City (population 79,137) has a reputation as a city of violence,
and this is reflected in the town's early history. There was
much fighting in Limerick between the Vikings, who founded Limerick,
and the Irish. Then, once the Vikings had been defeated, the
Irish in Limerick fought amongst themselves. As if that wasn't
enough, following the integration of the Normans, the people
of Limerick for a long time fought against English rule.
Despite its reputation, the city, located at the start of the
Shannon Estuary on the Clare-Limerick border, has a lot to offer
the would-be visitor.
19th-century Saint Saviour's Dominican Church in Glentworth
The 19th-century Gothic Revival Saint John's Cathedral. Believed
to have the tallest spire in the country, at 280 feet.
Saint Mary's Cathedral, parts of which date back to 1172.
Hunt Museum on Rutland Street. The museum has a collection of
Bronze Age, Celtic, and medieval items as well as a large art
The city's 15th-century walls, the best example of which are
on Lelia Street.
King John's Castle (c.1200) and its new visitor centre.
Limerick City History Museum, beside King John's Castle. Open
seven days a week in the summer and Tuesday-Friday in the winter.
The Rugby Heritage Centre at Thomond Park.
The Treaty Stone off Thomond Bridge beside King John's Castle.
The stone marks the signing of the Treaty of Limerick, which
ended a yearlong siege of the city in 1691 by the Williamite
forces following the Battle of the Boyne.
The City Art Gallery in the People's Park.
Race Course, 4-5 miles south of Limerick, is expected to open
in April 2001.
There are three golf clubs near the city, and Limerick has two
ten-pin bowling alleys and several swimming pools.
is 198 kilometres south west of Dublin on the N7. There are
13 Bus Éireann buses and 14 trains a day to Dublin.
Shannon Airport is just 24 kilometres away, and there are 26
Bus Éireann buses to the airport each day from Limerick.
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