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The Milk Market: Limerick, Co Limerick

Don’t let the name Milk Market fool you. It’s actually not easy to find milk there at all. In fact, the open air, covered market specializes in artisan foods, fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood, arts and crafts, as well as some vintage items. Each day has a slightly different focus… Friday emphasizes vintage goods, […]

Visit Some of Ireland’s Oldest Monuments and Tombs at Lough Gur: Bruff, Co Limerick

Long before Ireland became the ‘Land of Saints and Scholars’, it was the land of Druids and Celts. Stone age, and later Bronze age, peoples who arrived on the verdant shores and found a place that called to them spiritually. Some of Ireland’s oldest monuments and tombs lie near Lough Gur. As far back as […]

Desmond Castle and the Hellfire Club: Askeaton, Co Limerick

Dominating the town, Desmond Castle was built in 1199 by William de Burgo and it became the dwelling place of the Kings of Munster. Next to the castle is the infamous Hellfire Club which was built in 1740 (curiously the same year that the friary in town was finally abandoned). The Standing Stone: Desmond Castle […]

Irish Sport Worship: Limerick City

The Irish love their sport, and Limerick is no exception. In 2011 it was named European City of Sport, and with addition of the Thomond Park Stadium and its museum, the city has taken things up a notch. This 1992 addition to O’Connell Street features two Limerick obsessions, Rugby and Hurling. Sculptor Robin Buick was […]

Haunted by Castle Matrix: Rathkeale, Co Limerick

A local told me Castle Matrix (pronounced Matt-trix) was open again for tours, but once we finally found the place there were no signs of life… and no signs posted (neither announcing the castle nor warning against trespassing). Based on the internet posts from visitors from the 90s and early 2000s, the owner has never […]

Birthplace of Irish Coffee and Home to Flying Boats: Foynes, Co Limerick

As the site of the original commercial transatlantic airport, Foynes welcomed the first wave of airline travelers who traveled in planes designed to use the Shannon Estuary as their runway… called flying boats. The 1940s brought a who’s who of the time through Foynes, including John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bob Hope, Humphrey Bogart, as […]

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