Our goal for the day was Cork. Halfway there, a deluge of rain began. While we were happy to walk in the rain, we didn’t want to wander in a ‘gusher.’ The question … what can we do inside? Hmmm … a quilt shop?
The only thing that I researched prior to the trip was the location of quilt shops. So, we changed our plans. The closest quilt shop was in Limerick and began to head that direction. The only problem was that we were missing a direct route to Limerick, so we took a Saturday drive through County limerick, which included Mallow and a few miles of regional roads. The rain was still falling.
Eileen (Ard Ri House) later simply shook her head when we told her where we went. She is probably still wondering how we managed to find it. On the other hand, Sara and I were doing really well with navigating … but I was also beginning to think that we might have a leprechaun in our trunk!
We found it! We wound around and through downtown Limerick. Just north of the downtown, we were able to locate the street. We did have to turn around … but only once. House numbers do not exist. Once we readjusted, we were able to locate the sign.
Winander House is a small quilt shop located in a small shop behind the house. It had a good selection. The fabrics were familiar; many found in quilt shops in the United States. I looked for some Irish linen on a bolt, but it was a ‘no go.’
I can say, however, I have been to an Irish quilt shop!
Location via Google Maps: