Thursday Doors – Limerick City

King John’s Castle Limerick

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.

Crossing the bridge at John’s Castle.
More doors than windows.
Old stone walls everywhere.
Lots of old redbrick buildings, too.
It looks like they sell more than lawnmowers.
A typical residential street in the city.

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.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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16 Responses to Thursday Doors – Limerick City

  1. Thank you, Jean, for this wonderful tour of St John’s Castles. I love castles and will keep an eye out for your future post.

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  2. Junie-Jesh says:

    Wow, not many castles in Roman architecture are left. You found a real treasure. Like the futuristic style in which the mural is done. It seems, Dan, and now your post are so poetic, I love it. The Lawnmowers’ scape is very well done!
    By the way, I have separated my door post from my weekly post, and it’s titled
    Dan Antion Thursday Doors..

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    This is wonderful, Jean. I’d love to your a castle, so I will be looking forward to the time when you can explore the inside. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with brick and stone.

    It’s interesting that you found a connection with the mural. I have a few dings by The Cranberries on my driving playlist.

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  4. marianallen says:

    I’m all about the castles, too, as long as I don’t have to live in one. They look distinctly cold.

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  5. Impressive castle, Jean. I like it.


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  6. sydspix says:

    Limerick City looks like a great place to visit! I was not aware of it – thanks for sharing!

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  7. Great shots and tour, Jean; only thing more befitting would have been your post narrative being done in limerick πŸ˜‰

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  8. Lovely to see the mural for Dolores.

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