31 Facts About Limerick


Limerick is a western city in Ireland situated within County Limerick.

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Limerick is located at the head of the Shannon Estuary, where the river widens before it flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Limerick is located on the River Shannon with four main river-crossing points near the city centre.

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Saint Munchin, the first bishop of Limerick died in 652, indicating the settlement was a place of some note then.

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In early medieval times Limerick was at the centre of the Kingdom of Thomond which corresponds to the present day County Clare, the Kingdom included North Kerry and parts of South Offaly.

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The English-born judge Luke Gernon, a resident of Limerick, wrote in 1620 that at his first sight of the city he had been taken by its "lofty buildings of marble, like the Colleges in Oxford".

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The Treaty of Limerick ended the Williamite war in Ireland which was fought between supporters of the Catholic King James II and the Protestant King William of Orange .

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The Waterford and Limerick Railway linked the city to the Dublin–Cork railway line in 1848 and to Waterford in 1853.

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Limerick boycott was an economic boycott waged against the small Jewish community for over two years in the first decade of the 20th century.

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Limerick city is under the jurisdiction of Limerick City and County Council.

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Limerick city encompasses the city, the suburban areas of Castletroy and as far east as Murroe.

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In 2014, Limerick became Ireland's inaugural National City of Culture, with a variety of artistic and cultural events occurring at locations around the city throughout the year.

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Limerick is the home of street theatre companies, including "The Umbrella Project".

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Limerick natives include Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt; novelists Kate O'Brien, Michael Curtin, Kevin Barry and Donal Ryan.

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Poets from Limerick include Michael Hogan, Desmond O'Grady, and John Liddy.

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Main park in Limerick is the People's Park which was opened in 1877 in memory of Richard Russell, a prominent local business man.

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Limerick is known to be the antipodes to the Campbell Islands of New Zealand.

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Limerick'storically Limerick was an agricultural commodity-driven economy, due to its position as the first major port along the River Shannon.

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The fishing industry in Limerick, based on Clancy's Strand opposite King John's Castle and at Coonagh nearby, once employed hundreds of men.

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Originally Limerick port was located near the confluence of the Abbey and Shannon rivers at King's Island.

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Thomond College of Education, Limerick was a teacher training college for secondary level and was integrated into the university in 1991.

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Griffith College Limerick is a private college in Limerick.

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Limerick was designated as a European City of Sport for 2011 by the European Capitals of Sport Association .

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Limerick is currently represented in the National Leagues by the men's UL Eagles team and the women's UL Aughinish team.

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Limerick Cricket Club is a member of the Munster Cricket Union and plays in competitions organised by the Union.

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Limerick won the first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 1887 when represented by the city's Commercials club and repeated the feat in 1896.

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Limerick CBS has won the cup on 10 occasions, including four in a row from 1964 to 1967 and most recently in 1993.

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Limerick has won the Irish Senior Cup, the blue riband event of Irish amateur golf, on four occasions and was the first Irish club to win the European Club Championship, in 1980.

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Rugby Union is popular in the city and is widely played at all levels, with Limerick sometimes referred to as the "spiritual home of Irish rugby".

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Limerick CBS won the Senior Cup on four occasions in the 1920s and 1930s and the Junior Cup in 1932.

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Limerick FC returned to the Market's Field in June 2015, following the purchase of the venue by the Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership from Bord na gCon.

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