Limerick, Ireland

River Shannon: Central Section

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There are ~13 km of paths along the River Shannon in Limerick, but they’re not contiguous. This route is focused on paths in the central part of Limerick, headed north to the Parteen Railway Bridge and south to Barrington’s Pier. Overall it’s 4 km, or 8.7 km round-trip including a loop around Ted Russell Park. This incorporates a section of John Cusack Trail, named for the only Irish athlete to have won the Boston Marathon.

River Shannon Path. Google Street View

From the city centre, use the Sarsfield Bridge to cross to the paths on the north bank. Head north on Clancy’s Strand & Brown’s Quay (riverside sidewalks along road), passing Treaty Stone, then a brief section away from the water along New Rd., then through a field to the Parteen Railway Bridge. There are great views of the water, the historic city centre, and King John’s Castle.

Headed south from the Sarsfield Bridge, there’s a paved riverside path along O’Callaghan’s Strand, and then gravel paths through the Westfield’s Wetlands Park and Ted Russell Park, alongside Condell Rd. There are additional paths on the wetlands and park away from the water, part of the John Cusack Trail. The path ends at Barrington’s Pier. Our return route loops back through the park for variety.

Essentials
  • Full route 8.7 km (5.4 miles)
  • 36m (118 feet)
  • Sarsfield Bridge or other section on northside river paths

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Essentials
  • Full route 8.7 km (5.4 miles)
  • 36m (118 feet)
  • Sarsfield Bridge or other section on northside river paths