Saturday 17 February 2018

The heat is on as festival season gets under way

Models at the launch of Riverfest, which kicks off in Limerick this weekend
Models at the launch of Riverfest, which kicks off in Limerick this weekend
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

Festival season starts this weekend with forecasters promising mostly dry weather.

While we may not enjoy the warm sunshine of the Easter bank holiday, temperatures will reach highs of 16C tomorrow.

However, there will be cloudy spells and the risk of rain, particularly in western areas.

More than 50,000 revellers are expected to descend upon the City of Culture for Limerick's 10th annual 'Riverfest'.

The city will also host a barbeque cook-off and the spectacular annual firework display takes place on the banks of the River Shannon tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in honour of the Giro d'Italia's arrival in Dublin next weekend, the city council announced details of a festival to celebrate the event.


The free cycling-themed cultural entertainment will kick off this weekend, and 'Blink' – a cycling themed musical installation – will be held in St Anne's Park, Raheny.

The music festival season kicked off with Vantastival, which began last night in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Billed as a family friendly camping event, the best of Irish talent take to six stages over the weekend. They include firm favourites John Spillane and Hothouse Flowers, who are amongst the 70 acts billed.

Cork will this weekend host the 60th annual International Choral Festival, and more than 5,000 voices will bring the banks of the River Lee alive.

Choirs from all over the world will headline gala concerts, including the Grammy-Award winning group 'The King's Singers'.

The west is set to turn into a foodie's paradise as the ninth annual Connemara Mussel Festival takes place, showcasing the best of Irish seafood including the now world famous mussel's from local Killary harbour.

Sheep races, sheep sales and a Brazilian-style lamb barbeque are the highlights of the social calendar in Co Roscommon at the seventh annual 'Roscommon Lamb Festival'.

The family-friendly event kicked off on Wednesday and runs until Monday, hosting a variety of entertainment, including a famers' market with artisan food stalls, and it promises to celebrate 'food, farming, heritage and craft'.

The 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania will take place next week, and the coastal community in Cobh, Co Cork, will commemorate the tragedy on Monday.

Irish Independent

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