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  • Goldie fish
    I know one of the team was formerly in the Navy,but does that make it a Navy team?
    Niamh was not there when I looked in earlier this morning,by the way.

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  • Cosantor
    There been a skydiving team for a while, its called "The Black Nights", as they wear black jumpsuits.
    I believe its made up mostly of instructors from An Para-Chumann Mileata (PCM).

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  • Goldie fish
    At 5pm the Irish Navy are giving a Skydiving Display in true action movie style into the river between Thomond Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge.

    River fun, carnival, song, food and welcome

    by Marie Hobbins
    LIMERICK is all set to host a programme of colourful events to mark the city’s participation in the National Day of Welcomes to mark the accession into the European Union on Saturday, May 1 of 10 new member States.

    A special carnival style parade will introduce a dramatic touch of Slovenia with which Limerick city has been twinned.

    Limerick Youth Theatre (LYT) have been rehearsing for weeks now with the Umbrella Project and the visiting Slovenian theatre company, Serpentes in the Procession of the Welcomes.

    The LYT members have also been rehearsing with Tembre de Carteret which specialises in creative, choral singing.

    "Taking as our cue the traditional Mayday or Bealtaine celebration of the beginning of Summer, we have spent the past month working on an 800 year old song, Sumer is icumen in and to master this song with its beautiful medieval harmonies , we have created our own choreography and are looking forward to filling the streets with music, colour and a carnival-style parade,” Miriam Lohan of the LYT told the Limerick Post.`

    River fun for all the family this weekend!

    THIS special bank holiday weekend will also feature the RiverFest which will feature a host of activities planned around the river on Saturday. Between 11am and 3pm the University of Limerick Activity Centre will present a Kayak Freestyle demonstration at the Curraghower Falls with a prizegiving following in the Curraghower Bar.

    "Between 11am and 4pm there is a junior trout fishing competition on the Corbally side of the canal alongside St.Mary’s Rugby Club. 300 trout are there for the taking and up to 200 children can enter, just show up with your equipment on the day. "There will be prizegiving that evening for the largest and the most fish caught, " a spokesprson for the organising committee explained.

    "At 2.30pm you can expect a wooden boat race and then at 3.30pm a fantastic display from ULAC as four Dragon Boats each holding 15-16 people in costume with drums and flags race against each other from Sarsfield Bridge to Thomond Bridge.

    At 4.30pm there will be a boat convoy and parade of boats of all types on the river from the Hunt Museum to Harvey’s Quay and back around.”

    At 5pm the Irish Navy are giving a Skydiving Display in true action movie style into the river between Thomond Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge.

    Throughout the day an international barbecue will be held on George’s Quay, the French Market will be located on Charlotte’s Quay at Bank Place and there will be free concerts in King John’s Castle.

    It should be a weekend to remember in the city!

    Food guide authors in Milk market

    THE official launch of the River Fest will take place at the Milk Market at 6.30pm in a specially constructed marquee in the market square and the fun and special offers roll over into the Saturday trading.

    Everyone is invited this Friday evening to the Milk Market, located off Ellen Street, from 5pm

    Authors of the famous Bridgestone Irish Food Guide, John and Sally McKenna have just confirmed that they will be attending the evening Milk Market on Friday from 5pm to 10pm.

    With the new edition of their comprehensive guide nearly complete Sally McKenna said she was delighted to accept the invitation from the Milk Market Trustees.

    Speaking to Mark Pinsent, organiser of the evening Milk Market she said: "We have been to the Milk Market before but are taking this opportunity to meet traders and sample some of their fabulous fresh organic produce with a view to including the very best in our new guide”.

    The attendance of John and Sally McKenna is a real coup for the evening Milk Market and is testament to the quality and variety of produce that is on sale there every week.

