This year I spent a week in Limerick and I had an excellent room at Pery's Hotel which reopened in February 2022. For me the main advantage is that it is close to the Train Station and this is important because my equipment is heavy and bulky.

I could not book a room in 2021 as the hotel was closed because of Covid-19 restrictions and I could not visit Limerick in 2020. This year when I visited the Pery Hotel I noticed many changes but when I spoke to the staff they claimed that ownership had not changed. However, the hotel was recently on the market with an asking price of €3,500,000 and it was described as follows:

"Pery’s Hotel is located on Glentworth Street in the heart of Limerick city centre. Glentworth Street is just off O’Connell Street, the main thoroughfare in the city. The hotel is in close proximity to Colbert Station Limerick’s main train/bus Station, Shannon Airport and all the amenities the vibrant city of Limerick has to offer.

Limerick is a tourist attraction for both domestic and international visitors and provides a gateway to the south and west. Areas of interest nearby include, The Ring of Kerry, Kenmare and Cobh. Pery’s Hotel is approximately 26km from Shannon International Airport, 100km from Cork, 99km from Galway and 203km from Dublin.

Located on the prominent corner position at the junction of Glentworth Street and Catherine Street is Pery’s Hotel which has been in operation as a hotel since 1878. This four storey over basement hotel has well-appointed accommodation to include 61 en-suite bedrooms which provide a mixture of family, double and single bedrooms. With three different size conference rooms the hotel is ideal for hosting corporate events, functions or weddings. The reception area, Tait’s Gastro Bar and restaurant provide a tranquil environment for guests to dine and relax, along with the gym and sauna facilities.

Currently there is a service agreement in place for the academic year 2019/2020 with an American University on a Discover the World Study abroad programme, which runs from Late August to Mid-December and again from early January to Mid-May, full details can be found in the Data Room. The hotel has the benefit of an additional income stream from two retail tenants located on Catherine Street."

It is interesting to note that the hotel was on the market as a going concern back in 2007 with an asking price of €8,000,000.

During my visit [April 2022] I notice many young American guests. Years ago the hotel was full with visitors from the UK who visited the same time every year. It would appear that the UK trade has greatly reduced because of Brexit which is a bit surprising as it is no more difficult for British citizens to holiday [live or work] in Ireland.

Shortly before I was due to arrive at the hotel they contacted offering me the opportunity to cancel as they were not in a position to offer dining or bar facilities but as I have a policy of not availing of such facilities this was not a problem for me.

Pery Square is a Georgian Terrace located in the Newtown Pery area of Limerick city, Ireland. The terrace was constructed as a speculative development by the Pery Square Tontine Company between 1835 and 1838. The square was named in honour of the politician Edmund Sexton Perry. The terrace is notable as one of the finest examples of late Georgian architecture in Limerick and Ireland.

The architect James Pain supervised the construction of the terrace and may well have been responsible for the design. The contractor was Pierse Creagh from Ennis. By 1838, the houses forming this terrace were let to tenants. The tontine development was the only area of square that was finished. The remaining plots (around the planned square) which were earmarked for development in Davis Ducart's plan for Newtown Pery were never realised and were left undeveloped.

Opposite Pery Square is the People's Park which adds to the surrounds of the area. The development was the last of the great Georgian Era developments in Limerick as the years that followed heralded an end to the Georgian prosperity and a beginning to a crippling economic decline in Ireland caused by the Great Famine. Limerick was not to see development of that scale again as was seen in Newtown Pery until the Celtic Tiger years.

Today, a Boutique Hotel is trading at No 1 Pery Square. No 2 Pery Square has been extensively redeveloped by Limerick Civic Trust and is now in use as a Georgian Museum. The rest of the houses are being used to various degrees. Limerick City Gallery of Art is also located at Pery Square opposite the tontine as is Limerick's War Memorial. St. Michael's Church of Ireland, a gothic structure stands at the southern end of Pery Square terminating the vista of the street to the south. Saint Michael's Church adds immeasurably to the importance of Pery Square as the unrivalled Georgian streetscape outside of Georgian Dublin.


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