The Irish in America

Fourth of July, Limerick Style


The folks in Limerick are at it again this Fourth of July hosting their very own celebration of America’s independence. Looks pretty impressive…I think the Limerick festivities could put many Fourth of July parties in America to shame! Kudos to Siobhan Downey, the driving force behind the Limerick Fourth of July, and all the volunteers. I love Siobhan’s vision – to make the Fourth of July celebration in Limerick as popular as St. Patrick’s Day in New York.Good luck and have a ball in Limerick!


L-R: Hannah Downey, Claire O’Sullivan, Carmen Bailey and Alia Aswad St Michael’s National School

Limerick Rolls Out the Red, White and Blue Carpet for 4th of July Festival


Press Release

Friday, 21st June 2013


Limerick will be decked out in red, white and blue this July to celebrate American Independence Day with a range of events around the city.


Following on from the success of the inaugural festival last year, Limerick’s 4th July Festival will host a range of events on the weekend of July 6th and 7th.


The 4th of July Festival is run by a team of local volunteers with the aim of making Limerick the prime destination for any Americans in Europe during their national day of celebrations.


Local business owner Siobhan Downey originally came up with the idea of Limerick celebrating the 4th of July.


Limerick_Fourth_3“I believe Limerick has the potential to be the number one destination for any Americans on this side of the Atlantic looking to celebrate their national holiday. By working with local volunteers, businesses and entertainers, the 4th of July in Limerick could be as big as St. Patrick’s Day in New York!” said Siobhan.


Festival volunteer Tim Kelly of Kelly Travel said Limerick has very strong links with the United States with many American multinationals employing scores of people in the city and county.


“Foreign direct investment is vital for the local economy and we have to do everything we can to make potential investors and employers feel welcome in Limerick,” explained Tim.


The main festival event is the FREE American style picnic and family fun day in the Peoples Park from 11.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday 6th July, with American style music, food and games along with the annual Limerick Animal Welfare dog show fundraiser.


The celebrations don’t end there though, festival fun at the Milk Market, an American Roller Party, ‘Route 66’ events and an All American Race Day at Limerick Racecourse are some of the highlights sure to make Limerick’s visitors from across the pond feel right at home, and get locals in the festive spirit!


For a full list of events visit or follow the festival on Twitter @4thjulylimerick or find us on Facebook.



For further information please contact Tim Kelly 087 2833932 or email


Kelly Moran

Limerick Communications Office

88 O’ Connell St



t: 00 353 (0)61 400010



Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

2 thoughts on “Fourth of July, Limerick Style

  1. That’s a smart idea, to celebrate the quintessential “American” holiday for tourists abroad! And reciprocally, St. Patrick’s in New York. Does the “limerick” type of rhyme come from this city??

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