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:  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: Eamon De Valera (President)

Visited: 1885

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: 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

Limerick 1830s

Others famous celebrities visited Limerick throughout the centuries including, Frederick Douglass, a former American Slave turned abolitionist in 1845.  In 1858 P. T. Barnum brought General Tom Thumb to preform in the Atheanaeum Limerick.


Tweasure Hunt - 24 March 2013
Poaching with the Abbey Fishermen