Limerick is a major city in the west of the Republic of Ireland with a population of 94,000.Location is 200km SW of Dublin near Shannon.
The city is known for its compact old town, the medieval-era St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. John’s square, which is lined with Georgian townhouses. Standing along the River Shannon, the 13th-century King John’s Castle is one of the city’s most recognisable sites.
The recorded history of Limerick dates to the 9th century but in terms of human occupation the site is likely to go back much further.
Here can be found art, music and theatre venues which are augmented by a Writers Centre.
The city can be accessed by air (nearby Shannon), rail and bus.
Limerick is perhaps best known for the limerick which is a type of humorous verse of five lines with an AABBA rhyme scheme. However, the poem's connection with the city is obscure.Here is an example of a Limerick:
"A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
But I'm damned if I see how the helican!"
More information on touring the island of Ireland can be found here.