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South Eastern Region

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South East Region at a Glance

The South East Region consists of five counties Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary and has a population of 460,000. Waterford City is the capital of the South East Region, with a population of more than 335,000 within a 60km commuting distance, the city is strategically located, with Dublin, Cork and Limerick each within a 2.5 hour car drive.

  • The region is home to over 65 IDA supported multinationals employing more than 12,000 people.
  • There is a life sciences cluster in the South East, which has more than 20 companies employing over 6,000. The South-East Region is rapidly emerging as a preferred location outside Dublin for the financial services industry.


  • The South East Regional Airport is located in Waterford with daily flights to and from London and Manchester in England. Sea access is provided through the deep-water port at Belview close to Waterford city and ferry services to the UK & France through Rosslare’s Europort. International airports at Dublin, Cork and Shannon (Limerick) are also easily accessible by the national road or rail networks traversing the region.

Knowledge Infrastructure

  • With an improving transport infrastructure, three Third-level Education Institutes, a young and highly educated labour force, a network of Industrial and Technology Parks available region wide, the South-East is an attractive region for investment.
  • Third Level education in the South East Region is well represented with Waterford Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow College and Tipperary Institute in Clonmel providing excellent under and post-graduate programmes.

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South East Lifestyle

  • Known as the “sunny” South East, the region is famous for its vibrant towns, rural getaways and coastal villages and resorts. The region has a well-balanced urban structure with the main urban centre in each of its five counties having a population exceeding 17,000. In addition, it has a range of smaller towns and villages evenly distributed across the region as well as a strong rural settlement pattern. It attracts many visitors with attractions such as the world famous Kilkenny Castle, the Irish National Heritage Park, the Dunbrody Famine Ship, Waterford Treasures Museum, Ormond Castle in Carrick-on-Suir and many of the country’s manor houses and gardens.