The Irish city of Limerick, or 'Luimneach' to give it its Irish name, is one of Ireland's largest and oldest settlements. A center of history and business, Limerick is home to a top university and the birthplace of many famous Irish names, including Frank McCourt, Terry Wogan and the Republic's current President, Michael D. Higgins. Although home to less than 60,000 people, it has played an important part in Ireland's cultural life for centuries, and expats living in Limerick can find remnants of this history dotted around the city, with sites including the Castle of King John on King's Island, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. John, which has the tallest spire in Ireland. The city also has a lively sports scene, with the central O'Connell Street often filling with spectators to watch major sporting events on a large screen. There is also a lively music scene here, with the city's quintessentially Irish pubs providing the perfect venues to listen to traditional and modern music.
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Expatriates moving to Limerick have a number of options for getting to the city. Modern, comfortable intercity buses travel directly from the Irish capital, Dublin, and the city is furthermore served by a good train service. There is also a major Irish airport, Shannon Airport, only twelve miles from the city and easily accessible by bus or taxi. In terms of getting around the city center, it is comfortably navigable by foot, with many areas pedestrianized. For more general information on specific expatriation topics such as expat finance, family and relationships and so on, expats moving to Limerick may like to browse the InterNations Expat Magazine or check out the range of content on our website written by other InterNations members.
The city may be small, but it is a dynamic regional business hub with many international companies choosing to invest here. The nearby University of Limerick, heavily invested in by an American philanthropist, has a particularly fine campus and is quickly establishing its credentials as a leading Irish university. The city's retail and public realm have also seen a lot of improvements in recent decades, giving expatriates working in Limerick plenty of things to do after hours from traditional Irish music and sport to the city's newly thriving art scene and cultural life. Expats in Limerick may also like to get in touch with the city's sizeable international community. You can contact other global minds and expats living in Limerick through the forums, discussion groups and private messages on the InterNations website to organize meet-ups or simply network and socialize. In the meantime, of course, the city has plenty of Ireland's famed friendliness and simply walking into one of the center's many pubs is as good a place to start as any.