Local Organiser’s Information for Participants

The local organiser is Catherine Foley, Catherine.E.Foley@ul.ie;  Tel. + 353 61 202922;      Fax: + 353 61 202589; supported by Colin Quigley, Colin.Quigley@ul.ie, Mats Melin, Mats.Melin@ul.ie, Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain, Orfhlaith.NiBhriain@ul.ie, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, and  Dolores Hanly and Yvonne Clarke, Conferences and Sports Events, University of Limerick.


Registration will be on Sunday, 22nd July, at 17.00, at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. A Welcome Reception and Formal Opening of the Symposium will be at 19:00. The Symposium will end with a closing Barbecue Céilí and Dinner at the University of Limerick, on Saturday, 28th July. There will be an optional excursion on Sunday, 29th July. Please make your travel arrangements to coincide with these timings.


Limerick University is located in the Castletroy area, some 4kms from Limerick city.  It is easily accessible by air, rail, road, and public transportation.

By Air: Shannon International Airport is only 28kms from the University of Limerick. There are transatlantic flights direct to Shannon from the US and, from Europe, Aer Lingus, Ryan Aer, and other airlines provide scheduled connections daily through London/Dublin from all major European cities.  There are economy fares from cities to Stansted Airport (UK).  There is a regular service from Stansted to Shannon.  The journey from the airport to the University of Limerick is approximately 40 minutes.

There are Bus services between Shannon Airport and Limerick City; and between Limerick City and the University of Limerick.  For information on bus services please visit Bus Éireann website at www.buseireann.ie.  

J.J. Kavanagh Bus runs a service from both Shannon and Dublin airports (it does however stop frequently so the journey from Dublin to Limerick is about 4.5 hrs long but is does stop at the University of Limerick). See their timetable.

Another option is Dublin Coach M7 Express which is quicker and about €10 each way from Dublin to Limerick (University stop) see their website for timetables and prices.

From Limerick city centre, there are regular buses (numbers 308 or 308a) to the University of Limerick from William Street. These cost about €1.60 per person; tickets are bought on entering the bus and it is advisable to have the correct amount of money.

Top Cabs or Speedy Taxis are also available costing €35 (per taxi not per person) from Shannon Airport to the University of Limerick; Tel: + 353 61 417417. If using this taxi service please mention that you are a delegate at the Ethnochoreology Symposium at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Accommodation addresses to be provided to Taxi drivers are Cappavilla Student Village, North Campus, University of Limerick or Brookfield Hall Student Accommodation, Castletroy.

By Rail: There are a number of trains from Heuston Station Dublin to Limerick City’s Colbert Station daily.  These take approximately 2-3 hours, depending on whether they are direct or indirect.  For information on train services please visit Irish Rail’s website (Iarnród Éireann) at www.irishrail.ie. SimilarA taxicab service (not Top Cabs or Speedy Taxis) is available from Limerick City’s Colbert Station to the University of Limerick. The cost is approximately €15.00. Alternatively, one may also get a bus from William Street to the University of Limerick (see above).

By Road: From Limerick City take the M7 to Dublin.  At the Parkway Roundabout go straight and take the next left at the Groody Roundabout, following signs to the University of Limerick, which is well sign-posted.  If driving on the M7 from Dublin, the University of Limerick will be sign-posted some 4kms before reaching Limerick City.

Car hire – we refer to the car hire services available at your arrival airport.

Public Transport: Public Transport is available from all the major cities in Ireland to Limerick. See websites provided above.


Participants are urged to choose accommodation in the unique atmosphere of Cappavilla Student Village on the University of Limerick campus, just 3 minutes walk from the conference venue of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.  The village provides high quality six-bedroomed apartments with en-suite facilities.  These apartments are stylishly decorated and are located adjacent to the River Shannon.  Continental breakfast is delivered to each apartment daily.  Non-conference people are welcome at Cappavilla Student Village also. See www.limerickconferencepark.ie for information on Cappavilla Student Village and its facilities.

Participants (friends and families) will need to make their own room reservations for Cappavilla Student Village. A payment facility is available on the Conference payment page.

The prices for accommodation per night (Bed and Continental Breakfast) are:

Single Room: €45.00

Double Room: €80.00

Other nearby accommodation options:

Brookfield Hall Student Accommodation (15-20 min walk from Irish World Academy Building, but they also have a bus service running which can be enabled if a group is staying and they independently organise this with Brookfield Hall).

Travelodge Limerick


Light Lunch and Dinner on campus will be served at a fixed price, with an option for vegetarians.

Lunch: €8.50

Dinner: €13.00

Light snacks will be provided between conference sessions.

The choice of meals or any other special requirements for food will be made by each participant at registration on arrival.

The University of Limerick employs professional catering companies who provide the highest standards of European cuisine.  It has various restaurants to cater for lunches and dinners (with vegetarian options); barbecues are also held on campus.

If you have special dietary requirements please email us on ethnochoreologysymposium@gmail.com


The conference fee and payments for accommodation, lunch, dinner, and optional excursions should be made through the Eventbrite facility.

Conference Fee: €130.00

Students and OAPs (Old Aged Pensioners): €90.00


  • An evening workshop of Irish céilí dancing: €0.00
  • A half day excursion on the “Spirit of Killaloe” a river cruise of Lough Derg on the River Shannon, followed by a visit to the historical town of Killaloe, home of King Brian Ború (926 A.D.– 1014 A.D.). Dinner afterwards in Flanagan’s, Killaloe. €35.00
  • An evening performance: €10.00
  • A Barbecue Céilí and Dinner at the University of Limerick: €25.00
  • A one day excursion to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Lunch in Ballyvaughan, followed by a visit to the famous Bunratty Castle and Dolan’s pub-restaurant in Limerick for the evening. Bring your dancing shoes and your instruments: €50.00


Weather can be variable with temperatures of 14 degrees to 22 degree; be prepared for occasional rain fall.

Local Attractions

Limerick city is a vibrant city some 4kms from the university campus with interesting museums and galleries, local theatre, lively pubs and restaurants: it is an excellent region for Irish traditional music and dance.  Particular attractions include: King John’s Castle; Bunratty Castle and Folk Park; The Hunt Museum; the Treaty Stone; the Georgian House and Garden; St. Mary’s Cathedral; Walking Tour of Locations from Frank McCourt’s book, Angela’s Ashes; and Horse Drawn Carriage Tours.

Closer on campus, delegates may enjoy the sports and recreational facilities at the University Arena which has some of the best facilities in Ireland.  These include: 50 metre Olympic size pool with sauna, steam room, fully equipped gym, indoor and outdoor running tracks, and fitness rooms.  Also on campus is the National Dance Archive of Ireland; Ireland’s National Portrait Collection; and the Irish Watercolour Society’s Collection.

Delegates may enjoy pre/post conference visits to Killarney, Dingle, the Aran Islands, Galway and Connemara, all of which can be reached by day excursions from Limerick.  Other places of interest include: Craggaunowen; Aillwee Cave; Lahinch Seaworld; Foynes Flying Boat Museum; Siamsa Tire the National Folk Theatre of Ireland; and the Aqua Dome, Tralee. For further information please see the website: www.discoverireland.com