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A Tribute to Ruth Di Girolamo from The Wild Onion Cafe A Tribute to Ruth Di Girolamo from The Wild Onion Cafe


A Tribute to Ruth Di Girolamo from The Wild Onion Cafe



A Tribute to Ruth Di Girolamo from The Wild Onion Cafe.

Tributes have been paid to Ruth Di Girolamo following her sad passing last weekend. The former proprietor of the Wild Onion cafe in Limerick, and Chicago native sadly passed away unexpectedly at University Hospital Limerick on Sunday following a short illness.

Ruth ran the Wild Onion for more than 11 years, alongside the love of her life her husband Bob. Ruth and Bob became notable faces on the Limerick food scene when the American duo opened their unique cafe on High Street, serving the most famous American breakfast in the city. Before moving to Ireland, Ruth worked as an economist in the city of Chicago.

A very important date on the Wild Onion café’s calendar was Thanksgiving. Then Ruth and Bob would host their annual Thanksgiving lunch at the High Street cafe which left the lucky customers delighted with the real American experience, but left many more disappointed having not secured an early booking.





Following the sad news of Ruth’s passing many of Ruth’s patrons took to social media to express their sadness following her death and reach out to her family.

Councillor Daniel Butler took to Twitter to commemorate Ruth.  “Ruth Di Girolamo brought a taste of Chicago with her food and the culture with her energy and  fun. Local legend. #rip”.

While others left messages such as “Sorry to hear one of the coolest women I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting has died- Ruth di Girolamo owner of Wild Onion Bakery, Limerick” and “So sad to hear about Ruth Di Girolamo, of the Wild Onion passing away, a nicer lady you couldn’t hope to meet, she was a dote”.

Ruth’s Funeral took place on Wednesday in St Nessan’s Church, Raheen. She was laid to rest afterwards in Castlemungret Cemetery. Ruth is remembered by her husband Bob, as well as her relatives and many friends and patrons of the Wild Onion Cafe.

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