Broken heart memorial
Upon our arrival in Limerick
, our Globus bus driver, Timmy met us instead of the tour director. He said that our director wasn't able to pick us up because he was "out late the night before and had a hangover "and hence was still sleeping! At first we thought he was joking but found out later in the trip that it was the truth! The bus took us to the Jury's Inn Limerick and our rooms were not ready since it was before noon, so we were allowed to keep our luggage in a room near the front desk. There was a broken heart statue in front of our hotel that was a memorial. I can't remember what it was a tribute to. We walked around the city and about 95% of the people we passed by on the streets seemed so friendly and (young, old, male or female) said at least "hello" or "good day".
St. Mary's Cathedral
I loved it here already! We walked on O'Connell St. and we saw St. Mary's Cathedral and the Shannon River while it drizzled rain. There was also a market going on but we didn't buy anything. We got back to the hotel and I about got slammed by the door. Strong winds opened and closed the doors (more like slam) by itself! We called them "hurricane doors". Our rooms were then ready and since there were 3 of us, we took turns having a single room to ourselves when we changed cities. (We had gotten 2 rooms each night) We went to the Inn Pub downstairs to kill time before leaving for our welcome dinner. This older man said "Oh, Americans" and then gave us his condolences due to 9/11 and then sang us a song. I was touched. How sweet! This man didn't even know us but went so far as to sing a song for us! This country was already special.
Our tour started with a city tour of Limerick going past King John's Castle, the Cathedral and then stopped at the STONE where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Our welcome dinner was at BUNRATTY FOLK PARK. We walked around the park first. There were 10 farmhouses, a schoolhouse, doctor's house, merchant buildings and shops. There was a bridal party walking around too. We got some pictures of the outside of BUNRATTY CASTLE
which was built in 1425 by the MacNamara Family but we didn't go inside, instead doing a traditional Ceili, with dinner and wine. We were greeted at the door by the Fear An Ti ( man of the house) and we went in the Corn Barn for the dinner. The singers and dancers were young but very good. I wish I could dance like them and they told stories of Ireland. The dinner consisted of garden salad with Irish Soda Bread, Irish Stew and home made apple pie. Very delicious! It was a fun evening but I was very tired from being up for about 36 hours!
Limerick Sights & Attractions review
BUNRATTY FOLK PARK is a recreation of Irish life in the 19th century. There are 10 farmhouses, a schoolhouse, doctor's house, merchant buildings and s… read entire review