When one hears the word limerick most likely one thinks right away about poetry. However the Limerick I wish to write about is the third most populous city in Ireland. Limerick is a lovely riverside city that is located right in the heart of Ireland’s beautiful Shannon Region. The city is a mixture of the historical and the modern. Tourists can experience lots of cultural activities such as the theater, concerts, museums and the cinema. For those who prefer the great outdoor there are boat rides, walking tours and they can chose to participate in various sports activities.
Tourists discover such exciting things to do as mountain biking in Ballyhoura, angling, horse riding, swimming and a whole lot more. Once you have had enough and want to relax then it’s time to take a cruise on the River Shannon.
Limerick has been home to many famous writers and poets. Among them Michael Hogan, the Bard of Thomond to Jim Kemmy and Maureen Sparling. Even the late and great writer Frank McCourt who won the Pulitzer Prize for his books “Angela’s Ashes” and “Tis and Teacher Man”. Both of which were international bestsellers.
Limerick also has a great music scene. Among the popular bands and artists from here are Dolores O’Riordan, The Cranberries, MonoBand and The Hitchers. There have been films and movies shot in the city among them “Angela’s Ashes”, “Cowboys and Angels”, and “Somebody’s Daughter”.
Thomond Park is one of Ireland’s most famous sporting arenas. It is home to the Munster Rugby team. The team has been crowned twice as European champions and have beaten the world’s best in this stadium. Tourists can enjoy the modern music bar.
A site not to be missed in Limerick is the incredible Living Bridge which was constructed in 2007. It is an iconic 350m long footbridge spanning the River Shannon at the University of Limerick.
St. John’s Cathedral is an impressive church which has the tallest spire in Ireland.
The Georgian House and Garden is one among six houses that were built in 1838. It is a fantastic place to visit. Entering the front door you see the original marble walls and period stairs linking the living area upstairs with the service area downstairs.
Other places of interest include The Hunt Museum and St. Mary’s Cathedral. There are also many different museums to visit.
Tourists enjoy admiring the Georgian architecture downtown.
Limerick Milk Market is a busy place on the weekends and you can find most anything on sale here. Among the bargains are art, books, clothes, antiques, fresh food and milk from the local farmer’s cows.
If you like to take leisurely strolls or romantic walks then Peoples Park in the center of Limerick is for you. You might wish to take your family to a visitor farm where they can take part in all of the fun of traditional farming. There are also lots of beautiful forest parks to be explored. So visit Limerick and you’ll be able to experience great city life as well as country pleasures.
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