Shannon International Airport is within 25km of the city centre. It offers great connectivity with daily flights to the United States, United Kingdom and mainland Europe.
Six National roads converge on Limerick City and its environs. These routes have undergone much extensive improvements over the last number of years positioning Limerick and the Mid West in a very strong position in these challenging times.
Following the opening of Limerick Tunnel project in July 2010, all national roads that converge on Limerick City are now connected in a southern bypass of the city. The completion of this final piece of the bypass, coupled with the consequential removal of the unnecessary vehicle movements from the city and environs, now affords Limerick City the opportunity to implement pedestrian friendly measures. The Limerick Tunnel also affords better connectivity between Shannon Airport and the Mid West region south and east of the River Shannon.
September 2010 saw the official opening of the M7 Nenagh to Limerick motorway scheme, a 36Km Motorway project connecting Limerick to Nenagh and onwards towards Dublin. In fact 2010 will also see the completion of the entire motorway/dual carriageway between Limerick and Dublin, making for quicker, safer more reliable journeys between the two cities and regions.
Further comparable advancements on the N18 Limerick/Shannon/Galway route have also been made in the last number of years. Bottlenecks like Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ennis and Gort are now things of the past, being bypassed by new Motorways. A new N19 dual carriageway into Shannon from the N18 route. Following completion of the new M18 Gort - Crusheen scheme, which opened in November 2010, now there is a continuous motorway / dual carriageway between Limerick to just north of Gort in County Galway.
The last section between Gort and Galway is at tender stage and the preferred bidder has been identified. The completion of this latter scheme will connect Galway to Limerick and Shannon by continuous Motorway/Dual Carriageway.
A new M20 Motorway between Limerick and Cork is also to be progressed. An N21 Bypass of Adare is also being progressed in tandem with the M20 Cork to Limerick project. The statutory procedures for both schemes have been published and an Oral Hearing into both was held by An Bord Pleanala in July 2010. Decisions into both projects are awaited from An Bord Pleanala.
The Limerick National Road network has benefited well from the recent building boom. It has an enviable road network around the city coupled with strategic motorway/dualcarriageway links to Dublin and Galway. It continues to progress other improvements on the M20 and N21 and N24 to enhance its opportunities both as a location for foreign inward investment and also to encourage even more tourists to visit this great City and County.
Foynes port is Ireland’s 2nd largest commercial seaport facility (in tonnage terms). Over one third of Ireland’s trade is moved through the port, which is the only ISO approved port in Ireland. It handles over 1,000 vessels per annum which represent 1.8 million tonnes.