20 reasons to live and work in Limerick

By Victoria Fellows


Limerick on the west coast of Ireland and in the province of Munster, is Ireland’s third largest city and was founded by the Vikings in 922AD. Limerick is one of Ireland’s oldest cities, with a Charter of Incorporation dating back to 1197.  There are many reasons you should consider a move to Ireland and Limerick is one of the best cities to choose. Here are some facts about Limerick that may not know!

  1. International tech businesses that have a strong presence in Limerick include Dell, Apple and Amazon, meaning there’s an established community based around this type of work and opportunities to explore. Located 20 minutes outside of Limerick is Intel Shannon’s Research and Development campus, a world-leading facility working to innovate across the connected world. It’s within easy reach of the amenities of the city.
  2. Some of Limerick’s well-known sons and daughters include actor Richard Harris, rock legends The Cranberries, broadcaster Terry Wogan, novelist and playwright Kate O’Brien and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt.
  3. A software engineer based in the Irish city can expect to bring in £49,191 a year. This is favourably comparable to Limerick’s average salary of £38,386.
  4. Riverfest Limerick is held every May and is a family-friendly event encompassing music, food, vintage amusements and fireworks, all centred around the River Shannon.
  5. Limerick 2030 is a €250 million plan to transform the city centre’s infrastructure and deliver a new vision for its future. Already underway, you’ll see the changes on the ground if you decide to relocate to this part of Ireland.
  6. Two-thirds of the working population of Limerick travel to their roles in less than 30 minutes. Such short commutes offer a good work-life balance and the chance to enjoy the benefits of living in such a vibrant city.
  7. Limerick experiences low levels of traffic congestion and much of the city is walkable. The Limerick Greenway provides 40 kilometres of walking and cycling routes along the old railway line and away from motorised vehicles.
  8. New plans mean 61 per cent of those living in the city will be within 400 metres of a bus stop by 2025 and some destinations in the city will be served by a 24-hour bus schedule under the new proposals.
  9. Limerick is known as the Treaty City after the Treaty of Limerick was signed here in October 1691.
  10. Limerick city centre is located just 25 kilometres from Shannon International Airport, with daily flights to destinations in the US, EU and UK. This facilitates trips for both work and pleasure.
  11. Former US President, John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather, Thomas Fitzgerald (the man who gave them the ‘F’ in their name), hails from the town of Bruff in east Co. Limerick.
  12. The University of Limerick has the longest footbridge in Ireland and one of the longest footbridges in Europe - it is called the Living Bridge.
  13. Limerick is ideally located for exploring the rest of Ireland. It’s a gateway to the stunning natural scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way and just a two-and-a-half hour drive away from Dublin.
  14. Dating back to 1852, The Milk Market continues to offer the people of Limerick a wide selection of fresh, in-season produce. It also hosts a varied calendar of events from themed days to workshops and tastings.
  15. History is everywhere in Limerick, with a wide range of attractions to discover from different time periods. Most notable is King John’s Castle, which dates back to the 13th century, and is complete with state-of-the-art interactive displays.
  16. Green spaces are incredibly important and the People’s Park has them in abundance. As well as being home to native trees like beech, pear and walnut it has a number of other attractions to delight the whole family. These include a playground, bandstands, fountain and even an art gallery.
  17. Sports fans can take in a game at Thomond Park, home of Munster Rugby, or even participate in the annual Great Limerick Run. Choose to complete the full marathon, half-marathon or six-mile course.
  18. If you’re thinking of taking up a new and unusual hobby while living in Limerick, then head to the Irish Aerial Creation Centre to learn some circus skills.
  19. Irish coffee was invented in Limerick, making it a delicacy worth trying. Other local treats to indulge in include whiskey cheese and Limerick ham.
  20. The Locke Bar is an essential place to visit during your time in Limerick, as its nightly traditional Irish music and dance sessions are a surefire way to experience the Emerald Isle’s famed craic. Located in the heart of the medieval quarter, you’ll find the Locke Bar at the confluence of the rivers Shannon and Abbey.

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