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Strategically positioned on the banks of the River Shannon, Limerick was founded by the Vikings in the 10th century, and it has developed over the years to become the third-biggest city in Ireland. Once notorious for the widespread poverty that made it the star of Frank McCourt’s memoir Angela’s Ashes, Limerick is now a bustling city with much to entertain visitors.
The Hunt Museum is a showcase for one of Ireland's greatest private collections of art and antiquities, dating from Neolithic times to the 20th Century. John and Gertrude Hunt were antiques dealers and advisors to collectors who amassed more than 2,000 works, from Bronze Age artefacts and medieval statues to paintings by Picasso and Renoir.
Reopened in May 2013 after a €6 million refurbishment, King John’s Castle is the iconic heart of medieval Limerick. The 13th-century castle overlooks the mighty river Shannon, showcasing 800 years of history brought to life.
Daghdha Dance Company is a remarkably progressive contemporary dance company that stages events in Limerick and helps young choreographers, dancers, and actors develop artistically. Its beautifully choreographed shows are well worth seeing.
Thomond Park is the home of Munster Rugby, and an electric place to be on match day. Even non-sports enthusiasts will appreciate its value as a spectacular setting for big-name concerts. Visit the Munster Experience Museum for insights into the history of Munster Rugby and the stadium.
The Belltable in O’Connell Street provides a space for entertainers working in fields including theatre, poetry, circus, music, comedy, and dance. Chimes, the small on-site cafe, is a regular haunt among Limerick performers, and there are frequent exhibitions in the main foyer.
People’s Park was established as Limerick’s main park in 1877, rehabilitating itself in recent years as an attractive place for everyone to enjoy. Theatre companies stage outdoor performances here, and a new playground makes it a great place for all the family.
Foynes Flying Boat Museum is an unusual museum a 40-minute drive from Limerick city. It outlines the history of the 1940's and the Flying Boat era, featuring a full-size replica of a Flying Boat, flight simulators, and a holographic exhibition. Sample an Irish Coffee in the place where head chef Joe Sheridan invented it in 1943.
Ballyhoura, about an hour’s drive from Shannon Airport, has the longest network of bike trails in Ireland - incorporating 98km of forest road climbs, twisting hilly singletrack, tight turns, and technical rocky sections. Even if you’re not super-fit, you should manage the gentle 6km Greenwood loop.
Lough Gur Heritage Centre is a community-run attraction focusing on the region’s six millennia of human habitation. Monuments cover everything from Neolithic house sites to medieval castles, and the heritage centre’s trained guides provide details of the history, lore, and archaeology of Lough Gur.
The world's largest tag rugby festival sees hundreds of fit male and female players experiencing the best tag rugby has to offer at the Pig 'n' Porter Tag Festival at the Old Crescent RFC in Rosbrien every July. The hugely enjoyable festival is staged on 24 pitches and culminates with a fabulous barbecue (hence the pig and the porter).
10.3km from Kilmallock
This cosy traditional-style cottage offers exceptional accommodation in a picturesque area near Kilmallock in County Limerick. The cottage, which is situated in a pretty courtyard setting, is perfect for a family holiday or a relaxing break in the country.
Cosy and comfortable, it has everything you need to make your vacation a pleasant and memorable one. It has two bedrooms with three single beds and one double bed.
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1.7km from Kilmallock
Enjoy delightful accommodation in the secluded countryside of Kilmallock in County Limerick. This holiday home commands superb views of landscaped gardens and is the perfect destination for a relaxing family holiday away from the stresses of everyday life. Beds come supplied with free bed linen. Downstairs there is a stylish open plan living room and dining room with a well-equipped kitchen. There is also a main bathroom with shower. You will also have private parking and access to a garden where you can relax in the afternoons.
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7km from Adare
This thatched cottage offers exceptional accommodation near the pretty village of Adare in County Limerick, one of Ireland’s best known beauty spots. It’s perfect for those who want to enjoy a vacation in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside. This is a heritage-listed farmhouse that offers a tempting welcome pack of tea, coffee, apple pie and scones on arrival.
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3.8km from Doon
Enjoy delightful accommodation on the outskirts of the pretty village of Doon in County Limerick. This tranquil cottage will captivate you with its peaceful ambience and breathtaking views. It is perfect for a romantic break, a family holiday or simply just as a relaxing base for touring. Set in the country yet close to all amenities, this beautiful 100-year-old cottage has three bedrooms and can accommodate up to six people, with two single beds and two double beds. Shannon Airport 53km. Cork Airport 129km. Dublin Airport 217km. Knock Airport 205km.
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3.1km from Adare
Stay at a delightful property in a scenic rural setting near Adare in County Limerick, one of Ireland's prettiest villages. Located in an area of peace and tranquillity, far from hustle and bustle, this holiday home will really give guests a taste of country living and help to create the ideal holiday.
15.7km from Ardagh
Enjoy a real taste of country living in a beautiful rural area. This charming cottage is set in the secluded countryside near the pretty heritage village of Adare in County Limerick. You will be captivated by the peace and tranquillity of this property. Situated on its own grounds, it is surrounded by mature trees and has been carefully restored to retain its original character and charm.
0.8km from Galbally
Stay at a beautiful stone cottage in the scenic village of Galbally in County Limerick. Each of these townhouses is tastefully decorated with a wonderful authentic stone exterior. The two-bedroom properties feature one double bed and two single beds and can accommodate up to 4 people comfortably. The cottages are located in a scenic country area close to rugged mountains, mature forests, and crystal clear lakes.
0.2km from Ballyhahill
This beautiful four-star cottage nestles in the hills overlooking the Shannon Estuary near the Kerry/West Limerick border in an area of scenic beauty surrounded by lush green landscape. Close to Cork and Limerick city, it has been refurbished recently, yet it retains its old-world charm. Relax in the sauna or steam room, cook up a storm in the delightful cream oak kitchen, unwind by the open stone fireplace or laugh the night away in the snooker room.
5.9km from Cappamore
Stay at a beautifully restored farmhouse in the countryside just outside Cappamore in County Limerick.
Set amidst the breathtaking Slieve Felim mountain range, the property contains four bedrooms, of which three have ensuite facilities. The holiday rental caters for families and also provides bed linen and towels free of charge. A cot and highchair are available upon request.
When you stay at this 200-year-old Georgian farmhouse in Limerick, you will see how sensitively it has been renovated to reflect the old way of life in Ireland. This 3-bedroom, boutique property sleeps 6 and is set in the quiet, pastoral landscape of Limerick, which is an ancient city originally founded by the Vikings.
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