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Shannon or Limerick

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Shannon or Limerick

Hello everyone,

My friend and I are traveling to Ireland this January and we are having a tough time choosing a place to to stop between Cork and Galway. Both Shannon and Limerick are on the bus route and we curios what your recommendations are. Which one would be safer for two women in their young twenties? Which one is easier to get around? Which one would have the most things open in January?

Thank you!

Limerick, Ireland
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1. Re: Shannon or Limerick

Limerick. No question.

Not because I live here but because Shannon is an airport and an industrial estate with housing for workers and facilities to support those workers. It has grown significantly since the 1950s but it is still a fabricated industrial town.

Limerick on the other hand has the oldest city Charter in the UK and Ireland, after London. It has a rich sporting and historical heritage and has a wide range of pubs and restaurants.

Limerick generally is a VERY safe city but like all large cities there can be problems outside of the tourist (and mainstream) areas. I have two daughters, one in her early twenties, one in her late teens. I have no problems with them going out in Limerick City at night, provided they take a taxi or a lift from a reliable person they know.

Take a look here at things you can do in Limerick:

The Hunt Museum www.huntmuseum.com (free to visit on Sundays!!)

King John's Castle www.shannonheritage.com › Attractions

St, Mary's Cathedral www.cathedral.limerick.anglican.org

The Frank McCourt Museum, Hartstonge Street www.frankmccourtmuseum.com

Thomond Park Interactive Rugby Museum www.thomondpark.ie/museum/index.php

Then out a bit further:

The National Self-Portrait Collection

The National Watercolour Collection

The Living Bridge - Ireland's longest Pedestrian Bridge.

All in the University of Limerick



For Shopping, the Crescent Shopping Centre is excellent.

Then out a little further:

Adare Village www.adarevillage.com A lovely village

Lough Gur www.loughgur.com

Palatine Museum, Rathkeale www.irishpalatines.org

Bunratty Castle (Co. Clare) shannonheritage.com/.../BunrattyCastleFolkPa…

Craggaunowen www.shannonheritage.com › Attractions › Craggaunowen

Castleconnell en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castleconnell

Clare Glens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_Glens

Glenstal Abbey www.glenstal.org

Killaloe and Lough Derg www.discoverkillaloe.com

Birr www.birrcastle.com

Foynes Flying Boat and Irish Coffee Museum www.flyingboatmuseum.com

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2. Re: Shannon or Limerick

There is absolutely nothng to do in Shannon, so Limerick definitely(and for all the wonderful reasons that Bean A has listed:-)

I think it would be a great option for two women in their twenties and you will enjoy it.

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3. Re: Shannon or Limerick

Another vote for Limerick and the good advice of the previous posters.

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