Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland and the regional capital of the Mid-West of Ireland with a population of 160,000. Limerick City lies in a strategic position along the Mid-West corridor of Ireland bordered by County Tipperary to the east, County Cork to the south, County Kerry to the west and County Clare to the north. Limerick City is located approximately 100km north of Cork City (N20), 200km south west of Dublin (M7) and 100km south of Galway City (M18).
Limerick benefits from excellent connectivity with the M7 motorway providing easy access to Dublin (2 hours), the M18 motorway giving access to Galway (1 hour) and the N20 giving access to Cork City (90 mins). Frequent rail services provide connections from Limerick (Colbert Station) to Dublin (Heuston Station) with a journey time of 2 hours. The principal airport for the region is
Shannon International Airport which is located in Shannon 24km north of Limerick City. Limerick is connected to Shannon by high quality dual carriageway and is a 15 minute travel time by car from Limerick City. Shannon International Airport provides flights from the region to Irish Airports, Mainland Europe, the UK, and transatlantic services with passenger numbers of 1.75 million in 2017.
Limerick is home to three third level institutions The University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College producing approximately 6,000 graduates annually. University of Limerick offers a range of programmes up to doctorate and post doctorate levels in the disciplines of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Science and Engineering.