A limerick is a five-line verse, either smart or silly, popularised by Edward Lear in the 19th century – but there’s nothing silly about County Limerick. It contains variety, humour and history all in the same place.
Sitting at the mouth of the River Shannon, Limerick city is the third largest urban centre on the island. It’s also the hardest to pin down – it formed a bleak backdrop to Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, but nowadays it’s a revitalised city full of art galleries, slick new hotels and the legendary Thomond Park, the home of Munster’s passionate rugby union team.
One moment, you find yourself wandering through the Middle Ages at King John’s Castle. The next, you’re in the Milk Market, a rejuvenated bazaar of fresh, local produce that comes direct from the producer. You’ll explore old Georgian townhouses, then sip cocktails in the glamorous Marcopolo. There’s no way to put Limerick in a box, and the locals wouldn’t have it any other way.