Travel: Limerick Bucket List #1 – Get West

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Photography by: Tarmo Tulit

Limerick City is an incredible living, breathing city.

The main streets are dotted with shops to suit even the pickiest of shopaholics, restaurants for every taste, and many famous (and infamous) bars.

The city itself, with its hundreds of side streets, is easy to get lose track of time in.

However, the city sits upon a jewel that everyone passes at some point.

No, we’re not talking about a bar here, but the River Shannon itself.

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The artery of Limerick City, the river Shannon is a formidable force and a beautiful, often forgotten element of our city.

As part of our Limerick Bucket List Challenge, the folks over at Get West gave us an incredible opportunity to get out on the water and relieve some stress.

Get West, featured on RTE’s Nationwide, offer a perspective of our city like you’ve never seen before.

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Through their guided kayak tours, the team at Get West allow us to take a journey down river to see Limerick from a more laidback, more relaxed point of view. Taking a tour on a gorgeous Thursday evening, we set off from the University of Limerick into the City Centre. Although that sounds like a long way, Paul Austin and his guides ensured that the trip was as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible. Being on the river, you can explore a side of Limerick that you definitely don’t get to experience every day.

This was the first time I’d been on any boat in the water in about 10 years, and I was definitely feeling nervous about heading out. The level of care and attention to detail that Paul and his team put into organising the trip took the pressure off and the fear of falling in somewhat subsided. ‘Somewhat’ being the key word there because the water was still freezing, but the feeling of accomplishment afterwards made it worth it.

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Winding our way along the banks, travelling under bridges (some that I didn’t even know existed) and making daring moves around a tiny waterfall, I soon found myself forgetting about the world away from the river. Being out on the water connects you to nature in ways you can’t explain, and it’s something that everyone should experience – especially here in Limerick, with the river right outside our back garden, we have no excuse not to.

A special thank you to the team over at Get West for this amazing opportunity. After taking the tour, our perspectives of the city were refreshed, – you’ll never see the city the same way again once you come off the water.

Contact getwest.ie for more information. Prices start from €10.

Article by: Kevin Bolger

Photography by: Tarmo Tulit

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