The newly elected Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Francis Foley, has issued a warm invitation to his Kilkenny counterpart this week to experience why the Treaty County is such a winning formula with a visit to the city on Monday night next.
Less than a week into his year long term as Limerick’s first citizen, Cllr Foley is reaching out across the sporting divide by sending Mayor of Kilkenny City, Cllr David Fitzgerald a 'therapy hamper' - a mix that includes 11 Limerick gifts, as part of its ‘Limerick 11 Summer 2022’ tourism campaign, to get him through the tension of the weekend ahead.
The campaign marks the city’s 11 centuries and top of the goodie bag for Cllr Fitzgerald is an invitation to Limerick for Monday night next when, as Mayor Foley writes in his accompanying note, “we’re very confident Limerick will be absolutely buzzing”.
“One of the things we’re proud to be known for is that we are a caring people and, with that in mind, we have put this hamper together; call it a therapy hamper”, Mayor Foley writes.
“We’re conscious of the tension in the build up to and during Sunday’s game; the unfortunate but, we feel, unavoidable come-down you will have; and the need for a pick-me up afterwards. So, we’re endeavouring to cater for all of this in our 11 item hamper to celebrate Limerick 11 Summer 2022, which is turning out to be a special summer indeed.”
The hamper includes ‘Back 2 Back’, a photographic profile of Limerick’s two-in-a-row, 2020 and 2021, with the Mayor accepting in his letter that that an update on the book will surely be underway come Sunday evening, but that there is “still so much in this prequel to enjoy”.
Also included is a Limerick cup and locally roasted coffee blend, Limerick chocolate and a Viking mascot bearing a Limerick green crown.
‘Limerick Slang’, a compiled and illustrated book by Hugh McMahon is in the packed hamper as well. “This will enable you to interpret where you, the ref and the officials, stand with us at various stages during the game,” Mayor Foley writes.
To top it off, the hamper also includes a pack of ‘Dreamies’ - cat treats!
“So, after all that, please enjoy the game and see you perhaps Monday night here in Limerick,” Mayor Foley concludes.