Explore the life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt in his old school that’s now a museum. Although born in Brooklyn, McCourt was educated in Limerick and wrote the bestselling Angela’s Ashes about his childhood there.
The Irish President himself, no less, Michael D Higgins – a Limerick man by birth – has recited his poetry in the White House, the city’s oldest pub and haunt of poets, writers and wits. If you’re lucky, you may even hear a “Limerick” (a short, witty poem) being delivered.
A tour of the hallowed ground at Thomond Park stadium where Munster beat the mighty All Blacks 12-0 in 1978 is a great way to get a feel for Limerick’s sporting culture. You can visit areas usually reserved for players and officials, and visit the museum.
King John’s Castle is a 13th century Castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The Castle overlooks the majestic River Shannon offering wonderful panoramic views of Limerick City. Discover excavated pre-Norman houses, fortifications, siege mines, and the battlement walks.
Housed in the Palladian Custom House, the Hunt Museum holds the finest collection of bronze age, celtic and medieval treasures outside Dublin. Ancient Irish metalwork, European objets d’art, and a selection of 20th-century European and Irish paintings, including works by Jack B. Yeats, are on view. If you would like to take a break there is a café overlooking the river.
Founded in the 12th century on a hill on King’s Island, this site was originally a palace belonging to one of the kings of Munster, Donal Mor O’Brien. In 1172 he donated it for use as a church. The building contains the original Romanesque doorway and clerestory, and several features added in the 15th century.
The Limerick City Gallery of Art houses a permanent collection of 18th, 19th and 20th century art, including several paintings by Ireland’s celebrated artist Jack B. Yeats. It also hosts a range of travelling contemporary art exhibitions, as well as traditional and classical music concerts.
Belltable is the centre of performance and visual art for the mid-west region, with an exciting programme of theatre, dance, film, music and visual art running throughout the year. The annual Spring festival of fringe theatre, Unfringed brings all manner of performance to the Belltable.
Follow in the footsteps of your Munster heroes by taking a look behind the scenes at the historic Thomond Park Stadium. The stadium tour takes you to places that are only accessible to the players and officials on match days, so from a walk down the tunnel to a seat in the home dressing room, the stadium tour gives you the unique opportunity to experience how the Munster players feel on big match days.
Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum in Limerick which tells about the brave world of transatlantic air travel. The museum has a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations. You can learn about the history of the flying boats in an authentic 1940's cinema, featuring the award winning film 'Atlantic Conquest'. Or marvel at the only Boeing B314 replica in the world. The museum also showcases the original terminal building, radio and weather room, compete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment.
An audio visual show and display panels on the geology, botany, zoology and archaeology of the area are combined with local folklore and Celtic Festivals while the centre also houses replicas of famous finds in the area. These include Stone Age pottery, the famous Bronze Age Lough Gur Shield (now housed in the National Museum) and the Countess of Bath chalice and paten.
This castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort, around the early part of the 13th century. It became a strategic fortress during the following turbulent years. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion in 1536, when it was forfeited and granted to the Earls of Desmond who gave the castle its present name.
This restaurant serves traditional Irish and Italian cuisine, the menu also offers various seafood and some vegetarian dishes. The chefs only use local products, organically grown vegetables and fresh herbs. Freddy's Bistro offers a cozy atmosphere and will give you a unique dining experience.
A French café with an Irish twist, offering coffee made from freshly roasted organic and fair trade coffee beans. If you are hungry they serve hot and cold sandwiches made-to-order after your taste as well as salads and pies. They also serve a fine selection of handmade pastries, scones, cakes and biscuits.
Hook & Ladder is more than simply a cafe. It is also a cookery school and a furniture and home accessory shop that offers everything from delicious coffee, produce from local agriculture and original pieces of home design. They also boast a great selection of food, serving breakfast, snacks and evening meals, as well as wonderful baked goods.
Michael Flannery’s Pub is a traditional Irish Bar which boasts one of the largest Irish whiskey collections in Ireland with over 100 in stock. Craft beers and stout are also available for those who want an opportunity to enjoy a tipple, in a quiet, warm and welcoming environment.
Shannon Airport is located approximately 15 miles north of Limerick City. There are direct year round services to and from many destinations in the UK and Europe. There are also regular international flights from the USA and other worldwide destinations. There is a regular bus service from the airport to the bus station in Limerick city centre. Buses from the airport start at 6:45am and run approximately every half hour. The first bus from the bus station to the airport leaves at 5:20am. A detailed timetable is available from the Bus Eireann (www.buseireann.ie). Taxis are available at the 24-hour taxi desk in the arrivals hall and cost approximately €30 to Limerick city centre. Vehicle Hire is readily available but advance reservation is recommended particularly during main holiday periods. If you are intending to hire a vehicle please ensure you have a current driving licence.
Influenced by the Gulf Stream, Ireland has a mild temperature climate with summer temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 16 degrees Celsius (60-70 Fahrenheit). The temperatures are generally around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degree Fahrenheit) in Spring and Autumn and between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius (30-40 degrees Fahrenheit) in Winter. For regional forecasts, please consult www.met.ie
EU Citizens are entitled to free hospital treatment in a public ward and should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (which replaced the old E111 form) prior to departure. For further details see www.ehic.ie. Private medical insurance is advised for Visitors from non-EU countries.
The unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro. One euro consists of 100 cents. notes are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500. Coins are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm. Each bank has one later opening day per week. Bureau de Change facilities as well as ATM machines are available at most banks. Money transfers can be organised through Western Union Money Transfer. MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards are widely accepted in Ireland.
Taxis and Hackney Cabs are available in Limerick. Taxis can be hailed down in the street, but Hackney Cabs must be booked from offices. Costs are measured by distance, taxis have a metre. If you have to be somewhere at a particular time, it is wise to book in advance as offices can be quite busy. All hotels will have a local taxi number.