Visiting Limerick, Ireland- the City of Great Poets and Writers

Let’s visit Ireland again! This time I am bringing you to the so-called “City of the Great Poets and Writers”, in Limerick!  It seems like only the other month when I visited this riverside city. It is over 8 months now since my visit in Limerick.

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The  Thomond Bridge crossing the River Shannon in Limerick, Ireland.

I can still remember when our tour guide announced something over the microphone inside the bus,  where the whole group was sitting. That was a group of German tourists who came from the different regions in Germany, from Hamburg to Bavaria! Our tour guide named Kristine, told us that if you are a poet or writer and wish to live in Limerick, you will be tax-free. It simply means that you will not be paying for taxes to the Irish government. Such a big opportunity to live a good life if you are one! It was very interesting to know that and I wish I am a poet and writer. lolz!

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The Treaty Stone standing on Thomond Bridge at the banks of the River Shannon  in Limerick, Ireland. This is place where the Treaty of Limerick may have been signed. Our first stop during  the sightseeing tour we had in Limerick last  March 2013.

Limerick, A Viking town

The city was founded by the Vikings in 922 AD. The Vikings thrived in the village but they were overthrown in 968 AD. The Vikings fought the city back again in 969 AD. It wasn’t until the 1020 AD, that native Limerick folk again recaptured and claimed their town. From that time period, the Vikings became part of the fabric of the town and integrated into the Irish society. Limerick of today benefits from their artistry, technological skills and seamanship.

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Statue of Michael Hogan in Limerick. The castle fortress in the left side.

Our sightseeing did not really lasted too long in Limerick.  After the short tour we did, we  were only given two hours and a half to explore the city on our own. Our tour guide asked us first if we wanted to go to an Irish restaurant  for lunch. I just went inside with the group  and did some personal necessities.  I would love to eat there but since time is so short for me, I decided to explore the city by myself. Other German tourists stayed there for a lunch break. It was for me a waste of time if I stayed with them.  I want to see more of the city and not to sit down in a restaurant. When there is enough for  me, why not?

Literature : Limerick has spawned many great writers and poets. Among those were Michael Hogan, the Bard of Thomond to Jim Kemmy and Maureen Sparling to the late and great writer Frank McCourt whose pulitzer prize winning Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis and Teacher man were huge international bestsellers.

I might not be able to see everything in Limerick including St. John’s Cathedral, known as having the tallest spires in Ireland. I guess, this  might be one of the reasons why I wanted to go back there again.

Inspite having a short time in this city, I am still happy that I was able to visit it once in my life! I might be seeing you again Limerick!


One Response to “Visiting Limerick, Ireland- the City of Great Poets and Writers”

  1. inka Says:

    Oh to be a writer, oh to live in Limerick. Apart from the tax advantage it must be an inspiring city, breathing the spirit of fiction.


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