Set on the banks of the River Shannon, Limerick has long been a significant port city. Founded as a Viking fortress in the 10th century, the city remains a treasure trove of historical interest.
With five area colleges, Limerick has a sizeable student population and offers plenty for students to do. The burgeoning business climate and funding from the European Union has generated a restoration and revitalization effort and has helped to expand the city's vibrant mix of pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops.
Belltable Arts Center has a thriving theater, as well as an art gallery and the University of Limerick Concert Hall is one of Ireland's leading venues for performances of all genres. Finally, if you are a sports enthusiast, you will find many kindred spirits among the residents of Limerick, particularly if you are interested in rugby, Gaelic football or hurling.
Bordering Limerick, in the surrounding counties of Clare, Tipperary, Cork, and Kerry, you can find some of the country’s most stunning and varied landscape, including the scenic Ring of Kerry and the stark and breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. With a bus and rail hub in the city center and Shannon Airport about 10 miles away, you'll find it easy to travel to these destinations, plus many others.