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Limerick free stuff and guideFacts, Figures & Free stuff!

Getting Around

There is a public bus service around Limerick, but it’s not wildly comprehensive – and since everything is fairly compact anyway, walking is probably an easier way to travel. If you need to get a little further out for any of your activities, taxis can easily be booked in advance fairly cheaply, or StagWeb can arrange transport for your group.

Visit

Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum - If you’ve got a few hours to spare between activities, and literally any interest in travel, this is worth a visit- it’s got the only Boeing B314 replica in the world, and you can let out your inner child and relieve all your childhood piloting dreams with the hologram landing simulator. It’s also the place Irish Coffee was invented, so there’s plenty of that being passed round too.
Dolan’s Warehouse - The premier live music venue in Limerick. You’re probably haven’t heard of any of the acts, but you should want to.
People’s Park - If you’re lucky enough to get any sun whilst in Limerick, this is the place to take some sandwiches and a football to enjoy some quality time with your mates Sunday morning before you all cram yourselves in your cars and head home.

Sporting Giants

Limerick is undoubtedly the most important sporting city in Ireland – it’s the home of Irish rugby and golf, got the newest racecourse in the country, is the site of the Irish Golf Championship and was crowned the 2011 European City of Sport. If you want to visit some sites that pay tribute to the athletic history, you’re in the right city.
Limerick Gaelic GroundsIf you’re a fan of Gaelic Football (kind of like rugby, but also a bit like football), or hurling, this is home to the Limerick teams.
University Arena – home to Ireland’s first Olympic standard swimming pool, and the site of the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Games.
Thomond Park – the best rugby stadium in the world – officially. This is the place Munster retained a 12 year unbeaten streak – and where that streak was broken by Leicester.

Festivals

Limerick has a lot going on, even outside of the numerous sporting events. January has the Un-Fringed Festival, with artists, writers, comedians and street performers, then in March there’s both the Fresh Film Festival and the legendary St Patricks Day. In April Riverfest brings music, food, dragon boat races and massive BBQs, and a little later in may there’s Limerick Fleadh – a traditional festival with traditional food and dance. July is a mixed bag, with both a tag rugby festival, and a hip hop festival. August is a busy month – the Irish Festival of Speed is a celebration of cars with lots of racing and motorcycles, the Limerick Gathering Festival celebrates Irish culture with sports and performances, and the Kilbehenny Potato Festival celebrates… potatoes. In September, there’s the Limerick Jazz Festival, and the year rounds up with the Christmas Racing Festival in December – horses, not cars.



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