    On Friday, April 30, many traders will provide special offers and there will be lots of fun and entertainment provided by the Umbrella Project. Fine Wines are sponsoring an excellent wine sampling event for the evening and the Mid West Spina Bifida Association will be having a collection and public support would be very much appreciated.
    Limerick Post

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  • Goldie fish
    Limerick welcomes Slovenia

    The World is One Country
    European Fair & BBQ Cook-Off
    George's Quay
    11.30am - 6pm
    Roll up! Roll Up! And enjoy all the fun of this unique multi-cultural Fair and Cook-Off! The Irish BBQ Association with the Irish Peace Institute and Doras Luimni will host a one day cook-off giving us an opportunity to taste and enjoy foods cooked by many countries, over a slow-cooking bbq, as well as a chance to sample the diversity of cultures, music and dress. This will be a family day of fire, food and fun. You can also browse stalls featuring information and crafts from Slovenia or if you're planning a holiday - visit the Slovenian Tourist stand! For the technology minded there's an E-week stand to advise on connecting to Europe. Limerick's own Boher Bouy Band will provide music for fun also.

    French Market
    Arthur's Quay Park
    12.30 - 6pm
    Experience a taste of France! Come and visit Arthur's Quay Park where a typical French market will set out its stalls for the day, filling the area with delicious Gallic aromas, tastes and atmosphere.

    City Hall, Merchant's Quay
    12pm - 6pm
    Limerick Radio Club (the oldest Radio Club in the country founded in 1946) will be contacting their fellow operators and radio 'hams' in Slovenia and the EU. Come along and have a go.

    Celebrate the Music - Join the Fun
    King John's Castle
    Free concerts from 4pm include:
    The Riverside Swing Band (Ireland)
    They look like magicians, or chess players - but once you hear their Big Band sound you know they are musicians! Enjoy the music and songs of the Swing Era and a big band afternoon!

    Lyric FM presents
    Classical Graffiti
    Any show by Graffiti Classics will leave you with a smile on your face - sixteen strings, eight dancing feet and four voices. Not gypsy, not jazz - not trad, not classical - but scintillatingly slap-stick with brilliant arrangements and mischievous humour.

    Terra Folk (Slovenia)
    A world music group with haircuts that look like an advert for a wig shop! Fortunately their musical ability is far better than their fashion sense. An amazing folk band who can outplay the best of 'em and serve it all up with an excellent dollop of comedy. 'If you don't like Terra Folk, I'll eat my hat'

    woodstar (Ireland)
    Come along and enjoy this local five-piece band whose first EP "Time to Bleed" was released instantly started pulling in critical acclaim, garnering single of the week accolades in both Hot Press and the English Independent.

    River Fest
    Limerick Regatta
    Saturday 1 May
    11am -1pm Kayak freestyle demonstration at Curraghower Falls
    11am - 4pm Junior trout fishing competition (Corbally side of the canal)
    2.30pm Boat Race on the Shannon
    3.30pm - 4.30pm Dragon boat regatta from Sarsfield Bridge to Thomond Bridge
    Boat convoy and parade between Thomond Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge
    5pm Skydiving into the river between Thomond Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge
    LE Niamh will be docked at Limerick Docks
    Gandelo (a unique wooden fishing boat) on display along George's Quay
    River of Welcomes
    Abbey River, George's Quay
    Saturday 1 May, 6pm
    Six city schools - Gael Scoil Sairseal, St. Mary's Primary School, Limerick School Project, Salesians Girls School, and Scoil Ide - will embrace the Slovenian tradition of the Day of Lights where hand-made models of houses constructed from light timber are set adrift on local rivers and streams. Each house carries people's wishes and aspirations for the season ahead. To welcome Slovenia into the EU, Limerick children will construct vessels/lanterns which will carry their hopes and wishes for our new member state, down the Abbey River.

    Painted Beehive Panels Exhibition
    Limerick City Museum, Castle Lane
    1 - 31 May
    In Slovenia the tradition of bee keeping is very old. In the 18th century, it became customary to paint the front panels of the beehives with motifs from everyday country life, religious or animal motifs etc. Such painted panels today present the most original form of folk painting in Slovenia. The exhibition features 132 original beehive panels. It was prepared by the Museum of the Apiculture from the town of Radovljica in Slovenia.

    Sunday 2 May
    French Market
    George's Quay
    12pm - 6pm
    Euradio at City Hall
    12pm - 6pm
    Jara Raja (Slovenian Band)
    Trinity Rooms, 7.30pm

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  • the babs
    the LE Niamh is out on a 1 week patrol at the moment and is due in on { MOD - please leave out operational info, thanks. }for refit. It might be on standby for mayday but i dont think it is due in limerick. i was talking to somebody on the ship and they hadnt a clue about limerick. where did you here about this?

