River Shannon centre stage Riverfest ’17

River Shannon centre stage Riverfest ’17

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Photo: Sean Curtin

Ireland’s majestic River Shannon will take centre stage for the May Bank Holiday weekend for RIVERFEST 2017.

Thousands of visitors are set to attend Riverfest, Ireland’s first major festival of the summer with Limerick becoming a mecca for families, foodies, runners and watersport enthusiasts over the May Bank Holiday weekend (28th April to 1st May).

Some of the world’s best jetboarders including Scott Knemeyer, Bo Krook and Irish champion wakeboarder David O Caoimh will perform as part of the Maldron Hotel Riverfest on the Shannon.

Members of the public brave enough will get the chance to fly over Ireland’s longest river on a Zipline, daily at Arthur’s Quay, where the Riverfestival Village will be a focal point for all the family with vintage amusements for children along with craft, food and retail stalls.

Photo: Sean Curtin

Ireland’s larget BBQ cook-off also dons its chef’s hat to the river and moves onto the boardwalk at Harvey’s Quay, providing a beautiful backdrop for one of Riverfest’s favourite events.

Exciting and skilful displays by Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, the Defence Forces, Foynes Yacht Club, Limerick’s numerous rowing clubs and yachting and sailability groups will mean all eyes will be firmly focused on the water.

Clancy’s Strand and Honan’s Quay will be the best viewing points on Sunday evening as acrobatic jetboarders and jetskiers will perform with LED lights and flares to make the traditionally spectacular fireworks display the best ever.

Riverfest weekend will also see thousands of runners and walkers come to the city to participate in the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run which takes in many of the historical and scenic sights across Limerick, on Sunday 30th April.

The run features entries from all across Ireland and overseas with participants entertained by various musical acts along the route of the marathon, half marathon and 6 mile events.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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