Limerick is a historic riverside city with welcoming people and a vibrant civic pride. With its unmatched sporting tradition and welcoming nature, a visit to Limerick always leaves people wanting to come back for more.
Limerick is the gateway to Ireland’s scenic West with easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way . An ancient city, with a charter predating that of London, Limerick epitomises Ireland’s industrial and cultural renaissance. Limerick City is the capital of the Shannon Region and the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland. In 1197 Limerick was granted its City Charter. 1691 saw the capture of the city and the signing of the Treaty of Limerick. Its colourful and fascinating history is evident everywhere and proudly maintained. Although small enough to offer a sense of intimacy, Limerick, with its university, museums, citadel and cathedral is undoubtedly a cosmopolitan metropolis.
The city of Limerick boasts galleries, theatres, excellent restaurants and a world class museum housed in the restored Custom House. Only a few miles from the city, the University of Limerick has played a major part Limerick’s growth. Set on a magnificent parkland campus, beside the Shannon, the University is the centrepiece of the National Technological Park. Above all, Limerick is a haven for Irish traditional music and you can find a lively ‘session’ on any night of the week. For more information on Limerick visit www.limerick.ie
Tangible remains of the past inhabitants going back 800 years can be viewed at King John’s Castle, which overlooks the Shannon. Nearby is the medieval St. Mary’s Cathedral, a small scale Gothic masterpiece dating from the 12th century and on the opposite bank of the river is the Treaty Stone. Limerick boasts a fine crescent of splendid Georgian town houses built in the late 18th century. The Hunt Museum contains a unique collection of archaeological material and works of art, which were assembled by John Hunt, and housed in the renovated Custom House. And, of course, a city that contains all this also provides a generous selection of the best shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs and sporting activities. Limerick is rightly famed as the sporting capital of Ireland and is the home of Munster Rugby and Thomond Park Stadium. Here, sport transcends all class boundaries and the “docker and the doctor compete in the field of sport on an equal footing”.
Gaelic football, hurling, golf, horse-racing, walking and cycling are also particularly popular pursuits in Limerick.
Limerick is located 290 kms from Belfast, 192 kms from Dublin, 103 kms from Cork, 105 kms from Galway, 104 kms from Tralee and 40 kms from Tipperary.
Limerick is strategically located on the national primary road network, with Ennis and Galway linked by the N18, Cork on the N20, Killarney on the N21/23 and Dublin on the M7.
A comprehensive network of secondary roads links Limerick with other centres of population throughout the country.
Shannon Airport is the closest airport to Limerick City (12 miles (20Km) west of the city) and provides international access from many worldwide countries. Telephone: +353 – 61 – 471444 www.shannonairport.com From Shannon Airport there are frequent bus services to Limerick.