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Rathkeale House Hotel
Rathkeale House Hotel

Lower Main Street, Rathkeale

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (27 reviews)

Situated in Rathkeale, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Askeaton Friary, Adare Heritage Centre, and Adare Castle. Religious …

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Ballingowan House B&B
Ballingowan House B&B

Limerick Road, Newcastle West

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4.4 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Situated in Newcastle West, this bed & breakfast is within 16 mi (25 km) of Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Adare Heritage Centre, …

£59
Carrigane House
Carrigane House

Rienroe, Adare

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4.5 out of 5 (23 reviews)

Situated in Adare, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Adare Golf Club, Old Trinitarian Abbey, and Adare Augustinia …

£71
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick

Ennis Road, Limerick

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4.2 out of 5 (360 reviews)

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

£60
Shannon Springs Hotel
Shannon Springs Hotel

Ballycasey, Shannon V14 A336

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3.9 out of 5 (405 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bunratty …

£57
Limerick Strand Hotel
Limerick Strand Hotel

Ennis Road, Limerick

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4.4 out of 5 (800 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Arthur's Quay Park and The Treaty …

£93
Highbury House
Highbury House

Ballymorris,Cratloe,, CLARE

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5 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Cratloe, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Gaelic Grounds, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, and LIT …

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Gallow's View
Gallow's View

Low Road,, Bunratty

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bunratty, this bed & breakfast is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of …

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Pery's Hotel
Pery's Hotel

Glentworth Street, Limerick

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3.5 out of 5 (300 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 …

£41
Charleville Park Hotel & Leisure Club
Charleville Park Hotel & Leisure Club

Limerick Road, Charleville

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4.3 out of 5 (128 reviews)

Set in Charleville, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Friars Gate Theatre, Kilcolman Wildfowl Refuge, and …

£72
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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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