Laetitia met her group at Muckross House. When Queen Victoria visited Killarney, she and her retinue were the guests of the Herbert family in this mansion on Muckross Lake. The Herberts made extensive revisions to Muckross House and grounds in anticipation of the royal visit. They had hoped to recover the large financial outlay that these renovations entailed from the publicity that the Queen’s visit would bring, but those rewards never materialized, leaving the Herberts in an unstable financial condition.
As they were touring the grounds, Laetitia noticed a group of picnickers on a grassy knoll separated from the lake by a white board fence. Suddenly one of them leaped up, jumped over the fence, ran down, and jumped into the lake. Laetitia and her group were on the lake side of the fence, so they helped the dripping woman out of the water. The lady, whose name was Myrtle, told Laetitia what had happened, and it became the limerick of the day.
Down to Muckross Lake careened Myrtle
After clearing a fence like a hurdle
As she’d sat on the grass
At a picnic repast
Red ants had invaded her girdle.