Why Limerick?

Limerick is the mid-west capital and Ireland’s third largest city. A vibrant riverside city, Limerick is situated on the majestic river Shannon. A thriving region, Limerick is the commercial, administrative and cultural capital of Ireland’s mid-west.

Great Limerick Run. Photo: Sean Curtin

Our student population of over 20,000 greatly enhances the dynamism, energy and vibrancy of our city. 

Limerick’s revitalised waterfront adds a new zest to the city centre, which already boasts top of the range restaurants, lively pubs and a busy shopping thoroughfare.  

The Coronas Live at the Castle Limerick

Value for money

People living in Limerick enjoy an excellent quality of life combined with low cost living. Limerick boasts a high quality stock of housing which is much more affordable than other parts of the county.

Rent prices in Limerick are over 50% lower than Dublin, 25% lower than Cork and 23% lower than Galway.

Easy Commutes

Commute times are much lower in Limerick than in the rest of the country.


Limerick is located just 25 kilometres from Shannon International Airport, which has full US customs pre clearance. Limerick’s excellent road and rail network reflects the region’s accessibility.

Six national roads converge on Limerick city and its environs. Limerick is equally well served by public transportation connections.

There are hourly direct bus and train services to Dublin, Cork, Galway and all of Ireland’s main urban centres.

Smarter Travel

Limerick is Ireland’s Smarter Travel Demonstration City with an investment of €9m during the period 2012-2016. Infrastructural works include: the public bike rental scheme; a flagship walkway/cycleway between Limerick City centre and the University of Limerick, and investment in improved transport infrastructure and bus routes.

Ballyhoura, Co. Limerick
River Shannon Kayaking

Cultural Capital

Limerick is a modern city with a rich medieval past and steeped in culture. Limerick was named Ireland’s first National City of Culture in 2014. Two years later it was shortlisted for the 2020 European Capital of Culture title. 

Limerick has a rich tradition of literature, culture, arts and music. It is home to leading cultural institutions including the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Lyric FM and several major performance spaces including University Concert Hall and The Lime Tree Theatre. The Belltable Theatre, The Big Top and Dolan’s Warehouse are hugely popular live music venues. 

Royal de Luxe, Limerick City of Culture 2014

Medieval History

Limerick is one of Ireland’s most historical cities and is also known as the The Treaty City, so called after the Treaty of Limerick singed on October 3rd 1691. The 13th century King John’s Castle sits proudly on the banks of the River Shannon in the heart Limerick and is an iconic Limerick land mark along with The Treaty Stone, which takes back 500 years. The medieval King John’s Castle also houses the fascinating interpretive centre where touch screen technology brings 800 years of history to life in a captivating historical exhibition. 

St. Mary's Cathedral
Treaty Stone

Sporting Capital

Limerick is very much recognised as a capital of sport. Its love of rugby is world renowned and Limerick is very proud of Thomond Park; the home of Munster Rugby and the spiritual home of Irish rugby.

Limerick also has the 50,000 capacity Gaelic Grounds, which is home to the county’s other great sporting passions, hurling and Gaelic football.

Other top of the range sporting facilities are available at the University Sports Arena which has Ireland’s largest sports complex and a 50m Olympic sized swimming pool, and Limerick Racecourse and Greyhound Stadium.