Limerick College of Further Education has two campuses in the south-east of Limerick city, one in Mulgrave Street, which is a 10-minute walk from the city centre, rail and bus stations, and the second slightly further out in Cappamore, east Limerick. Both are well served by hotels in the city, from conference-style apartments in Cappamore to a range of three to five star hotels in the city centre and budget two star guesthouses in the suburbs. The college has its own accommodation blocks for students and visitors and there are frequent bus services from the city centre to college campuses.
Educational Breaks in Limerick City
Limerick College of Further Education is a state-funded institution which was established in 1963 and offers more than 50 educational and workplace training programmes for school leavers and mature students. It caters for 1,200 full-time learners and 3,000 part-time through its programme of day and evening courses. Specialities include media training, IT, visual arts, business and professional, childcare, healthcare and science, fashion, interior design, beauty and healthcare, photography and languages.
Regeneration and Culture in Limerick City
The college has had an increase in student enrolments over the past few years, which is due to Limerick’s growing population and cultural and technological regeneration. Business and IT growth in the city centre and docklands areas has led to more job creation, start up opportunities and this has been supported by good infrastructure and the development of business parks and technological centres. Limerick has international business links with Europe and the USA and is well catered for in terms of business and conference hotels. It has a buzzy, European vibe with many festivals, exhibitions, bars and Wi-Fi cafes making it possible to work from anywhere. Half the population are under 50 so it’s a young, vibrant city which is embracing new trends, technologies and working styles.
Working Holidays in Limerick City
There are several business and conference hotels in the city centre and more further afield in the suburbs of Castletroy, Castleconnell and Clondalkin, in areas that are close to Limerick FE College, the University of Limerick, the National Technology Park and Shannon Airport. Services include Wi-Fi in the foyer and rooms, meeting spaces, conferencing facilities and leisure and dining facilities. They also have a business centre where you can work quietly or hire support to help with administrative tasks.
The National Technology Park in Castletroy is Ireland’s first science and technology park and now home to over 80 companies employing 3,000 staff. It is a mix of local and international businesses with the main focus being healthcare and e-learning. Other international business parks in the city include Shannon Free Zone next to the airport, Westpark in Shannon and Raheen Business Park on the outskirts of town.
There are many options for a business trip or working holiday in Limerick. The business centres are well served by public transport, a short ride from Shannon Airport and close to modern hotels that can cater for check-in at any time of day. They provide a good range of facilities, including leisure clubs for relaxation time plus access to sporting activities, which are high on the agenda for Limerick locals. Limerick University and Limerick College of Further Education are both close to several open spaces - Kilmurry Park, Kennedy Park, Carey’s Road Park and Caledonian Park - which makes them ideally placed for balancing work and leisure time.