It may have been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent times, but don’t let that controversy put you off. Yes, there were quite a few dramatic exits from the Limerick City of Culture 2014 programme, but all this bad PR isn’t a reflection on what you and your family are likely to find in Limerick this year. As the city and county get ready to make its mark Ireland’s first ever City of Culture, here are my top 4 reasons for packing up the car and heading to Limerick with the family in 2014.
1) Get creative
In an age of tablets, telephones and all things techy, it’s good to get out and have some good old fashioned fun with your kids. Get creative by heading to one of the many yearlong drop in arts and crafts activities. These sessions are planned for both parents and kids to allow you to get creative together. Each session is themed and suitable for kids as young as 2 year olds right up to 12 year olds, so you’re little ones can all play together with you. And as if this yearlong art and crafts wasn’t enough, Limerick also brings a kids art and crafts club, on Sunday March 2nd. Allowing even more fun and art for your family! Don’t miss this opportunity to spend great quality creative time with your family!
2) Music to your ears
Trying to persuade our kids to practice musical instruments can be a challenge in itself! There’s no better way to persuade kids than to inspire them and this year Limerick City of Culture gives you and your family the ultimate inspiration with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO). This event celebrates a new generation of youthful musicians with an orchestral and choral concert that is simply superb. The programme also boasts a guest of international fame! The ICO event takes place on June 11th, so summer will have officially commenced and you’ll have no excuse not to visit Limerick and avail of this unique opportunity to see Ireland’s talented young musicians.
3) Dancing in the street
We all love a little dance now and again, and Limerick does not disappoint when it comes to dancing. One of Ireland’s most beloved stories comes to life in the form of dance in Limerick this year; the story of Táin Bó Cúailnge, commonly known The Táin. This celebrated tale hails from early Irish literature and tells the story of a war against Ulster by the Connacht queen Medb and her husband Ailill, who intend to steal the stud Bull Donn Cúailnge and are opposed by the teenage hero from Ulster, Cú Chulainn. Whilst many of you may be familiar with the story, get ready for seeing it with a twist in Limerick this year as the story comes alive with hip hop! Yes that’s right, hip hop. Break dancing comes alive in the streets of Limerick as we see the story of The Táin in a way we’ve never seen before. This event will be sure to impress kids and adults alike and both will be sure to love it.
4) Limerick’s children festival
Last and definitely not least, we see Limerick 2014 cater directly to kid’s in the best possible way with the Limerick childrens festival! October 2014 kicks of an array of events in the form of drama, art, dance and song. The event is said to begin to focus specialised events for the family towards the end of 2014 and the festival is a sure way to let kids express their own creativity. There’s never been a better year for kids and families to celebrate culture, crafts, music and dance and Limerick offers you and your family the chance to do so.
If you’re flying into visit revisit your Irish roots, return home, visit family or you’re simply wishing to experience Ireland’s first ever City of Culture, you’ll find a great selection of hotels in Limerick with a particularly impressive selection of family friendly hotels in Limerick city.
Plan a weekend in Limerick – it's a city ready to impress you.