The Midwest region consists of counties Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary. The total population of the region is 361,028. Limerick City is the principal urban centre in the Midwest region with a population of 90,757. Other towns of significance include Ennis, population of 20,142, and Thurles, population of 6,831.
The region is well serviced by road, rail, port and air transport links. Shannon International Airport, located in the centre of the Midwestern region, is just 20 minutes drive from Limerick City. The airport provides regular daily flights to the US, UK and Europe.
There are 53 IDA supported companies operating in the Midwest region, employing 10,242 people, (Forfas Employment Survey 2008) The ICT sector accounts for 43% of IDA supported employment with Globally Traded Businesses 25%, Life Science’s accounting for 21%, and Medical Technologies 11%.
The Midwest region offers investors a choice of quality Business and Technology Parks that are fully serviced with quality building solutions. Sites are also available for Greenfield Developments.
Third level educational institutions in the region include University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology. The total student numbers across these colleges and universities is c. 19,300.
The Midwest region is renowned for its range of cultural activities and beautiful scenery. Attractions include seaside resorts, water sports, festivals, major golf courses, medieval castles and historical monuments.
National Technology Park -325 Hectare (800 acres) - on the campus of the University of Limerick. Raheen Business Park - 178 Hectare (440 acres).
Limerick, Ireland's third largest city, has a population of 90,000, with the population rising to 450,000 within a 60 km (37 mile) radius. Limerick is readily accessible by air, road, rail and port. The city is just 20 minutes drive from Shannon International Airport with direct daily flights to the US, UK and Europe. Limerick is on the national rail network with daily train services to Dublin Cork, Waterford & Ennis.
ICT, Life Sciences, International Services and Engineering/Consumer Products are important sectors for overseas investment in the Limerick area. Companies operating in these sectors include Dell Computers, Analog Devices, Kostal, Aughinish Alumina, Stryker, Vistakon and Cook Medical. The range of activities being undertaken include high value manufacturing, R & D, software development, shared services and customer technical support type operations.
The city is served by a resilient broadband network where a choice of carrier ensures competitive pricing and high quality service for all users.
Limerick has two major third level educational institutions, University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)- , which together have an aggregate student population of c. 18,000. The university has over 11,000 full-time students and c.-2,000 part-time. LIT has 3,900 full-time and 900 part-time. Major areas of research in UL and LIT include:
Limerick is famed for its love of sport. Due to its history in the game of rugby, it is considered by many throughout the world to be the ‘Home of the Spirit of Rugby’.
A new 30 acre Business Park is currently under development called Information Park Ennis with Building 1 now complete and available for renting. Other buildings, to be completed, will provide a total 4,185 sq m/45,000 sq ft of office and incubation space. A range of quality privately owned property solutions are also available in Ennis.
Ennis, the capital of County Clare, has a population of 20,000, with the population rising to 472,000 within a 60km (37 mile) radius. The town is just 15 minutes drive from Shannon International Airport, 30 minutes from Limerick, 1 hour from Galway and 3.25 hours from Dublin.
Ennis is readily accessible by air, road and rail. Shannon International Airport provides the town with daily direct flights to the US, UK and Europe.
Roche, Olympus Ireland, Organic Lens, Bijur Lubricating and Saint Gobain Plastics are major international companies that are operating successfully in Ennis/the surrounding county.
Ennis was designated Ireland’s Information Age Town in 1997 and the town has a robust broadband telecommunication’s network, which ensures competitive pricing and quality service to users.
Ennis’s proximity to Limerick and Galway means the town is within easy reach of University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland Galway and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, which between them have a combined student population of 40,000.
Ennis is a place of immense and intimate charm, with a narrow streetscape and historical buildings. Nightly traditional musical sessions and dancing are features of the town.
Tipperary Technology Park is a fully serviced park with a Business Incubation Centre and quality manufacturing and office accommodation options.
Thurles, famous as the birthplace of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), has a population of 7,000, with the population rising to 473,000 within a 60km radius. Thurles is a 1.5 hours drive from Shannon International Airport, 1 hour from Limerick City, 1.75 hours from Cork City and 2 hours from Dublin.
Thurles is readily accessible by road, rail and air. It is located on the main Dublin – Cork railway line and just 6km from the main Dublin – Cork road. Shannon International Airport has daily direct flights to the US, UK and Europe.
International companies in Thurles and the surrounding area include Taro Pharmaceuticals and Procter & Gamble.
The town is well served with a robust broadband telecoms network where a choice of carrier ensures competitive prices and high quality service for all users.
Thurles is home to the recently established Tipperary Institute a third level college with a student enrolment of 700. Two of the Institutes departments are Business Development and Information & Communications Technologies.
If you would like more information, please contact IDA Ireland
National Technology Park
Tel: +353 061 200513
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