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Heritage Site's And Stately Home's

In County Limerick.

Limerick Museum.
 

Limerick museum has a fine selection of artifacts associated with county Limerick the Shannon valley and indeed many other places in Ireland. On the ground floor is a collection of photographs of the city in the late nineteenth century, memorabilia of the nineteenth century nationalist movement, exhibits relating to the Irish war of independence and the civil war (1916-22), as well as samples of Limerick lace and silver.

St John's Square
Limerick City
Co Limerick
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The basement houses a collection of irish Mesolithic flint cores, blades, scrapers, choppers, and limpet hammers. Also there are Neolithic and Bronze age pottery axes and other flint implements, as well as iron age tools, weapons and Viking jewelry.

 

 

 

Hunt Museum.
 

This museum houses one of the finest collections of artifacts although not all relate exclusively to Ireland. The prehistoric exhibits contains a bronze age shield one of only two in Ireland, a bronze age cauldron , a gold torc, rings, and pins. There are several examples of bronze age funerary pottery, and many iron age pins and brooches.

There are a few items of Viking jewelry. The early Christian items include a collection of eight and ninth century bronze bells as well as the Cashel Bell. Also on display is the seventeenth century Galway chalice.

The Customs House
Rutland Street
Limerick
Co Limerick
Tel +353 (0)61 312833
Fax +353 (0)61 312834
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Eighteenth century items include a varied collection of delftware, and some beautiful Irish silver items.

 

 

 

Lough Gur Interpretive Center.
 

Dating to at least 3000 B.C. Remains of Neolithic and bronze age huts were excavated here and the information gathered used to construct the two thatched houses, which together form the interpretive center and museum.

The center contains a selection of stone and bronze age artifacts. There is a audiovisual show explaining the site.

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South of the site is Bolin Island which is a man made crannog

 

 

 

Adare Village & Heritage Center.
 

The village of Adare once belonged to the Kildare Fitzgeralds and then to the earls of Dunravan. The castle built in 1832 in the gothic revival style by the 2nd earl is now a hotel, apparently the earl done most of the design work himself, with later additions by James Pain and W H Pugin.

Adare
Co Limerick
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The story of Adare from the arrival of the Normans to the present time is told with the help of audio visual displays and models, in the Adare heritage centre.

 

 

 

The Limerick Language Centre.
 

The Limerick Language Centre provides tuition in English as a Foreign Language to Adults 17+ on a year-round basis. We offer lessons in general English, private tuition, beginners courses, courses for au pairs, teacher training for native speakers and also intensive language courses.

We are situated in a residential side-street of Limerick city, in a Georgian house located just 3 minutes walk from the main shopping area. Limerick is a friendly city of just over 85,000 inhabitants.

Because it is Ireland's third largest city, it offers everything one looks for in a major city while retaining a small town atmosphere. Studying at the Limerick Language Centre offers the chance for an international as well as an Irish experience.

The Limerick Language Centre
16 Upper Mallow Street,
Limerick City,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)61 41 5292
Fax +353 (0)61 41 8662
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We currently have 75 students with us who represent over 30 different nationalities.

Accommodation is provided with host families and in student apartment complexes.

We are a Department of Education recognised English language school.

 

 

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A modern University with an international reputation for excellence. We provide high quality language programmes for adults including: *Year-Round Programme in General English (flexible enrolment). *Summer Programme (General English Communication, Preparation for University, English for Academic Purposes, Business English, In-Service Courses for Teachers). *Foundation Programme. *Custom-Designed Programmes for groups (e.g. Aviation, Business, Technical English).

We offer a professional, friendly atmosphere and a supportive learning environment to ensure that you receive maximum benefit from your course. Campus life provides valuable opportunities to mix with Irish and other international students and to use your English.

 University Of Limerick Language Centre
Castletroy,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)61 20 2775
Fax +353 (0)61 20 2753
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In addition to excellent language learning facilities, the University of Limerick boasts superb recreational facilities, including Ireland’s largest indoor sports centre.

We are a Department of Education recognised English language school.

 

 

Irish Dresden Centre.
 
