Let the rugged landscape, the safety of the fresh air and wide-open spaces of the Shannon Region spark your imagination as you gear up for a return to business tourism; embrace its spirit of adventure and aura of serenity as you plan your next MICE activity.
Located on the West Coast of Ireland, the Shannon Region is a premier MICE destination easily accessing the Wild Atlantic Way – the World’s longest signposted coastal drive. The region boasts spectacular scenery including the awesome Cliffs of Moher; the Burren; Atlantic seascapes, miles of golden beaches and the rolling plains of the Golden Vale, whilst also offering a great riverside city experience in Limerick one of Ireland’s oldest cities. An authentic Irish experience awaits delegates when they arrive in this truly unique destination.
The Shannon Region is located in the Midwest of Ireland. With the breath-taking coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way on it’s doorstep, the region sits on the very edge of the Western world. It is commonly said that ‘It’s next stop Manhattan’! With its own international airport this region is easily accessible from almost anywhere in the world. Shannon Airport offers flights from the UK, Europe and the USA. TSA pre-clearance for those travelling to America makes it the perfect destination for North American delegates.
With a major rail link and a motorway network connecting to Dublin and other parts of Ireland, it is the perfect location from which to explore Ireland.
Limerick is a city brimming with history and stories to tell, discover the medieval quarter: from King John’s Castle to St. Mary’s Cathedral one of Limerick’s oldest buildings. Take in a tour of the Iconic Thomond Park Rugby Stadium or visit Adare, Ireland’s prettiest village. Limerick City and its surrounding areas have a wealth of fantastic accommodation, venues and experiences to offer any MICE delegate.
Picturesque County Clare is home to the charming towns of Shannon, Ennis and Lahinch along with idyllic locations like Doolin, Liscannor, Ballyvaughan and Doonbeg. Explore The Burren Region famous for its landscape and flora, enjoy sweeping ocean views atop the 213m high Cliffs of Moher or why not explore the West of Ireland with a custom treasure trail where delegates will take part in fun, sporting activities including hurling and sheep herding and sample local cuisine while taking in the stunning views that Ireland has to offer.
Tipperary is a landlocked rural county that’s home to mountains, rivers, lakes and farmland in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Uncover the mysteries of Ireland’s Ancient East with hidden gems such as the medieval and Celtic collection of ruins at the Rock of Cashel or Cahir Castle an imposing 12th-century fortress sitting on an island in the River Suir. Amid stunning lakes and leafy blueways, Tipperary is home to some of the most fertile rolling hills in the country.
Find tranquillity and calm in County Offaly. Relax by the edge of the River Shannon or visit the welcoming and friendly town of Birr and the majestic Birr Castle to get a real feel for life in the Midlands. Stroll through the open expanse of Clara Bog for a striking and memorable walk, before making your way to Clonmacnoise and exploring the ruins of the great monastery.
5* Luxury in the Shannon Region
The Shannon Region Boasts some of the best hotels in the world, among them Norman Castles and Gothic Mansions, Coastal Resorts, luxury estates and urban retreats. Think pristine parkland estates, imposing baronial façades to historic grandeur underpinned by the finest modern comforts. With lavish decor, Michelin star dining, breath-taking views and abundant activities, your guests will enjoy our legendary hospitality.
Just outside Limerick lies the tranquillity of the award-winning Adare Manor. This 5-star castle resort is surrounded by 840 acres of pristine parkland. Located approximately 25 minutes from the local airport, Adare Manor has 104 luxurious bedrooms and can cater for MICE gatherings of up to 350 people. The Oak Room at Adare Manor is Limericks first Michelin Star Restaurant. Fill your days with excitement and discovery with a range of fun and exhilarating activities from an Irish Gundog Experience to padel and falconry. These amazing experiences have something to offer every guest. The golf course at Adare Manor has collected numerous global accolades, capped off with the recent confirmation of its Ryder Cup host venue status in 2027.
Dromoland Castle in County Clare is Ireland’s most magical address. From the imposing baronial façade to the lavish décor, indulgent dining, fabulous views and magnificent bedrooms the 16th century castle is a pinnacle of excellence. The purpose-built conference centre caters for groups of 20 – 450 people, while each of the 97 bedrooms have been designed to meet with royal approval from lakeside lookouts to sumptuous suites. Stroll the 450-acre estate, tee off on the world class golf course, take afternoon tea by a roaring fire, relax in the intimate spa and enjoy delicious cuisine, no matter what your preference Dromoland Castle will guarantee an unforgettable experience.
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg encapsulates the magic of Irish charm that has continually drawn travellers to the Emerald Isle. Set against a spectacular backdrop of shimmering sea and rugged landscapes guests can enjoy the utmost in old-world luxury and refinement in one of the 263 elegant guest bedrooms and suites. Make your next event a memorable one with a host of spaces ideal for more intimate meetings or extravagant affairs. The signature pavilion offers a sophisticated venue that accommodates up to 260 people. Named “Best Hotel Seafood Restaurant” by Good Eating Guide dining at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg is a one-of-a-kind experience.
The Savoy Hotel a luxurious boutique property ideally located in the heart of Limerick City just 25 minutes’ drive from Shannon Airport. The hotel boasts 107 guest rooms and suites which feature luxurious marble bathrooms, indulgent spa treatments, a gym and a private pool are also available. The Savoy is a destination for food lovers and drink connoisseurs alike: a choice of five stylish restaurants and bars offer something to suit all tastes. The sophisticated decor and warm welcome will have guests feeling relaxed while the conference and meeting facilities can host up to 250 people. The hotel provides the perfect location from which to discover, and be a part of, life in Limerick.
