Limerick is situated in the mid-west of Ireland 25km from Shannon International Airport.
The best way to reach Limerick is to fly to Shannon Airport, located 20km north of Limerick City. Scheduled flights arrive daily at Shannon from several European and US locations providing a convenient hub facility.
The main airlines serving Shannon Airport are:
For a full list of flights reaching Shannon, please consult the airport website
A taxi desk and car rental facilities are located in the arrivals hall at Shannon Airport.
Bus Services from Shannon Airport
To Limerick City : A bus service is available from Shannon Airport to Limerick City Centre (train and bus station). Click here for Timetable
To University : A bus service is avaiable through JJ Kavanagh buses from Shannon Airport to the University of Limerick. Click here for the Timetable.
For delegates arriving at Dublin Airport, Limerick is serviced by regular train and bus services originating from Dublin city centre.
Taxi Services from Shannon Airport
Taxi service, Castletroy Corporate Cabs, is available to drive delegates directly from Shannon Airport to the UL campus. Delegates can prepay on the website if they wish to do so.
The rates are as follows:
Shannon Airport to Limerick city - 34EUR
Shannon Airport to Castletroy or any student village 38EUR
A minibus and wheel chair service is also available.
The service is based locally so they can also accommodate all local journeys.
All local journeys from Castletroy 6EUR
Castletroy to City Centre 10EUR
Castletroy Corporate Cabs
(Office) +353 (0)61332266
(Mobile) +353 (0)868252019
By Train or Bus from Dublin
A private bus company, JJ Kavanagh , offers frequent and reliable bus connections from both Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport to Limerick (with a stop at the University gate). Check their website for timetables.
There are three main ferry companies which service Ireland
by Dublin Port ( from Holyhead, Liverpool Douglas)
by Irish Ferries (from Pembroke, Holyhead, Cherbourg, Roscoff)
by FerryView (from Pembroke, Holyhead, Liverpool, Swansea)
Check if you need a visa in the list of countries on the web site of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Applications must normally be made through the Irish Embassy or Consulate in the applicant's country of permanent residence and applicants may be required to attend for personal interview. If there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the applicant's country of permanent residence the application may be made through any Irish Embassy or Consulate through the applicant's reference in Ireland or directed by post to the Visa Office, Department of Foreign Affairs, 69-71 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland, Phone +353 1 478 08221
Applicants should apply at least three weeks (five weeks by post) in advance of the intended date of departure for Ireland.
The granting of an Irish visa is, in effect, only a form of pre-entry clearance. It does not grant permission to enter Ireland. Immigration Officers have authority to grant or deny admission. Visa holders are subject to normal immigration control at the port of entry. They should therefore carry with them, for possible presentation to Immigration Officers, the originals or copies of the documents submitted with their applications.
Visa applicants require a valid visa each time they enter the State, including entry via the UK. This also applies to persons who have current permission to reside in the State.
A visa does not grant permission to stay in Ireland. The date of validity shown on the visa indicates only the date before which it must be presented to an Immigration Officer. The length of stay is decided by an Immigration Officer at the port of entry. Irish law does not provide a permanent residence visa.
A visa holder who remains in the State longer than the permitted period and/or who submitted false or misleading information in support of his/her application may become liable for prosecution and/or subject to deportation.
Travel tickets should not be booked or paid for by applicants until their applications have been approved.
Limerick City is sited on one of Europe's finest rivers, the River Shannon. A Viking City, one can only imagine the 9th century scenes when fleets of Viking vessels sailed up the river to plunder and terrorise the monastic midlands. In later centuries these Norsemen settled and founded the trading port of Limerick which to-day is a proud, progressive and thriving City with a charter older than that of London. Its castles, ancient walls and museums are testament to its dramatic past. Particularly worth viewing is King John's Castle in its Heritage precinct and the magnificent Hunt Museum in Limerick's Custom House. This museum houses an internationally important collection of some 2,000 original works including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir and Picasso.
Bunratty Castle is one of the finest surviving examples of an Irish tower house. Although it is hard to believe that the castle has had a bloody and violent history. Its strategic position on the river Shannon made it the centre of many a battle.
Ref : www.durtynellys.ieThe Folk Park adjoins the castle and aims to show what everyday life was like in rural Ireland about 100 years ago. It contains reconstructed farmhouses, cottages and shops, and care has been taken to make them as authentic as possible, particularly with regard to furnishings.
Cliffs of Moher are situated in County Clare and bordering the Burren Area, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. A walk along the cliffs is not to be missed. Those with a head for heights can easily walk to the edge of the cliff and view the Atlantic Ocean below.
The Burren lies south of Galway in County Clare, Ireland. The name Burren is from the Irish - bhoireann meaning a stony place. Its formation has lain unspoiled since the ice-age and is composed of karstic limestone, the largest area of such in Western Europe. This area has some of the finest archaeological megalithic tombs in Ireland, if not in Western Europe. In this area alone there are more than 60 wedge tombs and the densest concentration in Ireland. Ref (www.galway.net
The Ring of Kerry One the most famous and popular road circuits for tourists in the South West of Ireland, the Ring of Kerry, traverses the coastline of the Inveragh Peninsula with a great many tourist sites along the way. Dramatic panoramas, majestic mountain shapes, ancient sites and towns are found along the winding route of the N70 through the southern tip of Kerry known as the Ring of Kerry.
( Re: www.kerrycoco.ie )
Dingle Peninsula, Europe's most westerly town and sheltered by hills on three sides, the harbour is one of the world's natural beauty spots - home to an active fishing fleet and resident dolphin - FUNGI. It has a diving centre, sailing club, art galleries, traditional craft and excellent accommodation. Dingle has many eccentric & colourful pubs and fine restaurants, offering entertainment and traditional Irish music unique to the area