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Situated in Rathkeale, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Irish Palatine Heritage Centre and within 9 miles (15 km) of Adare Heritage Centre and Adare Golf Club. ...
from £44 per night for 2 guestsRathkeale House Hotel£44
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 Skycourt Shopping Centre. Bunratty Castle ...
from £51 per night for 2 guestsPark Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport£51
Situated near the airport, this romantic guesthouse is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of Shannon Golf Club and Dromoland ...
from £76 per night for 2 guestsCarrygerry Country House£76
Located in the heart of Shannon, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bunratty Castle and Folk ...
from £57 per night for 2 guestsTreacys Oakwood Hotel£57
Located in Bunratty, this family-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Angela's Ashes Walking Tour ...
from £95 per night for 2 guestsBunratty Castle Hotel£95
Situated in Bunratty, this cottage is close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Skycourt Shopping Centre. Area attractions also include Shannon Golf Club.
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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 Castle and Folk Park and Shannon ...
from £54 per night for 2 guestsShannon Springs Hotel£54
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Irish Palatine Heritage Centre, Adare Golf Club and Adare Heritage Centre. ...
from £144 per night for 2 guestsThe Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge£144
Located in Limerick City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Frank McCourt Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral and The Treaty Stone. King John's Castle is ...
from £55 per night for 2 guestsLimerick City Hotel£55
This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located in the business district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Cresent Shopping Centre, Frank McCourt Museum and Limerick City ...
from £61 per night for 2 guestsGreat National South Court Hotel£61
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.
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.
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.
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.