This is my Limerick for Limerick. I was lucky enough to visit with a group of travel bloggers and this is also dedicated to them in an attempt to redeem myself for cheating…Oops!
Limerick is going to be the Capital of Culture in 2014 as was Liverpool in 2008 – the city where I was born. Both places are a distance from the popular capital cities and both are bursting with character and characters.
I met genuine, warm, funny people who were so passionate to show off their city.I loved their rich accents and their smiles and I felt a connection.
Especially on a visit one evening to ‘Flannery’s Bar.’
We were asked to take part in a Limerick writing competition. Now I just can’t help it but when anyone says ’limerick’ or ‘rhyme’ or even ‘cheers’ for that matter… I always think of this;
‘There was an old fella named Sidney,
Who drank till he ruined his kidney
It shrivelled and shrank
But he drank and he drank
But he had his fun doing it didn’t he!’
Good eh? Yeap and I didn’t write it! But it was…at the time all I could think of. I told the local poet and his wife sitting next to me ” I didn’t write it, it was my friends Irish Grandmother who told it to me many years ago” he handed the sheet to me and said ” aye just hand it in will ya.” So I did. I cheated. I handed in the Limerick I’ve been chanting out repeatedly for over 20 years every time I have a few drinks and want to celebrate and commemorate a moment … yes…I’ve said it a lot. A lot…a lot.
Not a problem you might think but then I won! I won the bloody competition. Eeekkk I blushed a nice shade of red. I admitted my Limerick was not an original and being the nice bunch of people they are, they let me read it out anyway and gave me the prize of chocolate and a book about Limericks. On our last day I shared the chocolate out and although I haven’t read the book yet I realised I had to redeem myself somehow.
Below is what I came up with on our last afternoon on the bus. It’s a summary of our trip and there was no way I could squeeze all the activities and anecdotes into a five line Limerick, so it’s a rhyming poem (Or a 38 line silly Limerick!) Inspired by our great tour guide ‘Tony Kirby’ who lovingly repeated the line which is the title.
The Lush Limestone Lowlands of Limerick
The Lush Limestone Lowlands of Limerick, so beautiful and green
Travel bloggers from around the world have visited and now we’ve seen.
Blown away by the Cliffs of Moher on our very first day,
It’s a long long way to Tipperary now…some might say.
We stopped at Bunratty Castle where our first comedian awaited,
With tales of tapestry and banquets and the Sheela-na gig was slated!
Then a stop for the black stuff at ye ole pub Durty Nelly’s,
Where there was tart and Bailey’s cheesecake to fill our ever increasing bellies.
The Strand Hotel awaited but before we could hit the sack,
Brasserie One for delicious food and Flannery’s for the craic!
Learning about the Limerick in Limerick and knowledge of Angela’s Ashes,
The boxer turned credible poet and the many whisky tasting glasses…
Day two we ventured to the Hunt Museum which I found rather enriching…
We enjoyed the wit n banter from Dr Dominique and the Picasso in the kitchen!
The University of Limerick was next and we went with the flow,
The music students jammed along together and Kerry got a go!
We whirled through Limerick City Gallery, with no time at all to spare,
Then on to the grand King John’s Castle and a reception with the Mayor.
Day three The Flying Boat Museum was the first stop of the day,
We all got in the pilot’s seat but couldn’t fly away…
Next a tasting session from the creator a hologram called Chef Joe,
A demonstration on Irish coffee to get us in the know…
Oh Adare Adare a little village ever so quaint,
Then arrival to the manor at which point I thought I might faint…
The beauty of the gardens, looking out across the lake,
The afternoon tea to die for – sandwiches, scones and more cake!
We now understand that Hurling is the top sport of the country
and county Clare are the winners – they had the party of the century!
So thanks for the wealth of knowledge Tony – we’ve certainly learnt a thing or two
And thanks to Trevor our driver for safely delivering us…phewwww!
Big thanks go to Marian for organising all these wonderful trips
And a sarcastic thanks from me for the extra three inches on my hips!
From fairy trees to too much fudge it’s now time for us to head back …
but I think you’ll all agree with me it’s been really good craic!
So the Lush Limestone Lowlands of Limerick, so beautiful and green,
We came, we saw, we ate, we drank – to be believed…it’s got to be seen.
My apologies this is not a true Limerick – it’s actually rather shite
But hey let’s do a little dance…send a little tweet…n let’s get down tonight!
I cheated. I’m sorry. Have I redeemed myself? #Limericklove