Limerick City


Limerick  is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and the principal city in County Limerick. Limerick is the second-largest city in the province of Munster, an area which constitutes the midwest and southwest of Ireland.

Limerick is situated on several curves and islands of the River Shannon, which spreads into an estuary shortly after Limerick. Road infrastructure features three main crossing points near the city centre (an additional river tunnel to the west of the three bridges is expected to open in 2010), and in 2006 the Limerick urban area had a population of 91,000 Limerick is one of the constituent cities of the Cork-Limerick-Galway corridor, which has a population of 1 million.

As with most other large cities in the country, Limerick has attracted a noticeable immigrant community over the past decade. The Polish community is the second largest outside of Dublin, with an estimated 10,000 living and working in the city. Ireland’s first Polish bank opened in 2007. The African community has set up a number of churches, which are now part of the cultural makeup of the city.

Limerick is at the centre of the Midwest region, which contributed €8.224 billion in 2002 to Irish GDP. It is 195 km west of Dublin and is 105 km from both Cork to the south and Galway to the north.

Limerick City is one of the country’s main tourist destinations, only a 15-minute drive from Shannon Airport. Currently tourism is growing at a spectacular rate with over 1,000 new beds being opened in the city in 2006 thanks to the opening of five new hotels. The city is the first to provide visitors with ‘Street Ambassadors’, people designated to help others around and make their stay more enjoyable.

Tourist attractions in the city centre include King John’s Castle (1212), St Mary’s Cathedral (1168), Hunt Museum, several seasonal tours (Angela’s Ashes walking tour of Limerick City, historical walking tour and boat tours along the River Shannon), the University of Limerick, Georgian house and gardens and the Treaty Stone. Adare village and the Foynes Flying Boat Museum on the outskirts of the city are also popular attractions.

The Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum, also known as Limerick Museum, is next to King John’s Castle. It contains displays on Limerick’s history and manufactures.



  1. Unuasual view of The Castle & The Strand with Sarsfield Bridge in foreground & Clare Hills (I think) in background.
    One of the few sights, that have not changed !
    Brings back many fond memories of my Limerick.

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