French tourists are sure of a warm bon viveur welcome in Limerick City thanks to the efforts of LIT’s second year business and tourism students.
The students have with the help of their French lecturer, Maria Hackett, produced a brochure written in French highlighting Limerick’s leading attractions.
In a serendipitous moment, as the launch of the brochure was taking place inside City Hall this Wednesday, outside a coach load of French pupils was alighting and making their way towards the city. If only they had a brochure in French – quelle surprise!
Ms Hackett, originally from Burgundy in France, and in Limerick “many years” is French consul for the Mid-West region. “There is a large French Community in the Mid-West. It was a lovely project because I love Limerick myself and I’ve lived here for a long time and I feel that Limerick has so much to offer,” she says.
“For most French people it is not very well known.
“Connemara and Kerry would be the holiday centres so we need to get them to stay, not just pass through. French people are very fond of traditional music and the bars, Dolan’s and The Locke mentioned in the brochure cater for this.
“Also greyhound racing – there is no such thing in France, it is a novelty. It’s great entertainment,” she says.
The brochures will be distributed by the city’s Street Ambassadors and will also be available from the tourist office in Arthur’s Quay.
“It will make life so much easier for the Street Ambassadors. Every Thursday into Shannon Airport you have five flights arriving from different parts of France and we have to make sure they are welcome in Limerick,” added Ms Hackett.
Robert McGrath from Emly in Tipperary, Aisling Wallace from Clare and Niamh Phillips from Patrickwell Limerick were amongst the students involved in the project.