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New to Limerick

With almost 50 per cent of the population under the age of 30, Limerick is a vibrant, energetic, cross cultural city.  There are many major festivals and events throughout the year including, the Great Limerick Run, Riverfest and the Limerick Pride Festival.  Limerick is bursting with fascinating historic sights, shops, pubs and restaurants. As well as the internationally renowned Hunt Museum, Limerick also boasts a wonderful medieval precinct with the famous 800-year-old King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral.  Conquered by the Vikings in the ninth century, this bustling modern city has a rich medieval past, which resounds around its ancient streets.  If you want to find out more about the city Limerick.ie  is an excellent source of information.

Whatever way you come to Limerick – by plane, train, bus, boat or car – it is easily accessible. Situated just over 2 hours from Dublin and 1.5 hours from Cork and Galway, Limerick can be reached easily via all major roads. Our closest airport is Shannon which is just 24kms away. Check out Limerick.ie for more information.

Getting to the University 

A number of local and regional buses serve the University of Limerick. Most daily services from the City Centre to UL depart from Lower William Street at regular intervals. The University can be accessed by car through two main entrances: the Main Entrance (near the UL Flagpoles) and the East Gate Entrance, both of which are off the Plassey Park Road. There are a number of car parks in the campus, to park in the staff carpark you will require a permit. More details on getting to the campus can be found here. 

Limerick is rightly famed as the sporting capital of Ireland. Limerick's love of rugby is world renowned and it is home to the iconic Thomond Park Stadium, the scene of many memorable Munster Rugby clashes. Our passionate Munster rugby supporters have been described as among the best fans in the world. Gaelic football, hurling, golf, horse-racing, walking and cycling are also particularly popular pursuits in Limerick.

You will quickly notice the number of people walking, jogging and running around the city. You will see several Slí na Sláinte signs on your travels. Slí na Sláinte, meaning "Path to Health", is an innovative scheme developed by the Irish Heart Foundation and supported by the HSE and the Irish Sports Council, to encourage people of all ages and abilities to walk for leisure and good health. There are loads of routes for you to enjoy in and around the city which are detailed on Limerick.ie.

There are options for visiting faculty to stay on campus. Visit the website to learn more.

Employees at the University of Limerick find the Castletroy, Monaleen, Annacotty and Clare area an ideal location for easy access to the University.

The following websites have a comprehensive listing of properties for purchase and rent:

There are a number of estate agents in Limerick who would be able to inform you of available properties on their books to meet your needs. You would be advised to shop around as different estate agents have different properties. Most have good websites on which you can see photographs of the available properties and other relevant details. Details are listed below of some Limerick auctioneers:

Sherry Fitzgerald 6 Shannon Street, Limerick  061 418000 www.sherryfitz.ie
Chesser 2 Cecil Street, Limerick  061 419799 www.chesser.ie
GVM 26 Glentworth Street, Limerick  061 413522 www.gvm.ie
Hanly Donnellan  10A Glentworth Street, Limerick  061 415505 www.hanleydonnellan.com
Hickey O'donoghue 96A O'Connell Street, Limerick  061 310022 www.hod.ie

Many rental properties are available in Limerick and in the greater Castletroy, Monaleen and Annacotty areas. Monthly rents can vary depending on your requirements. Some of the above listed auctioneers also act as letting agents and may be of further assistance.

For information about tenants rights and laws regarding renting please visit the Citizens Information Website. 

Limerick has a rich tradition of literature, culture, arts and music. It’s home to leading cultural institutions including the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Lyric FM and major performance spaces including University Concert Hall and The Lime Tree Theatre, The Belltable Theatre, The Big Top and Dolan’s Warehouse. The following links give you a taste of just some of what is available:

Looking for more inspiration of what to do with the family? Check out Limerick.ie’s Things to Do in Limerick.

There are lots of places to visit outside Limerick such as the stunning Cliffs of Moher in neighbouring County Clare. Check out Ireland.com for more to see some of the amazing sights along the Wild Atlantic Way.

If you're looking to dine out, Limerick.ie has a great guide available.  If you are in need of a night in, we recommend using Justeat.ie to browse local takeaways and to order meals straight to your door. 

For families with children, Limerick has a wide choice of Montessori, primary and second level public and private schools and dedicated tutorial centres. There are 33 Primary Schools and 15 Secondary Schools in Limerick City.

Crèche and Pre-school in the Limerick Regions Silver Apples is an on campus crèche at the University of Limerick click here for further information. For a list of childcare facilities in Limerick click here.

There are also many parent and baby classes and groups which can be a great way of meeting new people and learning more about what is available to families.

There are a number of options for people interested in further education or part-time courses. These range from arts and crafts to beauty therapy to business studies and management courses. Many of these are QQI accredited courses.

On arrival in Limerick, you are advised to register with a family doctor of your choice. With the exception of medical cardholders, payment must be made to the doctor for each visit. Please visit the HSE website  to find details of hospitals and doctors in the area.

Should you need to contact them there are two garda stations in Limerick City: Roxboro Road 061214340 and Henry Street 061212400

If you need to contact the Fire Brigade call 112.  (Please note that you will be invoiced for fire brigade services) 

Always dial 999 or 112 in case of an emergency. 

The University may provide financial assistance to new permanent and temporary appointees to assist in their relocation from areas outside of Limerick in order to take up employment. The payment of relocation expenses under this policy is at the discretion of the relevant Dean / Director HR . Full details of the policy can be found here.

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