A NEW walking tour has been set up which takes in some of Limerick’s most historical sights and sounds.
The St Mary’s Area Integrated Development group (AID) has launched the tour.
Codenamed ‘Historical Limerick: up close and personal’, the group says it offers “an intimate panoramic encounter with the riches of historical Limerick”.
The tour includes a visit to St Mary’s Cathedral, the Hunt Museum, Sarsfield Bridge, the Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle.
Led by tour guide, and well known local historian Gerry Moyler, the walk kicks off at the Widows Almshouses near Limerick’s most famous tourist attraction, King John’s Castle.
From there, it will proceed to the St Mary’s parish, taking in both the cathedral, and the parish’s band hall.
Baal’s Bridge, the Custom House and the Hunt Museum follow, before a refreshment break and a question and answer session is taken with tour guide Mr Moyler.
The tour proceeds to Sylvester O’Halloran Bridge, Sarsfield Bridge, Clancy’s Strand Treaty Stone, Thomond Bridge the Bard of Thomond Statue ending at King Johns Castle.
Mr Moyler has a wide knowledge of local history, and he hopes the tour is entertaining for tourists, school groups and individuals.
John O’Regan, administrator at St Mary’s AID said: “These walking Tours have proven very popular in the past with good demand and Limerick’s position of European City of Culture 2014 has led to the launch of “Historical Limerick-Up Close and Personal”.
Perhaps the most unique thing about the tour - which takes place twice a day - comes towards the end.
After explaining to tourists and locals alike the stories behind the city’s buildings, walls and homes, they convene for lunch - with local people.
“I offer them the chance to come for lunch in the St Mary’s Park community centre, just down the road from King John’s Castle. People love it: they are sitting down with the locals from the island, and St Mary’s Park. Tourists never see this kind of thing,” Mr Moyler explains.
And the best bit is: the meal costs just €4.
Historical Limerick: up close and personal takes place at 11am and 2.30pm every day.
Prices for the tour are €10 per person, €5 for students and OAPS, while there is a special family rate of €20.
Group rates are also available on request.
For more information, and to book, contact Mary Corkery on 087 6163250.
Alternatively, bookings are also available online at http://stmarysaid.blogspot.ie.