Limerick is the gateway to Ireland's scenic West. An ancient city, with a charter predating that of London, it features a vibrant social and cultural scene that has, nonetheless, lost none of its traditional spontaneity and charm. You have to look very hard to find traces of 'Angela's Ashes'.
The city of Limerick boasts galleries, theatre, excellent restaurants and a world class museum housed in the restored Custom House. King John's Castle bestrides the Shannon at one of its many bridges while St Mary's Cathedral is a small scale gothic masterpiece dating from the 12th century. Above all, Limerick is a haven for Irish traditional music and you can find a lively 'session' on any night of the week.
Limerick is the heart of the Shannon region. A short drive takes you to the wonders of the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher or the beauty of Galway Bay. An additional short boat trip reaches the Aran Islands, last outpost of Europe and a stronghold of the Irish (Gaelic) language. To the east is the Shannon river and its hills and lakes; to the south lies Kerry and the legendary beauty of Dingle and Killarney. There are organised tours or you can drive yourself along winding country roads.
Visitors can enjoy the magnificent location of the campus. Bult on the banks of the Shannon river, it offers parkland and river path walks linked by a spectacular pedestrian river crossing calle the Living Bridge. The campus is dotted with sculptures, art galleries and attractive buildings ranging from Plassey House, an 18th century Palladian mansion to the 21st century architecture of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Visitors can enjoy sitting out in wide plaza squares or relaxing in pleasant café spaces.
The conference will be held at the Computer Science and Information Systems Building that can be seen in the map on the right. Click on the map to see it larger.