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County Limerick.
In the Provence of
Munster.

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County Limerick from Samuel Lewis' Topographical Directory of Ireland 1837

Limerick is located along the the Shannon estuary and the river form much of its northern boundary, County Tipperary is to the east, Cork to the south, and Kerry to the west. It is one of the six counties in the province of Munster, the name comes from the Irish Luimneach which means barren land. Almost half of the population lives in and around the city of Limerick which is the third largest in the Irish Republic and the biggest in the western part of the state.

Much of the remainder of the county consists of pasture land and meadows. County Limerick is roughly rectangular in shape, measuring about 80 kilometer's from east to west and 40 kilometer's from north to south. Most of County Limerick consists of limestone lowland, rising in places to hills of volcanic rock and sandstone. The Rivers Deel, Maigue, and Mulkear (See rivers) drain the lowland northward to the Shannon estuary.

In the northeast are the Slievefelim Mountains. In the west, the land rises to a low plateau towards the Kerry border, with the Mullaghareirk Mountains to the south. Some of these upland areas have been planted with forest, these parts of limerick are popular with hill walkers.

Limerick City is the centre of the transport system, the city has a railway connection to Limerick Junction in Tipperary, where it meets the Dublin to Cork line. This line then passes through the southeast of County Limerick. There is a branch line to Nenagh and a freight only line to Foynes serving the port. County Limerick receives most of the shipping on the west coast of Ireland, the ports are the harbour of Limerick City and the deep water ports of Foynes and Aughinish on the Shannon estuary.

Limerick City has many thriving Industries, almost half of industrial employment is in light engineering. These includes electronic engineering, household appliances and other electrical goods, machinery and metal goods, also medical and optical supplies.

The proximity of Shannon airport which handles international flights, has considerably benefited Tourism City and surrounding areas. The national primary roads that radiate from the city within the county are the N7 to Dublin, the N24 to Waterford, the N20 to Cork, and the N21 to Tralee.

The upland areas of County Limerick mostly all lie along its edges and are shared with counties Clare and Tipperary.

They consist mainly of sandstone's, shale's, and slates. The highest are the Galtee Mountains, which rise to 800 meters (2624 Ft) in the southeast. This ridge continues westward as the Ballyhoura Mountains.

The computer industry has in recent years become a major employer. Food processing, is also an important contributor to the economy. It includes bacon and other meat products, dairy processing, and milling. Other industry's produce building materials, chemicals, clothing, furniture, wood products, and plastic goods, as well as printing and publishing. There are two other major industrial plants, one making cement near Limerick city and the other producing alumna at Aughinish on the Shannon estuary. Limerick lace is one of the traditional industries which still survives although on a much reduced scale.

The agricultural industry employs about 17% of the workforce, most farms are of medium size, averaging about 25 hectares in size. The most fertile area of the county is often referred to as 'The Golden Vale' it is situated in the center and east of the county, the soils are best suited to grass and only 1 per cent of the land is under arable crops. The rest used mostly for dairy and beef farming In the west the land is less fertile some sheep are reared there.

Many people who live commute to work on the Shannon industrial estate and airport in County Clare. Service industries employ for over half the workforce. The city is the major service centre for the Midwest region. These services include catering, education, finance, health, public administration, retail and wholesale distribution, and transport.

The University of Limerick was formed in 1989 from the National Institute of Higher Education. There are also third-level (higher education) colleges for art, business, education, music, and technology.

Tourist Information
Arthur's Quay
Limerick
Co Limerick
Tel +353 (0)61 317522
Fax +353 (0)61 317939
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Web Site

The two parliamentary constituencies together send eight representatives to Dail Eireann. Local government is administered by a county borough corporation for the city of Limerick and a county council for the rest of the county.

Read about Limerick in 1837 from Samuel Lewis' Topographical Survey of Ireland.

 

 

 

 
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