County Limerick


County Limerick is the smallest and least scenic county in Ireland's Shannon Region, but it contains Ireland's third largest city and the island's largest river. It is more likely to be on your route than your destination but there are things worth seeing.



Limerick is located in the province of Munster. It is named after the city of Limerick which has an urban population of about 100,000 people. Limerick is the tenth largest of Ireland’s 32 counties by area and the eighth largest by population. It is the fifth largest of Munster’s 6 counties in size and the second largest by population.

The River Shannon flows through the city of Limerick into the Atlantic Ocean at the north of the county. Below the city, the waterway is known as the Shannon Estuary. Because the estuary is shallow, the county's most important port is several kilometres west of the city, at Foynes. Newcastle West is the most important county town outside of Limerick city with a population of around 10,000. Other towns mainly lie along the Limerick – Tralee roads (N21) and Limerick – Cork road (N20).

Get in

By plane

By train

Other destinations such as Cork, Tralee, Sligo and Belfast can be reached using the Irish rail network, but require changing trains.

By car

Access to Limerick via car has never been easier due to the massive amount of investment recent Governments in Ireland have poured into improving the road infrastructure in Ireland. Today the road from Dublin to Limerick is motorway standard for up to 100km while other improvements will be coming on line soon. The main arterial routes to County Limerick are as follows

By bus

Get around

Car Rental

The main location for picking up a car rental in County Limerick is at Shannon International Airport .



Limerick City has some of the best restaurants in Ireland outside Cork or Dublin.

Highly recommended are:


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