THE STREETS OF LIMERICK 2016

I HAD HOPED TO VISIT LIMERICK IN JUNE

LIMERICK 2017

13:JULY:2017

I got a bit of a scare today. My strap came unattached [this should not have happened] from the camera which dropped to within an inch of the concrete footpath. Because I had an emergency tether attached the camera was not damaged.
I had booked hotel rooms for three days in June and about a week before my visit I discovered that the train service to the city had been suspended for the month of June.
HOTEL PRICES IN IRELAND ARE GETTING OUT OF CONTROL - I MAY HAVE TO CANCEL SOME OF MY CITY VISITS



I am planning to spend the rest of the week in Limerick and I will be staying in the George Boutique hotel in the city centre. The George is an excellent hotel but I cannot afford to stay there in 2018 because of price increases. I have actually booked the Clayton Hotel on Steamboat Quay at a better price for my 2018 visit. Because of cost I will be dropping Kilkenny from next year’s schedule.

This year I got my rooms in Limerick at a good price but not as good as last year or the year before. According to local newspapers hotel prices are increasing at the rate of 15% per year but based on my experience it is closer to 30% and the quality of service has reduced. Having to wait until 3pm to check in and the requirement to check out by 11am has become universal despite the price increases.

The “Streets Of Ireland” project requires me to visit the major cities and towns in Ireland at least once per year but as the cost of accommodation is increasing at an amazing rate it will be necessary to reconsider the program unless I can get sponsorship. Until now I have funded the programme from my own pocket but I am running out of funds.

“The Clayton Hotel is Ireland's tallest hotel and it offers stylish rooms with views of the River Shannon. Guests have free use of the luxury health club”.

Many hotels are no longer offering the opportunity to cancel a booking even if you make a booking a year in advance. I keep getting amazing offers only to discover that the expect to be paid in advance with no possibility of a refund if a change in schedule is required. This has become a major problem in the case of Cork and Belfast. Why have prices in Belfast increased so much when Sterling has reduced by about 15%?

As a result of increasing prices here in Ireland I may consider the possibility of visiting cities outside Ireland.