“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Robert Louis Stevenson
I love to travel and I really do believe it’s the only thing we buy that makes us richer. Over the next 4 weeks I’ll be sharing some travel from Limerick, Ireland. I spent a lot of time in 2011 in Limerick. I was a flight attendant during this time and this was one of our main stops. It’s the place my prayers start to be answered and everything changes.
Limerick, Ireland. Limerick is the fifth largest city in Ireland. Overlooked by Woodcock Hill immediately to the north, and the Silvermine Mountains to the east, the city is spread along both banks of the Shannon River, a few miles east of the Shannon estuary. The Limerick of today is a busy, bustling city and the commercial capital of the mid-west of Ireland – the poor, dreary, rain-sodden town, ever-present drunk townspeople, and religious maniacs, is no more. Like many other Irish towns and cities, Limerick changed and prospered greatly during the success-driven 90s, and is currently in the midst of a comprehensive makeover. As a result, you’ll often see cranes and scaffolding during your wanderings through its streets, as Limerick’s renaissance unfolds.
Limerick is a compact, walk-able city where most of the sights and attractions are within a stone’s throw of each other. Most are located in the gridiron of streets south of King John’s Castle . This eye-catching, handsome building on the banks of the Shannon is the heart of Limerick and the city’s trademark. A look around the castle and the area immediately around it, known as Irish-town, will immediately provide an insight into the history and origins of the area. In the undercroft of the castle are the remains of a Viking settlement, the original nucleus of the city of Limerick. The castle itself was built by the Normans as a defensive outpost from which they could keep and eye on the restive Gaelic tribes on the other side of the Shannon. The castle and the walled city around it were the last center of Irish resistance to English rule during the seventeenth-century wars. The fall of Limerick in 1691 confirmed English authority in Ireland. Having seen off their enemies, the new rulers set about expanding the city in the 18th century, building the handsome Georgian quarter—Newtown Pery—which is bisected by O’Connell Street, Limerick’s main shopping thoroughfare. This sensitively restored district provides a gracious and elegant focus for the city.
My travels are apart of who I am today. This is the beginning of my story – the year I traveled.