Senior travel groups visiting Ireland should consider making their way to the historic enclave of Limerick. Located in the province of Munster, Limerick is the third-largest city in the country, and in 2014, it earned the title as Ireland's First National City of Culture. Boasting a wealth of music, art exhibitions and sporting events, Limerick rightly deserves the title, and its accolades have finally elevated the city onto the global stage.
Limerick has a rich tradition that spans from jazz to choral music to light opera to rock. Be sure to check out the delights of the internationally recognized Irish Chamber Orchestra or the ensembles of the Limerick Youth Theatre. Music also fills the dining rooms of several top restaurants and pubs:
- Olio & Farina welcomes free live jazz on Friday nights,
- Michael Flannerys, which has the largest Irish whiskey collection in the region, hosts traditional musicians every Tuesday night
- Dolans, a great local pub, is a crowd favorite for touring European acts.
Visitors can also find the Haydn Symphony performing at Limetree Theatre. If seniors want to catch a theatrical performance, they should head to Theatre at the Savoy.
Paint the town red at a variety of different exhibitions and galleries scattered about Limerick. Adpare Gallery Craft Shop has hand-crafted silver jewelry while Mungret College features the masterpieces of Anne Fitzgerald, who ranks among Ireland's most iconic artists. Other noteworthy galleries include Gallery 75, Kate Kenessey Studio, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Occupy Space. However, one of the biggest events is EVA International, Ireland's biennial of contemporary art. Here, visual art lovers can listen to acclaimed guest curators, and soak in drawings, paintings and sculptures from more than 50 Irish and international artists.
Thomond Park is home to Munster Rugby, one of the most elite rugby clubs in the world. If senior group clubs want to experience a sporting staple of Ireland, this is the place. The 25,000-seat stadium is renowned for not only its invigorating atmosphere, but its design and architecture. While visiting here, look into the interactive Museum Experience that showcases the heritage of Munster Rugby such as the match ball from the famous victory against the All Blacks in 1978. Besides rugby, the venue has hosted big-name musical artists such as Elton John, Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart. Check the entertainment schedule to find a desirable concert.
Whether senior travel clubs want to indulge in the sounds of Limerick's music scene or the excitement of local sporting events, Limerick proves why it has been named the First National City of Culture.