South East

Map of the South East

The South East Region consists of counties Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary. The total population for the Region is 500,000 people (2011 Census). Waterford City is the capital of the South East Region. With a population of 46,732 people (Census 2011) and more than 363,000 people within a 60km commuting distance, the city is strategically located on the North-South Corridor Euroroute 30, with Dublin, and Limerick (Shannon Airport) each within a 2.5 hour drive and Cork only a 1.5 hour drive.

IDA supported overseas companies operating in the South East Region employ over 12,000 people. Pharmaceutical and Medical Technologies is the largest sector through companies such as GlaxoSmithkline, Genzyme, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Boston Scientific and Abbot Ireland Vascular. Globally Traded Business is the second largest sector with 33% of the employment in companies such as Honeywell,  and ABS Pumps.

Third Level education in the South East Region is well represented with Waterford Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow College and Limerick Institute of Technology in Clonmel providing excellent under and post-graduate programmes. Total graduate enrolment at Waterford Institute of Technology is in excess of 10,500 students, with an additional 5,000 students in continuing education. Each of the third level Institutes have developed strong links with industry and significant research capabilities.

The South East Regional Airport is located in Waterford. FlyBe currently provides flights from Waterford to Manchester and Birmingham in the UK. Aer Arann currently flys from Waterford to Luton, Manchester, and Birmingham in the UK. From May to September there are also flights to Amsterdam, Bordeaux and Lorient in France, Faro in Portugal and Malaga in Spain. Sea access is provided through the deep-water port at Belview (4 miles from Waterford) and the ferry services to the UK & France through Rosslare Europort. International airports at Dublin, Cork and Shannon (Limerick) are also easily accessible by the national road or rail networks traversing the region.

Known as the "sunny" South East, the region welcomes many visitors with attractions such as the world famous Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre, Kilkenny Castle, The Rock of Cashel, the Irish National Heritage Park, the Dunbrody Famine Ship, Waterford Treasures Museum and many of the country’s manor houses and gardens.


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IDA Ireland’s Waterford Business and Technology Park - A 2,787sq m (30,000 sq. ft.) office building (on 3 floors) is available to let.  Construction of a new 2,322 sq. m (25,000 sq. ft.) Technology Building is underway and due to be completed by end of November 2014.  There are also a number of privately owned property and site solutions available to overseas clients in the Waterford area. Viewings can be arranged through IDA Ireland.

Waterford City is the capital of the South East Region and a designated gateway location for economic development under the National Spatial Strategy for Ireland. The population of Waterford City is 46,732 people (Census 2011) and there is a population of 363,000 people within a 60km radius of the city (Census 2011). The city is strategically located on the North-South Corridor Euroroute 30, with Dublin and Shannon Airport /Limerick within a 2.5 hour drive. Cork is a 1.5 hr drive from the city. Waterford is on the national rail route with direct daily services to and from Dublin.

Multinational companies operating in Waterford include Bausch & Lomb, Genzyme, Hasbro, GlaxoSmithKline, Teva Pharmaceutical and Honeywell International.

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is one of the largest Institutes of Technology and leading higher education providers in Ireland with over 10,500 students. WIT is nationally and internationally renowned for providing a comprehensive portfolio of higher education programmes ranging from certificate, diploma, degree and doctorate level on both a full-time and part-time basis through its five schools – Business, Engineering, Humanities, Science and Health Sciences.

One of the Institute’s key research strengths is the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group which is a world class Telecommunications Research Centre founded in 1997. The centre has 120 researchers working on over 40 active projects. The primary research focus is on telecommunications software and the mobile internet and the centre manages large-scale multi-national projects in the ICT sector partnering with Nortel and Telefonica etc. There have been a number of successful spin-out companies to date, including FeedHenry, Headway, Nubiq and Waterford Technologies.

Waterford city is home to the world famous Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre. The quality of life in the city and its environs is exceptional, whether one is into sailing, mountain walks, or any number of other sports. A natural playground for golf enthusiasts, Waterford offers the perfect sporting experience with quality hotel and conference facilities at Waterford Castle, Faithlegg & Mount Juliet Conrad



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IDA Wexford Business & Technology Park – A 37 hectare (91-acre) site developed to cater for new Overseas clients in Wexford. 2.5 hectares (6.2 acre) site Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. 2 hectares (4.9 acre) site in Gorey, Co. Wexford.

