1,500 Ukrainians make Limerick their home

Thomond Primary School pupils form the shape of a heart in solidarity with the children of Ukraine.

ALMOST 1,500 refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine are currently living in Limerick city and county.

The latest CSO figures, compiled in July, show that more than 43,000 Ukrainian refugees across Ireland have made contact with the Department of Social Protection.

As of July 10, there were 1,465 Ukrainian refugees recorded as living in Limerick.

Limerick City West has the highest population of refugees in the city and county with 468 people, while 421 were living in Limerick City North, and 375 in Limerick City East.

Some 130 refugees from Ukraine were recorded as living in the Adare-Rathkeale local electoral area, with 71 in Cappamore-Kilmallock.

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There were 168 Ukrainian children enrolled in Limerick primary schools, and 72 in secondary schools.