Posted 18 May 2011
Tucked inland from the Atlantic Ocean along a green bend in the Shannon River, Limerick, Republic of Ireland, has received the prestigious designation of European City of Sport for 2011. A calendar bursting with varied sporting events is available to visitors to the city often described as the home of Irish rugby. Ranging from yachting events to hurling, rugby, football, boxing, horse racing, tennis, swim meets, tennis, and more, Limerick is going all out to welcome the sports enthusiast in 2011 and beyond.

Visitors to Limerick will find an abundance of great hotels and bed and breakfasts as well as self-catering rentals for every budget. The European City of Sport offers a wide selection of delicious dining venues for the hungry sports fan, whether it be a friendly pub or European gourmet dining. There is also a cornucopia of complementary cultural entertainments lined up for this banner year, including music, theater performances, an international poetry festival and an ongoing museum exhibition of The Fighting Irishmen featuring a unique collection of Irish boxing memorabilia. For those visitors to the city who want to try their own hand at sporting activities, Limerick offers golf, hiking, fishing, biking, karting, and one of Ireland's fastest growing sports: wake boarding. Kids have a huge variety of activities to choose from as well. From airshows to water sports to outdoor events, the European City of Sport has not forgotten the kids. And no visit to Limerick would be complete without a tour of Thomond Park's interactive rugby museum - a unique excursion both kids and adults will never forget.

A short drive from Shannon Airport with full international service, Limerick is going all out to give visitors from both Europe and abroad a full taste of its role as the European City of Sport 2011. From soccer field to swimming pool to hurling pitch, this vibrant European city is proud to welcome visitors to its celebration of sport in 2011. If you are planning on making the trip to the European City of Sport and need a hotel, check out Jurys Inn hotel in Limerick.

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