COUNTY LIMERICK - WHY GO?
Rich in history with ancient forts, medieval castles and ruined country houses, County Limerick is a cultural haven in a beautiful setting. Outdoor types will also find special places to explore amongst the forest and loughs (lakes).
MUST SEE, MUST DO
A stroll around Limerick City will uncover all sorts of gems, including The Hunt museum, crammed with works by Renoir and Picasso. Explore medieval King Johns’ Castle, take a look at the Georgian House and Garden at No 2 Pery Square or pop into the People’s Park to see its collection of modern Irish art.
Rugby fans will be keen to get tickets to see Munster play at Thomand Park and soak up the atmosphere. There’s plenty of fishing on the River Shannon and golfing not far from town.
Historic Lough Gur has been inhabited since 3000 years BC and amateur archeologists will find plenty of ruins to keep them entertained, including the largest stone circle in Ireland. Remains of forts and castles are also scattered across the lakeside and the visitors centre has lots of information about the site.
Curraghchase Forest Park
Lakes, meadows and forests make up the elegant Curraghchase Forest Park, which was once part of the DeVeer estate that was home to the poet Aubrey DeVeer. Fire destroyed the house in 1941; so only the shell remains, but the gardens, arboretum and lake can be explored on well-signposted trails.
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Riverfest is a collection of events with something for everybody. Check out up and coming designers at the International Fashion experiment.
Timed to coincide with St Patrick’s Day (17 March), Limerick’s Springfest jumps with live music, dancing and plenty of the black stuff.
COUNTY LIMERICK ROMANCE
Enjoy lunch and a pint of Guinness together at a traditional Irish pub in Adare, named Ireland’s prettiest village.
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