VIDEO: Giant’s Journey continues

David Hurley


David Hurley

The second day of the Giant’s Journey has come to an end after more than 100,000 people flocked to Limerick city in glorious sunshine.

Huge crowds, including the Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and businessman JP McManus, gathered from 9am at Sarsfield Barracks to see Granny waking up with the help of her small army of Lilliputians.

“It’s great for kids in Limerick,” said JP McManus.

Minister Coveney said the performance was fantastic. “This is one the big highlights for the year. I have my children here, and I was anxious to see it. Obviously she was staying in the Barracks, which obviously has a link with my own department,” he said

As the giant woke, the sun broke through the clouds to delight of the thousands of onlookers.

After moving from her bed to her wheelchair, Granny enjoyed a few sips of whiskey for breakfast before taking a few puffs of her pipe as she listened to a recording of a story about the Famine.

As granny left Sarsfield Barracks, tens of thousand of people lined the streets as she made her way to King’s Island and Lee Estate, travelling along Parnell Street and William Street before crossing Sarsfield Bridge and passing by the Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle.

Following her afternoon nap at Lee Estate, Granny travelled back through the city centre to Henry Street where she was presented with a 80 foot scarf which was knitted by members of the Limerick Craft Hub.

After meeting newly-weds Lyndsey O’Rourke and Tom Brett near the Strand Hotel Granny then travelled to Shelbourne Park via Thomondgate, passing Thomond Park along the way.

She will resume her journey at midday on Sunday before departing Sarsfield Bridge by boat at around 2pm.

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