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Virtual Riverfest to take place this May Bank Holiday weekend

Virtual Riverfest has been announced by Limerick City and County Council.

Virtual Riverfest to take place this May Bank Holiday weekend

Limerick City and County Council has announced that a virtual Riverfest will take place this May Bank Holiday weekend featuring live music, food, fashion, and a flavour of Limerick’s favourite festival.

Last year more than 120,000 people enjoyed Limerick’s biggest annual event which happens every May on the banks of the Shannon, but in the interests of public health, Riverfest 2020 will not take place due to Covid 19.





However, a flavour of the event will be broadcast this weekend on Riverfest social media channels to ensure that Limerick audiences get to enjoy what is traditionally the most popular weekend of the year.

LIVE MUSIC – In association with Dolan’s Limerick, Hermitage Green will play a FREE special live concert from the Warehouse this Saturday night May 2nd at 9pm. The gig will be broadcast live on Riverfest Limerick’s Facebook page.  The band will be adhering to public health social distancing guidelines.

FOOD –Straight from the frontline, Limerick’s firefighting chef, Paul Knapp will cook up some sizzling bbq recipes for the Bank Holiday weekend. The firefighter and TV presenter will provide inspiration for family friendly food to enjoy in the garden.  Learn how to make a delicious Riverfest salad by chef Ciara Brennan and while you are watching all the fun online, why not register for the 2021 BBQ on

FASHION – Limerick’s queen of style, Celia Holman Lee will showcase a series of looks from Limerick’s retailers showing that during lockdown, you can still purchase from your favourite stores.

A lookback at previous Riverfest events and some memorable moments are also planned for #VirtualRiverfestLimerick which will feature across Riverfest Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from Friday 01 May-Sunday 03 May.

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Barry and Dan Murphy, Hermitage Green headlining Riverfest 2017 on stage at King Johns Castle. Picture Sean Curtin True Media.

Mayor of the city and county of Limerick, Cllr Michael Sheahan said that Riverfest Limerick has already established itself as the country’s go-to destination for festival followers for the May Bank Holiday weekend, so it makes sense that Limerick still mark it this year.

“What I love about Riverfest is that it’s usually a wonderful start to the summer festival season and brings a new energy to our beautiful city with thousands of people coming together in the spirit of celebration and fun. While we’re unable to celebrate together this year, and that is disappointing, it is still a bank holiday weekend and we can still enjoy ourselves virtually while staying apart. I want to say thank you to Mick Dolan and his team for enabling the live concert with Hermitage Green on Saturday night to take place while ensuring that public health guidelines are followed and well done to our other contributors for ensuring that Limerick will still celebrate in some way this weekend.”

The Festivals and Events team at Limerick City and County Council had originally postponed Riverfest 2020 with the view to possibly rescheduling the event later in the year depending on public health advice.

Director of Service, Gordon Daly, said a decision has now been taken that the next Riverfest in Limerick will take place in May 2021.

“We are still hopeful that later on in the year, a series of creative animations and events can take place in Limerick, we will make these decisions based on the most up-to-date public health advice from the Department of Health.  Our overriding desire has to be the collective health of the people of Limerick and visitors to Limerick and not putting them at unnecessary risk. The Council’s Covid 19 Crisis Management Team is keeping the holding of public events under constant review and we continue to abide by Government advice on this issue.”

Cognisant of the economic impact of the cancellation of events this year, Limerick City and County Council has also opened applications for Riverfest 2021.

Those who wish to participate in the 2021 Riverfest BBQ can download an application form here

Those wishing to trade in the Riverfest village can apply here


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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.