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The Republic of Ireland has a rich cultural history. Limerick is its third largest city which lies in County Limerick. The city is located on several twists and islands of the River Shannon. There are three major road intersections near the city center. The population of Limerick had an urban population of 91,000. The city's history can be traced back to the Viking settlement in 812. When the Normans came to power, they revamped the region in the 12th century building some magnificent architecture like St Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle. The city played a significant role when it was under attack by Oliver Cromwell in 1651 and also when besieged by Willaimites in the 1690s. Limerick flourished when trade activity thrived in the late 18th century, however at the turn of the century the city faced serious famine which caused economic collapse. The act of Union also contributed to economic crisis.
The city of Limerick lies at the core of the Midwest region that generated more than 8 billion pounds for Irish GDP in 2002. The temperature in the city remains mild and stays an average of 20 C (68 F) in summers and 4 C (39 F) in winters. Ireland boasts Limerick as a key tourist region being away from Shannon Airport with only a 15-minute drive. The city promises great tourist activity with inauguration of five new hotels in 2006. The tourists are accorded a warm welcome and shown around by guides titled as 'Street Ambassadors'.
Some of the key places in the city include King John's Castle, Hunt Museum and St Mary's Cathedral. Apart from these, there are historical walking tour and boat tours being offered on the side of River Shannon. The Foynes Flying Boat Museum on the border of the city also attracts many tourists. The gardens and the Treaty Stone also welcome great tourist activity. The mention of Limerick also remains incomplete without the Hunt Museum that exhibits around 2000 works of art and antiquities founded by John and Gertrude Hunt. Some of the things displayed here are a sketch by Picasso and a bronze sculpture of a horse that is said to be designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
The arts and entertainment scene in Limerick also fascinates with the Belltable Arts Center which hosts local dramas. Plays are regularly staged here including Mike Finn's works that focus on the city's history. The region attracts national and international acts to be hosted by the new University Concert Hall as well. Several street theatre companies also operate here, some of which are The Umbrella Project and Janzo Street Arts. The Limerick City Art Gallery regularly holds contemporary art exhibitions. It boasts a continuing collection of Irish art from the early 18th to 29th century.
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