County Limerick, Ireland, with its flawless blend of history and countryside, is the country's tenth-largest county, with a population of just under two hundred thousand people. It is important to mention that there are few County Limerick, Ireland hostels, but camping is also a good option to explore the county. County Limerick is home to charming villages and historic towns, and the longest river in Ireland, the River Shannon, flows through the county. A curious fact to mention is that Croom town is the place where the poetry style of “limericks” originated.
County Limerick has archeological and historical sites, such as the five-thousand-year-old Neolithic settlement at Lough Gur; it is also home to many villages and towns, including Adare town, also known as “The Prettiest Village in Ireland;” Foynes town, which has an important role as home of the Flying Boat Museum and the place where Joe Sheridan created the “Irish coffee;” Athea village, which hosts the popular Athea Motorcycle Road Races each June; Askeaton village, which is home to the impressive Ruins of Askeaton Castle. Croom town was the meeting place of the "Maigue poets," therefore it is the place where the famous, humorous, five-line rhyme form known as a limerick was first originated and given its name in the eighteenth century. Murroe town is home to the Benedictine Monks of Glenstal Abbey, famous for their Gregorian chant. The Great Southern Trail -- a unique, forty-kilometer route starting in Rathkeale and passing through the abandoned railway line between Limerick and Tralee -- is the perfect place for walking and cycling in the countryside of Limerick.
Limerick City is a modern and vibrant city built around the Medieval King’s Island; the city offers an amazing path to walk from the Medieval Quarter at King’s Island with its cathedral, museum, and King John’s Castle, to the Georgian Newtown. Limerick provides a wide range of attractions, including the Milk Market, where it's possible to buy a wide variety of food, which is produced locally. The Hunt Museum exhibits paintings of Picasso and Renoir. Limerick City is also home to the Munster Team, and impressive sporting infrastructure such as the Thomond Park Stadium, the Gaelic Grounds, the University of Limerick Arena, and the Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
County Limerick is a perfect place for outdoor activities, therefore camping is a great option but also it is possible to find a County Limerick, Ireland hostel and explore the surrounding cities. Its countryside offers wide range of options for angling, golfing, biking, and riding, but also the county is full of archeological sites, historic places, and stunning architecture.
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