Limerick City Guide

Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland and one of the country's main tourist destinations, only fifteen minutes from Shannon Airport by car. In recent times the Limerick tourism has been growing at a spectacular rate with many attractions and hotels. Limerick City is located on the banks of the Shannon, Ireland's longest river which connects with the Atlantic Ocean. Today Limerick prospers from Ireland’ warm Gulf Stream which helps Limerick experiences a mild climate. Even in winter, temperatures only rarely fall below freezing. And in the summer temperatures are warm enough for swimming. The warmest months are July and August, averaging highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s. In winter, the average high is 52 with the coldest months being December, January and February. Lows then hover near freezing. Ireland is green for a reason. Ireland is famous for its lush, green land. This fame comes as a result of the country's steady rainfall. Average monthly rainfall is consistently above two inches year-round, and peaks at an annual high of about 4 inches in December and January. The good news is that the rain falls mostly at night. Even in winter the sun is likely to peek out two out of every three days. Nevertheless, rain gear and umbrellas are a daily necessity. Limerick has been occupied for many centuries. It was first settles by the Vikings, who arrived in the early ninth century. Vikings ruled the region for hundreds of years. They built a fortified structure in Limerick in 912. Limerick Vikings fought for power with other Viking tribes nearby until late in the 12th century, when the city was conquered by the Normans. The Norman King John then erected a castle in the city around the year 1200. Limerick grew rapidly and remained peaceful under the Norman rule until the 17th century.