Castles & Forts in Limerick and Historical Houses.
Adare Castle, Adare, Co Limerick now a ruined medieval fortress situated on the north bank of the River Maigue in County Limerick, southwest Ireland. The castle, also known as Desmond Castle, is a fine example of Norman architecture
Askeaton Castle & Friary became the dwelling place of the King of Munster. In 1287 the Castle was on the possession of Thomas De Clare. King Edward II, who reigned from 1298 to 1328, granted it to Robert de Welle on 1318. The Earls of Desmond made askeaton castle their principal dwelling place from 1348.Today's structure dates from the 15th century. the English forces marched against the Desmond's in Oct 1579. they considered the Desmond's as traitors after the refused to accept English rule.
Hunt Museum located in the heart of Limerick City is located in the elegant eighteenth century Custom House provides an ideal setting for an enjoyable visit, where the riverside restaurant looks out over the Curragour Falls and the museums gift shop showcases a wide range of local and international crafts and gifts.
King John’s Castle a 13th century Castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The Castle overlooks the majestic River Shannon offering wonderful views of Limerick City
Lough Gur Stone Circle is one of Ireland’s archaeological and historical gems. The beautiful and enchanted lake lies 21 km south east of Limerick city. From the level surrounding countryside it unfolds in beauty its placid waters and rugged hills – a fairyland of stone circles, ancient habitation sites, megalith tombs, crannogs and castles. GPS co-ordinates for Lough Gur lake are: N 52 31.316’ W008 31.173’
Lough Gur Visitor Centre, the centre houses a number of display cases telling the story of the manufacture and use of flint and bronze material and their eventual deposition in the area as well as their recovery - whether as a result of scientific excavation or random finds. There are replicas of Stone Age pottery as well as other artefacts depicting the lifestyles of the first inhabitants of Lough Gur. Lough Gur Development run two festivals annually. The Summer Solstice festival held in June and a Storytelling festival in October.