On Wed, 19 Sep 2001, Brendan J. Farrell wrote:
> I lived in Limerick for a couple of years and found the main problems to be
> 1. Weather - grey grey grey, that horrible sticky heavy mist / light rain, when
> you drive to limerick you will usually see a large grey cloud sitting over the
> area and encounter it approx.
On the upside, this means that river water levels are usually pretty
kicking and there is some good intermediate to advanced rivers within 30
minutes of the college. If you are in the UL Kayak Club, this is a
blessing and much rejoicing is a common event :-)
> 2. Scumbaggery
nothing to say here as I never have been a victim of thuggery. I think
it's because I look poor.
> 3. Traffic
also can't comment. I am saving up for one of them skateboards with a
steering wheel. I've witnessed some nasty tailbacks in the Limerick area
though that looked painful to be stuck in
> The University in Limerick has a very good name, expect to have to work
> throughout the year though as the course structure demands more constant work
> rather than just a quick burst before the summer exams.
This is true. The University does take itself pretty seriously in
comparison to many other Irish Universities. Compared to every other
country, it's full of piss-artists
> There are loads of clubs
> and societies and the housing estate across the road (Elm Park) is almost pure
> student land with almost no "real people".
hey! I live in that estate! I'm real...ish
> It is not a bad place while there seems to be a higher level of
> tolerance for thugery and petty crime usually justified by a shrug of
> the shoulders and "it can happen anywhere",
Well.... it can :-)
> most of the people you
> meet are decent, there is a very good live music scene, the weather
> keeps most people in the pub !!!, out towards UL is its own little
> bubble of student land where you could quite happily survive without
> ever visiting Limerick proper, for a non student there is not a lot to
> do that is not either field sport or pub orientated, a major plus is
> that you are close enough to Lahinch to get some decent surfing in.
Not to mention Spanish point just a bit further on :-)
non-student stuff.... well, there is a pitch and putt course thats pretty
cool out in Muroe. There is a few golf courses around but I haven't tried
them as I am a total muppet at pitch and putt not mind golf. Bowling alley
out near the Supernaks area thats ok albeit a bit expensive. Decent
Omniplex cinema out the Raheen area thats handy to get to if you are in
down but 5 quid in a taxi will bring you there from the University. If you
get a stack of people together, there is Paintballing out in Shannagold
and they run busses from Limerick if you have a group of 15 or more.
Bottom line, there is stuff other than the pub available.
If you are a student, there is a vast army of clubs and societies that
cater for just about every interest and the ULSU Ents crowd organise some
classic gigs that aren't always drink related. It's worth mentioning that
the clubs and societies allow outside membership if you pay a minimum of
20 pound membership. If you don't mind a largely student crowd and there
is a society or club you are interested in, there is nothing stopping you
Bottom line, there is stuff to do, all you need is the incentive to go out
and find it.
Random wisdom: rm with the su action pack is not a toy
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