THE vast majority of Limerick shoppers are looking for local this Christmas and buying locally produced or sold products either online or in-store, this year, compared to 2019.
Research carried out on behalf of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) as part of their ‘Look for Local’ campaign has shown that 89% of Limerick consumers were now more likely to buy local in store this Christmas while 82% would buy local when shopping online.
The research by Amárach Research, sampled over 1,900 Irish consumers, and highlighted the surge across Ireland for consumers and businesses to support those in their own area.
The ‘Look for Local’ campaign is being activated by each of the 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, including LEO Limerick. The hub on LocalEnterprise.ie/LookforLocalnow has over 4,400 businesses listed, including more than 200 from Limerick, across a range of sectors that enables consumers and businesses to search for goods and services within their area.
In addition to the ‘Look for Local’ campaign, Limerick City and County Council also has the virtual marketplace Limerick.ie/Shop to allow people to browse and buy from homegrown Limerick businesses, buy a local business voucher, find out about local neighbourhood food deliveries or where they can order a take-out from a favourite restaurant.
Limerick.ie also has a host of Christmas gift ideas for you as you search for that something special for your someone special.
Our Limerick Gift Guides feature 120 gift ideas all available from local stores across Limerick city and county.
You’ll find ideas for him, for her, for kids, Secret Santa, festive favourites, for foodies, eco-friendly and for your furry friend.
Buying any of these gift ideas will help support a local business.
As part of Limerick City and County Council’s Christmas initiatives, three Park & Strides with hundreds of free car parking spaces have been provided in:
- Cleeve’s Site, O’Callaghan Strand until 24 Dec inclusive (from 7am to 10pm; closes 6pm on Christmas Eve)
- Limerick City and County Council Car Park, via Nicholas Street on 19 & 20 and 24 Dec inclusive (from 9am to 10pm; closes 6pm on Christmas Eve)
- Irish Rail Depot, Roxboro Road until 24 Dec inclusive (from 9am to 10pm; closes 6pm on Christmas Eve)
Parking in the city centre is also available on-street and in multi-storey car parks.
Download the Limerick e-parking app, or pay by phone or disc. On-street car parking is free after 5.30pm daily and is free on Saturdays and Sundays.
In Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock and Newcastle West, shoppers will get an extra two hours free parking in each of the towns from 2.30pm Monday to Friday up until and including Christmas Eve. This is in addition to the first hour free, while parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays.
To keep up to date on all things Christmas in Limerick, please visit Limerick.ie/Christmas or follow Christmas in Limerick on social media.