Tuesday 20 March 2018

Oh granny, what big eyes you have... giant for Limerick

The giant is coming to Limerick
The giant is coming to Limerick

Kathryn Hayes

A 30 FOOT 'Giant' has arrived in Limerick ahead of next month's City of Culture event which is set to attract up to 100,000 people to the city.

The giant Grandmother is part of the Royal de Luxe street theatre performance in what has been billed as the highlight of the year- long programme of events.

Thousands of people from across the country will line the streets of Limerick from Friday September 5 to Sunday 7, the biggest event in the city since the Pope visited in 1979. The crowds will follow the Giant's progress across the city each day, visiting some well-known landmarks and also those less well known.

Over the three days much of the city centre will be pedestrianised so that spectators can enjoy the family friendly free event.

The action kicks off when the Grandmother arrives by train on Friday morning and begins her 19km three day exploration of the city.

Over the following two days she will call to Sarsfield Barracks, the Lee Estate and Shelbourne Park - among many other locations - before departing by boat from Limerick Docks.

There will be a troupe of Lilliputians, dressed in velour-velvet uniform, guiding the 85-year-old Granny through many of Limerick's streets.

And behind the Giant and her little helpers, a live band will perform an official Royal de Luxe score for the duration of the street performance.

To mark the arrival of the monstrous marionette the Limerick Craft Hub has opened its doors to the public to come and knit a row in Grandma's scarf.

The first stitch was cast by the textile craft makers and the wool and needles will be at the ready for people to knit from 10am until 5.30pm Monday to Friday in the Craft Class area of the Limerick Craft Hub.

Irish Independent

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