Wexford, situated in the South East corner of Ireland, is the largest town and the administrative centre of County Wexford.  The town and county has a population of 145,273 people (Census 2011).  The town is located on the E1 Euroroute with easy road and rail access to Dublin and Waterford.

World-class companies have chosen to locate in Wexford. BNY Mellon (Financial Services), Equifax (International Services), and ABS Production Wexford Ltd. (Engineering), Lake Region, Carl Zeiss Vision, Waters Technology Ltd. (Medical Technologies) and The Coca Cola Company (Life Sciences/Food).

The Wexford Campus of the Institute of Technology Carlow is located in Wexford town at St. Peter’s College. It offers Degree courses in Business, Humanities and Architectural Technology as well as a BA in Art and full time Higher Certificate courses in Business, Office Management and Architectural Graphics.

Wexford offers an excellent quality of life, with shopping, galleries, traditional pubs, nightclubs and leisure centres. Wexford Town is world famous for its annual Opera Festival. Serviced by two major rivers, the Slaney and Barrow, the county has become a well-recognised fishing paradise.
Wexford County is host to one of the busiest ferry ports in Ireland at Rosslare. Rosslare-Europort, being the closest point from the southern part of Ireland to the UK and the European Mainland, is a hub of all the major RORO Passenger and Freight services operating the southern Irish Sea and Continental routes.



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There are a number of privately owned property and site solutions available to overseas clients in the Carlow area.

Carlow town and county has a population of 54,532 people (Census 2011) and  is located 83 km from Dublin and lies at the intersection of key national road routes, including the main Dublin-Waterford road. Both Dublin International Airport and Waterford Regional Airport are within a 1.5 hours drive from Carlow and the town is 72km from the Port of Waterford.

Carlow has excellent educational facilities and the town benefits from the presence of two third level colleges. The Institute of Technology Carlow has developed an outstanding reputation over the years with almost 5,000 full and part-time students pursuing National Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Higher Degree qualifications across a variety of disciplines, including Business, Humanities, Engineering, Computing and applied Biology and Chemistry.

Carlow College offers courses in Humanities, Business Studies and Social Care and currently caters for some 400 full-time and 100 part-time students to Diploma and Degree level.

In addition to a diverse range of Irish companies operating from the town, overseas companies in Carlow include Merck Sharp & Dohme, Unum and Autolaunch in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow.

Carlow is one of Ireland’s most charming inland counties. There are 5 superb golf courses within a 30-minute drive from Carlow town. There are lots of good angling opportunities as well as canoeing, boating and walking with many equestrian schools throughout the county.



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IDA’s Business & Technology Park Kilkenny16 hectare (40 acre) Business and Technology Park, Kilkenny. There are a number of privately owned property and site solutions available to overseas clients in the Kilkenny area.

Kilkenny is centrally located between Waterford, Carlow, Wexford and Clonmel. The population is 87,558 with 30% aged 25-44 yrs. Over 498,000 people live within a 60km catchment of Kilkenny city*.
Served by excellent transport infrastructure, Kilkenny is situated on the M9 Dublin-Waterford motorway within 70 minutes of Dublin Airport and 35 minutes of Waterford Regional Airport. There are daily commuter trains to Waterford and Dublin, regular bulk freight services and Europort access to Continental routes.

Third Level education in the Region is represented by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Institute of Technology Carlow and Tipperary Institute. Kilkenny City is home to the NUI Maynooth’s Kilkenny Campus who just announced the establishment an ICT Research and Innovation Centre operated by WIT’s TSSG (Telecommunications software & Systems Group).

Kilkenny has a high profile as a services centre with State Street International, Vhi Healthcare, Banking 365 and employing over 1,000 people. Glanbia PLC, a global leader in cheese and nutritional ingredients, is headquartered here and Diageo PLC, brewers of Kilkenny beer and Smithwick’s ale, have proven that Kilkenny is a competitive location from which to build a world-class business.  Cartoon Saloon, the Oscar nominated animation design studio, is also located in the heart of Kilkenny City.

