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Shannon Region

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Shannon Region is a region of Ireland.


Map of Shannon Region



  • 1 Limerick - The only city in the region and the third largest in Ireland.


Other destinations[edit]


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

There is only one international airport in the Shannon Region, Shannon Airport or (SNN IATA). This airport serves destinations within Ireland, Europe and the United States mainly. Shannon Airport is one of the three big international airports in the Republic of Ireland along with Dublin Airport and Cork Airport. Shannon Airport serves the entire Shannon Region with close proximity to Limerick City, Shannon and Ennis.

The single largest aircraft operator at Shannon Airport is Ryanair who operate to Shannon Airport from over 30 cities. Ryanair carries 60% of passengers who travel through Shannon Airport. Shannon Airport has pre-border clearance for the United States which means that passengers travelling to the United States from Shannon Airport will have their travel related paperwork to be completed before their flight.

By train[edit]

The main rail routes into the Shannon Region are the Dublin and Cork to Limerick line. The Dublin line travels from Heuston Station in Dublin to Colbert Station in Limerick while the Cork Line travels to and from Kent Station. Limerick can be reached from Rosslare, Bally Brophy, Ennis and Tralee by train but requires a change of train mid trip.

The rail network in Ireland is operated by Irish Rail.

By car[edit]

The main roads into the Shannon Region are focused on Limerick City. From Limerick City it is possible to take radial roads to connect with the Irish road infrastructure. The following roads are the main routes in and out of the Shannon region with Limerick City as the focal point.

Get around[edit]

By car: you'll need one to explore the countryside. There are car rental offices at Shannon Airport and in Limerick city.

By boat: The Shannon Ferry plies between Tarbert in County Kerry and Killimer in County Clare, both on Highway N67. It sails hourly Sept-May and every 30 min June-Aug. Fare is €20 for a standard car with all passengers, €5 for a foot-passenger, cyclist or motorbike. If you're touring the Atlantic coast, this saves a lengthy detour inland through Limerick. Watch for dolphins on the 20-min crossing.

By bus[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Urban bus networks operate in the following cities:

Regional, commuter and rural[edit]

An extensive network of regional bus services operate across the region. However, the frequency of routes can vary significantly, from high frequency routes between nearby towns, to rural services running only once a week. The majority of services are public funded and operated by Bus Eireann and Local Link, although in some areas commercial services also play a large role in providing transport.

The main regional bus networks are:

  • Bus Éireann operate an extensive network of regional bus services across Ireland. Commuter services are provided along routes into the main cities and towns, while in rural areas there are routes connecting many villages and small towns into their nearest large town or city. Most routes are shown on the Bus Éireann network map. Routes are numbered by region, with the 100's in the east, 200's in the south, 300's in the midwest and southeast, and 400's in the west and northwest.
  • Local Link is the brand name for all services funded under the rural transport programme. There are over 1,000 rural bus routes serving nearly all corners of the country. These range from regular scheduled routes running several times a day between nearby towns, to door to door routes running only one day per week. The regular scheduled routes operate like normal bus routes, with fixed routes and timetables, however the door to door routes can vary and may require advance booking, so it's best to inquire with your nearest Local Link office the day beforehand.
  • M&A Coaches operate route 828 from Cashel to Portlaoise


The main intercity routes operating within the region are:

  • Dublin - Limerick: Bus Éireann Expressway route X12, Dublin Coach route300, JJ Kavanagh route 735, Eireagle route 712x [dead link]
  • Dublin - Cashel - Cork: Bus Éireann Expressway route X8
  • Dublin - Kilkenny - Clonmel: JJ Kavanagh route 717
  • Galway - Limerick - Cork: Bus Éireann Expressway routes 51/X51, Citylink route 251
  • Limerick - Tralee/Killarney: Bus Éireann Expressway routes 13 & 14, Dublin Coach route 300
  • Limerick - Waterford: Bus Éireann Expressway route 55


  • Castles: lots and lots and lots, though many are nowadays private mansions. Choose from the imposing (like King John’s Castle in Limerick or Castle Desmond in Adare), the Victorian mock-medieval (like Knappogue), the picturesque (like Dunguaire), the tumbledown (like Newcastle West) and the frankly kitsch - yes, that'll be Bunratty.
  • Prehistoric sites: there's a remarkable collection clustered around Lough Gur in County Limerick, and another at Craggaunowen in County Clare.
  • Flying Boats in the 1930s and 40s were the mainstay of transatlantic commercial aviation, so it was at Foynes on the Shannon in County Limerick that the rich and famous stepped out to the pop of flash guns.
  • Natural sights: the Atlantic pounds against the Mizzen Head and the dramatic Cliffs of Moher.
  • Wildlife: there's a resident pod of dolphins in the Shannon estuary.


  • Play golf: lots of courses across the region. In 2026 the Ryder Cup will be hosted by Adare.
  • Limerick racecourse is 6 km southwest of the city, with both flat racing and National Hunt.
  • Watch Munster Rugby at Thomond Park, 1.5 km west of Limerick city centre.
  • Explore the river and coastline by canoe or kayak.
  • Caves: explore the Ailwee and Doolin caves of County Clare.



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