From the link above: "The origin of the name limerick for this type of poem is debated." There is no definite answer.
"The name is generally taken to be a reference to the City or County of Limerick in Ireland, sometimes particularly to the Maigue Poets, and may derive from an earlier form of nonsense verse parlour game that traditionally included a refrain that included "Will [or won't] you come (up) to Limerick?"" The Maigue Poets met in Croom Castle, which is in Limerick.
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