One of the many advantages of the new Irish Skipper Expo 2022 venue at the UL Sport Arena in Limerick is its accessibility from all corners of Ireland, making it the perfect location to stage this flagship event for the Irish fishing industry.
With motorway access from Tuam to Limerick, visitors and exhibitors from Killybegs can reach UL Sport Arena in approximately 4 hours. More importantly, the venue’s location, on the outskirts of Limerick, means that all those traveling will avoid inner city congestion and delays.
The move to UL Sport Arena will shorten the journey time for those attending the event from other main ports in Ireland. For example, those traveling from Kilkeel can reach the venue in 3 ½ hours, while Castletownbere is just a 3 hour drive away. The journey time from Cobh will be almost halved and visitors will now be able to reach the Expo in 1 hour 45 minutes, while the journey from Dunmore East will take under 2 ½ hours.
Other major cities are connected to Limerick via seamless motorway links, with Galway city a mere 80 minute drive away, while the journey from Cork city is only 90 minutes, and those coming from Dublin can reach the venue in just 2 hours by car.
For international travellers, Shannon airport is just 26km from Limerick, with excellent bus and taxi services available throughout the day, allowing for access to the venue in 35 minutes. Those arriving by ferry or plane into Dublin or Cork, will have the option of train, bus, car hire or taxi services that can take them directly to the venue.
UL Sport arena has numerous hotels situated close to the venue itself, such as the Castletroy Park Hotel and Kilmurry Lodge. The venue itself offers many other benefits, including onsite catering and bar facilities, and plenty of car parking space. Furthermore, the UL Sport Arena will hold all the exhibitors in one spacious hall, enabling more and even bigger stands than before, and providing a much better overall visitor experience. A large outside display area located adjacent to the visitor entrance will offer an opportunity to showcase much larger products and boats.
Sharon Boyle, Commercial Fishing Manager for expo organiser, Mara Media, said: “We are excited by the new venue because it offers many benefits for both exhibitors and visitors, including its accessibility. The expo will be a great place to do business, which is especially important because of the challenging recent period we have all faced. It will also provide the ideal venue for the fishing industry to network and socialise.”