Irish Dresden Centre
Drumcollogher,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)63 83 030
Fax +353 (0)63 83 192
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Dresden fine porcelain is now a flourishing craft in the rural surroundings of County Limerick. Visitors can view the intricate handcraft which goes into making Irish Dresden.

 

 

 

Stonehall Visitor Farm.
 

Stonehall visitor farm is a must for all visitors to the Shannon Region. Located in a tranquil and beautiful rural setting, this tourist attraction allows the visitor to experience first hand the enjoyment and fun of a wide variety of animals in a secure and pleasant setting.

Suitable for all ages, a visit is assured to be an enjoyable and educational event.

Stonehall Visitor Farm
Curraghchase,
Kilcornan,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)61 39 3940
Fax +353 (0)61 39 3940
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Even on those wet rainy days the children can enjoy the indoor playarea with tractor & trailers, rough riders & monkey magic bouncing castle.

Location: On the Limerick to Foynes Road (N69) 17 kms from Limerick City.

 

 

Adare Heritage Centre.
 

Historical Exhibition - giving the history of Adare in 5 different languages dating back to the 1200's. Also housed in the centre are very attractive craft shops, Tourist Information Office and a 70 seater restaurant. Desmond Castle Tours - Guided tours of Desmond Castle have commenced

Adare Heritage Centre
Main Street,
Adare,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)61 39 6666
Fax +353 (0)61 39 6932
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The tours are conducted daily in the months of June, July, August and September and may be booked through the Adare Heritage Centre. Adults: €6. This includes transfer by coach to and from the Castle.

 

 

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Traditional farm with a large selection of farm animals including Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Fowl & Exotic Birds.

Facilities include a playground, picnic area and horse & cart riding.

Buttercup Farm
Ballygrennan,
Croom,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)61 39 7556
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Special events are held throughout the year including the Easter Bunny and Egg hunt with madhatters tea party.

Also a Christmas event with the arrival of Santa and 6,500 lights! Birthday parties are also catered for.

 

 

De Valera Museum And Bruree Heritage Centre.
 

 

De Valera Museum And Bruree Heritage Centre
Bruree,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)63 90 900
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The De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre uses audio-visuals, graphic panels, set pieces and displays of personal memorabilia to tell the story of Eamon de Valera (former president of Ireland) and of the area which is credited with forming his character.

 

 

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Honey Farm is where the bees are farmed and the gardens are planted with a wide variety of plants and trees to provide the raw materials for the honey.

The production hives are all located within a 15 mile radius of the farm. The bee garden is a successful attempt to put back in to the countryside what modern farming is rapidly taking out of it.

It has created an area of blossoms, berries and fruit which have established an ecological cycle that interegrates the three kingdoms of plant, animal and man.

Ryans Honey Farm
Pallasgreen,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)62 57 147
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The Honey Farm is not an area of manicured lawns free of weeds. It is an open space full of maturing grasses and colourful wild flowers.

Many maligned flowers such as dandelion are held in high regard and are given the recognition they deserve.

 

 

Irish Palatine Heritage Museum.
 

In 1709 several families of German origin settled in Ireland. Known as the Palatines, they established roots mainly in County Limerick. This exhibition tells their story

Irish Palatine Heritage Museum
Rathkeale,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)69 63 511
Fax +353 (0)69 63 511
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The Centre features an extensive display of artefacts, photographs, graphics, etc. associated with the Palatine story. It is set in landscaped surroundings and includes an archive, a tea-room, gift selection and bus/car park.

 

 

Lough Gur Visitor Centre.
 

The Visitor Centre at Lough Gur tells the story of the pre-Celtic settlers of Ireland who farmed and lived in this peaceful valley. The archaeology of the area provides evidence for the activities of the first farmers in the region, their dwelling, rituals, and burial sites as well as their tools and implements, many of which can be seen in the visitor centre.

Lough Gur Visitor Centre
Lough Gur,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)61 36 0788
Fax +353 (0)61 36 1020
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The story of the people stretches back over 5,000 years and continues to the present day in the people who still farm and dwell in the valley.

