Rediscovering Limerick #5 – The Walls of Limerick




Rediscovering Limerick #5 – The Walls of Limerick


Here at I Love Limerick we are proud to present the fifth episode of our new web series that delves into the fascinating history of Limerick and its people. ‘Rediscovering Limerick’ is collaboration between Limerick’s Life and I Love Limerick that will help you uncover the many tales that truly define Limerick as a city and this week, Limerick historian Sharon Slater takes a look at walls of Limerick City.

In the early 12th century the first wall was built around the English Town in Limerick, extending from the Castle to the Abbey River surrounding the city as it was then. In the early 14th century work began on extending around Irish Town, from the Abbey River to John’s Gate, to protect the ever expanding city. During the the 17th century there were four sieges on Limerick which all took their toll on the walls. In 1760 Limerick was declares a “Free City” and demolition of the walls began. You can still see fragments of the wall at John’s Gate and the outline of the wall is marked out in several points around the city, such as at the Milk Market and off Mary Street.

Rediscovering Limerick is researched, written and presented by Sharon Slater of Limerick’s Life


Shot/Directed: Seán Wrenn –

Producer: Richard Lynch –


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