Limerick holidaymakers are inclined to integrate

THE WORST Irish summer in 57 years might be driving people abroad in search of some much-needed sunshine, but a new poll has discovered that the majority of Limerick holidaymakers will usually make a firm effort to soak up the local cuisine, factor in at least one cultural trip and head “off the main drag” when they go on holidays, rather than merely lying on a beach.

THE WORST Irish summer in 57 years might be driving people abroad in search of some much-needed sunshine, but a new poll has discovered that the majority of Limerick holidaymakers will usually make a firm effort to soak up the local cuisine, factor in at least one cultural trip and head “off the main drag” when they go on holidays, rather than merely lying on a beach.

The results of a light-hearted poll - carried out by AA Travel Insurance - examining what people do when visiting foreign climes, has revealed that Limerick folk are an adventurous bunch while abroad.

Seventy five percent of those surveyed indicated that they would usually take at least one cultural day trip, while more than 70 percent said they would always or regularly eat the local cuisine. Likewise almost 70 percent said they would tend to venture off the main tourist thoroughfare, a similar number said they would interact with the locals.

Unlike counties like Longford and Roscommon, who indicated that they would almost completely avoid making an effort with the local language, more than 50 percent of those Limerick folk surveyed said they would make some effort to speak the language.

Local travel operator Tony Brazil, owner of Limerick Travel, said the findings reflected the feedback he sees regularly in his business.

“Yes, (Limerick) people are pretty adventurous, they certainly don’t want to plank themselves on a deckchair for two weeks and get pink and come back burnt,” he said.

“People are looking for a lot more activity when they go, and more places than just one location. People like to be welcomed, and go to places where they can sample the local cuisine and local hospitality,” he added.