10 Facts You Didn't Know About Limerick

Yes Limerick is a lady, and also the third largest city in Ireland, but there's so much more to discover...

River Shannon in Limerick Pic Eoghan Lyons

1. Limerick, Ireland’s third largest city, was founded by the Vikings in 922AD. Limerick is one of Ireland’s oldest cities, with a Charter of Incorporation dating back to 1197! 

O'Connell Avenue, Limerick

2. Limerick is home to the largest Georgian Quarter in Ireland outside Dublin!

Bruff, Co. Limerick

3. Former US President, John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather, Thomas Fitzgerald (the man who gave them the ‘F’ in their name), hails from the town of Bruff in east Co. Limerick!

Limerick USA Map

4. There are 10 places in the USA called Limerick: Limerick, Georgia, Limerick, Illinois, Limerick, Louisville, Limerick, Maine, Limerick, Mississippi, Limerick, New York, Limerick, Ohio, Limerick, South Carolina, Limerick Township, Pennsylvania, and New Limerick, Maine! (Image: Google Maps)

Louise Cooney at Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Limerick

5. Irish Coffee, a brew infused with Irish whiskey, was invented in Limerick village Foynes in 1943!

Treaty Stone 810 x 456

6. Limerick is known as the Treaty City after the Treaty of Limerick was signed here in October 1691!

Terry Wogan

7. Some of Limerick’s well-known sons and daughters include actor Richard Harris, rock legends The Cranberries, broadcaster Terry Wogan, novelist and playwright Kate O’Brien and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt! (The above photo is of Terry Wogan in Limerick in 1974)

St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick

8. In 1651 after Cromwell’s forces captured the City, St. Mary's Cathedral was used as a stable for the army’s horses!

Clancy's Strand Limerick

9. King John’s Castle is the westernmost Norman castle in Europe!

Living Bridge, UL

10. The University of Limerick has the longest footbridge in Ireland and one of the longest footbridges in Europe - it is called the Living Bridge!

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Treaty Stone Limerick. Photo Piotr Machowczyk