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Limerick Set To Reclaim The LIMERICK

 

Mayor of Limerick, Diarmuid Scully is pleased with the overwhelming response to his competition designed to get the Limerick to reclaim the limerick.

Several hundred entries have poured into the Mayor's office since the competition was launched last month.


People from all walks of life have entered the competition, from local authors like Judi Curtin to ordinary joes who want to celebrate their city's heritage.


Dominic Taylor reciting his Limerick on Sarsfield Street

Mayor Scully is asking people to compose five line poems about any Limerick street, lane or square. The winning limericks will then be put on a plaque and erected in that place.

"There has been a great response from members of the public to the limericks competition," said Mayor Scully.

So far, people have written about numerous areas in the city including Augustine Place, Thomond Park, and Patrick Street.

One of the more unusual entries was written by Limerick native Dominic Taylor.

It reads:

"Intrinsically linked with this place
Sarsfield fought for this city with grace
this adopted son
Is remembered as one
Whom its citizens fondly embrace
".

In each limerick, the first two lines must rhyme, the third and fourth lines must rhyme and finally, the last line should rhyme with the first two.

While the origin of the limerick is unknown, it is said that the name derives from a song brought back from France by members of the Irish brigade in the 18th century.

The chorus of the song was "Will you come up to Limerick?" Verses were added to the song, telling the adventures of people from Irish cities, including Limerick.

English poet Edward Lear made the limerick popular in the 1840s.

"There's still some time for would be poets to have their name and work immortalised on the streets of the city, as the closing date is February 24," said Mayor Scully.

Would-be poets are invited to submit their limericks by post to The Mayor's Office, City Hall, Limerick or by email:mayor@ limerickcity.ie.

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