Limerick is located on the majestic River Shannon – the largest river in either Ireland or the UK - in the Mid-West of Ireland. While the river was the motivation for the settlement here, Limerick’s growth today is in no small part down to its excellent connectivity across other forms.
Set up business in Limerick and you’re mid-way between the Americas and 26 fellow European Union states, giving unlimited options for trade, employment and expansion.
One of Limerick's key strengths is its proximity to Shannon Airport, with its daily access to the US - just five hours away - the UK and mainland Europe. Over 40% of US FDI companies are located within Shannon Airport’s catchment, reflecting its importance as a key enabler of business in and for the region. You can also reach Dublin Airport within two hours by road.
Limerick is also at the head of the Shannon Estuary, which is among Europe’s deepest waters and home to Shannon Foynes Port - Ireland’s largest deep-water port and one emerging as an international renewable energy powerhouse as it becomes the supply chain hub for realising Ireland’s 70GW west coast wind resource. A designated European Ten-T core port, the port can cater for vessels up to 200,000 dwt.
Rail and Bus
Colbert Station in the heart of the city connects Limerick to Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford and beyond. The Irish Government have committed to €1.25 billion investment in Limerick’s public transport infrastructure.
Motorway connectivity gives access to around 550,000 people within 60 minutes’ drive, more than a million within 90 minutes and more than three million within two-and-a-half hours. Limerick is already one of Ireland’s most accessible urban centres with motorways to Dublin and Galway. Plans for a €1 billion motorway between Limerick and Cork, a €500 million Limerick to Foynes motorway and a €200 million Northern Distributor Road are under way – improving transit times still further.
Broadband Connectivity is high quality, high speed. As part of a National Broadband Plan, €86 million investment in a new fibre network promises to increase productivity and reliability, vital not just for international business but for today’s blended working.