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Dolores O’Riordan pens an ode to Limerick

Ode to Limerick: Dolores O'Riordan, seen here on stage in Thomond Park, has written a limerick for her native city

Ode to Limerick: Dolores O'Riordan, seen here on stage in Thomond Park, has written a limerick for her native city

  • by Alan Owens
 

SHE might reside in Canada, but Cranberries’ star Dolores O’Riordan still credits Limerick as being “the town that made me strong”.

The Ballybricken woman penned a limerick in tribute to her home town and as part of an interactive walking tour, which is due to launch next week.

Dolores has followed Terry Wogan in penning the five line verse for the inaugural Limerick’s Limericks walking trail.

“It’s a really cool idea, great for Limerick,” said Dolores.

“In this here town my life begun, I left this place when I was young, To seek my fortune, say my say, I found myself so far away, I made my mark, life moved on, this is the town that made me strong,” reads the limerick written by Dolores.

The walking trail - using QR codes - is the brainchild of Limerick company BundlBee, who developed the virtual walking and heritage tour in conjunction with City of Culture.

The limericks will be placed on the plaques at each location. The company is currently running a competition to encourage the public to submit limericks to mark each point on the tour and in turn see their words enshrined in local history.

The trail mixes history and poetry to good effect and the hope is it will appeal to a younger generation.

Tara said BundlBee was aiming to tap into the latent interest people have in their own home place, but about which information wasn’t readily accessible.

“When you are outside a building, you don’t tend to wonder about it. This, having a QR code on the outside, will allow them to access the history of each spot very simply and rapidly.

“We are really trying to appeal to the younger generation. We feel that when people think about walking trails, they think of tourists, but really a lot of people are interested in their own city and want to find out more about it.”

The competition runs until August 25 and the tour will be fully operational by August 28. See www.limerickslimericks.com for more.

 

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