Quick Facts

Limerick City Riverfront


Why Limerick?

  • Limerick’s population in 2022: 205,444
  • Urban population: 100,000
  • 25 minutes from Shannon International Airport with direct services to the UK, Europe and the US
  • Foynes: Ireland's Largest bulk port. Designated European Ten-T core port. Can cater for vessels up to 200,000dwt
  • 2 hours motorway drive to Dublin
  • Student population more than 34,000 (Source: hea.ie)
  • 50% of Limerick's population is under 35 years (Source: Census 2016/2022)
  • Limerick is a highly connected destination in Europe that, uniquely, is as close to the Americas as it is to 26 EU nations.

Growing Limerick

  • Europe’s most youthful, educated and English-speaking local population, nearly 50% under 35, with tens of thousands of university or college students within its catchment area.
  • Limerick is aiming to become a green city region on the Shannon Estuary through engagement, innovation, resilient urban development and self-sustaining communities.
  • Limerick is developing as an environmentally sustainable and carbon neutral economy, a pioneer in sustainable growth.
  • New Limerick Development Plan 2022-2028
  • Fastest growing region from FDI outside the capital
  • Limerick awarded European City of the Future (2018)
  • Significant jobs growth since 2013 with more than 24,500 jobs announced
  • The home of some of the world’s most pioneering and/or established international businesses, including Uber, Dell, Northern Trust, Johnson & Johnson, Analog, General Motors, Regeneron and Viagogo.
  • Top 10 city to invest in Europe
  • Major Limerick Twenty Thirty projects transforming Limerick including Gardens International, Opera Site, Cleeves Riverside Quarter, Mungret, and Troy Studios Film Hub

Education & Talent

  • Home to 3 major Higher Education Institutes - University of Limerick, Technological University of the Shannon, Mary Immaculate College
  • Student population more than 34,000 
  • 50% of Limerick's population is under 35 years
  • 6000 graduates annually
  • UL graduate employment rate is 15% higher than the national average
  • MIC’s retention rate of 95% is one of the highest in the country (Source: HEA Report 2019)
  • MIC has experienced unprecedented growth in the last decade with a doubling of undergraduate programmes and student numbers
  • MIC is the alma mater of over 40% of professional teachers working in a wide range of schools across Ireland
  • Limerick School of Art and Design listed among the top 50 fashion schools in the world
  • A survey of Irish students recently voted UL Ireland’s most popular university with a satisfaction rating of 85% (Source: Top 10 reasons to choose UL | University of Limerick)

Enterprise Eco System

  • Innovative co-working spaces including Bank of Ireland Workbench and Innovate Limerick’s ENGINE
  • 8 Community Enterprise Centres
  • 4 Incubators
  • 1 Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway
  • 3 Enterprise Ireland/IDA Technology Centres
  • 3 SFI Research Centres
  • Multiple dedicated R&D Units, Groups and Centres
  • Dedicated innovation company – Innovate Limerick
  • Dedicated Start-up Fund
  • New broadband connection points and WIFI initiatives throughout the County




Living in Limerick

  • Low congestion levels
  • Short commute times
    • Average commute time 24 minutes (Source: CSO Census 2016 for the current figure and Census 2022 when published for updates)
  • Living city initiative tax incentive scheme
  • Walkable compact city
  • Gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way
  • 4th most affordable place to buy a home out of 297 cities*
  • €250,421 average house price in Limerick City and €235,991 in Limerick County (Q2 2022) (Source: Daft.ie Quarterly Residential Reports)
  • €1,559 average rent in Limerick City and €1,169 in Limerick County (Q2 2022) (Source Daft.ie Quarterly Rental Reports)

Limerick for Play

  • First National City of Culture
  • Up to 100 festivals a year
  • Former European City of Sport
  • Ireland’s only biennial of contemporary art - EVA International
  • Home of Munster Rugby - Thomond Park - 25,600 capactiy
  • Gaelic Grounds - 50,000 capacity
  • Ireland’s sporting campus - UL Sport
  • Home to venues including University Concert Hall, Lime Tree Theatre, Belltable Theatre, Big Top and Dolan’s Warehouse
  • Cultural institutes include Limerick City Gallery of Art, RTE Lyric FM, The Irish Chamber Orchestra and the World Academy of Music and Dance
  • Home to significant historical sites including King John’s Castle and St. Mary’s Cathedral
  • Media hub for Film and TV - Troy Studios, Ireland’s largest international standard film and TV studio
  • Over 1,000 sports clubs
  • Home to the Limerick Greenway and the Ballyhoura Mountain Biking Trails

Contact Us Today

Phone number +353 61 556000
Office Location

Limerick City and County Council,
Civic Buildings, Merchant's Quay, Limerick

River Shannon in Limerick. Photo: Dean Ahern