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 – Dolans Pub, Dock Road. Limerick

8.00pm     Music Concert in Dolans Warehouse, Dock Road.  (subject to license)

Saturday 9th August.

11.00am   Sarsfields Ride  (cycle tour) 130kms (80mls) – Start/Finish – Treaty Stone, Limerick. Top class cycle tour 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.            Check here shortly    – for route map & registration.

3.00pm   Battle re-enactments and Medieval village at Arthurs Quay park.

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,  Milk Market, Limerick (subject to license).  Top act to be announced shortly.

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).          Check here shortly    – for  route map  and registration.

2.00pm    Battle Re-enactments at Medieval village at Arthurs Quay park.

3.00pm    Prize Giving – Treaty Stone -  with music and celebrities.