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The following are some of the services available in the TARA Building. A number of the Student Support Services are also located in TARA – further information on these services and their locations can be found in the Student Supports Section!


The Central ForumTARA Building

This is known to students as the “TARA STEPS”. Students use the forum year round as a place to sit down for a bite to eat or a cup of tea or coffee between classes. The Forum is a hub for college activities throughout the year, from gigs & sessions to the weekly Farmers markers, presentations and even awards ceremonies. The Forum will serve to be a great meeting point for you and your friends during your time here at MIC Limerick.


The Lounge

If you’re looking for somewhere to just sit down and take a break between classes, the lounge is the place to go.  


an Siopa

an Siopa is a commercial service of the Students’ Union. It’s located at the bottom of the Tara steps and offers tea and coffee, hot & cold food, college and everyday supplies at student friendly prices.
an Siopa is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions and most of online learning and teaching taking place online.


The Lime Tree Theatre

Box Office Opening Times:

Monday – Friday 2pm – 5.30pm | Lime Tree Theatre

Box Office: (061) 953400  |  www.limetreetheatre.ie

The Lime Tree Theatre is a state-of-the-art 510 seat theatre, situated right on the MIC campus. If you are a student with a passion for the arts, do not pass up on the opportunity to see a variety of shows, which take place in the Theatre throughout the year.

The Lime Tree theatre is currently closed due to Level 5 restrictions in place throughout the country.


Student Support Services

Medical Centre, Chaplaincy, Student Parent Support Service and Counselling are located in TARA. More information on these services is located here

While many student supports are being delivered remotely or online, they are still available to students. 

Numbers to Know in TARA

  • Students’ Union:                             061 400013
  • Security:                                       061 774736
  • Medical Centre:                               061 204343
  • Chaplaincy:                                    061 204399
  • Student Parent Support Service:        061-204347
  • Counselling:                                    061 204919/ 061 204948



Things to do in Limerick


Shopping    Cinema    Theatre    Food    Festivals    History    Bowling    Karting    Paintball   Greyhound Racing    Horse Racing    Rollerjam    GAA    Rugby    MilkMarket




You will find all the major names/ brands and labels in Limerick coupled with the wealth of fashion boutiques and independent retailers.  Mary I is located half way between the city centre and The Crescent Shopping Centre (which boasts the title of Munster’s largest indoor shopping centre) so you have the best of both worlds to choose from.  A lot of shops will give student discounts. Remember to bring your student card with you when shopping!


A selection of stores you will find in Limerick


City Centre The Crescent
Brown Thomas  Promod
River Island  Gamestop
New Look  H&M
Diesel  Tommy Hilfiger
Schuh  Monsoon
Tesco  Tesco
Champion/Lifestyle Sports  Pennys
Pennys  River Island
Debenhams  Zara
Boots/Superdrug  Sketchers
Oasis/Mango/Warehouse  Heatons

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Limerick currently has 3 cinemas conveniently located around the 3 main colleges:


Omniplex at the Crescent Shopping (closest to Mary I)

Odeon Cinema in Castletroy (closest to UL)

Showtime Cinema on the Ennis Road (closest to LIT)


All cinemas offer student discounts so don’t forget to bring your Mary I ID!

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Theatre (ideal for society outings)

Check out the listings for Lime Tree Theatre here in Mary I as well as the Concert Hall in UL.  For a more intimate venue “69 O Connell Street” or “The Loft” at The Locke Bar are well worth the look!

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Foodies (ideal for group nights out)

Limerick has a great reputation for its eateries.  From award winning dining to the local chippie you will definitely find something you like in Limerick.  The best thing about the recession is that you will always get good deals.  Watch out for the early bird menus available in nearly all restaurants. www.menupages.ie#

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Limerick plays host to numerous events and festivals throughout the year.  For the most up to date festivals guide please log on to www.limerick.ie for full listings

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History Buff

Limerick is steeped in history and well worth exploring while you are here especially if you’re studying the subject.  For instance did you know Limerick once was a self-declared soviet in Ireland with its own currency? Why not take some time out to head to the Hunt Museum on Patrick Street, King Johns Castle and St. Marys or St. Johns Cathedrals.  You could also experience the architecture, history and folklore of Limerick by booking a trip around the city with Limerick City Walking Tours. www.limerickwalkingtours.com

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Bowling (ideal for class party)

The bowling alley is located on the Ennis road and the complex also houses Supermacs and a games arcade.  Make a night out of it and head to the Showtime Cinema just across the road.

