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Rathkeale House Hotel
Rathkeale House Hotel

Lower Main Street, Rathkeale

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Situated in Rathkeale, this inn is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Irish Palatine Heritage Centre and within 9 mi (15 km) of Adare …

£63
Dunraven Arms Hotel
Dunraven Arms Hotel

Main Street, Adare

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (239 reviews)

This family-friendly Adare hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adare Heritage Centre and Adare Golf Club. Irish Palatine …

£103
Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport
Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport

Shannon, Country Clare, Shannon

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (880 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Shannon Golf Club and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Skycour …

£67
The Savoy Hotel
The Savoy Hotel

Henry Street, Limerick 99999

5.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (361 reviews)

Located in the heart of Limerick, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Connell Street and St. Mary's Cathedral …

£110
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick

Ennis Road, Limerick

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (302 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Gaelic Grounds and LIT Millennium …

£83
Greenhills Hotel
Greenhills Hotel

Ennis Road, Limerick

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4.1 out of 5 (185 reviews)

Situated in Limerick, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Gaelic Grounds and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Treaty Stone and King …

£59
Glenview Lodge
Glenview Lodge

Glenview, Broadford

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Broadford, this cottage is 12.3 mi (19.8 km) from Donkey Sanctuary and within 20 mi (32 km) of Irish Palatine …

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Pery's Hotel
Pery's Hotel

Glentworth Street, Limerick

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3.5 out of 5 (256 reviews)

Located in the heart of Limerick, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tait's Clock and St. Mary's Cathedral. King John's …

£46
George Boutique Hotel
George Boutique Hotel

Shannon Street, Limerick

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Old Ground Hotel
Old Ground Hotel

O Connell Street, Ennis 00000

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (308 reviews)

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ennis Friary and Ennis Golf Club. Craggaunowe …

£101
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Pocket Guide: Rathkeale Irish Palatine Heritage Centre Hotels

There are several villages a short drive from Limerick which have historic attractions - Adare, Foynes, Bunratty, Croagh and Rathkeale, which is home to the Irish Palatine Heritage Centre. This is a must visit if you want to know more about the colonisation and settlement of immigrants who came from Germany. Budget B&Bs, guesthouses and three to five star accommodation is available in Adare (nine miles away), Limerick city (16 miles) and in Rathkeale, where you’ll find cheaper accommodation and a three star hotel. Rathkeale is just 30 minutes’ drive from Limerick city along the N21.

History of Irish Palatine Culture

The Irish Palatine Museum is set in an old railway station in Rathkeale, 16 miles from Limerick city. It’s a small exhibition but offers a fascinating account of the journey made by Palatine immigrants from Germany in the 1700s. In 1709 there was a mass exodus of Protestants from Germany seeking a better life abroad. Many were heading to America but became stranded in Ireland and were encouraged to stay by landlords of Irish estates to boost the Protestant population. Around 3,000 moved to rural Ireland and their descendants are still around today.

The exhibition is focused on the people of the time and is history brought to life through personal stories, anecdotes, artefacts, photographs and illustrations. The aim is to foster a sense of self among the Irish Palatine culture and their descendants, and to preserve their heritage and links to their homeland, the Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) in Germany. It is recognition for what they have contributed to Irish heritage, including farming techniques and their work helping to develop world Methodism.

The Irish Palatine Museum was set up in 1989 and is also where the archives of the Irish Palatine Association are kept. As well as the exhibitions, the museum runs tours and lectures and publishes an annual journal. It has a tea room, gift shop and parking facilities and is open to the public from May to mid-September.

Walking Breaks in Limerick County

One of the landlords who managed to get the Irish Palatine immigrants to stay in the rural area was Sir Thomas Southwell, who came from Castle Matrix near Rathkeale. He put his own money into supporting the families to stay and lobbied the government to help. By 1714 he had around 130 families living on his lands, and the regions around this area remain home to most of the Irish Palatine descendants today. If you’d like to explore their history on foot and get a sense of how they lived go to Killeheen, Ballingrane and Courtmatrix.

The Irish Palatine Museum itself is in landscaped surroundings next to an old railway track which opens out into a lovely walking area so you can explore this once you’ve seen the exhibition.

Family-Friendly Hotels in Limerick County

There is a good choice of family-friendly and adventure sports hotels in Limerick city and surrounding towns and villages like Adare, which is just nine miles away and famous for its heritage walks, golfing, thatched cottages and surrounding areas of natural beauty like Lough Gur. They can help you book trips and tours, restaurants, sporting activities and provide maps for walking/hiking tours as well as in-room comforts and additional services like a crèche or babysitting facilities to make it easier for parents to take time out.

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