The Visitor Centre houses an exhibition of artefacts and display panels as well as an AV show which interprets the area. Visit the web site below for information on Lough Gur Summer Fest 2006.

 

 

Plunkett Heritage Centre.
 

The first co-operative creamery was set up here in 1889, by Sir Horace Plunkett.

Plunkett Heritage Centre
Drumcollogher,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)63 83 443
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Much time and effort has been invested in restoring this creamery to its original state, equipping it with a working boiler, steam engine, mechanical cream separator and churn.

 

 

King John’s Castle.
 

Experience 800 years of history in Limerick City. King John’s Castle is situated in the heart of Limerick’s Medieval Heritage Precinct, on the River Shannon at “Kings Island”.

The Castle was built between 1200 and 1210. It was repaired and extended many times over the following centuries. King John’s Castle remains a most impressive Anglo-Norman fortification. It retains many of the pioneering features which made its construction unique for its day. Its massive gatehouse, battlements and corner towers await exploration! Features include: • 13th Century Anglo-Norman Castle with panoramic views of Limerick City, the River Shannon and surrounding countryside.

The visitor centre contains an imaginative historical exhibition, which recounts the history of the castle in dramatic fashion. • Archeological excavations situated beneath the interpretative building include the earliest evidence of settled life in Limerick and evidence of siege mines.

The courtyard displays some of the trades and traditions of the 16th century. Visitors can also see the 13th century undercroft of theofficers’ quarters which were excavated in 1993-1995. • King John, as “Lord of Ireland”, minted his own coins and the Royal moneyer would have struck the coins in the Castle Mint. Exciting archeological excavations:

The visitor enters another world when exploring the exciting archeological excavations at King John’s Castle. These excavations have revealed pre-Norman houses which predate the castle. There is also evidence of the traumatic Castle siege of 1642. Mines, and countermines used to destroy them, were exposed.

In one clay tunnel, a period pistol was found. A reconstruction of one of the siege mines, also in situ, is an added attraction, enabling the visitor to experience something of the fearful atmosphere of those times. A life size statue of the Limerick poet Michael Hogan (1826 - 1899), Bard of Thomond is outside King Johns Castle.

King John’s Castle
King’s Island,
Limerick City,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)61 36 0788
Fax +353 (0)61 36 1020
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Limerick sculptor Jim Connolly has produced a six an a half foot bronze statue which stands on a plinth which is a replica of the plinth under the Treaty Stone.

The Bard is best remembered for his epic poem, Drunken Thady and the Bishops Lady.

 

 

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The Hunt Collection is an internationally important collection of some 2000 original works of art and antiquity. It contains a dazzling assemblage of objects which trace the development of the decorative arts. Donated to the people of Ireland by John and Gertrude Hunt, their generosity ranks highly in the nations history.

Housed in the elegant 18th century Custom House, the Hunt Collection reflects not only the celtic past but also includes important pieces such as the Leonardo da Vinci horse, the Mary Queen of Scots cross and one of the original ''30 pieces of silver''.

The Hunt Museum
The Custom House,
Rutland Street,
Limerick City,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)61 31 2833
Fax +353 (0)61 31 2834
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Web Site

Paintings in the collection include works by Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, O''Conor and Yeats. Autumn/Winter Exhibition ‘A Celebration of Limerick’s Silver’, Unique exhibition of silver artefacts, memorabilia and sporting medals.

 

 

Foynes Flying Boat Museum.
 

You can travel back in time in the museums authentic 1940''s cinema, while watching the award winning film ''Atlantic Conquest''. The museum features the original Terminal Building, Radio and Weather Room (complete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment).

Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Foynes,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)69 65 416
Fax +353 (0)69 65 416
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Web Site

The exhibits feature an introduction to the first transatlantic passenger service and Foynes during the war years.

We also have a special childrens room with cockpit and flight simulator. A new addition is a full scale model of the B314 Flying Boat at the Museum.

 

 

Castleconnell Boat Club.
 
Castleconnell Boat Club
5 Saint Flannan's Terrace,
Castleconnell,
County Limerick,
Tel +353 (0)61 37 7746
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This is the contact for Castleconnell Rowing Club. The club colours are red and grey.