Limerick City

The history of Limerick, stretches back to its establishment by the Vikings as a walled city on King’s Island (an island in the River Shannon) in 812, and its Royal Charter in 1197. It’s ancient name ‘Luimneach’ dates from at least 561, but its original meaning is unclear. It may mean ‘a bare or barren spot of land’, ‘a bare marsh’ or ‘a spot made bare by feeding horses’… nothing changes!

Motto: Urbs Antiqua Fuit Studiisque Asperrima Belli
‘There was an ancient city very fierce in the skills of war’

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in Limerick City

A battle, a siege, a truce & the flight of the wild geese,

After the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 the remainder of James II's defeated army retired to Limerick under the command of Patrick Sarsfield where they held out a siege for over a year. When [...]

The oldest and most beautiful building in Limerick City

St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick City St Mary's Cathedral dates back to 1168 making it the oldest building in Limerick City predating King John's Castle. This was previously the site of a Viking meeting [...]

Once regarded as the most beautiful city in Ireland, King John & A city under siege

King John's Castle, Limerick City This strategic location on the banks of the Shannon has been a stronghold for thousands of years. It was recorded that it was also a Viking stronghold in the 900s. [...]

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