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Bunratty Castle: This beautiful and formidable castle was built in the 15th century by a royal clan known as the MacNamaras. Its most important residents were the O’Briens, Earls of Thomond, who lived here from the early 16th century, until the 1640’s. The castle was abandoned in the 19th century, but it managed to retain many of its original settings. Check out the splendid north solar chamber (the term “solar” was used to during the Middle Ages to describe an upper chamber).
Bunratty Folk Park: Located near the grounds of Bunratty Castle, Bunratty Folk Park features a meticulous recreation of a rural village in Ireland at the end of the 19th century. Within the grounds, you will find a whole range of domestic architecture from a larbourer’s cottage, an old corn mill, to an elegant Georgian cottage.
King John’s Castle: One of Ireland’s most beautiful and historic castles, it was founded by King John in 1200, not long after the arrival of the Norman invasion. This imposing castle features five drum towers and solid curtain walls. While the castle may not have a wildly impressive inside, the outside exterior is really something.
Across the castle from Thomond Bridge, you will find the Treaty Stone, which marks the spot where the treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691.
St. John's Cathedral: This impressive church has the tallest spire in Ireland, measuring out at an amazing 308 ft. and is a must visit. Built in 1861 and designed by the architect Philip Charles Hardwick, it has been in continuous use since. The most recent restoration work carried out was in 2003/2004 on the roof and exterior stonework. It is a Catholic cathedral; the city's other cathedral, St. Mary's Cathedral is Anglican.
Thomond Park: One of the Ireland's most famous sporting arenas; the proud home of Munster Rugby, who are twice crowned European champions and have beaten the world's best in this stadium including the mighty All Blacks of New Zealand, arguably the world’s toughest rugby union squad, and defending Rugby World Cup champions. It has a new modern music bar and great facilities for young and old. When it comes to sports in Ireland, one must experience a rugby game, as it is one of the great spectacles of contact sports.
Rock of Cashel: This rocky stronghold rises dramatically out of the Tipperary plain. Centuries ago, it was a symbol of royalty and priestly power for more than a millennium. From the 4th to the 5th century it was the seat of the Kings of Munster, whose kingdom extended over much of southern Ireland. In 1101, they handed Cashel over to the Church, and it flourished as a religious center until a siege by Oliver Cromwell’s army in 1647.
The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge: Located inside a Victorian residence, The Mustard Seed is one of the prettiest restaurants in the country. Renowned for its equally impressive service and excellent cuisine. The menu mixes both classical and modern Irish fare. Sample the local filet of beef and pan-fried sea bass.
Copper and Spice: The stylish and attractive Copper and Spice features an extensive menu the dishes out the finest in both Indian and Thai cuisine. To heighten the experience, order up combo-platters such as meat-samosa, dim sum, and chicken satay.
Hampton Grill: Located in the heart of Limerick, the Hampton Grill is a convenient place to stop inside for lunch on Nicholas Street. With a menu that focuses mostly on grilled meats, including steaks, chops, lamb, and veal, this place will surely satisfy the “meat and potatoes” kind of guy!
Hunt Museum: Located in the Old Customs House, this fine museum is home to a collection of great antiquities of Ireland, as gathered by noted archeologist, John Hunt. Some of the noted exhibits include items from the Bronze Age, including gold jewelry and ancient shields. You can also find Celtic brooches and the 9th century Antirm Cross.
Limerick Museum: This city museum is located inside a fine 19th century granary building. Inside, one can marvel at this homage to Limerick’s history and traditions; exhibits include lace-and-silver makings to rugby-related memorabilia.
Aubars Bar Bistro & Nightclub: This modern establishment offers up a bar, bistro, and nightclub all rolled up into one. The décor is both contemporary and stylish, while the cuisine borders along the side of traditional Irish fare. Do try the ribeye steak with béarnaise sauce and chips!
Charlie Malone's (Charlie's): Relatively quiet normally, but on Monday nights, the crowds from Mary I, generally a group of students from Mary I, will play Irish Trad late in the night. The barmen here will make you feel quite at home.
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