THE Limerick Leader is read far and wide and when it extended its reach on the worldwide web, it opened a window on the city for Limerick people across the world.
The owner of Lulu’s cafe on Catherine Street never imagined that when an article about a local historical meeting at the cafe appeared on the Leader website that a woman in San Diego would note it in her diary and attend one of the weekly meetings when she travelled home on holidays.
“It’s amazing, the power of the media and how news can spread,” said Ger Sheehan.
Maeve Reid left Limerick in 1972 after marrying Sligo man, Sean Reid. The couple set up home in San Diego, California, and had two sons.
Maeve, who worked as a chiropodist overhead Gleeson’s Drapers on Shannon Street in the seventies, missed life in Limerick after moving to the United States.
An ocean and a continent lies between Maeve and her native city, but she has kept up to date with the latest news from Limerick online over the past few years.
The Limerick woman read an article online about a local historical group that meets every Tuesday at 3pm to reminisce about the people they’ve known and the events that they remember.
On her first trip home to Limerick since her husband died, Maeve decided to drop by.
“I knew I was coming home on vacation so I said I’m definitely going to Lulu’s to see what this group is all about,” she said. “I love every stone in Limerick. The rain doesn’t dampen what I want to do and what I want to see. I’m so delighted and so happy to be back in Limerick. I have beautiful memories of Limerick. I always stand up for Limerick because it does get a knocking.”