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A List of Famous Limerick Visitors

The following are some of the famous visitors who visited Limerick over the centuries. If there are any missing please leave a comment below.

Visitor: Hermann von Puckler-Maskau  (Prussian socialite who came in search of a rich wife)

Visited: 1828

View of City: Limerick is “the kind of city I like, old and venerable, adorned with Gothic churches and moss-covered ruins, with dark narrow streets, and curious houses of various date; a broad river flowing through its whole length and crossed by several antique bridges, lastly, a busy market-place and cheerful environs.”

Visitor: William Wordsworth (Poet)

Visitor: 1829

View of City: “It is raining hard now, and has done so all day

Visitor: Catherine McAuley (Founder of the Sisters of Mercy)

Visited: 1838

View of City: “The house is surrounded by trees and walking ground, and all enclosed by fine old walls entirely lined with ivy.”

Visitor: Franz Liszt (Composer)

Visited: 1841

View of City: Stayed at Cruise’s Hotel and performed two Grand Concert.

Visitor: Frederick Douglass (former American Slave turned abolitionist)

Visited: 1845

Visitor:  Thomas Carlyle (Writer)

Visited: 1849

View of City: “Wet chief street of Limerick, glimpse of harbour, with poor turf-craft, mainly thro’ an opening on the other side

Visitor: Charles Dickens (Writer)

Visited: 1858

View of City: “This is the oddest place – of which nobody in any other part of Ireland seems to know anything

Visitor:  P. T. Barnum & General Tom Thumb (Entertainers)

Visited: 1859

View of City: Performed in the Atheanaeum Limerick.

Visitor: Eamon De Valera (President)

Visited: Multiple times

View of City:” I had a grand journey to Limerick by train. Of course I was dolled up before starting out! One of the problems was the boots: apparently they didn’t pass muster. A solution was found – they found that my aunt’s button boots would fit me

Visitor: Zigfried Sassoon (war poet)

Visited: 1918

Visitor: Robert Graves (Poet)

Visited: 1919

View of the City: “Limerick was a Sinn Fein stronghold, and there were constant clashes between the troops and young men of the town, yet little ill-feeling”

Visitor: John Gibbons (Writer)

Visited: 1935

View of the City: “Limerick is the most ‘priestly’ city that I have yet met in my travels – and I know Rome

Visitor: Sean O’Faolain (Writer)

Visited: 1940

View of the City: “There is a dignity in Limerick, a place bearing vestiges of history, marching and counter-marching, worn smooth by being in the track of the history of Europe for its little space

Visitor: Rock Hudson & Barbara Rush (actor)

Visited: 1954

Visitor: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (President USA)

Visited: 1963

Visitor: Ted Kennedy (Politician USA)

Visited: 1964

Visitor: Richard Nixon (President USA)

Visited: 1970

Visitor: Roy Orbinson (Musician)

Visited: 1970

Visitor: Dick Emery (Comedian)

Visited: 1977

Visitor: Eric Clapton (Musician)

Visited: 1979

Visitor: Pope John Paul II

Visited: 1979

Visitor: Bill Clinton (President USA)

Visited: 1998 & 2012

Visitor: Mike Tyson (Boxer)

Visited: 2012

Visitor: Billy Connelly (Comedian)

Visited: 2013


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Sharon Slater

Sharon Slater is the owner and operator of the Limerick's Life website. She has been researching and collecting information regarding Limerick history and genealogies since her early teens. She obtained a Masters degree in Local History at the University of Limerick.


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