There is so many objects displayed in that museum that is difficult to comprehend in first visit.
You have to go there more and more. Luckily there is no admission fee.
Hours of opening: All year Tuesday to Saturday
10.00 - 13.00
14.15 - 17.00
Closed Sunday, Monday and public holidays.
Owned and operated by the Limerick City Council, the museum first opened to public in 1916 as part of the city library in Pery Square. In 1979 it transferred to the renovated Georgian period John's Square in Irishtown, where it occupied the ground floor and basement. The collection of the museum were increasing rapidly, and the need for additional display and storage facilities led to its removal to the newly built granary-style building at Castle Lane in 1999.
Winner of the first Gulbenkian Irish Museum Award, the museum houses more than fourty thousand objects illustrating all aspects of the past of Limerick and surrounding areas from earliest to the present day.
Where many a Limerick teenager had their first kiss (except me :'( )
It is across the road from the rail and bus station, so you can't miss it. It is a nice place to go if you have time to spare waiting for your train or bus, or for a stroll or even for a little picnic.
We used to go there for Art class (I went to school nearby) to sketch the flowers and trees.
The gardens are quite lovely and are very well-kept.
We spent a wonderful day in Limerick visiting Sy Mary's and walking the streets downtown. We could have spent a week at St. Mary's with the history on display there. Incredible. Walking through town, it showered on and off throughout the day, during which time we'd duck into the nearest pub. People are friendly, and we stayed at the Clarion, which provided firts class accommodations. Wish we'd been there over the weekend to visie the Milk Market.
If there is one thing which makes the city vibrate, its a weekend when local Rugby team Munster and now European champions are in town for a home game against one of the big British or European clubs.
The city lives and breathes rugby and its worth getting a bit of this if you can make it here for one of the games.
Games are held at the local Thomond Park and are usually on a Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon (ouch! if ya havta get up on Monday morning early.
All the pubs in town are up for it!
If you cant get to the game itself there are a few pubs in town where the atmoshere is just as good.
Trust me youll have a good experience!
From Limerick you will pass through Ennis on your way to the Cliffs of Moher or to fly out of the Shannon Airport. Ennis sits on the River Fergus and has a few a few sights in town such as the Ennis Friary which was founded in 1241 and the much more modern St. Columba's Church, founded in 1871 along the river.
Also in the area are Quin Abbey (1402), St. Finghin's Church also in Quin (13th Century), Knappogue Castle (1467), Craggaunowen Castle (16th Century), Mount Levers mansion (1736), Bunratty Castle (15th Century), Dromoland Castle (1830), Clarecastle and Clare Abbey (12th Century), and the Killone Abbey (12th Century).
From Limerick, it's only about 65 km to the famous Cliffs of Moher. Just take the N18 north to Ennis then the N85 farther north to Ennistimon and you'll be in the vicinity of the cliffs. This 5-mile length of unbroken cliffs offers amazing views from their height of up to 656 feet (200 meters) above sea level. O'Brien's Tower is perhaps the most famous landmark on the Cliffs and it was built in 1835.
One way to look at Lough Gur is as the "heart" of a balanced system of "male" and "female" hills... Cnoc Greine in Pallas Green to the east balanced by Cnoc Firinne in Ballygarry to the west - Cnoc Aine in Knockainny to the south balanced by Cnoc Rhua near Caherconlish to the north. This compact matrix of hills and lakes, connected by standing stones and a thousand years of ritual and celebration contains its own version of history.
I've been going into this area of County Limerick with a great variety of people, helped by local historians, archaeologists and folklorists... slowly uncovering the "other" story of this potent region. Every spring we find a little bit more; sketch and photograph the old ritual sites; find springs and the foundations of old royal forts; trace ogham stones and walk in the footsteps of ancient peoples. Surprisingly, remnants of these old rituals remain in many people's minds today - for instance, the aspect or "colour" of Cnoc Firinne on Beltane morning predicts the weather for the summer, and although until recently the practice had all but stopped, there are still isolated instances of people carrying bouquets to the Donn Firinne at Beltane sunrise... asking for fair weather, gentle rain and no heavy winds or hail to spoil the crops.
