On Valentine’s Day couples at all stages, and maybe even some first daters, will be heading out all over the city and county for a day and night of romance. From day outings and adventure, to finishing the night off in style with dinner for two, we’ve got you covered.
1. Romantic Strolls
Why not start off the day by sticking on a hat and scarf and heading off to one of Limerick’s many beautiful walking trails ? Curraghchase Forest Park is one such place that would be perfect for that peaceful wander into nature. Lough Gur and the Ballyhoura Mountains that cover south Limerick and north Cork are also a very good choice, with tracks and trails leading you to unique views of towns such as Charleville and Killmallock, views of the neighbouring mountain range of the Galtees and down into Glen of Aherlow, you’re guaranteed a breathtaking sight.
2. Movie Night
This year’s Valentines line up at the movies is very hot indeed! First on the list is of course Fifty Shades Darker, released on February 14th, just in time for your Jamie Dornan fix (shhh, your date doesn’t have to know).
Loving is also hitting our cinema screens at the same time. Based on a true story, this film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia during the racial miscegenation laws of the 60’s. After both are arrested for their marriage, they are forced to leave and set up a new life in the City – but soon begin to work towards returning home to Virginia. For something completely different try The Founder, which is based on the story of McDonalds founder, Ray Kroc, and how he went from a milkshakes machine salesman to owning McDonalds, one of the biggest fast food franchises in the world.
3. Puppy Love
For animal lovers (and anyone trying to impress one), here’s something fun and worthwhile to do together. Helping out a charity is a way of giving back, and what a better and deserving lot than Limerick Animal Welfare (LAW). LAW is based in Kilfinane, a short drive from Limerick City, and care for the neglected and abandoned animals of Limerick City and County. The appreciation and unconditional love you will receive from the dogs, cats and other residents of the centre will show you what true love really looks like, and who knows, if you’re not feeling your date, you might find your true love here (one with a furry tail and four paws).
4. King and Queen of the Castle
You might never be royals, but who wouldn’t like to feel like a King and Queen, if only for the afternoon? King John’s Castle boasts the best views of the city, with access to the tower where you and your love can look over Limerick City and the River Shannon. If you’re thinking about popping the question this Valentine’s then where better to do it than in a castle associated with history, honour, love and passion?
5.Wine and Cheese, please
If you and your date love nothing more than sipping on a glass of your favourite red or white, with a board of fantastic cheese thrown in to nibble on, then The Copper Room is the place for you. These guys specialize in fine wine and port, with a great selection of local and cheeses, patés and meats to go with it.
6. Spicing things up
If you’d prefer something a bit more hot and spicy for your date, head over to Copper and Spice in Annacotty. This Indian-Asian Restaurant is situated overlooking the Salmon Weir of the Mulcair River, offering a wide variety of Asian and Pacific foods and a great selection of vegetarian meals to suit everyone.
7. Sail Away
Get out of the city and head a short distance out the road to the heritage towns of Killaloe/Ballina to Killaloe River Cruises. Step aboard one of their ‘Spirit’ boats on the shores of Lough Derg and take in the in breath-taking views of Counties Clare and Tipperary.
8. Go French
Everyone knows that Paris is the City of all things romantic, but seeing as Valentine’s is falling on a Tuesday this year, work may get in the way of you and your love flying away to have dinner under the Eiffel Tower. Fear not, as you don’t have to leave Limerick to get a taste of French cuisine. The French Table Restaurant on the banks of the River Shannon opened its doors to the people of Limerick in 2008 and since then has been delighting all who dine here with its true French dining experience and relaxed and friendly service. Good food and beautiful views of the Shannon will make sure you and your date have a memorable Valentine’s
9. The Blue Door
In the heart of Adare village you will find The Blue Door Restaurant, a thatched cottage with a brightly coloured blue door that welcomes all who pass through it to sample the delights this charming place has to offer. This restaurant in Ireland’s prettiest village dates back to the early 1830s and has something for everyone, with both an all-day menu a la carte menu available. So eat well in a beautiful setting that you can explore after your meal.
10. Group fun
Soppy cards, dinner dates and dressing up not your idea of a fun Valentine’s? Why not grab all your coupled friends (and non-coupled friends for a spot of subtle match-making) and go for a Valentine’s with a difference. Basecamp Adventure Park in Shannagolden is the ideal place to have a fun-filled day out, with Paintball, Forest Archery, Splatball and Bush Craft activities all available.
Article By: Amanda Flannery
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