Pigtown Culture and Food Series September 2017

Sep 01 Friday 5:00pm OPENING EVENT – ‘Eat Like A Pig’ – URBAN FOOD FEST {Pigtown Edition}

Street food evening event at Limerick Milk Market kicks off the Pigtown Food Series! Stall application forms here: PigtownUFF-app-form

From Sep 01 [all month long] – The Pig-tail Series hosted by Pharmacia

Using local ingredients and infused liquors to create a cocktail selection that embraces the flavours of Limerick, Pharmacia will be hosting a limited time Pig-tail menu celebrating the heritage of Limerick food over the month of September. Combined with this, Pharmacia will host a discussion (DATE TBC) around unique cocktail and food combinations in Limerick.

From Sep 01 [running for 6 weeks] – Gin Pig Dinners at House Limerick

Pigtown Butcher’s Board, also Gin & Pinto pairing as part of the evening menu.

Sep 02 Saturday 11.00am – Milk Market Kitchen presents Chef Tom Flavin

Cooking demo upstairs at the Milk Market Mezzanine with #ThisIsIrishFood Fáilte Ireland Food Champion and Executive Chef Tom Flavin.

Sep 02 Saturday – Limerick Ceramic Artists host ‘A Pig’s Tale’

A ceramic exhibition inspired by Limerick’s legendary pork butchers and the part they played in the city’s economic, cultural and social history. A unique art experience at Limerick’s Milk Market.

Sep 07 Thursday – ‘The Pigtown Smoke’ bbq event at House Limerick

Sep 08 Friday 8:00pm – ‘History of the Meat Industry in Limerick’ by historian Tom Toomey followed by panel discussion with Joe Hayes, Limerick Pork Butcher Society and Ruth Guiry, author Pigtown – A history of Limerick’s Bacon Industry

As part of Elemental Festival, Tom Toomey – local historian and author will give a lecture on the food history of the city – our Pigtown Roots, Ranks and Cleeves factories – their rise and downfall. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Joe Hayes of the Limerick Pork Butcher Society and Ruth Guiry, author of ‘Pigtown – A history of Limerick’s Bacon Industry. Taking place at The Gallery at the Milk Market. Admission free.

Sep 09 Saturday 10:00am – Val’s Food Trail

Pre-booking online essential at www.valskitchen.com

Sep 09 Saturday 11:00am – Milk Market Kitchen presents Garret Landers of Garrett’s Butchers

Nose to tail butchery demo upstairs at the Milk Market Mezzanine.

Sep 09 Saturday 12:00 – ‘Beyond the Pig – Veganism in a Meat Eaters World’

Discussion facilitated by Slow Food Limerick at the Milk Market Mezzanine. Free admission.

Sep 10 Sunday – Ardagh Family Fun Day for Pigtown

Pig on a spit, cinder block pit pig feast, bouncing castles, races, long puck, games, face painting, cake sale and much more family fun taking place at Coolcappagh GAA field.

Sep 10-23 – ‘Pigtown Neighbourhood Pig-nic’ in partnership with Limerick’s Live 95FM ’95 Stop Tour for Limerick kids’

In this busy world it’s hard to find time to meet your neighbour. Why not run a neighbourhood or street pig-nic and invite everyone around to share food and friendship while tossing your spare change into 95fm’s collection for CARI, Neonatal Unit and the Children’s Ark? It’s an easy to run fun and rewarding event for all.

