You can find traces of primitive hunting going back 3500BC in the surroundings of Limerick. One also finds remainders of the stone age (tombs and dolmens) close to Lough Gur. At that time, forests covered the county.
When Christianity arrived in the 5th century the monasteries were built in Ardpatrick, Mungret and Killeedy. Then the Vikings arrived in the middle of the 9th century and built the town of Limerick.
The Normans arrived in the 12th century, as the castle testifies.
The war between many countries (England, France, Holland and Ireland) brought the town of Limerick under siege in 1690. A treaty signed in 1691, symbolized by "Treaty Stone" in Thomand (Limerick city) testifies same.
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