Geography and Political Subdivisions
With a population of 57,106, not including suburbs, Limerick is the fourth most populous city in the State and the 30th most populous area of local government. Limerick is one of the constituent cities of the Cork-Limerick-Galway corridor which has a population of 1 million people. It is located at a strategic position on the River Shannon with four main crossing points near the city centre. To the south of the city is the Golden Vale, an area of rich pastureland. Historically, much of the city's industry was based on this rich agricultural hinterland and it is particularly noted for Limerick Ham.
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