Around 75,000 people lined the streets of Limerick city in glorious sunshine this morning as the #LimerickGiant continued her journey.
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.
Along the way, onlookers got a surprise at the junction of O’Connell Street and William Street when granny decided to relieve herself following her liquid breakfast.
Speaking at King John’s Castle, Minister Michael Noonan said: “There is a kind of magic which is hard to explain. From the oldest person on the street to the kids: everything is smiling, and everyone is happy when she sees her. She has a lovely expression on her face when you see her.”
One of those spotted among the huge crowds in Limerick for the Royal de Luxe extravaganza this morning was comedian Dara Ó Briain.
The visit of the #Limerick Giant continues until tomorrow afternoon, which she will depart Sarsfield Bridge by boat.