Limerick is a riverside city where the Shannon is an integral part of the city's character. Vibrant Limerick combines big city amenities with an innate friendliness - a mix that guarantees an attractive and welcoming environment for student living. The city boasts some fascinating historic sights, fashionable bars, charming old pubs, glossy shops, smart restaurants and boutique hotels.
Limerick is Ireland's third largest city; which dates back to the 9th century. Its castles, ancient walls and museums are testament to its dramatic past. There is certainly plenty of history to absorb in this fine riverside city; from the 13th Century King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone, to the Hunt Museum which houses over 2,000 works of art including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir and Picasso. The city is also home to the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the University Concert Hall.
In Limerick, sport is a matter of pride and passion. Limerick is the home of Munster Rugby, hence the city is widely acknowledged as Ireland's unofficial "rugby capital". The new Thomond Park stadium is the jewel in the rugby crown of the city. The Limerick footballers and hurlers draw huge crowds to the Gaelic Grounds, and there are several rowing clubs based here. Limerick racecourse hosts various meetings throughout the year at its new and and modern greyhound stadium will open shortly. In the summer of 2010, the city hosted the Special Olympics Ireland games which were hugely successful. Limerick is a progressive and thriving city, and an attractive location for students, with over 20,000 young people choosing third level study in Limerick. Whether pursuing social, cultural or sporting interests, students will not lack for opportunities for a good night out. The innate friendliness of the people will remain an abiding memory for all who come to live and study "where the Shannon River meets the sea”.