Limerick

Top Attractions – Limerick City

The county of Limerick is located on Ireland’s southwest coast between Clare and Kerry.The county is bounded by the wide mouth of the Shannon estuary to the northwest, the high peaks of the Galtee mountains to the southeast and Co. Kerry to the west.

  • Churches
    – Dominican Church
    – Kilrush Church dates back to 1201
    – St. John’s Cathedral
    – St. Mary’s Cathedral
  • The Exchange at Nicholas Street
  • The Granary in Michael Street
  • John’s Square
  • King John’s Castle
  • Limerick City Walls
  • Limerick Museum
  • The O’Connell Monument
  • Sarsfield Bridge
  • The Sarsfield Memorial
  • The Treaty Stone off Thomond Bridge.
  • The Rugby Heritage Centre at Thomond Park
  • Limerick Lace Making at the Good Shepherd Convent in Clare Street
  • Hunt Museum (includes a fine medieval collection and more than 2,000 works of art donated by John and Gertrude Hunt)
  • Places from Angela’s Ashes

Top Attractions – Limerick County

  • Abbeys (at Ardpatrick, Glenstal
  • Lislaughtin, Manister, Mungret and Killeedy)
  • Adare Village and Heritage Centre
  • Castles (numbering more than 400 in total)
  • Castle Matrix – where Edmund Spencer met Sir Walter Raleigh and where the potato was first grown in Ireland – Glenquin Castle Glin Castle Portrinard Castle)
  • Croom Mills
  • The Celtic Park and Gardens in Kilcornan
  • Curraghchase Forest Park
  • Te de Valera Museum at Bruree
  • Foynes Flying Boat Museum (tells the story of the early days of transatlantic flights)
  • The Palatine Exhibition at Rathkeale
  • Lough Gur Interpretative Centre
  • Mitchelstown Caves
  • Reerasta Fort (where the Ardagh Chalice was found).

History of Limerick City

Location: Limerick City is set in the north-east of County Limerick on the mouth of the Shannon estuary.

History: Its charter is 800 years old, making it older than London. The city’s origins date back to when the Vikings sailed up the Shannon Estuary in 922 and founded a settlement on an island. With the arrival of the Normans in 1194, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the great castle of King John were built. The Geraldines’ rebellion against the English in 1571 was the first of many such wars and sieges centred around Limerick City, including the year-long siege against Oliver Cromwell in 1651 and the 1690 and 1691 sieges. The 1690 siege resulted in General Patrick Sarsfield leading the Jacobite cause, which was supported by the Catholic Irish. The end of this siege led to the signing of the Treaty of Limerick in 1691, the terms of which were dishonoured by the English parliament. The city’s walls were taken down in the 18th century and the city developed westwards into an area known as Newtown Pery, famed for its elegant houses and wide streets.

Limerick City began to prosper in the 1950s and 1960s with the industrial development arising from Shannon Airport, the geographical location of which made it the first suitable landing site for long-distance air travel from and to America. Shannon Free Airport Development Company was established in 1959 to ensure that the region maintained its viability in air transport activity. The effects of this agency were quickly felt throughout the Shannon region, particularly in Limerick City. The success of the city today attests to the agency’s initiatives. The University of Limerick has also become one of the most prominent cultural and educational centers of Ireland.