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City Stats:

Population: 56,779
Population of Urban Area: 90,757
Number of Hotels on This Site: 27
Size: 19.8 square miles
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Key Tourist Sights:

King John's Castle dates back to the 13th century, and you will find an excellent visitors' centre here telling the story of the castle back to its earliest days. There are also some excellent views to be had over the city.

The Hunt Museum is one of the major attractions in Limerick. Here you will find a large collection of items from around the world, as well as some excellent works of art including a painting by Picasso. It is considered to be one of the best private collections of mediaeval artefacts in the world.

Art lovers should pay a trip to the Limerick City Gallery of Art which houses an impressive collection of Irish art dating back to the 18th century, including works by such renowned artists as Seán Keating and Jack Yeats. There are also many temporary exhibitions held throughout the year.

Best Known For:

Limerick is known for dating back to at least Viking times when the first settlement was built here in 812. However, it was only in the 12th century that it started to take its current form when the Normans arrived, and buildings such as St Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle date back to this period.

The city played a very important role during the civil wars which took place in the 17th century. It was attacked by Oliver Cromwell in 1651, and a few decades later by the Williamites.

Limerick is also the setting for one of the most popular books in recent times to be set in Ireland. 'Angela's Ashes' is a childhood memoir by Frank McCourt which was later made into a film. The descriptions of the poverty he suffered, mixed with the hilarious anecdotes, made the book into a worldwide bestseller. You can even go on a special walk of the city which will take you to the areas mentioned in the book.

Limerick also gives its name to the popular form of poetry the 'Limerick'. It is thought that an early song featured the name Limerick, and the name has stuck.


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