FUNNYMAN Tommy Tiernan - the country’s most successful comedian - is to return for a ‘World Tour of Limerick’ next year.
Tiernan will play seven gigs over 11 days across Limerick city and county, starting in Thomond Park on February 29 and finishing in Bulgaden Castle, Kilmallock, on March 10.
The comedian did a similar stint of gigs in Limerick in January 2010, selling out every venue that he played in the process. He will also perform at Southill Area Centre, the Strand Hotel, Dolan’s Warehouse, the Woodlands Hotel, Adare and the Devon Inn, Templegantine in March of next year.
Tiernan said he was “delighted to be doing his second world tour of Limerick”.
“We had a great time in Limerick. The idea behind it is that the storyteller is supposed to go to you,” he explained. “We had a huge crowd in Bulgaden for example, people that, if you are only doing one show, might not get to see you.
“You are kind of giving people who normally wouldn’t go to stand-up an excuse to go and see you, because if you are playing the local hall and people who have never been to a comedy gig, might say ‘sure we’ll give it a go, he is only around the corner’.
“You have an excuse to go and see it and I love it, I love that kind of gig. To be honest with you, I get much more of that than playing somewhere like Canada or Australia,” he added.
Tiernan recently played a sold out gig in the University Concert Hall, taking time after the concert to meet with fans and sign autographs.
A self-professed fan of Limerick, the comic played a memorable gig in Southill Area Centre on his last tour and has included a return to the centre on March 1 as part of the latest tour.
“We did Southill and it was interesting the way the women were all over us and trying to mind you, and the men were kind of giving us the cold shoulder! It was a great experience,” he laughed.
Tickets for all of the gigs went on sale from Ticketmaster last week and remain on sale.