Three Limerick Trails – The trails will take people on a cultural journey while discovering their beloved city
Three Limerick trails to discover this May Bank Holiday weekend
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Jade Crowe
This May Bank Holiday weekend, Limerick City and County Council are encouraging Limerick natives to get out and discover their city.
While the May Bank Holiday Weekend is synonymous with Riverfest, it is not possible to host the event this year due to Covid. The May Bank Holiday habitually marks the commencement of Riverfest; however, current restrictions make the go-ahead of this annual festival impossible. This means that there is no better time for locals to get out and explore their glorious city.
Limerick City and County Council have teamed up with Draw Out, Ormston House and Open House Limerick to create three distinct cultural trails to keep Limerick locals occupied this May Bank Holiday Weekend in a Covid safe environment.
The cultural trails that have been chosen make an effort to celebrate Street Art in Limerick, Women of Limerick and architectural heritage while taking you on an open-air walking tour around the city centre and along the beautiful River Shannon.
Get out and about and discover your city this May Bank Holiday with three new Limerick cultural trails taking you on an open air walking tour around the City Centre and along the beautiful River Shannon! #LimerickEdgeEmbrace
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Limerick Street Art Trail
Limerick’s Street Art Trail encompasses 12 vibrant and evocative pieces creating an electric and engaging collection of urban art throughout Limerick City.
Working in partnership with urban artists Draw Out, this new cultural trail showcases some of Limerick’s best Street Art by nationally and internationally recognised artists in a self-guided walking trail available for people to enjoy at their leisure.
This easy-to-read illustrated map brings you on a tour of Limerick City’s abundant collection of international artworks, taking you from main streets to quaint Limerick lanes.
From Dodo Reddan’s tribute, near Mulgrave Street to the Dolores O’Riordan installation next to King John’s Castle, you can zigzag your way through the city, stopping off for a takeaway coffee or food at one of the many cafés currently offering a takeaway service along the way.
The Limerick Street Art Trail conveys our culture and creativity with many edgy urban art installations sitting side by side with some of Limerick’s most celebrated historic buildings.
Shannon River Treasure Trail
Calling on all young explorers! Why not explore Limerick City with the OpenHouse Limerick’s riverside Treasure Trail.
This trail begins at King John’s Castle and follows the flow of the River Shannon through the city to Howley’s Quay, with a variety of fun questions and activities to complete along the way.
There are two different sets of questions following the same route. The Junior Trail is aimed at 4-8-year-olds and the Senior Trail is aimed at 8–12-year-olds, with some help from a parent or guardian likely to be required along the way.
Be sure to read all of the directions and questions carefully, take care while crossing any roads, and be mindful of social distancing.
A special Riverfest update for the Women of Limerick app is brought to you by Ormston House in partnership with Limerick City and County Council.
Women of Limerick App
Historian and National Heritage Hero, Sharon Slater will introduce five women along the city’s Three Bridges walk.
From 30 April 2021, you can read and listen to stories of Molly Clancy, Phoebe Cleeve, Madge Daly, Kate O’Callaghan, and Maude Kearney, and their contributions to Limerick life – from the aftermath of the Curfew Murders to the founding of Cumann na mBan, and from the Shamrock League which operated out of the milk factory to the famous Limerick Lace industry.
The Women of Limerick app acknowledges women’s contributions to arts, education, health and politics, locally, nationally and internationally.
The app is available to download for free on Android and Apple devices. The app helps to plan walking routes around the city or to engage with Limerick’s cultural heritage at your fingertips. At each location on the map, you can read a short biography of each woman and listen to a story about her life.
Speaking on the trails Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “We’ve all had to change and adapt how we mark different events since Covid and the May Bank Holiday weekend is no different.”
“These three new cultural trails are a great way that families can explore and re-discover the city in a safe, fun and responsible way and I’m looking forward to enjoying the cultural trails myself.”
Dr Pippa Little, Culture and Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council also commented on the event saying “This year, to mark the May Bank Holiday weekend, we are delighted to work in partnership with three of Limerick’s cultural organisations, Draw Out, Ormston House and OpenHouse Limerick, to bring cultural trails which explore Limerick through the themes of Street Art, forgotten Limerick women from Limerick’s past and architecture. All three cultural trails celebrate Limerick’s rich and vibrant culture.”
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