Sep 11 Monday – Food Industry Networking Seminar with LEO & Innovate Limerick

The Local Enterprise Office in conjunction with Innovate Limerick and the Limerick Food Group will hold an Industry Networking Seminar in the South Court Hotel, Raheen from 11am to 3pm. This event aims to provide an opportunity for food businesses in the area to meet, network and learn more about how collaboration and networking together can benefit the whole Limerick food industry. There will be a number of key industry speakers on the day who will share their own personal experiences of how food initiatives and working with other food businesses has positively impacted their business. This will be followed be a chaired Q & A session. A light lunch for attendees will also be served. Registration is now open on www.localenterprise.ie/limerick

Sep 14 Thursday – Limerick Strand Hotel & Garret’s Butchers Cooking Demo

Sep 16 Saturday 11:00am – Milk Market Kitchen presents Caroline Rigney of Rigney’s Farm

Black pudding making demo and workshop upstairs at the Milk Market Food Pavilion.

Sep 22 Friday – CULTURE NIGHT


Celebrating the ‘Pig in the City’ with a parade through the streets. Puppets, pigs, music, dancing, giant balloons and masked piglets – it will be an amazing event. Come along and join in!

Cultured Pig at the Milk Market

The Milk Market will be holding Pigtown themed activities during Culture Night including cooking demos, butchery skills demos, an exhibition of photographs from Limerick Butchers, kids games, pig mask colouring competition. and a range of local street food stalls to feed revellers. Includes ‘Ancient Irish food – what did our ancestors grow, pick and catch?’ lecture and discussion by local author and ethnobotanist Theresa Storey.

‘This Little Piggy Went to Town – The Limerick Food Mile’ Dinner Carriage Tour

A unique culinary experience, reflecting the resilience and passion of the people of Limerick, this is a pig-themed gourmet trip of Limerick restaurants and bars with a course in each premises. Visit the Limerick Strand Hotel, Absolute Hotel, Clayton Hotel and The Savoy Hotel in association with Limerick Carriage Tours… The event kicks-off from 7pm and consists of an exclusive 4-course meal, each course served at a different hotel with each Executive Chef proudly presenting a course consisting of exciting innovative Pigtown-themed locally sourced food, each course will be paired with wine. Limerick Carriage Tours have also come onboard so there’s no need to worry about travelling from one establishment to the other as they shall cart guests between each location on their beautiful horse drawn carriage. As soon as you step aboard the luxurious carriage you will be greeted by your own personal guide to show you around the many wonderful historical sites and beautiful scenery that our proud and majestic city has to offer! The weatherproof carriage comes with warm wool blankets to snuggle into. Timings and details of this unique event are as follows: Group A: Arrival At Strand Hotel at 6:15pm; Group B: Arrival At Strand Hotel at 6:45pm The Limerick Food Mile Evening Package inclusive of the 4 course dinner, wine with each course and transport to each venue costs €49 per person. As this is a unique event places are strictly limited to 20 people. For booking visit: https://sirius.eventmaster.ie/event/BGEc23c8j

Sep 23 Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm – Newcastle West Food Tour with Sharon Noonan of Best Possible Taste

Join Sharon Noonan, presenter of the Best Possible Taste radio show and podcast, on a food tour of her native Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Learn how food has played a role in the history of the town, enjoy tastings of some notable artisan food products and craft beers, attend a sushi making demonstration, visit the iconic Desmond Banqueting Hall and indulge in a lunch prepared using many of the finest ingredients from the locality. €54 per person including lunch and booking fee. Pre-booking online essential, see www.sharonnoonan.com

Sep 24 Sunday 11:00am-1:00pm – Urban Foraging Walk

You don’t need to go to the countryside to forage. Come on one of our Urban Foraging walks to discover the unexpectedly edible wild, feral and ornamental foods there are in the city and its environs. Hosted by The Green Apron. Pre-booking essential at www.thegreenapron.ie

Sep 28 Thursday – Pigtown ‘Nose to Tail’ Wine Pairing Dinner

With Maison Jaffelin at Limerick Strand Hotel.

Sep [DATE TBC] – 5-course Pig-Themed Tasting Menu at Sash Restaurant, No1 Pery Square

No1 Pery Square will be hosting a gourmet evening in celebration of Limerick’s food heritage in Limerick’s historic Georgian quarter. Enjoy a 5-course tasting menu all about the pig inspired by bygone times with a twist from head chef Tim Harris. Each course will be paired with wine, artisan beer and sherry, the new wine! An evening for foodies with a passion for Limerick and all its wonderful history.

