Sarsfields Day Festival Weekend Friday 8th - Sunday 10th August 2014
Come and enjoy a whole festival weekend dedicated to Limerick’s hero Patrick Sarsfield and the heroes of Limerick in 1690. Michael “Galloping” Hogan, Ned of the Hills, Honora de Burke and the Marquis de Boisseleau and 100 fully costumed Jacobean horsemen will ride through the streets of Limerick, for the first time in over 320 years , in a festival pageant commemorating Sarsfield’s historical ride to Ballyneety in 1690, to intercept and blow up the Williamite munitions train, which ultimately helped defend the walled city of Limerick to repel William of Orange and lead to the Treaty of Limerick in 1691.
This will be followed by a Sound & Light show and a spectacular fireworks display on the river in front of King Johns castle, to re-enact the massive explosion created at Ballyneety in August 1690, which was heard in the hills of Clare and further afar.
Be part of our city’s great historical and proud history.
Friday 8th August.
7.30pm Official opening – Tented village, Arthurs Quay. Limerick
8.00pm Music Concert in Big Top, Arthurs quay (subject to license)
Saturday 9th August.
11.00am Sarsfields Ride (cycle race) 130kms (80mls) – Start/Finish – Treaty Stone, Limerick. Top class cycle race in conjunction with “Cycling Ireland” over the whole route of Sarsfields historic ride to Ballyneety in 1690 and continuing on to finish at the Treaty Stone. The route will travel through Clare, Tipperary, County Limerick and finish in Limerick City. See – www.sarsfieldsride.com – for route map & registration.
5.00pm Prize Giving at Treaty Stone with music and celebrities.
9.00pm 100 fully costumed Jacobean horsemen including Sarsfield, Galloping Hogan, Boisseleau, Ned of the Hills, Honora de Burke etc will ride out of King John’s castle over Thomond Bridge and down Clancys strand with a marching band, followed by an enormous fireworks display and sound & light show on the riverfront.
10.00pm Music Concert in Big Top, Arthurs Quay (subject to license).
Sunday 10th August.
11.00am Sarsfields Run 30kms (18mls) Road run from Ballyneety to Treaty Stone, Limerick
12.00midday Sarsfields Run 10kms(6mls) and 5kms(3mls). Start /Finish at Treaty Stone . Fun run around the 5 historical parishes of Limerick – St. Munchins, St. Marys, St.Patricks, St. Johns and St. Michaels - where each parish will have music and events outside each church (prizes will be given to best parish event). See – www. sarsfieldsrun.com – for route map and registration.
3.00pm Prize Giving – Treaty Stone - with music and celebrities.