Day 18 - Loitering in Limerick
Time drags a bit when you’re on a cycling holiday and have no cycling to do, so I;ve been feeling a bit spare since I arrived in Limerick. Last night I noticed that Eva Cassidy - The Story was happening at the Belltable Arts centre which is just around the corner from the hotel, so, as I quite like Eva Cassidy, I thought I’d go along after I’d had something to eat, which I did at Zo Zabb Thai bistro.
Elsa Jean McTaggart is a Scot, one of eleven children from a Perthshire family, now living on the Isle of Lewis and she and her husband Gary, who acts as background keyboard player and general factotum are touring this show about the life and work of Eva Cassidy.
This morning I woke, as usual, at about 0700 but lazed in bed as there was nothing in particular to do before setting off for a tour of Limerick’s museums which don’t open until 10am.
King John of England was the youngest and favourite of the five sons of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine and had little expectation of inheriting the English Throne and control of large areas of France.
However, rewinding a little, Henry II made John Lord of Ireland in 1177 and on his second visit in 1210 he agreed that a castle should be built in Limerick to protect the Norman rulers from the Gaelic chiefs who were, understandably, pretty upset by the treatment they were receiving from their overlords under the pertaining feudal system
There’s a rather nice ditty to explain the feudal system that was penned by Jack Broome, a Royal Naval officer who was an accomplished cartoonist.
The feudal system had its points but gave the King bad dreams
For it meant the land divided into sundry fighting teams
The King might get a telegram from Baron, Priest or Lord
To say “Arriving Saturday, intend to sweep the board”
Anyway Limerick Castle was built, starting in 1212, and was added to over the years.
In 2014 Limerick became Ireland’s first City of Culture and as part of that initiative a visitor centre and interactive display of the history of the Castle was built.
The views from the turrets would have been great on a bright day but I publish one anyway, with Thomond Park in the background.