Limerick in Numbers
91,456: Population of Limerick City and environs
3: Limerick is the third most populous city in Ireland.
202: Distance in kilometres from Limerick to Dublin.
1197: Year Limerick got it's Charter from King John 1.
2000: Approximate number of art works in Limerick's Hunt Museum.
4: Number of bridges across the Shannon in Limerick City.
2:Limerick has the second largest Polish community in Ireland.
675: Length in meters of the Shannon Tunnel.
13,000: Student population of UL during the academic year.
94: Height in metres of St.. John’s Cathedral
224: The River Shannon, flowing through Limerick City,is the Longest river in Ireland at roughly 224miles (360 Km).
Named for the Celtic goddess Sionna or Sionnan, the river rises on Cuilcagh Mountain in Cavan and meets the Atlantic Ocean at the Shannon estuary. It flows through 11 counties and has several well-known lakes on it - Lough Allen, Lough Boyle, and Lough Derg.
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Limerick, On Ptolemy’s Map AD 150, the earliest map of Ireland, Limerick’s Kings Island is shown as Regia. Later as Inis Sibhtonn, also as Inis an Gall Dubh, the dark haired foreigner’s Island. The Shannon Estuary was previously known as Loch Luimnigh.
The present day Mid-West Region including North Kerry and South Offaly was known as the Kingdom of Thomond with Brian Boru being one of its more famous kings.
Limerick, a city steeped in history in an area of outstanding beauty known for,
St Johns Castle, St Mary’s Cathedral, the Treaty Stone, Hunt Museum
National City Of Culture and Riverfest
EVA international, Art festival,
UL, Lime Tree Theatre, The Milk Market,
And home of Munster Rugby and RTE Lyric
Home to, An tUactaran, Michael D. Higgins
James O’Mahony, Young Irelander,
Con Colbert, Patriot.
Phillip Embury, Co-founder of Methodism in the US,
Tim Aherne, Olympic long Jump Gold Medallist,
Lady Sophie Mary Heath, Aviator,
Kate O’Brien writer and Paul O’Connell
Richard Harris, Actor and Rugby Player,
And home of the Maigue Poets and ‘’The Limerick’’ known the world over.