Pigtown Walks – Picture taken outside the Limerick Civic Trust office opposite King John’s Castle. Picture: Holly Kenny / ilovelimerick
Limerick Civic Trust has launched their Pigtown Walks to run daily to explore the Englishtown and Irishtown of Limerick City. Pigtown Walks are hosted by Limerick Civic Trust and supported by Failte Ireland.
The Pigtown Walks will show Limerick city’s history of where the English ruled and the Irish resisted, where the tide turned and the modern city grew. The Englishtown Walk takes place from Thursday until Sunday at 11am. The Irishtown Walk takes place from Thursday until Sunday at 2pm, gathering at King John’s Castle for both tours.
The Pigtown Walks will bring visitors through the castles and the graveyards, the cathedrals and market squares. Visitors will be told about murders, rebellions, victories, loves and loses. The tour will open up today’s street, bridges, and urban art; introduce you to the city’s quirks, secrets, and personalities.
Each walk takes about one and a half hours or two hours, which depends on how long the tour settles for coffee in the middle of the tour.
The Englishtown section of Limerick is the oldest section of medieval Limerick, built on King’s Island and surrounded by the Shannon and Abbey Rivers. The walls of Englishtown were built during the 12 and 13 centuries, and this area is steeped in history and many landmarks from the time are still in existence. The best-preserved landmarks being King John’s Castle and St. Mary’s Cathedral.
The Irishtown section of Limerick was created from when the native Irish were expelled from the city and formed a settlement on the southern bank of the Abbey River. This happened because the Norman leaders at the time did not like the fact that their people were adopting the Irish customs and fashions. The walling of the city started in 1310 but it was 1495 before it was completed.
Tickets for Pigtown Walks are available from the Limerick Civic Trust Office.
Ticket prices are €10 for adult, €6 for concession and €25 for a family ticket which is two adults and two children. Group rates are also available.
For those interested in Pigtown Walks contact Limerick Civic Trust on
061 313 339 or [email protected]
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