Kilkenny is a national administration hub for the headquarters of the Irish Patents Office, the Crafts Council of Ireland and the Heritage Council, and is the regional HQ of the Health Services Executive and the Health and Safety Authority.

Belview Port in south Kilkenny is Ireland's closest deep-water port to mainland Europe, reducing sail time by 1 hour. The Belview development zone incorporates 265 ha of zoned land, Kilkenny City has 165 ha of serviced land, and both include IDA land banks.

Well serviced with high speed broadband, Kilkenny City has two fibre providing speeds of 100 MB to 1GB. Belview will have high capacity fibre internet presently. There is significant water service capacity available, major water services investment in Belview now enables the supply of 3,300 m3/day.

Rich in medieval heritage and recognised as one of Ireland's creative hotspots, Kilkenny is a top international visitor destination and has a vibrant cultural community.

* Census 2006, Demographics Ireland 2008.



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20 hectare (50 acre) site at Ballingarrane Estate, Clonmel. 4 hectares (9.9 acre) site at Knockenrawley Business Park, Tipperary Town. 16,000 sq ft BES funded Advance Factory at Knockenrawley Business Park, Tipperary Town.

Clonmel is the administrative and economic capital of South Tipperary. The population of the town and County is 88,433 people (Census 2011). Clonmel is 100 km from both Cork and Shannon International Airports and 165km from Dublin Airport. Waterford Airport is 58km from Clonmel and has flights servicing Manchester and Birmingham in the UK. Clonmel is well serviced by Waterford Port 50km.

Overseas companies successfully operating in the Clonmel area include Abbott Ireland Vascular and Boston Scientific Ltd (medical technologies), Clonmel Healthcare and Merck Sharp & Dohme in the life sciences sector.

Limerick Institute of Technology currently has two campuses in County Tipperay (Clonmel and Thurles). The Clonmel campus has a student population (2013/2014) of 500.  Courses include: Digital Animation Production Bachelor of Science (Hons). Duration – 4 years, Creative Multimedia – Bachelor of Science (Hons), Duration – 4 years,  Bachelor of Business (Hons). Duration – 4 years and Bachelor of Business - Marketing with Languages Duration – 3 years

Clonmel offers an excellent quality of life, with shopping, traditional pubs, nightclubs, leisure centres and a cinema complex. The main sporting activities in the area include angling, cycling, equestrian events, golf and walking. Clonmel has a rich and varied cultural life with particular strengths in music and the visual arts. Its resources have been greatly enhanced by the opening of Old St Mary’s Church as a cultural venue.



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The IDA Dungarvan Business Park currently has 12.5 hectares available. Located adjacent to Glaxosmithkline and Lancaster Labs (Microchem), the Park is easily accessible just off the N25 Cork to Waterford road.

Located 48km from Waterford City, the population of Dungarvan Town is 7,813 people with a population of 62,213 people in the Waterford County area. Dungarvan is 80 km from Cork International Airport and only 53 km from Waterford Airport which provides two daily services to London (Luton) and a flight to Manchester and Birmingham six times times a week. In addition there are flights to Amsterdam, Malaga in Spain, Faro in Portugal and Lorient and Bordeaux in France from May to September each year.

Dungarvan is well serviced by Waterford Port (55 km) and the Port of Cork is also within easy reach of the town (75 km).

Overseas companies successfully operating in Dungarvan include GlaxoSmithKline and Lancaster Laboratories (Pharmaceuticals) and Microbrush International (Medical Technologies).

The excellent road infrastructure means that both Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and University College Cork (UCC) are within easy reach. WIT currently has 10,000 students and offers full and part-time courses leading to Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Masters Degree qualifications. WIT is currently delivering an MBA programme off-campus in Dungarvan.

Dungarvan offers an excellent quality of life with wonderful heritage and diverse natural scenery. Other benefits include access to quality affordable housing, excellent education, recreation and amenities. Deep-sea and in-shore angling are particularly good in the Dungarvan area and fully equipped boats are available. Sporting activities in Dungarvan include horse riding, golf, tennis, squash, pitch and putt, board sailing, yachting and of course, swimming. There are numerous sandy beaches within a 15 mile radius. Dungarvan offers all the advantages of urban life in a rural setting.


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