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Mid Western Region

Mid Western Region

mid western regionMid Western Region at a Glance

The Mid-Western region comprises of counties Clare, Limerick, North Kerry, North Tipperary and South Offaly, which collectively have a population of approximately 450,000 people. The main population centre is Limerick City (52,539), alongside Ennis and Thurles.

  • The region contains the highest concentrations of FDI companies in Ireland outside of Dublin, with 110 companies who employ in excess of 10,000 people.
  • Key sectors in the Mid West include Aerospace, Software, Engineering, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Electronics and incorporate business activities of Customer
    Support and Contact Centres, Supply Chain Management, Shared Services, Financial Services, Research & Development, production and international headquarters.


Shannon International Airport had a total passenger throughput in excess of 3 million in 2008. In November 2008 Shannon, along with Dublin, became the first European airports to be granted full CBP pre-clearance facilities for transatlantic flights. When the facility opens in the summer, aircraft will be free to fly directly to domestic airports anywhere in the US. Shannon Airport has retained its position as the second-largest airport in the State in terms of passenger throughput and attracted more than twice the combined throughput of all the  regional airports.

Shannon Foynes Port Company is the estuarial port authority with responsibility for the entire Shannon Estuary, one of Ireland’s greatest national maritime assets. It services the requirements of importers and exporters in the wide hinterland surrounding the estuarial system. The ports offer shipping to London, Paris and Rotterdam within a window of 48 hours.

Knowledge Infrastructure

The Mid Western region offers investors a choice of quality Business and Technology Parks that are fully serviced with quality building solutions and sites available for greenfield developments. Shannon Free Zone is an International Business Park and covers 600 acres, adjacent to Shannon International Airport. Since its establishment in 1959, over 100 overseas companies have chosen to invest in Shannon Ireland, with an employment level of 7,000 people. Shannon Free Zone is Ireland’s largest cluster of North American investments with 57% of foreign owned companies established at Shannon Free Zone beingUS owned. Powered by a strong economicoutlook, good connectivity, pro-business regulatory environment and cosmopolitan work environment, Shannon is one of Ireland’s stand-out business locations. These companies generate exports in excess of €2.5 billion per annum.

The Mid West has a highly developed international business support infrastructure, including a modern broadband telecom network, a sophisticated sub-supply base, professional service providers and a carefully planned physical environment to meet the needs of international business.

The Mid Western Region has a substantial advantage in the quality and excellent reputation of its third level institutions. Included in this is the internationally  renowned University of Limerick ( – with a population of 13,000 students the University is one of the leading sources of graduates for industry such as engineering, IT, materials science, sports science, humanities, social science and music. It has an established reputation for being Ireland’s leading university in industry-led research. Also, the Institutes of Technology in Limerick (, Tipperary ( and Tralee ( host world class programmes and research activity in collaboration with industry.


Mid Western Lifestyle

Limerick city is set to see significant upgrading of its public areas including the pedestrianisation of city centre streets in a major urban renewal initiative. This combined with renewed focus on the river Shannon will help to complete Limerick’s re-branding as a River City and fitting capital of the Mid-Western Region. The region offers a city-centre, suburban or rural lifestyle within easy reach of the Atlantic coast and beautiful countryside.