Heartwarming scenes as Giant rests in flood hit Limerick estate

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

These young fellas, Phillip Collopy, 3, St. Mary's Park, and Scott Holman, 5, of College Park, did their best to keep Granny from napping during her stay at the Lee Estate on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters
ONE of the most heart-warming parts of the Giant’s journey through Limerick was when she arrived in the Lee Estate.

ONE of the most heart-warming parts of the Giant’s journey through Limerick was when she arrived in the Lee Estate.

Every house in the King’s Island community seemed to be out to greet the Granny upon her arrival and departure, with one resident presenting a posy of flowers, which she proudly wore.

Just after midday on Saturday afternoon, the Grandmother rolled into the estate in her wheelchair, and rested on the main green until 3.30pm when she was awoken with her second dose of whiskey of the day.

The Lee Estate - which was ravaged by floods earlier this year - was the only housing estate where the Giant settled on her journey.

Residents gathered outside their houses and admired the marionette for the duration of her stay, with some children attempting to wake her up from her slumber.

Community activist John Costelloe, who lives in nearby Nicholas Street, said: “If you were standing here six months ago, it would be underwater. The last few months has been very difficult, but this is a real positive side to the parish.

“It shows people have not forgotten about the parish. The last few months has been very tough, but this is Limerick at its best. It is incredible. Look at the atmosphere here. People from all over the world are coming here, and we really appreciate that.”

Caroline Cleary, Assumpta Park, watched the parade from her brother John’s house, joined by friend Geraldine Guerin.

“It’s great, we are very privileged to have this here. It is something we might never see again – she is going to Australia next. I wouldn’t mind going with her,” she laughed.

For young Steven O’Donoghue, 6, his favourite part of the day was when the “big bomb went off”.

Sorcha Griffin, also 6, added: “It is really cool to have her just sat outside our home.”

It was a special moment for Sharon Griffin, and her nine month old baby son James Griffin when they met the man behind the performance, creative genius and founder of Royal de Luxe, Jean-Luc Courcoult.

After baby James tried on his hat for size, Sharon said: “It is just fabulous. It is wonderful to have it coming here.”

Lee Estate councillor John Gilligan was a picture of pride in his home parish.

“This is something which will be recognised all over the world, that she had a snooze for a couple of hours this afternoon on our green. It is something that the kids will remember all the days of their lives. I am delighted for my area,” he said.

“It is great for both children and adults,” he added.