County Limerick is located in the province of Munster in Ireland's Shannon Region. It takes its name from its capital, Limerick City, the Republic of Ireland's third largest city. The River Shannon widens into an estuary on leaving the city, forming a substantial natural barrier between County Limerick and Clare to the north. Limerick is a scenic county characterised mainly by green pastoral countryside. It is ringed by hills and mountains, most notably the Galtee Mountains in the south-east, Ireland's highest inland mountain range.
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).
- The closest airport to County Limerick is Shannon International Airport based in County Clare. Shannon Airport is the second busiest airport in Ireland and during 2006 carried over 3.6million passengers. The airport mainly offers destinations to Europe and the United States with Ryanair, Continental, Delta and Aer Lingus being the main carriers. During peak months chartered flights cater for the main tourist hot spots around Europe.
- County Limerick is served by only one train station, Colbert Station which is situated on Parnell Street in Limerick City. While County Limerick is not as well connected by rail as it was in prior times, the ever improving state of rail travel in Ireland is hoping to address some of these issues. Limerick railway station is operated by Irish Rail serves the following locations without needing a change:
Other destinations such as Cork, Tralee, Galway, Sligo and Belfast can be reached using the Irish rail network, but require changing trains.
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
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:
"Copper and Spice" Cornmarket Row for Indian and Thai Food.
"Brulees" on Henry Street which specialises in traditional European Fare.
"Moll Darby's" on George's Quay with superb but expensive Fish Dishes.
"The River Cafe" also on George's Quay - a traditional but superb French Bistro.