Limerick’s Limericks

As part of Limerick City of Culture 2014 Limerick city has become the first city in Ireland and indeed, one of the first in the world to have a virtual QR Code Historical Walking Tour.

This tour was devised by a small group of innovators from a Limerick company called BundlBee namely Serena Hartigan, Tara Hartigan and Mark Manning. The project was comprised of a number of various simple elements to bring together one very powerful idea.  A project that merges literature, history and technology, three important factors that Limerick is famous for. A perfect marriage worthy of a City of Culture project.

Limerick’s Limericks Virtual Walking Tour features 12 points of historical interest throughout Limerick. At each location there is a plaque featuring a QR Code with a Limerick poem about the location. Once the QR Code is scanned the participant is brought to a mobile optimised web page that features historical information gathered by local historian Ursula Callaghan, including photographs from Sharon Slater, Limerick Life. From there the participant can move to the next point of interest by given a series of directions based on the next nearest location.

The poems were gathered through the means of a national and international competition that sought to find the best limerick writers around. Dolores O’Riordan, Limerick native & singer with The Cranberries and Terry Wogan, Limerick native and world renowned TV & Radio Personality both wrote their very own limericks about their beloved home city, and encouraged others to do so also.

The strict judging criteria was overseen by Dominic Taylor, Limerick Writers Centre and Dr. Matthew Potter, author of The Curious Story of the Limerick, who had the arduous task of picking the various winners.

The tour is now officially open to the public, and the signs can been seen dotted around the city. The organisers hope that is it enjoyed for years to come, by the young and the old, the local and the visitor alike.

“We feel this project is an important marriage between history, literature and technology, we want to engage the participant initially with a limerick and then they can scan the QR Code to find out more if they so choose. We feel adding this modern twist will encourage the younger generations to learn more about the city. We hope that locals and tourists enjoy it for years to come.” Tara Hartigan, Project Coordinator, LimericksLimericks.com

What is Limerick’s Limericks?

Limerick’s Limericks is a Virtual Walking Tour of Limerick.

The tour features 12 points of historical interest throughout the city. At each location there is a plaque featuring a QR Code with a Limerick poem about the location. Once the QR Code is scanned the participant is brought to a mobile optimised web page that features historical information gathered by local historian Ursula Callaghan, including photographs from Sharon Slater, Limerick Life. From there the participant can move to the next point of interest by given a series of directions based on the next nearest location.

To take part in the tour a user needs:

  • A Smart Phone
  • A QR Code Reader App
  • A Great Sense of Adventure

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