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New Limerick Greenway shuttle bus can take bikes and buggies on board

The 40km accessible off-road trail has attracted 500,000 visitors since it opened in 2021 

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Efua and Kwame Ware on the Limerick Greenway. Pic: Don Moloney

Efua and Kwame Ware on the Limerick Greenway. Pic: Don Moloney

Efua and Kwame Ware on the Limerick Greenway. Pic: Don Moloney

A new daily shuttle bus service on the Limerick Greenway means users now can join or leave the 40km off-road trail at a hub that suits them.

The bus, operating since July, runs in a loop every hour from 12pm to 4pm between Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick.

Hotel pick-up from locations in between is available on request before 12pm, and bikes and buggies can be taken onboard. 

The service costs €10 per adult for a full trip and €5 for a half-trip. For children aged 3-16, the price is €5/€2.50. Children under three go free. 

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An aerial view of the Limerick Greenway

An aerial view of the Limerick Greenway

An aerial view of the Limerick Greenway

The shuttle bus service, similar to pick-up and drop-off offerings that have been available on the the Waterford and Great Western Greenways, is available seven days a week until September 1. After that, it will operate on weekends.

It is operated by Limerick Greenway Bike Hire, and tickets can be purchased online at limerickgreenwaybikehire.ie or at greenway hubs in Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale.

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“Accessibility is key to encouraging locals and visitors alike to come and experience the beauty of West Limerick, explore the towns and villages along the way and stop off for a coffee or some sight-seeing,” said Gordon Daly, Director of Service at Limerick City and County Council.

The Limerick Greenway has welcomed over 500,000 visits since reopening last year following a €10 million investment by Limerick City and County Council.

The 40km off-road route currently links the towns of Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale along the former Limerick-to-Tralee railway line.

In the near future, there are plans to connect with the North Kerry Greenway to create a 50km off-road route from Rathkeale to Listowel.

Several bike hire companies now operate along the route, and the shuttle bus service will run “with a view to expand to Ardagh and Barnagh for Summer 2023”,  the Council says.


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