Truly a county of hidden gems, you’ll find a world of attractions in County Limerick and plenty of choice – in particular – for families and sports fans.
A particularly good base to explore Ireland, thanks to having Kerry to the west, Clare to the north, Tipperary to the east and Cork to the south, the beautiful River Shannon running through Limerick City and onwards to the Atlantic Ocean gives the flat county of Limerick a beautiful setting.
In fact, one possible meaning for ‘Limerick’ in Irish (Luimneach) is “the flat area” and no wonder!
Tradition and History in Limerick
While rural Limerick is steeped in tradition and history – such as the remains of Lough Gur settlement – Limerick City also boats huge historic significance with a history taking in the Vikings and Angl0-Normans.
But it isn’t just a case of taking in the past: Limerick City is a former City of Culture with superb threatres, a fine university campus and a history of producing great musicians and famous figures (such as Frank McCourt, Terry Wogan and JF Kennedy’s mother Rose Fitzgerald.
Around County Limerick
A guide to the special events, exhibitions, festivals (and much more!) of Limerick can be found online here.
For sport enthusiasts, you’ll find the home stadium of Munster Rugby not to mention thriving rugby clubs. For visitors, a top-class horse racing track and greyhound track are also on your doorstep.
Foodies will enjoy Limerick City’s famous ‘Milk Market’ where extra-fresh produce and treats of all kinds can be found. The market takes place every Saturday from 8am – 3pm.
No less than Lonely Planet raved about Limerick City’s continuing rise as a cultural force, saying: “Limerick was chosen as the country’s first-ever Irish City of Culture in 2014, and the subsequent investment saw a rejuvenated waterfront complete with stylish boardwalk.
“There’s a recently renovated castle, a lively art gallery and a fast-developing foodie scene to complement its many traditional pubs, as well as locals who go out of their way to welcome you.”