Castletroy is located on the N7 Limerick – Dublin road, approximately 4 kilometres from the city centre. It is a fast growing suburb and the largest in Munster with a population in excess of 11,000 inhabitants.
This area has experienced a population increase of approx. 35% over a 27 year period from 1981-2006, stretching from Monaleen to Annacotty.
Its popularity can be partly attributed to the expansion of the University of Limerick (UL) located in this suburb. Castletroy has a growing business and industrial sector with a number of technology parks situated in the area.
A number of multinationals such as Vistakon are located here and the dominant sectors are I.C.T., healthcare and e-Learning. As well as being a major employment base in County Limerick, Castletroy has a strong education hub with primary, secondary and university educational facilities.
The growing student population in recent years has also contributed to the area. Castletroy is a popular touring base and has a range of bed and breakfast style accommodation and hotels with conference and leisure facilities, many of which have been renovated in recent times.
Sport is synonymous with Limerick and Castletroy; indeed UL is home to Ireland’s first Olympic sized pool (50 metres) and impressive sports arena, attracting a vast array of athletes and teams from Ireland and beyond. UL is also a training ground for the Munster rugby players who are often spotted training in the facilities.
The Castletroy Golf Club is also a popular attraction, founded in 1937 it is one of the finest examples of parkland courses in Ireland. For children and adults alike there is a modern state of the art playground, Skate Park, walk and cycle routes and exhibition area in the Castletroy Neighbourhood Park. This Park also features an array of natural habitats.
Nearby attractions include the Castletroy Neighbourhood Park, Castletroy Golf Club, fishing on the Mulkear River, UL’s multi purpose Sports Arena, city attractions including King John’s Castle, the Hunt Museum and attractions in Lough Derg including The Spirit of Killaloe – accompanied sightseeing river boat tours and University of Limerick activity centre in Killaloe.