The Venue

The conference venue, the Hilton Limerick, is one of the newest additions to Limerick's skyline. Situated on the banks of the river Shannon at O'Callaghan Strand, the seven-floor hotel has 184 bedrooms, an entire floor dedicated to executive travellers with an executive lounge, 14 'Hilton Meetings' rooms, a LivingWell health club with a 20m pool, full gym and beauty spa, a fine-dining restaurant, bar and café bar and function and wedding facilities for 450 guests. The heart of the city centre with its many attractions is just a stone's throw away across Sarsfield bridge.

Limerick is the gateway to Ireland's scenic west. An ancient city, with a charter predating that of London, Limerick epitomises Ireland's industrial and cultural renaissance. An economy that has grown at an average of 7% per annum for over 5 years, driven in large part by the IT sector, has resulted in a reinvigorated social and cultural scene that has, nonetheless, lost none of its traditional spontaneity and charm. You have to look very hard to find traces of 'Angela's Ashes'.

The city of Limerick boasts galleries, theatre, excellent restaurants and a world class museum housed in the restored Custom House. King John's Castle bestrides the Shannon at one of its many bridges while St Mary's Cathedral is a small scale gothic masterpiece dating from the 12th century.Only a few miles from the city, the University of Limerick has played a major part in Ireland and Limerick's rebirth. Set on a magnificent parkland campus, beside the Shannon, the University is the centrepiece of the National Technological Park.
Above all, Limerick is a haven for Irish traditional music and you can find a lively 'session' on any night of the week.

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Limerick is the heart of the Shannon region. A short drive takes you to the wonders of the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher or the beauty of Galway Bay. An additional short boat trip reaches the Aran Islands, last outpost of Europe and a stronghold of the Irish (Gaelic) language. To the east is the Shannon river and its hills and lakes; to the south lies Kerry and the legendary beauty of Dingle and Killarney. There are organised tours or you can drive yourself along winding country roads.

Lero is proud to host SPLC2008 and we wish you Céad Míle Fáilte - one hundred thousand welcomes.

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