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  • Goldie fish
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    L.E. Niamh in Limerick

    The Irish Navy’s LE Niamh will dock on May 1

    LIMERICK River Fest 2004 had some surprise announcements in its official press launch of the three-day May bank holiday festival, held at The Clarion Hotel’s penthouse on Tuesday.

    Budweiser is sponsoring both a pub music trail and the BBQ with up to 50 countries represented, fireworks will burst over King John’s Castle after dark on Saturday 1, Day of Welcomes. while Classical Graffiti, Euradio, Jara Raja and Riverside Swing Band are new names on board.

    The river regatta is set for Saturday, May 1 when 10 European countries join the EU and an international celebration of the integration takes place in the 25 old and new member states. Slovenia is Limerick’s twin state and a cultural and business programme involving our resepective interests underpins the general agenda.

    The Irish Navy’s LE Niamh will dock on May 1, contrasting sharply with the Slovenian gandelo, a simple fishing boat, safely moored on George’s Quay. Skydiving into the Shannon will take place at 4.30pm between Sarsfield and Thomond bridges while earlier in the day, a freestyle kayaking demonstration will excite the waters at Curraghower Falls. Six city schools will float timber houses down the Abbey River after 6pm from George’s’ Quay.

    "It’s a Slovenian custom,” explained River Fest publicist Olivia O’Sullivan at the launch. "The little houses will be lit as lanterns, bearing dreams and wishes as they float downstream. this embraces the Slovenian tradition of the Day of Lights which welcomes in Spring each year”.

    Sunday May 2 sees Limerick Chamber of Commerce match Slovenian commercial interests with Irish at a select Clarion Hotel lunch.

    "Business people with an eye Slovenia as an opportunity for import/export trade should get in touch,” advised the chamber’s Dave Bourke. "The building industry and food products are two principal categories of interest. One to one appointments can be made where Slovenian and Limerick interests are matched and there will be ‘breakaway’ rooms available at the hotel for private meetings”. Contact him on 061-415180 for details.

    Music is a major component of Riverfest with King John’s Castle and Trinity Rooms hosting the principal concerts. Limerick Radio Club will broadcast Euradio from City Hall, contacting fellow operators in Slovenia and Europe.

    The Riverside Swing Band gives a free concert in the castle at 4pm on Saturday May 1, Lyric FM presents Classical Graffiti at 7pm, promising 16 string instruments, four dancers and four singers in a unique combination of slapstick and talent.

    Slovenian folk group Terra Folk follow at 8pm, Meteor award winners Woodstar then close the night with a late gig. On Sunday May 2, Trinity Rooms play in the Redroom courtyard from 7.30pm on, and is host to The Frame’s (castle gig) after-show party on Monday May 3 from 11pm.

    George’s Quay is again the scene for the BBQ Cook-Off and European Fair. The Irish BBQ Association, with the Irish Peace Institute and Doras Luimni, organises the many stalls and nationalities represented.

    "We have about 30 country teams organised and are looking for people to represent another 20,” says co-ordinator Tara Hartigan.”There is special emphasis on European countries to have a BBQ stall participating in this sponsored cook-off and tasting. All foodstuffs are being provided. Anyone interested in cooking for Estonia, Latvia, the Czech republic, Slovenia and other states is invited to get in touch with the City Co -Ordination Office now at 51 O’Connell St, tel. 061-400225”.

    Duncan O’Toole has responsibility for organising The Milk Market’s launch scene of Riverfest, sensibly playing up the Epicurean and music angles for the Friday April 30 opening at 5pm.

    "We’ll stay open until 10pm and there will be covered sitting available so people can sit around and eat cheeses, crepes, organic fruits, handmade chocolates, patisseries and so on,” he told the Limerick Post. "Wine and coffee will be served”.

    The Umbrella Project and the Slovenian street theatre of Serpentes combine to entertain; the European Fair and French markets run from Saturday to Monday at Bank Place outside the Granary and at George’s Quay.

    (I think this article was taken from the Limerick leader)