Holiday in Limerick, Ireland
|Limerick info by town and village|
Some of the best foxhunting country in Ireland is in County Limerick, and with the sport being outlawed in Britain, keen huntsmen and women now make the trip to keep up their favourite sport. The city of Limerick has some of the best examples of Georgian town architecture outside Dublin, especially on Mallow Street, and this cultural centre has trouble settling down for the night. The city houses the Hunt Museum, a lovely collection bequeathed to the city by the late John Hunt, a noted authority on antiques and advisor to some well-known collectors. Much as Dublin has its James Joyce tours, Limerick is beginning to copy this with similar journeys around Frank McCourt’s book ‘Angela’s Ashes’. To the west of the city is the town of Foynes, which for a brief period was the centre of transatlantic air transport. The first flight was in 1939, the last in 1945, and as such there is an interesting museum housed here to commemorate this. Foynes has some great selfcatering and is also the home to the annual Irish Coffee Making World Championship, held in July. In the centre of the county is the Lough Gur prehistoric site, and a visit to the Interpretive Centre is important to understand the multitude of ancient sites that surround the lough. This is sited on the edge of the central plain of Limerick County, which is littered with small villages and isolated Irish farmhouses to rent.