You can read a bit more about our work (and sign up to join us, if you like) by checking the contacts below or reading my County Limerick pages at http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/72354/ ...or... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/72354/48097/
Michael Cerulli Billingsley
Centuries ago you could only buy dairy products at the Milk Markets.
Now I would say it is a market for eveything. From rugs to vegetables, flowers and dairy.
On a lovely weekend, it's nice to go from market stall to market stall.
The River Shannon with its series of canals and locks, cuts Ireland nearly in half from Donegal Bay in the north to the mouth of the Shannon where it enters the Atlantic Ocean near Limerick 230 miles away. It is Ireland's longest river and with its canals and tributaries, forms a huge transportation network covering much of the country. Today the River Shannon offers an array of tourist cruises starting at many points along the river.
It is near the Limerick train station and Pery Square.
It's a 4-sided clock, dating back from the 1800s in honour of a local aristocratic family, not much more to say about it than that. However, it is a known city landmark so it's going in here.
We went to the new Limerick racecourse during our stay in Limerick over St Patrick's weekend last month. We have a great time and won some money so that made our trip. Great fun and food at the course and the free parking is always welcome in this day and age. We hope to go back again during the summer when they have evening racing and concerts after racing. They dont charge for children under 14 years which also helped keep the costs down for a family day out
One of the best courses in Ireland - and only 8 km from City Centre. Ran into by accident on my way to see my family's old holiday spot at Ballybunion.
Euro 40 for 18 holes, cart rental Euro 35, clubs Euto 25.
18 hole Championship Course, Par 72.
Wonderful setting overlooking the ocean.
Reserve a tee time as far ahead as possible. Very popular with a large member base. Even on a rainy blustery day, like when I went, it was a bit of a wait. But I did learn that a couple of Guinesses improves my game immensely!
The course just finished a major reworking and the locals are very happy with the result.
Limerick is home to two cathedrals - the very old (and now church of Ireland) St Mary's and where my mom went, St John's.
Finished in 1894, St. John's dominates the Limerick skyline with it's distinctive spire. I found it a beautiful building not just because my mother was baptised here. Large and well kept, the soaring rood screen, white marbloe alter and very well done stained glass all come together to create a beautiful church.
ITS A PUB OFF O'CONNELL ST. ON LWR .GLENTWORTH ST. IT OFFERS GOOD LIVE MUSIC ON WED, THURS, FRI, SAT AND SUNDAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR..AGE GROUP IS 20'S TO 7O'S PUB CLOSING HOURS ARE MON,TUES ,WEDS11.30PM,THURS, FRI,AND SAT 12.30AM,SUN 11PM. A HALF HOUR DRINKING UP TIME IS ADDED ON TO THESE TIMES BY LAW.
What is all the fuss I'm reading about don't do this, stay away from that, watch your back when you come to Limerick. I'm from Limerick and have lived here all 27 years of my life and to be honest it's a great place and a great place to have a good laugh. I can honestly say that I go into town every weekend to nightclubs the lot and never see any trouble just people enjoying themselves. Yes, there maybe a few bad eggs in Limerick but they keep that to themselves. If people get into trouble anywhere, not just Limerick, there's usually a reason for that and if people look for trouble in places they will get it and this goes for any country or place in the world. So my advise if you go to Limerick, go to the bars, relax, chat to people and get to know them, I think you will be pleasantly surprised that not all people in Limerick are so called stabbers or voilent people. It's just really annoying when people judge Limerick when they never have been here. A good bar I recommend is Nancy Blakes just off Denmark Street which has a real nice crowd, good music and plenty of drink!! So people, just leaving this note to say, take the usual precautions that anyone would take when going to a different country and don't look for trouble, be nice and just have a laugh and enjoy. That's all I can advise and enjoy your stay if you come to Limerick, maybe we might bump into each other, who knows!!!! lol
Take care all,
Streak_e, (Limerick Ireland).
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