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Irish Writer Frank McCourt in Limerick City with the Shannon River and the Walls of Limerick in the Background Photo by: Photocall Ireland

No hard feelings - Limerick opens book of condolences for Frank McCourt

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Irish Writer Frank McCourt in Limerick City with the Shannon River and the Walls of Limerick in the Background Photo by: Photocall Ireland

PHOTO GALLERY / FRANK McCOURT IN PICTURES / CLICK HERE

NIALL O'DOWD / THE FRANK McCOURT I KNEW / CLICK HERE

VIDEO / FRANK McCOURT AT NEW YORK STATE WRITER'S INSTITUTE  / CLICK HERE

ARCHIVE / 1997 INTERVIEW / CLICK HERE

WOLFHOUND: CATHOLIC LEAGUE BOSS BASHES McCOURT; HE IS TRULY "ANGELA'S ARSE'

Limerick City Council has opened a book of condolences for Frank McCourt, the man who put Limerick on the map.

The 78-year-old’s memoir of growing up in Limerick won him a Pulitzer prize and worldwide acclaim - but not everyone in Limerick was impressed by his portrayal of the conditions in the Treaty City in the 1930s.

However, nowadays there are walking tours in the city that visit the spots made famous by “Angela’s Ashes.”

The Angela’s Ashes tour has been in operation since 1998 and is still popular, with tour guide Michael O’Donnell bringing tourists to all the old haunts mentioned in the book. 

McCourt was last in his hometown in August 2008, when he famously took the same tour.

The book of condolences was opened by the Limerick City Council at City Hall on Merchant’s Quay.

“Limerick is very proud of, and will never forget, Frank McCourt," said Kevin Kiely, Mayor of Limerick, who is expected to represent the city at the author’s funeral.

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