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Limerick’s Saint Patrick’s Day goes virtual

People of Limerick at home and abroad are invited to ‘tune in to take part’ to a virtual Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival to celebrate our national day.

The online festival, beginning on March 13th, will host a range of online events featuring musicians, artists and creatives which will be free fun for all the family.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Councillor Michael Collins said: “Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Festival is always a special occasion and this year is no different, even though we are celebrating in a different way. It’s now more important than ever that we work to keep Limerick in the forefront of people’s minds.”

The headline event, Wild Atlantic Edge – Music, Conversations and Songs from Limerick City, in partnership with Dolans, will be a virtual musical celebration from Limerick featuring some of Ireland’s most celebrated musicians including Sharon Shannon, Hermitage Green, MuRli, Emma Langford and a host of surprise special guests.

Grammy Award winner Rhiannon Giddens will be the star attraction in the Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Fling in collaboration with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University Concert Hall and UL Global.

Limerick’s young musicians will also be showcasing their talents from the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sláinte Sing Along, the Irish Chamber Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and Music Generation Limerick City.

 “By using technology and creating online content, it is the best way of celebrating our national holiday this year, at home with family. We are placing our creatives and musicians at the heart of the programming, providing them with much needed support so they can do what they do best, create and inspire us while spreading happiness and joy,” Mayor Collins said.

This year’s Limerick St Patrick’s Festival will also host family workshops from Limerick’s Lumen Street Theatre and the Hunt Museum, and retrospectives on Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parades and International Band Championships gone by.

There will be an aerial performance from locally based Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre from the stunning backdrop of King John’s Castle, and a celebration with the Limerick Diaspora, linking up with our sister and twinned city around the world to bring a touch of home to those who cannot currently be in Limerick.

The virtual Saint Patrick’s Day events in Limerick

Dr. Pippa Little, Culture and Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Councilsaid: “The online programme celebrates Limerick, our artists, buildings and history. Much of it is brought to us by Limerick’s creatives; cultural organisations, artists and young people.”

“They continue to perform and create new work, and for the Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival this year we can all enjoy concerts and performances for young and old, from home,” Dr. Little said.

Keep up to date with the full festival line-up and access the virtual events on: Limerick.ie/StPatricksFestival and on social media, Facebook: Limerick St Patricks Festival Twitter: @LimerickStPats Instagram: @LimerickStPatricksFestival

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