Founded by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago, the City of Limerick is magnificently sited on one of Europe’s finest rivers, the Shannon. In 1197, the City was granted a charter by John, Earl of Morton who later became King of England. He was responsible for the subsequent building of King John’s Castle in 1210. Today, it is viewed as one of the finest examples of fortified Norman architecture in Ireland. Presently, the castle is home to a major interpretative centre. http://www.shannonheritage.com/KingJohnsCastle/
Other important city landmarks include the Treaty Stone where the treaty ending the siege of 1691 was reputedly signed, St Mary’s Cathedral (c. 1194), which incorporates elements of both Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles and the much later St. John’s Cathedral completed in 1859 which is a fine example of Gothic architecture. The City is home to several important museums and galleries including Limerick City Museum, the Hunt Museum, and the City Art Gallery. The City Museum is dedicated to presenting the city through the ages, from the Stone Age to the recent past. The Hunt Museum, located in the Customs House, is based upon an extremely impressive collection of antiques and fine objects that were bequeath to the State by the Hunt Family. Limerick is an ideal base from which to explore both the South and the West Coast of Ireland. http://www.huntmuseum.com Limerick has a long list of attractions and exciting activities for people of all ages and interests. http://www.limerick.ie/visiting/thingstodo/50thingstodo
Limerick is also the gateway to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast leads you through one of the world’s most dramatic coastal landscapes, a landscape on the edge of Europe that has shaped the development of its people, communities and settlements, a landscape that has inspired its own particular language, literature, art, song and dance. It’s a place of many natural features – seascapes, sea-life, cliffs, mountains, glens, loughs, trails and pathways. It’s a place to experience nature at its wildest, a place to explore the history of the Gaels and their religion; a place to experience great events, great food and drink, great music and the craic.
Should you require any additional information, please contact Limerick Travel at email@example.com
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or contact the Tourist Information Centre, located on O’Connell Street in the city centre. The centre is open all year round, Monday – Saturday and is the ideal starting point for visitors to the city. Telephone: +353 61 317 522.
Location and airports
The University of Limerick is located 4kms from Limerick city. Shannon Airport, located 30kms from the University of Limerick services many destinations throughout Europe and the US. Please see Shannon Airport Website for further information www.shannonairport.ie
Getting to Limerick from Shannon Airport
To get to the University of Limerick Campus from Shannon Airport, you may travel by car, taxi, or bus. This link takes you to the map with directions to the campus: http://www.visitorservices.ul.ie/
The airport cab desk, located in Shannon Airport arrivals hall, will organise an airport cab for you, wherever you need to go. It is open for all arriving flights. If you wish to book in advance you can contact the desk directly: Tel: +353 61 471538 or visit the airport cab website at http://www.shannonairportcab.com/
The approximate cab fare is €45 (includes all passengers in the taxi).
The bus fare from Shannon airport is €5 one-way with a private coach company (JJ Kavanagh), which drops passengers at the entrance to the UL Campus (25-minute walk to the Cappavilla Village Apartments) or the Stables (a 20-minute walk to the Cappavilla Village Apartments). See www.jjkavanagh.ie for further information.
The public bus service with Bus Eireann is more expensive and runs from Shannon airport to Limerick City (€8.40 one-way, €13.20 round-trip), with a second bus (€2 one way) from the city centre to the UL.
Getting to Limerick from Dublin Airport
There are a number of commercial coaches going directly from Dublin Airport to University of Limerick.
JJ Kavanagh – The journey time is approximately 3 hours and there are 8 buses each day. Please see the following link for further information www.jjkavanagh.ie
Dublincoach offer services from Dublin Airport to the University of Limerick and Limerick city. Coaches depart the airport every hour on the half hour with a stop at the Red Cow Luas Stop to change coach for the M7 Express Service to the University of Limerick. Prices start from €15 per person one way. Please see the following link for further information www.dublincoach.ie
eireagle offer 8 coaches daily from Dublin Airport to Limerick City. Please see the following link for further information www.eireagle.com
Getting to Limerick from Cork Airport
Ireland has a temperate climate, resulting in relatively cool summers. The mean daily temperature in July is 15 – 20°C (59-69°F). It is generally quite dry in July but it is possible to experience many climate changes in one day. Rain can occur at any time, so come prepared!
Ireland is generally informal about clothes. In the more expensive hotels and restaurants most people dress formally for dinner and a jacket and tie might be required. Warm sweaters, comfortable walking shoes and rainwear are advisable throughout the year.
Credit cards are widely used in Ireland and all leading credit cards are accepted.
Like other countries in the European Union, the Republic of Ireland’s currency is the euro (€). Bills (notes) come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 euros. You will also commonly see one and two euro coins, as well as 5-, 10-, 20-, and 50-cent coins (100 cents to the euro). Exchange rates vary daily. You can check the latest values at http://www.irishtimes.com/business/exchange-rates. Frequent travellers find it most convenient to withdraw cash using ATMs, where the exchange rate is most favourable, rather than exchanging money at the airport. Confirm with your own bank that your ATM card will work. Inform them in advance of your travel plans, so that your access should be simple. Check with your bank for any cost associated with using the ATM network while in Ireland. There may be a foreign transaction fee in addition to the regular bank fee. If you want to exchange your currency in Ireland, a main bank is the best place to change currency. Bureau de change counters in banks usually offer better exchange rates—but be sure to check for local Banking Days when they will be closed.
A valid licence is required for driving in Ireland. Driving is on the left and seat belts must be worn at all times. In the Republic of Ireland the speed limits are 50km/h in built up urban areas, 80km/h on rural Regional roads (R) and Local Roads(L), 100km/h on the National Roads(N), including Dual carriageways and 120km/h on the motorways(M). The signposts denoting speed and distance are in kilometres per hour. All signposts and place names are displayed bilingually in both Irish and English.
Ireland works off a flat three-pin plug system. Electrical current is 220-240 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). You are advised to purchase the appropriate adapters in advance. These are available at most airports.
Republic of Ireland Emergency Police, Fire, Ambulance: ROI Tel: 112 or 999
The fire, ambulance and police services in Ireland and Northern Ireland are all contactable via the above numbers. When calling emergency services you will be asked to provide:
- The exact address of the incident or emergency and/or any noticeable landmarks nearby
- Directions to the scene of the emergency
- The telephone number you are calling from
- Details on the incident itself, the number of persons involved, the description of any visible injuries and knowledge of any pre-existing medical conditions
Try and stay calm and listen to the call taker’s instructions. It is also important to keep your own phone on as the emergency service may need to contact you for further information.
Shops are generally open Monday to Saturday from 09.00am to 6.00pm with late night shopping until 8.00 or 9.00pm at many of the larger stores. On Sunday, many supermarkets and some of the bigger shops will open from midday until 6.00pm.
Since 2004 smoking is banned fully in the general workplace, enclosed public places, restaurants, bars, cafes, education facilities, healthcare facilities and public transport. It’s perfectly legal to smoke outdoors.
The customary tip in Ireland is 10 to 20 per cent. Many hotels and restaurants add it in the form of a service charge on the menu or bill. It’s not customary to tip in pubs unless you have table service. Tipping porters, taxi drivers, hairdressers etc is a good idea.
Vaccinations are currently not required for travel to Ireland. However, we strongly advise that you consult your GP well in advance of your departure for medical advice.
Under the Retail Export Scheme, if you live outside of the EU, you can claim back a portion of the VAT on purchases made during your stay in the Republic of Ireland. Most retailers participate in this VAT refund scheme and you can ask for a VAT refund form in the store once you’ve made your purchases.
There are three refund points in Dublin where you can reclaim your tax. You can also find refund points in and Shannon and Cork airports.
Travellers from some countries may need visas. A list of countries whose citizens need a visa to visit Ireland can be found at this link: VISA requirements
Should you require any additional information, please contact Limerick Travel at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly:
Limerick Travel, Bedford Row, Limerick V94 NNPO, Ireland
Tel: +353 61 204432
Fax: +353 61 416336
Louise Mulcahy (see contact details above) can provide confirmation of the booking and payment should this be required. For more specific requirements, delegates should contact the relevant embassy. Louise Mulcahy is happy to take telephone calls from any Embassy if there is a query on a delegate.
Should you require a letter of invitation for your visa or a letter of confirmation of your participation at the conference please contact Dr. Colin Quigley at Colin.Quigley@ul.ie