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The Top Benefits of Living in the Midwest

May 2020
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An area that is still undiscovered by many, the Midwest of Ireland has an abundance to offer as a place to relocate to. The region is made up of Limerick, Tipperary and Clare and boasts everything from gorgeous coast-lines to state-of-the-art sporting grounds to award-winning Third Level Education Institutions. 

For those who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, re-locating to the Midwest is something to consider. There are many benefits to living here and we’ve rounded up our favourite ones below. 

Higher Living Standard

In Ireland’s urban areas, especially in our capital; you don’t get much value for money when it comes to housing. In the Midwest, it’s not only more affordable to rent high standard accommodation, but it's also more achievable to buy your own home. House in the Midwest are not only more readily available, but they are also well below prices in Dublin and the surrounding areas. Here, you could secure a three-bed detached house, complete with 1 acre of land for the same price as a small one-bed apartment in Dublin. 

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Accessibility 

The Midwest is a highly accessible region, making it easy to get to pretty much anywhere quickly. Shannon airport is located only 20 minutes from Limerick City, while you can get to Dublin Airport in just over 2 hours. The region also boasts access to high-quality motorways and national roads, enabling easy travel to places like Dublin, Ennis, Cork, Galway and Kerry. 

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Work Opportunities 

If you are unable to work remotely with your current job, there are lots of job opportunities in the region. The Midwest hosts many Multinational Companies across a wide range of sectors such as Northern Trust, Uber, WP Engine, Vistakon, Analog Devices and Regeneron. The unemployment rate is also one of the lowest in Ireland at 6%.


The region offers the best of recreational activities for all ages and tastes, with an impressive festival line-up, award-winning restaurants, theatres, live music venues and Thomand Park Stadium to name a few. 


Education

Within a 90 minute catchment of Limerick, there are three Universities and three Institutes of Technology. Limerick City hosts two of these institutions - University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology. The region is also home to plenty of primary and secondary schools and boasts Ireland’s Top Secondary School Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ.

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Culture

The Midwest is a notable cultural hub, with a lively music scene, thriving arts community, traditions steeped in literature, an abundance of local food suppliers and strong GAA and Rugby ties. The region offers the best of recreational activities for all ages and tastes, with an impressive festival line-up, award-winning restaurants, theatres, live music venues and Thomand Park Stadium to name a few. 

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Work-life Balance

A work-life balance is achievable in the Midwest. From access to Happen’s co-working spaces in the region, to short commute times to low-living costs; the region can help you to achieve a more desirable and fulfilling lifestyle.