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Pocket Guide: Limerick LIT Millennium Theatre Hotels

North Limerick is a short drive or walk from the city centre across the River Shannon. It is the heart of sporting Limerick and home to the Limerick Institute of Technology, business enterprise parks and various sporting grounds, including Thomond Park for Munster rugby, the GAA grounds in Ennis Road for football and hurling, Glenagross Park, Moyross Sports Field, Shelbourne Park and Westfield Park. It is suburban with lots of green space, yet there is a wide choice of hotels thanks to the popularity of Irish sport. Ennis Road is well served by budget accommodation, as are the streets around the Limerick Institute of Technology’s Moylish Park Campus, a key hub in the city for business and IT development.

Work and Study Breaks in Limerick

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is a higher education institute in Limerick with five campuses dotted around the city, Tipperary and Clare. Moylish Park in north Limerick is the main campus, centring on Business, Humanities and Applied Science, Engineering and Technology, and there are two campuses in the city centre. Moylish Park is a modern building next to Thomond Park, home to 6,000 students and it’s also where you’ll find the LIT Millennium Theatre, north Limerick’s only theatrical venue which is also used for student lectures. There is also creative space for start-up businesses, a students’ union, leisure and relaxation space, and a new library and media production suite.

Cultural Breaks in Limerick

LIT Millennium Theatre came about as part of a major investment in LIT’s facilities. It is a glass and steel 350-seat theatre hosting a diverse range of professional and amateur programming including ballet, dance, opera, drama, comedy, music and events. It’s also used for student lectures during the day, community events, educational workshops and student theatre productions. It opened in March 2003 and has enhanced Limerick’s cultural scene with a northern city venue to complement the other arts venues in the city centre. The modern architecture is striking in contrast to the open parkland that surrounds it and it’s worth a visit to the bar/cafe to appreciate this.

Hotels for Art Lovers in Limerick

If you’re visiting Limerick for arts and culture it’s best to choose a hotel in the city centre or around Pery Square, as this is where you’ll find the main cultural attractions such as the Hunt Museum, Frank McCourt Museum, Angela’s Ashes Walking Tour, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick City Art Gallery, and the various street festivals that take place throughout the year such as Riverfest, the Limerick Jazz Festival, Limerick Pride and St. Patrick’s Festival.

Choosing a hotel near the quayside gives you great views over the city and the Shannon, and makes for a short journey into north Limerick if you want to visit LIT and the Millennium Theatre. Every two years the Limerick City Art Gallery hosts EV+A (exhibition of visual art), a biennial of the best of local and international art, which is a must-see with various exhibits in and around the city with an educational emphasis, so it’s wise to book accommodation early to make the most of this.