Mid-West Region, Ireland

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This article is about the statutory and NUTS region. For the broader region including parts of Kerry and Offaly, see Shannon Region.

The Mid-West Region is a region of the Republic of Ireland comprising County Clare, County Limerick, Limerick city, and the former North Tipperary. It spans 8,248 km², 11% of the total area of the state and had a 2002 population of 339,591.[1] It is a NUTS Level III region with a NUTS code of IE023. Limerick city is the regional capital.

Statutory bodies[edit]

The Mid-West Region was administered by the Mid-West Regional Authority, which consisted of 26 elected representatives including the region's representative on the EU Committee of the Regions. These representatives met once a month and were nominated from the four administrative councils of the region:

Under the Local Government Reform Act 2014,[2] the Limerick councils were merged, as was North Tipperary County Council with South Tipperary County Council, although South Tipperary remains in the South-East Region. The Regional Authorities were replaced by replaced by Regional Assemblies,[3] and thus the replaced by Mid-West Regional Assembly has delegates from:[1]

Shannon Development was a development body for the Shannon Region of the lower River Shannon, which encompassed the entire Mid-West Region together with North Kerry (in the South-West Region) and South Offaly (in the Midlands Region).


The Mid-West region has a population of 339,591 which constitutes about 8.67% of Ireland's total population.[1] The population density of the region is 41.17 persons/square km. Limerick city is the largest urban area in the region with a population of 57,106 (2011 census) within the city boundary area and has a population of 91,454 people within the larger urban area including the city suburbs.[1]


The economy of the region is based mainly around the greater Limerick/Shannon corridor. The Shannon Free Zone, Shannon International Airport, Shannon Estuary Ports, National Technology Park Limerick and major educational institutions such as the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology are major drivers of the regional economy with growth prospects in Biotechnology and medical technology, ICT, aerospace, tourism agribusiness and logistics.[1] The Dublin/Limerick corridor and the western corridor linking Galway/Ennis/Limerick/Cork is of strategic importance to the region.[1]

[4]According to Eurostat figures for 2012, the region has GDP of €11.468 bn and a GDP per capita of €30,300

The workforce in the region was 160,400 in 2003 which was an employment rate of 96.7% of which 61.8% were employed in services, 29.8% in Industry and 8.3% employed in agriculture.[1]

Agriculture remains a major part of the Mid West economy. The Clare Marts in Ennis is a major trading post of livestock nationally. The plains of East Limerick are part of Ireland's Golden Vale that stretch from Limerick city into County Tipperary


Shannon International Airport is the only airport in the region with a wide range of flights available to Britain, continental Europe and transatlantic flights to the USA. The M7 is a high quality motorway connecting Dublin and Limerick. The N18/M18 including the Limerick Tunnel provides a complete bypass of Limerick and improved access to Shannon, Ennis and Galway. The N/M20 road/motorway provides access to Cork and Kerry.

Urban areas[edit]

A list of the largest urban areas in the Mid-West Region. County capitals are shown in bold.

Rank Town County Population
(2011 census)
1 Limerick Limerick 91,454
2 Ennis Clare 25,360
3 Shannon Clare 9,673
4 Nenagh County Tipperary 7,995
5 Thurles County Tipperary 7,682
6 Newcastle West Limerick 7,291
7 Roscrea County Tipperary 5,300
8 Kilrush Clare 2,532
9 Templemore County Tipperary 1,943
10 Rathkeale Limerick 1,802

See also[edit]