Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lough Gur – a magical place in County Limerick!

Lough Gur is located in the scenic countryside in County Limerick, just 20km from Limerick City. Lough Gur is one of Ireland's most important archaeological and historical gems. The area has been a place of continuous habitation for at least 5,500 years since the arrival of the Neolithic people and represents in microcosm, each of the different ages. The lake side comprises of stone circles and megalith tombs, crannogs and castles. Trained guides, who are local to the area, can show you the many historical sites in Lough Gur.

In the centre of Lough Gur, just adjacent to the lake there is a small Heritage centre, built to replicate a home of the age. The centre houses a number of display cases which illustrate the story of the manufacture and use of flint and bronze material and their eventual deposition in the area as well as their recovery - whether as a result of scientific excavation or random finds.

There is a replica of the Bronze Shield and of Stone Age pottery as well as other artefacts depicting the lifestyle of the first inhabitants of Lough Gur. The original bronze Shield has been on long term loan in the Natural History Museum in Dublin. Hear about Hempenstall- the wicked hangman known as the “Walking Gallows " Learn about the Earl of Desmond one of Irelands greatest noble families, their mighty fortresses at Lough Gur, and how they fell from grace for defying the English crown.

A trip to Lough Gur is well worth while for people of all ages!  Students who come to the Limerick area to do English courses in Ireland are very welcome.  It is a great way to experience some of Ireland's ancient history and culture.  Its also a great way to learn English in Ireland.

Tours can last one to two and a half hours or we can tailor a tour suited to yours or your groups needs. For more information please check the our website:
Written by:
Roseanne Dunne

Marketing Facilitator
Lough Gur Development Society