visit the Limerick Museum near...
visit the Limerick Museum near King John's Castle. There are some exquisite examples of manuscript writing and of Irish Lace. The walk along the Shannon River from the University of Limerick into town, about 3 miles. It is very bucolic and picturesque.
Packet & Tripe (Still eaten today)
Jim Kemmy, a local historan and scholar, wrote about packet and tripe:" Packet and tripe, washed down with strong sweet tea has been found to be easily digestable and rests gently on the stomach, especially one ravaged by an excess of alcohol. For this reason the dish is very much in demand after a weekend "feed of porter" has rendered the stomach hostile to other forms of nourishment Packet and tripe is reputed to give a "lining" to the stomach so the dish has been traditionally been a weekend treat, a distintive Saturday night/Sunday morning ritual."
Packet is a blood sausage,or pudding and dark in colour. Sheeps' blood is poured into a skin taken from the intestine of the sheep, with spices and chopped onion added and boiled in a vat. Thereafter boiled again in milk with the packet and breadcrumbs.
Packet and tripe no longer comes from Limerick but is brought from Cork a few times a week and a small number of butchers sell it to an older and older customer base as each year passes. The younger generation would never eat the dish, prefering instead to eat "fast food" with ingredience that is made from god knows what.
But packet and tripe was an honest food, it was an "in your face" what you saw was what you got. And for a hundred years and long before, it helped to make life a bit more bearable in poverty stricken streets and lanes of the city in long gone days.
The Biggest Pool in Ireland
The University of Limerick boasts the premier sports center of Ireland, with an Olympic sizes swimming pool, suspended running track, racketball and basketball courts, and top of the line work out equiptment. This is a great place to go if you want to add a little exercise to your trip. Swimming: any swimsuit but you are required to wear a cap (available for purchase)
Good running shoes
General workout clothes.
Peaceful retreat from city life
If in Limerick please take the time to go 15 mile out the Dublin Road to Killaloe. One warning is that since the tiger has taken effect the place is awash with trendy city types, which takes the gloss of an otherwise cracking place.
The town sits nicely on the shores of loch derg and offers great water sport activities. Alternativley drive a little outside the town to a pub called the 'Pigeons Rest' and indulge in the nicest pub grub in limerick. Be aware of the goat as he bites.
My tip would be after a good fill of Guinness or what ever your tipple may be is to head for the shores and soak in the beauty of your surroundings. May is a goos time to go as you may get a good day and not have to deal with the crowds.
Killaloe Heritage Centre
A scenic navigation location waiting to be discovered where the Shannon River flows out of Lough Derg. The imaginative exhibition charts the history of Killaloe and its Celtic and nautical significance. An important feature is the place of Brian Boru (940-1014) High King of Ireland who was born in Killaloe. The arrival of Christianity and the monastic tradition is also featured. The tourist office has a full range of services including reservations for cruiser hire, accommodation, Medieval Banquets, Irish Nights and so on.
Killaloe Heritage Centre elaborates on the theme of Celtic Ireland. The birth place of Brian Boru (940-1014), the greatest High King of Ireland, is just a few miles from the Village. The visit features an audio-visual presentation of the route the canal boat took while making deliveries from Dublin to Limerick.
Regal Killaloe, once the capital of Ireland as the 11th century seat of heroic King Brian Boru, is now the serene centre of leisure activity on Ireland’s natural water park, Lough Derg. Killaloe bridges the centuries, as well as connecting counties Clare and Tipperary with its distinctive 13 arch bridge linking Killaloe to the pretty village of Ballina. Here one can while away the hours observing or participating in cruising, sailing, and a range of water activities. The canal was opened in 1799 to bypass the rapids on the river. It was a vital link in the navigation route between Limerick and other ports on the Shannon. The canal became redundant in 1929 when the water level was raised over the rapids due to the opening of a hydro-electric station at Ardnacrusha. Interestingly, the lock keepers house is now the site of the Heritage Centre.
May - September - 10:00 - 18:00
Located in the Tourist Office in the Lock Keepers House. At the Killaloe end of the Killaloe/Ballina Bridge.
Distance in kilometres from:
Limerick City 22 | Shannon Airport 30 | Dublin 180