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Limerick 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.

Attractions
The 19th-century Saint Saviour's Dominican Church in Glentworth Street.

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.

The Hunt Museum on Rutland Street. The museum has a collection of Bronze Age, Celtic, and medieval items as well as a large art collection.

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.

Amenities
Crecora 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.

Transport
Limerick 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.

Useful contact details for Limerick
Bus /Train station (061) 313333
Bus Éireann (01) 8366111 http://www.buseireann.ie/
Iarnród Éireann (1850) 366222
or (01) 8366222 http://www.irishrail.ie/
Garda Station (061) 212400
Bank of Ireland (061) 415055/316822/418033
AIB (061) 414388/419102/413155
Limerick Chamber of Commerce (061) 415180
Limerick City Enterprise Board (061) 312611
Limerick Regional Hospital (061) 301111
Tourist Information (061) 317522
http://www.shannon-dev.ie/tourism/holidays/index.asp
   
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