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County Limerick Ireland | Things to See and Do

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County  Limerick Ireland | Things to See and Do

County Limerick sits in Ireland’s southwest. Beside the Shannon Estuary, the city of Limerick is home to the 13th-century King John’s Castle, on an island in the river. Nearby, the Hunt Museum displays a vast collection of art and antiquities in the old customs house. Southeast of here, archaeological sites like the Grange Stone Circle dot the countryside around Lough Gur, in the Ballyhoura Mountains.

King John’s Castle

The Hunt Museum

St Mary’s Cathedral

Treaty City Brewery

The Milk Market

Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum

Curraghchase Forest Park

Adare

Lough Gur

Thomond Park

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King John’s Castle

King John’s Castle is a castle from the 13th-century located in central Limerick, Ireland. The castle lies at the King’s Island along the River Shannon connected to the  western shores by the Thomond Bridge. It’s one of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe.

The Hunt Museum

We are delighted to welcome you back to the Hunt Museum! We were busy behind the scenes preparing the museum for your return.

St Mary’s Cathedral

A welcome video to Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick

Treaty City Brewery

When passing though Limerick city, I was intrigued by the name of the beer that I was drinking with my lunch. None of the staff had heard of the Treaty of Limerick, a seminal event in Irish history. So in this video, I give a very brief summary of the Treaty of Limerick. I hope you like 

The Milk Market

Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum

Curraghchase Forest Park

There are over 300 hectares of rolling parkland, trails, mixed woodland, lakes and an arboretum at Curragh Chase. This planned landscape was the former home of the de Vere family, the most notable being Sir Aubrey de Vere who was a poet and an author. The façade of the former grand house sits proud on the hill overlooking the main car park and man-made lake. There are many wonderful features of the de Vere estate dotted around the Park for you to find, including; the impressive arboretum, a pet cemetery and a memorial cross.

For the nature lover, there are a number of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC’s) in the park, largely due to the presence of the Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros). The hawfinch, a rare bird on Irish soils has frequently been seen at Curragh Chase, this bird appreciates the many hornbeam trees to be found within the Park. Coillte is currently involved in restoring native woodlands within important pockets in the park, including a native Yew woodland. Ducks and an array of waterfowl live and waddle in the area on and around the lake.

There is ample to do and see for an enjoyable day at Curragh Chase for all ages.

Adare

A Walk in Adare Village Park

In the heart of the village is a pretty oasis and gathering place in the shape of a public park. 

The land for this beautiful park, like most of the village, was once part of the massive Dunraven estate.

One feature of the park is the lovely thatched gazebo, which plays a part in village events and is a popular photographic background for the many weddings that take place in Adare all year round.

 Adare is a village in County Limerick, Ireland, located south-west of the city of Limerick. Renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns, Adare is designated as a heritage town by the Irish government.

The River Maigue is tidal as far as Adare, with the settlement forming around the eastern bank of the Maigue overlooking the fording point from which the village gets its name. An annalistic reference is made in the medieval Annals of Inisfallen at AI982.4 “The Tree of Mag Adar was broken by Leth Cuinn”. Owing to the strategic importance of the river crossing the Desmond castle was built overlooking the site near Ardshanbally (derived from Ard an tSeanbhaile – ‘high ground of the old town’), and was first mentioned in 1226. Historically a market town, in the Middle Ages, Adare boasted three monasteries. Owing to the influence of the Earls of Dunraven, who built the Adare Manor (now a luxury resort hotel) a strict plan was laid out for the town.

Lough Gur

The Lough Gur online tour introduces you to this spectacular area in County Limerick. In Lough Gur you will find a Visitor Centre with interpretative exhibition, playground, coffee kiosk and short walking trails. You are welcome to take a guided tour onsite with one of the Lough Gur 

Thomond Park

Munster Rugby – Tribute to Thomond park

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