brothers Dominick and Tomás Moloney have published a new book, which highlights places of interest and significance across Limerick city.
Discover Limerick, which has taken more than two years to complete, outlines a variety of walks encompassing all areas of the city.
“There are nine individual walks in it that we took all over Limerick and everything that you pass on the way we describe what you are passing and if something spectacular happened there in the past we will tell you about that,” explained Dominick who also took all of the photographs in the pocket-sized book.
One of the walks in the book - entitled The Old English Town Medieval Walk - focuses on the area in-and-around King John’s Castle, St Mary’s Cathedral and Merchant’s Quay. Another focuses on the river around King’s Island while a third focuses on the four bridges in the city centre.
In addition to including a map of each walk, the book also explains the distances involved as well as the time it will take to complete the walk. Of interest to health enthusiasts will be the inclusion of an estimate of how many calories walkers will burn during of the walks.
Both Dominick and Tomás who were raised in Assumpta Park say researching, writing and publishing the book over the last number of years has been a labour of love of sorts.
“It is a labour of love. We are very proud of our city, we are very proud of its history and the people and we said sure why not put out a book with next year being the City of Culture and do our bit for the city,” said Tomás at the launch of the book at the Hunt Museum cafe.
Minister Jan O’Sullivan, who launched the book, said such a publication is long overdue.
“It’s a lovely book, full of photographs and lovely images and the walks are very accessible from the centre of the city and it makes you realise what a wonderful city we have and how many beautiful and interesting places we have because it features items of historic interest, the river and some quirky little things that we may not have noticed,” she said.
Kieran Lehane, director of service at Limerick City Council said the book contains a number of “hidden gems”.