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Originally a Limerick person born and bred in Thomondgate/ St. Munchin's Parish. now sometimes refers to all Northside residents. This term comes from the practice of smuggling of soda cakes, by Thomondgaters, into those under seige behind Limerick City's walls during the Seiges of Limerick (1690/91). (Citizens would cry 'the soda cakes are coming'). some people (wrongly) think that this has something to do with the black and Tans. It doesn't. For example, the term was used by Michael Hogan in "The Lays and Legends of Thomond" (published 1880) and almost certainly predates this. The black and Tans were infamously served in the (now long closed) Thomond house Hotel which was situated in Catherine Street in the town centre (Newtown Pery)and was apparently owned by a Clare woman. Perhaps this is where the confusion arises from?
"Once a soda cake had to be a third generation Thomondgate resident; now, any old Northsider can lay claim to the grand old title!"
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