- Limerick is Ireland’s third largest city, with a population of over 100,000. Almost 50% of Limerick’s population is under the age of 35; 25,000 of which are students.
- Limerick is easily accessible by car, bus, train or air. It is the prime destination to travel around Ireland (1 hour from Cork city and 2 hours from Dublin city).
- Limerick is located just 20km (20 minutes) from Shannon International Airport with direct connections to major cities in the USA, UK and Europe.
- Limerick offers its visitors a welcoming, friendly, multicultural and safe city.
- www.limerick.ie is a great website where you can discover lots of information about life in Limerick.
Things to Do
Riverfest is an annual festival held every May Bank Holiday weekend in Limerick. There are many amazing things that happen each year throughout the festival, but some of the highlights include Riverfest on the Shannon, the Riverfest BBQ Competition, Riverfestival village in Arthur's Quay Park, Great Limerick Run and a fireworks display. For more information, please click here
Every Saturday there is a bustling market held in Limerick's city centre. It has almost 50 stalls, 21 shop units and is a must do for any visitor! For more information, please click here
Arts and Culture
Limerick has long enjoyed a reputation as a major cultural and artistic centre, having contributed to the world of entertainment through its many achievements in the theatre, in music and in the arts. The Lime Tree and Belltable theatres hosts a variety of artistic events all year round, including theatre, film, exhibitions, poetry readings and music. For more information, please click here
Limerick is the host city to a wide variety of internationally acclaimed groups and organisations, including the Irish World Music Centre, the Irish Concert Orchestra, Daghdha Dance Company, and the Island Theatre Group. The University Concert Hall located here on the University of Limerick campus has many Irish acts perform throughout the year. For more information, please click here
At night, the city comes alive with music and entertainment, and during the summer months, a great atmosphere is generated among the diners at the many street-side cafes, bars and restaurants especially during festivals such as Riverfest. For more information, please click here
For a city of its size, Limerick can take pride in its sporting achievements. Rugby Union is a major sport in the area, with Limerick widely acknowledged as Ireland’s unofficial “Rugby Capital”. Munster Rugby is the big team in the area. Tennis and hockey facilities are also well developed, and the river Shannon provides a permanent backdrop for many rowing and angling clubs with a long tradition of successful activities. Horseracing is well catered for with a racecourse in the suburbs. There are four top-class golf courses within a six-mile radius of the city centre. For more information, please click here
Shopping in Limerick offers a wide variety of choice and caters for all tastes and ages. There are several shopping malls in Limerick city and surrounding suburbs as well as many outlets offering all sorts of items from jewellery to the latest fashion, sports gear and games to antiquities and handmade crafts. For more information, please click here
Things to See
King John’s Castle
King John’s Castle, built in the 12th Century, to defend the river frontier between the Gaelic West and Norman Munster and Leinster. It is open daily from 10h00 to 17h00. For more information, please click here
St. Mary’s Cathedral
St. Mary’s Cathedral, built c.1172. Originally the palace site of Donal Mór O’Brien, King of Munster, who donated the site to the church. It is open daily from 09h00 to 17h00. For more information, please click here
The Hunt Museum
The Hunt Museum houses one of the greatest collections of antiquities in Ireland, gathered by the archaeologist, John Hunt. The Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10h00 to 17h00, on Sunday from 14h00 to 17h00. For more information, please click here
Things to Eat
Cafés and Restaurants
There are several places in Limerick where you can dine, all with different price ranges depending on your choice of venue. Casual dining in pubs is very popular in Ireland. Many pubs in Limerick have restaurants that offer à la carte or fixed menus. For more information, please click here
Limerick city centre has some international food stores, which are a favourite among international students.
- Cheong Heng Hong Oriental Supermarket, 97 Henry Street
- Carnival Asia Store, 15 Upper William Street
- India Foods, 2 High Street
- East End Foods, 2 Upper Gerald Griffin Street
- Global Foods, 17 Davis Street