The Atlantic Way Region is a vibrant, welcoming community of over one million people which offers a high standard of living and an exceptional quality of life. This, coupled with the quality of companies locating here, is a huge attraction for people, not just from within Ireland but from Europe and other countries. This gives you an expansive pool of young, educated people and experienced top-tier talent and is also a key factor in retaining and energising staff. Here are just some of the lifestyle advantages...
In contrast to more congested development in major cities, the Atlantic Way Region is more open. It too has cities and towns, but the pure, fresh air coming in from the Atlantic is both invigorating and healthy. It also has an amazing coastline and the River Shannon, one of the world's great rivers, flows through it.
It is a perfect work and lifestyle environment for individuals and families.
Westpark Shannon is in County Clare - which has amazing natural attractions, including the Wild Atlantic Way coastline, superb golden beaches, the towering Cliffs of Moher, the Burren National Park and the majestic River Shannon. It's a playground, carved out by nature.
Clare displays all the colours that nature is capable of. The purples, greens and browns of the countryside are matched by ever changing seascapes and, from time to time, spectacular sunsets.
The Region has more visitor attractions than any part of Ireland - largely shaped by our rich turbulent history and by nature. Ireland's past is nothing if not colourful. It is preserved and is on show in great castles like Bunratty Castle and King John's Castle, monastic settlements, ancient burial grounds and museums.
You can also experience wonderful folk parks, show-caves, pet farms, birds of prey centres, dolphin watching, boat trips, island visits and more.
Within a short drive of Westpark there are two university cities – Limerick City and Galway City. Limerick is just 20 minutes away. The River Shannon flows through it and it is best known for its love of sport and culture. It is also the home of Munster Rugby. Galway is 60 minutes away and is famous for its festivals including the Galway Oyster Festival, Arts Festivals and Galway Races. There are also vibrant towns like Ennis, 15 minutes away (the capital of Clare) and lots of idyllic riverside, lakeside and seaside villages.
Top golf courses include the 5-star hotel resort courses at Dromoland Castle and Adare Manor and the world-class links courses at Lahinch and Doonbeg. There are watersports of all kinds including sailing, surfing, diving and fishing. Other activities include horse riding, hill walking and adventure sports. Spectator sports include Gaelic Football and Hurling, Munster Rugby and horse racing.
Our seas, rivers, lakes and green pasturelands provide a rich harvest of fine food ingredients, creatively used in fine dining and casual eating restaurants. Entertainment includes music pubs, classical music, concerts, and great theatre. Shopping is excellent with top class Irish products available from food, crafts and contemporary fashions along with top brands from around the world.
We have a topclass healthcare system with public and private hospitals, and we have one of the world’s best educational systems - with excellent schools, technical colleges and universities. There are two universites and four technological colleges in the wider Region.
Crèches and playschools are located in all our cities and large towns.
The cost of living is lower than in Dublin and the Region offers a choice of quality and affordable housing and house rentals (up to half the cost of comparable houses in Dublin). Lower costs also translates to operational savings for businesses which, when added to the strategic advantages, makes for a compelling case to locate at Westpark Shannon.
Ireland's climate is influenced most by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, we don't have the extreme temperatures that other countries at similar latitude would have. The average temperature is a mild 50°F.
A major warm ocean current (the North Atlantic Drift) keeps sea temperatures mild too. Hills and mountains, mainly around our coast, shelter us from strong winds coming off the ocean.