MEMORIAL AT ST. JOHN’S GRAVEYARD IN LIMERICK – EDWARD CRUISE AND HIS DAUGHTER HANNAH
Edward Cruise died 25th July 1887 aged 85 years. And his daughter Hannah died 2nd July 1888 aged 46 years.
When Edward Cruise, who gave his name to the famous limerick hotel, died on 25 July 1887, in his 86th year, he was buried in Saint John’s churchyard, Limerick, close to the original proprietor, George Russell.
Cruise’s Royal Hotel was established in 1791 on what was then known as George Street. For most of its life it was one of the finest hotels in Limerick City or County.
The 80-room hotel had a presidential suite, and many Presidents and dignitaries who visited Limerick stayed there, including Richard Nixon. In the 19th century, the guests at the hotel had included Daniel O’Connell, Charles Dickens  and Charles Stewart Parnell.
George Russell was the first owner of the hotel but eventually it was purchased by Edward Cruise, who was a personal friend of Daniel O’Connell. In the 1820s, O’Connell conducted his Clare election campaign from Cruise’s Hotel, and later celebrated his victory there.
The hotel was demolished in 1991 to make way for today’s Cruise’s Street which is a pedestrianised street linking O’Connell Street and Chapel Street.
Up until now the street would not have attracted much attention other than it hosted the DublinBikes Docking Station No. 46 which as recently disappeared. I went online to check and got the following message: “The station is temporarily disconnected. Its data are unavailable”
There is much construction ongoing along Great Strand Street to the best of my knowledge there will be a number of new hotels opening in the not too distant future.
At times there is some interesting street art on view.
Yesterday someone from the US asked me why do streets in Ireland have “Lower” and “Upper” in their names and how does one know which is which. My understanding is that Lower is always the section that is nearest a river or canal however there is one exception that I know of – Upper and Lower Mount Street are parallel to each other so neither is closer to the the canal but in this case Lower Mount street is closer to the River Liffey which is some distance away.