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County Limerick is in the heart of the Shannon region in the south west of Ireland. Covering an area of 1,030 square miles, Limerick has a varied landscape of the Ballyhoura and Galtee mountains in the south east to the rich fertile plains of the centre and north of the county, known as the Golden Vale. The mouth of the Shannon estuary forms the border to the northwest.

The name Limerick is derived from the Irish ' Luimneach', County Limerick is home to several ancient sites and monuments including King John's Castle in the City of Limerick and the round towers at Ardpatrick and Dysert. Lough Gur is one of the most important archaeological sites in Ireland with an excellent interpretative centre revealing neolithic life some 5,000 years ago..

Visitors to County Limerick an enjoy some of Ireland's most scenic countryside and the charming villages of Adare and Croom. Golf, greyhound racing, fishing and watersports on the River Shannon is readily available. Limerick City is home to the magnificent Hunt Museum and its fine collection of original art and antiquities.

County Limerick has a strong sporting history with a great love of the games of rugby, hurling, Gaelic football, soccer and the sport of horse racing.

Towns in County Limerick

The administrative and council centre for the County is Limerick City. Other principal townships are Newcastle West, Kilmallock, Abbeykeale and Rathkeale. The population of County Limerick is just over 165,000. Please see our town guides for further information.

Business Information

The fertile soils of the Golden Vale gives rise to a healthy agricultural base to County Limerick, Dairying, tillage, mushroom growing, forestry, nurseries, beef and poultry all contribute to the agricultural economy of Limerick. The main industries in the county are general engineering, aluminium production, general electronics, food production, automotive parts and tourism. The National Technological Park has been developed by the IDA and Shannon Development. Over 90 businesses, employing over 3,000 people have their base here in an area of 1.4 million square feet. The resident overseas companies include Dell Computers from the US, Johnson & Johnson, Cabletron Systems and Vistakon.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries

Shannon Development

Tel: (353) 061 410777
Limerick County Enterprise Board Tel: (353) 061 318477
Limerick County Council Tel: (353) 061 318477
IDA Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 061 200600
Ballyhoura Development Ltd Tel: (353) 063 91300
West Limerick Resources Tel: (353) 069 62222
TEAGASC Tel:(353) 061 415922
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Credit Unions:

Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  Tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  Tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund Tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
 
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444;
www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
 
Travel (see also town guides)

County Limerick is only ten miles from Shannon International Airport with flights to the US and Europe daily. The airport also has the convenience of US immigration inspection facilities in- house, prior to departure. Good road connections across the county to the rest of Ireland make Limerick easily accessible. Bus Eireann operates a service throughout the county. Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) runs main line trains from Limerick to Dublin and Cork daily. All ferry ports in Ireland are on the eastern seaboard.

Airports
Waterford Airport Tel: (353) 051 875589
   
Shannon International Airport
www.shannonairport.com

Tel: (353) 061 471444
   
Ferry  
Brittany Ferries
www.brittany-ferries.com

Tel: (353) 021 277801

Stena Line
www.stenaline.com


Tel: (353) 01 204 7700


Irish Ferries
www.irishferries.ie



Tel: (353) 01 555 1995

Swansea-Cork Ferries
www.swansea-cork.ie


Tel: (353) 021 271166
   
Train    
Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail
www.club.ie/railnet

Tel: (353) 061 315555
   
Bus    
Bus Eireann
www.buseireann.ie

Tel: (353) 061 313333
 
 
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