I love castles and had planned a Thursday Doors tour of King John’s Castle in Limerick city for 2020. Unfortunately, it was a year of travel restrictions and lock downs, which meant the castle was closed to the public. Over the holiday period in December there was a bit more freedom and we took that opportunity to visit our youngest, who is in college in the city and lives there most of the year. Although I couldn’t take a tour of the castle I did manage to snap a few shots from the outside. It’s pretty impressive.
A large, colourful mural near the castle caught my attention.
The style of this painting looked familiar and an online search told me this was the work of Aches, the artist who painted the large Sharkey mural featured on my series of posts during the Seek Arts Festival in Dundalk last year. It’s a tribute to Dolores O’Riordan (1971-2018) who died tragically, far too young. She was an Irish singer/songwriter, lead vocalist and lyricist for the alternative rock band The Cranberries. To the right of the photo you can see the back of a statue. It’s a sculpture of Michael Hogan, the bard of Thomond. (1826-1899). Speaking of bards, Limerick gives its name to the limerick a popular five line humorous poem, thought to be derived from the 18th century, Maigue Poets of Croom, Co. Limerick.
At some stage this year I hope to be back for a tour of King John’s castle so keep an eye out for that post. Thank you for joining me on this short tour of Limerick city and if you’d like to see some interesting places around the world, have a look at this week’s Thursday Doors post from Dan.