of Orange.

2.oopm Tug of war ( between the 5 medieval parishes of Limerick), Falconry, Archery, Celebrities in the Stocks, Busking Competition ( Open to everybody) Pig Roast, BBQs, Kiddies entertainments, Crafts  & lots more.

5.30pm    Prize Giving – Arthurs Quay Park-  with music and celebrities.

They need volunteers for the horse parade so if you want to take part contact [email protected]

For more info visit

Photos by David Woodland l for 2014. All Rights Reserved.



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.