BUSINESSES in Limerick experienced their busiest ever weekend in the city as Riverfest generated an income way beyond the €5.5m anticipated.
The 10th annual May Bank Holiday festival attracted record crowds of 80,000 for the four-day event, which wound down on Sunday with an open-air concert with Sharon Shannon and friends.
The festival included a mix of events, with teams flying in from the US and UK to participate alongside chef Clodagh McKenna in Ireland's biggest annual barbecue competition.
And 12,000 took to the streets for the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run.
Publican Donal Mulcahy of Nancy Blakes said: "Riverfest has really kicked off for the city and it can only get bigger. It was great for business and I met a number of small street vendors who said this will keep them in business for the year. It was that good."
CEO of the Limerick Marketing Company, which promotes the festival, Eoghan Prendergast said that this year's Riverfest was a watershed.
"We were expecting upwards of 50,000 people but the numbers attending went way beyond that, with an estimated 80,000 people."