Limerick is the capital of Ireland’s Mid-West region with an urban and hinterland population of over 200,000 and is noted for its shopping, its dining and entertainment, its historical significance, as well as its contributions to the arts. Conquered by the Vikings in the ninth century, this bustling modern city has a rich medieval past, which resounds around its ancient streets.
The County town is Newcastle West which is home to the internationally recognised Ballygowan Water. Other important towns and villages in County Limerick, include Abbeyfeale, Rathkeale, Kilmallock, Askeaton, Foynes and the village of Adare often described as Ireland’s prettiest town.
Limerick has something to offer everybody thanks to its many cultural, historical, architectural, sporting, shopping and business activities. With almost 50 per cent of Limerick’s population under the age of 30, it is fast becoming a vibrant, living, cosmopolitan city. In the past decade Limerick has been transformed by developments which have changed the city’s skyscape with additions such as Ireland’s tallest hotel, The Clarion and the River Point development.
Yet the grandeur of the Georgian architecture which dominates the city has not been compromised. Modern contemporary buildings and streetscapes co-exist in harmony with the historical beauty of a city steeped in history. Also, the newly completed boardwalk along the north bank of the river Shannon and the marina along the south bank, are valuable additions to all who visit, work and live in the city.