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National Kart & Adventure Centre (ideal for class party)

This facility is located a few minutes outside of the city in Corbally.  They have got it all, Karting, Airsoft, Drift Karting, Lazer Combat, Archery, Powerboating, Skydiving, Orienteering and also flying. www.nationalkartcentre.ie

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Paintball - Combat Zone (ideal for class party)

Combat Zone has got 25 acres of woodland which is home to the 10 different paintball missions. They provide you with deadly accurate paintball guns, best commando kit and the toughest missions. Definitely something worth doing in a group some evening or weekend but prepare for the bruises!  www.combatzonepaintballing.com

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Greyhound Racing (ideal for class party)

Located just a stone’s throw from Mary I on the Dock Road, a night at the dogs is a must.  Opens mainly on Friday and Saturday nights, students can get in for €5 if you bring your student ID. www.igb.ie/limerick

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Horse Racing (ideal for class party)

A short six mile trip up the Motorway will bring you to the Limerick Race Course. Check out their website for when their races are on. Every April the Race Course plays host to the biggest Student Race Day in Ireland!  www.limerickraces.ie

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Roller Jam Roller Disco (ideal for class party)

Get your skates on and go roller dancing in Limerick. They supply the skates and tunes, you supply the dance moves, or lack thereof!!!  Located in the City East Business Park in Ballysimon, it doesn’t matter whether you´re an absolute beginner, pro skater, or just looking for a laugh this custom built venue has a supersized skating floor and some quality tunes!  www.rollerjam.ie

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Gaelic Grounds (ideal for Clubs & Socs outings)

Located on the Ennis road, if you’re into GAA, this is the place for you to spend your weekend. Between Limerick hurling and football, there’s always a match on.

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Thomond Park (ideal for Clubs & Socs outings)

The iconic home ground of Munster Rugby, it’s definitely worth a trip while you’re here to see a match - even if you’re not the sporting type.  RaboDirect matches are relatively cheap and tickets are plentiful with group discounts available.  www.thomondpark.ie   

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The Milk Market

This is one of Limericks weekend treasures. The Food Market runs from 8am-4pm on Saturday. There is everything from delicious foods to funky arts and crafts so it’s well worth the look, you won’t be disappointed.  www.milkmarketlimerick.ie

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When you're not studying, get to know the place you'll call home for the duration of your study. These handy guides gives a quick introduction to nightlife, food, activities and services in both Limerick and Thurles!


A-Z Guide to Limerick

A-Z Guide to Thurles

Awards Evening

In semester 2 there will be an Awards Evening held where some of the achievements of students from the past year are recognised.

Awards presented on the night include:

  • Clubs and Societies Awards
  • Awards for excellence


Awards 2020


Awards for Excellence

Life in MIC is about more than just academic success and if you have been successful in another area of endeavour, the college want to recognise your achievement so you should apply for the Award for Excellence.

What is the Award?

The MIC Foundation – Award for Excellence is an award to give recognition to students who demonstrates excellence in an area of endeavour, such as music, arts, sport etc.  It excludes GAA sports as these are already covered by MIC and Munster Bursaries already in existence.

A number of awards will be available with the total value of each being €500. 

Criteria for the Award for Excellence

It is open to all full-time undergraduate MIC students who have successfully completed the first year of their studies.   Applicants must be able to:

  • Demonstrate excellence in an area of endeavour (other than GAA Sports)
  • Demonstrate academic progression
  • Demonstrate commitment and support to the College community or to their local community – (evidence of giving back or volunteering)
  • Be prepared to be involved in the College activities (including marketing & promotional activities)

In the interests of ensuring that the Award for Excellence is open to as wide a number of participants as possible the areas of endeavour are not being pre-determined. It will therefore be up to the applicant to demonstrate how their achievement qualifies them for the Award for Excellence.

For more information, email Aisling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or book an online appointment with Aisling here.


Clubs and Societies Awards

The MISU Clubs & Society Awards recognise the activities and dedication of Clubs & Societies committees and members throughout the academic year. For more information on awards, please email the Clubs, Societies and Communication Co-Ordinator, Dave Cuddihy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Clubs, Societies and Communications Assistant, Noelle Lynch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.