Sep [DATE TBC] – ‘Pin the Tail on the Pig’ Art Attack at The Frank McCourt Museum

Visitors to the famous Frank McCourt Museum at Leamy House on Hartstonge Street are invited to take part in the museum’s Art Attack event – taste some fabulous Limerick ham and play ‘pin the tail on the pig’ while exploring this iconic building and its contents.

Sep [DATE TBC] – Farm Visit to O’Brien’s Artisan Farmhouse Cheese, Hazel Cottage Farm

Jim O’Brien will host a visit to his farm in Ballyhahill, West Limerick where he makes his award-winning cheese. Previously a pig farmer for 20 years, Jim now puts his attention towards making a range of especially good cheeses from milk from his own herd. Come and visit the farm, see the herd and the dairy, sample some of the cheeses and hear tales of Jim’s pig farming past.


Taking place over both September and October:

Throughout the Pigtown Series, Limerick Restaurants, Hotels and Bars will be featuring various Pigtown themed dishes and beverages, more details on our Venues page.

Pigtown for Primary Schools

Getting the children interested in our food heritage and culture is so important. We will have posters on the history and traditions of the pig in Limerick food and culture (aimed at 3rd to 6th class), pig mask template and craft ideas for the Pig Parade (for junior infants to 2nd class) and school visits, and are encouraging all primary schools in the region to become involved in the festival.

Milk Market Kitchen, the Milk Market, Saturday Mornings @11am

The autumn series of the popular Saturday Morning cooking demos in the Milk Market Kitchen will include Making Homemade Sauerkraut, Limerick-style Pulled Pork, Preserving the Harvest – All about the Apples, Cooking Wild Food, The Pig ‘from nose to tail’ and Sausage Making. The demonstrations are given by some of our talented local producers, chefs and food writers.

‘On the Pig Screen’

Movie series at Chez le Fab.

Christmas @ The Milk Market


Select Christmas Markets from the 4th Dec with a full week of markets 17th to 24th. It will feature up to 60 stalls & shops. All packed with a wide range of artisan food, craft & gift possibilities, Christmas crafts & gifts, quality festive & speciality foods, collectables, bric-a-brac, toys, books, fashions, seasonal decorations & more!

Christmas choir competition

Christmas choir competition will run during the Christmas Markets (Dates listed) and the winner to be announced on the 24th December at 2pm with a donation to the winning choir of €500.00

Christmas colour in competition

Christmas colour in competition will feature 5 different baseline illustrations  and there will be prizes for the top three entrants of the competition 1st place prize worth €200.00 2nd place  prize worth €100.00 and third place prize worth €50.00.

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Nathan Carter Live at the Milk Market

Nathan Carter Live at the Milk Market Friday 1st May 2015. Tickets available from Dolans »

nathan-carter-eventDate / Fri, 1st May 2015
Venue / Live At The Big Top
Price / €25.00
Doors / 7:00 pm

Nathan Carter is back in Limerick as part of Riverfest on Friday May the First. Nathan Carter’s album ‘Where I Wanna Be‘ is the top selling album in Ireland this year! Despite stiff competition from artists including Kodaline, Eminem, One Direction & Michael Buble, the hottest act on the Irish music scene is delighted to be the first country act to have reached No.1 in the Album Charts since Garth Brooks did over 6 years ago… Read More »

Tickets available from Dolans »

Walking On Cars Live At The Big Top – 13 March 2015

45736aThis is an over 18’s event. Ireland’s best-kept secret Walking on Cars announce their biggest headline show in Limerick Live At The Big Top. They recently celebrated the release of their second single Always Be With You.The follow-up to Hand In Hand – an Irish iTunes chart topper which led to support from Radio 1 tastemaker Zane Lowe as well as XFM – Always Be with You takes on a weightier tone than its forerunner. Combining the band’s signature balladry with sinister, underlying urban beats, it’s a surging anthem brim-full of rock riffs.

