Limerick - Atlantic Edge, European Embrace
Welcome to Limerick: Where our edge has been sharpened as much by harsh Atlantic winds as by the tough trials of history… and where the embrace of millennia of European culture is warm and enduring .This is our Limerick. Where edge meets embrace.
A county of surprises. Europe’s third largest English Speaking city but also its most friendly and welcoming destination; a cultural hotbed, renowned for its many archaeological and historic wonders; the economic core of Ireland’s Mid-West but widely known for its warmth and home town feel. Whatever way you look at it, Limerick will truly surprise you. Few regions offer the magical blend of City and County quite like Limerick. Famed for the friendliness of its people, whether you are a veteran or a Limerick debutant, you are sure to enjoy yourself! With a whole host of superb accommodation options, family fun festivals, exciting arts and cultural events and award winning restaurants, shopping, buzzing nightlife, top class activities and attractions, Limerick truly has something for everyone to enjoy! Limerick is synonymous with sport so it doesn’t matter whether you prefer to spectate or participate, one thing you can rely on is that there is some major sporting action for you to enjoy while visiting Limerick City and County.
Limerick is strategically located mid-way along the Western seaboard of Ireland, and is the retail, business, financial, industrial, administrative and commercial heart of the mid-west region.
Limerick is the birthplace of many famous people including Sir Terry Wogan, Ireland’s captain Paul O’Connell, the late Frank McCourt, Billy Whelan of Riverdance, Hollywood legend Richard Harris, boxer Andy Lee, renowned artist John Shinnors, Limerick’s rowing hero Sean McGowan and chart topping rock band the Cranberries to name but a few.
Limerick is full of Wonderful Surprises
Limerick is a modern, riverside city with a population of 100,000 people built around a medieval core on King’s Island. Limerick, which has a charter older than that of London, is a vibrant, bustling metropolis that continuously reinvents itself, pleasantly surprising the visitor each time they stay.
Limerick is the birthplace of many famous people including Sir Terry Wogan, Ireland’s captain Paul O’Connell, the late Frank McCourt, Billy Whelan of Riverdance, Hollywood legend Richard Harris, boxer Andy Lee, renowned artist John Shinnors, Limerick’s rowing hero Sean McGowan and chart topping rock band the Cranberries to name but a few. Visit Limerick and you will be guaranteed to be charmed by out wonderful local people!
Limerick’s citizens are renowned for the passion with which they support all sports, particularly Rugby and the GAA. Limerick City is home to some of the very best stadia and sporting infrastructure in Ireland including Thomond Park Stadium, home to the mighty red army of the Munster team, the Gaelic Grounds, the University of Limerick Arena and the recently developed €20 million Limerick Greyhound Stadium. So make sure to get in on the sporting action when you come to town!
The Festival & Events
Every year is a great year for festival fun in Limerick. There is something to suit all tastes and interests, check our calendar of events for full details. Visit www.limerick.ie for your festival and event guide and check out the latest announcements, special offers and competitions!
The Landmarks and Attractions
King Johns Castle, The Hunt Museum, The home of the Irish Coffee Foynes Flying boat museum, St Marys Cathedral, The Frank McCourt Museum and the Treaty Stone are just a sample of the rich diversity of attractions in Limerick!
Limerick is a shoppers paradise! The streets are teeming with glossy shops and high street stores, while pedestrian plazas are lined with colourful independent boutiques where you will find some unique pieces. Limerick City and County also have some excellent food markets.
The Night Life
There is always something to do in Limerick, which is virtually bursting with fashionable bars, legendary pubs and rocking nightclubs. Whether you are a fan of music, theatre, opera, ballet or modern dance, Limerick offers these in abundance. The City and County also lay on a compelling menu of festivals and events throughout the year
The Food Scene
Award-winning restaurants, buzzing bistros and cheerful cafés serve up high quality meals certain to please the visitor and add a memorable culinary dimension to your stay. Limerick is renowned for its culture, its history and its many tourist attractions, but it is its excellent dining and the diversity and quality of the products on sale throughout the City and County that really set it apart. A visit to Limerick would not be complete without a trip to Irelands Largest Covered Market the Milk Market
It is more than 1,000 years ago since the first Viking traders established Limerick as a sheltered seaport at the head of the Shannon estuary. Today, whatever way you come to Limerick – by plane, train, bus, boat or car – it is easily accessible. Situated just 90 minutes from Dublin City (M7) and 1.5 hours from Cork (N20) and Galway (M18), Limerick’s location on Ireland’s West Coast can be easily reached via all major roads.