No visit to the Shannon Region would be complete without taking in the wonderous lakelands; home to Secret Ireland Escapes. Secret Ireland Escapes takes guests to secret locations in and around Ireland’s undiscovered Lakelands where you can travel Ireland through the ages as you get to meet local personalities sometimes in their very own home, further enhance the experience with chauffeur driven vintage cars, helicopters, or Ireland’s first and only skippered motor yacht.
For something completely different, hop aboard AZUL Zero – Ireland’s first and only solar-powered boat. This custom-made, eco-friendly cruiser runs with zero emissions, zero carbon footprint and zero engine. Moreover, with no engine there is no engine noise which makes for a serene water experience like no other – the perfect way to savour the unspoiled nature of our Wild River Cruise.
The Alexander family were delighted to bring the nearly 400 year old Gloster House back to life after a 15 year restoration. This passion project combines history, luxury and style on a 140 acre estate. Exclusive use of this entire Georgian property allows clients and guests to be immersed in an authentic Irish country house experience, right in the very centre of Ireland.
Wellness In The Shannon Region
In a world full of distractions and technology overload, the importance of wellness has never been more powerful and there’s no better place to indulge in wellness than The Shannon Region where the lush green open spaces and incredible landscapes provide the perfect backdrop. The following are just a few examples of the fantastic experiences we have to offer that are designed to reinvigorate, revitalise and rebalance.
Bike the Burren
Sometimes the best way to experience a landscape is to immerse yourself in it. With E-Whizz Electric Bike rental, delegates can do just that as they glide through the Burren area at ease, stopping off to appreciate the other-worldliness of this unique scenery.
Forage for Lunch
Delegates will return to their hunter-gatherer roots by sourcing edible plants and gathering delicious seaweed on a foraging walk with Wild Kitchen, a member of the Burren Food Trail. By availing of the local knowledge of a horticulture tutor and guide to explore deserted beaches, picturesque laneways and the Burren landscape, delegates will learn more about the flavours of Ireland through a variety of herbs, plants and seaweeds.
Another way to get back to basics awaits at the Burren Farm Experience. Choose from camping packages to day trips showcasing the farming methods used in this conservation area. Guests can reinvigorate with some forest bathing, get the adrenalin pumping on a paddleboard or soak up the serenity and beauty on a picnic of fresh farm products after a stimulating Yoga class.
Build a Bond
Challenge your clients to raise their fitness levels on a day of teambuilding and energising activities with Get West, which offers water zorbing, abseiling and archery. Alternatively, take to the water on a kayaking, sailing or surfing experience with Nevsail Watersports. Enjoying a day of outdoor adventure and activities helps put fun into any MICE experience and leaves delegates energised and ready to work.
Sustainability in the Shannon Region
Proud to be part of the Emerald Isle, the Shannon Region has no shortage of both greenery and green initiatives. We’re home to Ireland’s only two carbon neutral hotels. In 2020, Limerick was awarded the European Green Leaf. Limerick and Clare both feature in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index). The GDS-Index is a collaborative business initiative created to help Destinations, Convention Bureaux, Event Planners and Suppliers drive the adoption and recognition of sustainable practices in their regions and in the global events industry. We are constantly striving to innovate and improve on new ways to be greener than before pushing to bring sustainability to the forefront of our industry and at the heart of what we do.
Carbon Neutral Hotel The fabulous Falls Hotel and Spa situated in the beautiful Cliffs of Moher and Burren UNESCO Geopark is leading the way towards a greener future and have been working towards this for several years now. They were thrilled to receive their GreenMark Carbon Neutral12 Cert from Green Hospitality Ireland. They are the first hotel in the country to generate their own electricity through hydro power from the river that runs alongside the hotel, this combined with the planting of hundreds of trees on the grounds of the hotel, changing over to BioLPG gas along with many other initiatives have reduced the hotels carbon emissions by 90% in five years.
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa a family run 4 star hotel on 40 acres of private organic grounds in the historic village of Adare are trailblazers when it comes to investing in environmental initiatives that reduce the resort’s carbon footprint. The resort has its own well and waste-water treatment plant on-site, which means it is entirely self-sufficient. An organic garden was created in the grounds of the hotel to supply the kitchen with the freshest and most natural ingredients possible. Shortly after the land was converted into a certified organic farm, produce from Mary’s Organic Garden and the farm can be found on the breakfast table, in a host of dishes at Timmy Macs Bistro, as drink ingredients and garnishes served in Dicks Bar and as the inspiration behind Fielding’s of Adare. All food-waste is composted and used for Mary’s Organic Garden and the organic farm, both of which are home to trees planted as part of the resort’s carbon offset programme.
Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau
The Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau are here to be your one stop destination resource, offering a free and impartial service facilitating connections to passionate, local suppliers who are committed to working together to make your event a success. As well as assisting with venue sourcing, bid creation and site inspections, the team can provide creative ideas to build into your programme ensuring attendees remember and talk about your event for years to come. From an incentive perspective the bureau team in Shannon are SITE Certified Incentive Specialists, so you are in very capable hands.
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