POPULAR broadcaster John Creedon says he ‘enjoyed every moment’ of filming in Limerick for a new series, which will be broadcast on RTÉ television later this month.
Filming for Creedon’s Cities has been ongoing for the past few months and only concluded at the weekend.
The series will see the radio and television presenter lift the lid on Ireland’s four largest cities to see how they have evolved through history and to see what distinguishes one from another in the present day.
“It is four one-hour documentaries, which will go out on a Monday night at 9.30 after the main evening news,” said John who finished filming in Limerick at the weekend.
During the series, which also features Dublin, Cork and Galway, Creedon is persuaded to don period costume as he re-lives some of Ireland’s often bloody history.
A re-enactment of the Siege of Limerick at King John Castle will feature in the series as will the ghostly going-ons at the Milk Market.
“We got some lovely stuff in Limerick, we went to King John’s Castle, we did (a re-enactment) the siege of Limerick. It’s probably is a six or seven minute sequence but it is like what happened here - we had a canon gun and muskets and it was all flag waving on the battle lines and it was like being a kid again really,” he joked.
John, who has travelled to Limerick regularly over the past few months says he was struck by the level of volunteerism in the city which he says he found astonishing.
When asked to describe the personality of Limerick he said it is similar to the North of England. “I would say if Ireland had an industrial north, which we don’t have, it would be Limerick,” he said.
“Because of the Shannon estuary and the industry around it; because of Shannon Airport; because of the history of trade unionism; because of the Jim Kemmys, the story of the Limerick Soviet and rugby - to me that is more the North of England than anything else that goes on on this Island.
Creedon’s Cities will be broadcast on RTE One television beginning on July, 9.
The episode featuring Limerick will be broadcast at 9.30pm on July 30.