Hailing from the tiny Irish coastal town of Dingle, these Irish chart toppers have been selling out shows for the past year, amassing a huge live and online following. Previous single ‘Hand In Hand’ was an iTunes #1 and remained in the iTunes Top 10 for a number of weeks after release.

The band’s videos (you can view them on YouTube HERE with over 1.7 million views already!) provide proof of their skill at intercutting serious themes with sharply outlined narratives and images.

Buy Tickets from Dolans here » Tickets are €23

About Walking on Cars

Walking On Cars are creating sounds as beautiful and dramatic as the landscape that envelops them. From the Dingle Peninsula, the five creatives friendship gave way to a tuneful collaboration, borne out of a desire to write music. With songs reflecting both the isolation and consolation of Dingle, this year Walking On Cars look set to add to their increasing number of admirers.

Singer Patrick Sheehy is comfortable to characterize their music with the ambiguous description “powerful and almost pop”. Pushing the sound higher, Sorcha Durham (pianist) and Dan Devane (lead guitar) give life to these Melodic imaginings. Paul Flannery on Bass guitar and drummer Evan Hadnett provide an intelligent and bodily support to their carefully crafted songs. Central to the house that they share is the rehearsal space, where each of The five can document song ideas at anytime – “ an advantage” of their environment and something not possible living in a city.

Since their formation just over 12 months ago, Walking on Cars have toured across the country with workmanlike dedication to their craft, developing their passion for playing live and with standout performances at many festivals in 2012.Walking On Cars are set to return to many more festivals this summer including Sea Sessions, Castlepalooza and Indiependence.

With the release of their debut EP “ As We Fly South” produced by Tom McFall (R.E.M, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party, Editors) and high profile performances (including The Late Late Show, Other Voices IMRO Other Room, Comic Relief Does Dublin in Vicar Street, And the recent chart and YouTube success), it cannot be long before Walking On Cars are heard far beyond the most westerly tip of this island

Dance Limerick – Taster Sessions

Get moving this autumn! Dance Limerick announces new season of dance classes.

A new season of dance classes begins next month at Dance Limerick. Featuring classes for all ages and levels, there’s an opportunity for everyone to get moving this autumn.

Free taster sessions for several of the classes will take place at The Milk Market on Sunday 31 August and Sunday 7 September, so all are welcome to come along and give dance a go!

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Grease: Friday 11th July Movies at the Market

Grease: Friday 11th July

SandyandDannyGreaseThe definitive summer love story and all- time greatest sing along- ‘Grease’ takes to the big screen at the Milk Market this summer! Limerick movie-goers better shape up their coifs and don their tightest leggings as we take the nostalgia filled trip to Rydell High. Join good girl Sandy and bad boy Danny as they navigate teenage love against the backdrop of pep-rallys, drag- races and drive- in movies. Featuring hits such as ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ and ‘You’re the One that I Want’, this screening promises to have you jiving in your seat by the end of the night. Fancy dress is encouraged!

Tickets for ‘Grease’ are available to buy here:


Hip hop theatre version of The Táin

Hip hop theatre version of The Táin runs at The Milk Market, Limerick, 20-25 July 2014 – Ireland’s first Hip Hop Theatre Production

A hip hop theatre re-telling of The Táin opens at The Milk Market, Limerick on Sunday 20th July and runs for six nights until Friday 25th July. “The Táin” production fuses physical theatre and urban art forms – hip hop dance theatre, rap, graffiti art, film – with performances by a cast of international, national and local artists, to an original soundtrack by hip hop duo Icarus Rising, and is being presented in association with Limerick City of Culture and Dance Limerick.

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