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Getting Cultured in Limerick

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Getting Cultured in Limerick

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There's more to Ireland than pubs and rolling hills - though there are a good deal of those, too. Once you peel back the layers of this majestic country, you'll discover that there's plenty more sophisticated culture to be enjoyed. 

If you can only pick one place in Ireland for your dose of architecture, art and heritage, make it Limerick. Recently named as the first ever City of Culture in Ireland, the historic spot boasts galleries, imposing Georgian architecture and a street art scene that Banksy would be proud of.  

Be sure to stop in at King John's Castle to soak up some Shannon heritage. A new exhibition here showcases more than 800 years of local history, so set aside plenty of time to explore it. It's a 13th century Castle that was reopened last year after an upgrade. Now there are activities and exhibitions for the whole family to enjoy. Don't forget to venture out to the courtyard to see the medieval campaign tent and scenes from a siege of centuries past.  

Let the learning continue at the Hunt Museum, which showcases one of the best private collections in all of Ireland. Art and antiquities here date all the way back to Neolithic times, and you have the option to view the art at your own pace or opt for a guided tour. There's no charge for tours, which take around an hour and are accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Try a Highlights tour, which not only teaches you about the lives of the artists behind the museum's most famous works but also includes glimpses of pieces by Picasso, Renoir Years and some stunning pieces in the Jewellery Galley. 

When hunger strikes, Limerick's Riverfest fights back. Held in early May, the family festival attracts as many as 80,000 visitors each year with its agenda full of food and fun. This year's event saw more than 30 events taking place throughout the city, including the biggest ever barbeque cook-off in Ireland and an outdoor fashion show.  

Bibliophiles should include a visit to The Frank McCourt Museum on their itinerary. The museum is devoted to Frank McCourt, the author of Angela's Ashes and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Enter the museum's 1930s classroom and wander through the McCourt home, with wall murals showcasing images from the famous book. The museum is located in Leamy House, which was once known as Leamy School, and there's plenty of memorabilia to peer at as you pass through. 

The Limerick Gallery of Art also boasts a wealth of culture to be discovered, featuring an extensive collection of Irish artwork. As the largest contemporary art gallery in the mid-western region, the Limerick Gallery boasts a diverse exhibition programme which features both national and international artists. The focus is on artists who are Irish at birth or who have worked in Ireland, showcasing the national pride that dominates Limerick. There are more than 831 historic and contemporary pieces on display here, with a whopping 456 artists contributing. Expect to see not only paintings but also drawings, photos, sculptures and new media. 

Theatre lovers should schedule in a show at Lime Tree Theatre, a 510 seat theatre opened just two years ago. Here you'll find music, comedy, arts, theatre and school performances showcasing the absolute best of Limerick's diverse culture. While you're there, check out the surrounding Mary Immaculate College which has a strong Liberal Arts program. Who knows, you may be tempted to stay and study your way to contributing to the city's thriving arts scene! 

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