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With a population of around one million, Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland and is located in County Limerick in the west of Ireland. Limerick is also part of the Shannon region, named after the river, which extends from the midlands to the Atlantic Ocean and includes the counties Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary and South Offaly.
Limerick is one of the oldest cities in Ireland, dating back to at least the eighth century. It is a regional centre for shopping, theatre, dining and entertainment, and is also known as the sporting capital of Ireland, largely because of its devotion to rugby. In recent years it has become known as the setting of Frank McCourt’s autobiography, ‘Angela’s Ashes’. County Limerick is well worth a visit, with traditional thatched cottages and medieval churches to be found in picturesque villages.
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Limerick’s performance festival, Unfringed, takes place in January in conjunction with the Belltable Arts Centre. It showcases local, national, and international performances, and attracts writers, actors, musicians, and comedians. Performances take place in pubs, clubs, theatres, and in the streets of Limerick.
Limerick International Marching Band Festival
The annual Marching Band Festival in Limerick kicks of during the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The fun event is filled with colour and pageantry; a true occasion to celebrate Irish history. There are competitions in a variety of categories between marching bands, concert bands, and drill and dance teams from around the world.
The Exhibition of Visual + Art is the foremost annual exhibition of contemporary art in Ireland. The curators of the exhibition select from artworks submitted by thirty six artists from sixteen countries around the world. The selected works create a wide ranging exhibition of modern genres such as installation, to be presented at various venues throughout Limerick city centre.
holidays - How to Get There
Flight time from Australia to Shannon airport is around twenty nine hours. Qantas Air and Air France operate on that route, stopping over in Singapore and Paris. United Airlines and Air France also combine to offer an alternative route via Los Angeles and New York.