The official guide to Limerick, Ireland- Limerick.ie – a new all inclusive on-line voice for Limerick with comprehensive information on visiting, doing business and living in the capital of the Mid-West has been launched this evening (Monday).
Invited guests including Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne, Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael Sheahan, Eoghan Prendergast of Shannon Development and special guest, comedian, Pat Shortt, gathered in the new Limerick Greyhound Stadium for the launch of Limerick.ie which showcases Limerick as a great place to live, work and visit through its easy to navigate colour coded main sections, Visit, Business, Living, Learning, Kids.
SPEECH BY CLLR. MICHAEL SHEAHAN, LEAS CATHAOIRLEACH OF LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL AT LAUNCH OF DISCOVERLIMERICK.IE
“Mayor, Fellow Councillors, Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of County Limerick and the Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, I am delighted to be able to join you today for the launch of Limerick Dot IE.
The launch of this official guide to Limerick represents a milestone in the national and international promotion of this City and County.
For the first time ever, people of all over Ireland and further afield can now find out everything they want to know about Limerick.
I have no doubt that the general impression among users of this website will be that Limerick is a great place to live, work and visit.
The current economic climate makes it incumbent on all regions to take responsibility for the promotion of their respective areas.
In Limerick’s case, a significant amount of work already has been undertaken to raise the profile of the City and County as a location for investment, as well as an attractive place to visit and live.
I am confident that this website will be a very useful resource for anyone wishing to visit or do business in Limerick and for local people to find out about organisations or events that are happening in their locality.
In promoting Limerick online we are sending a clear message that Limerick is open for business and that Limerick is constantly reinventing itself at a time when many other regions are experiencing difficulties during this unprecedented economic downturn.
We have lots to be proud about here in Limerick from our excellent tourism asset to our beautiful countryside and to the excellent standard of living enjoyed by those who live here.
Another outstanding trait is the people of Limerick.
There is a strong sense of community in Limerick and this community spirit is evident in every walk of life, whether it be in the workplace, local sports clubs and organisations or in the many towns and villages across the county.
The vast range of sporting, recreational and community activities taking place throughout Limerick is clearly evident from the website.
Furthermore, the website outlines that Limerick can and does offer businesses real opportunities for investment and expansion.
The nearby Airport in Shannon, with its many links to Europe and North America, offers internationally trading companies with quality connectivity.
Considerable improvements in Limerick’s road and rail infrastructure have provided ease of access to the east coast and Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, the University of Limerick and the Limerick Institute of Technology are wonderful sources for highly educated graduates, while they also support research and development for many multi-national companies.
Information relating to these wonderful assets are included on the website, which I am sure will help impress upon potential investors the benefits of locating to Limerick.
I wish to acknowledge the collaborative effort involved in developing this website.
By supporting each other we are helping to support the local business and tourism sector and the wider economy.
Of course, by working together we also are helping to build a better sense of community among those living and working in Limerick.
We have plenty to be proud of in Limerick and this website affords us the opportunity to jointly promote all that is good about our local community to the wider world.
In conclusion and on behalf of the people of County Limerick, I would like to wish each and every one of you involved with the development and running of this website every success for the future.
I am sure that your hard work will reap dividends for Limerick in the months and years to come.
CLLR. MICHAEL SHEAHAN
LEAS CATHAOIRLEACH OF LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL