Registration for the SMEI 2016 Conference now open!

The CFP for the 6th Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland has now closed.


SMEI Conference 2016 Poster

All are invited to join us for the 6th Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI), this year hosted by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, The University of Limerick November 4-5th 2016.

 The final conference programme available to download here.

Our Keynote Speaker is Professor Martin Fautley, from Birmingham City University, UK.

The two-day conference features research papers, symposia, posters, workshops and performances from Irish and international music educators, researchers and experts.

To register for the conference, please visit our Eventbrite page:

We have several options for registration, for SMEI members, non-members, waged, and student/unwaged. To register as a current member, please select the ensure your SMEI membership is up to date from 1 September 2016.

Follow our Twitter #SMEI2016 & Facebook event page for more details.

Practical details for #SMEI2016

 Location and airports

The University of Limerick is located 4kms from Limerick city. Shannon Airport, located 30kms from the University of Limerick services many destinations throughout Europe and the US. Please see Shannon Airport Website for further information

University of Limerick Campus 

University of Limerick Campus Map 

Getting to Limerick from Shannon Airport

To get to the University of Limerick Campus from Shannon Airport, you may travel by car, taxi, or bus. This link takes you to the map with directions to the campus:

The airport cab desk, located in Shannon Airport arrivals hall, will organise an airport cab for you, wherever you need to go. It is open for all arriving flights. If you wish to book in advance you can contact the desk directly: Tel: +353 61 471538 or visit the airport cab website at

Email: [email protected]

The approximate cab fare is €45 (includes all passengers in the taxi).

The bus fare from Shannon airport is €5 one-way with a private coach company (JJ Kavanagh), which drops passengers at the entrance to the UL Campus (25-minute walk to the Cappavilla Village Apartments) or the Stables (a 20-minute walk to the Cappavilla Village Apartments). See for further information.

The public bus service with Bus Eireann is more expensive and runs from Shannon airport to Limerick City (€8.40 one-way, €13.20 round-trip), with a second bus (€2 one way) from the city centre to the UL.

Getting to Limerick from Dublin Airport

There are a number of commercial coaches going directly from Dublin Airport to University of Limerick.

JJ Kavanagh – The journey time is approximately 3 hours and there are 8 buses each day. Please see the following link for further information

Dublincoach offer services from Dublin Airport to the University of Limerick and Limerick city. Coaches depart the airport every hour on the half hour with a stop at the Red Cow Luas Stop to change coach for the M7 Express Service to the University of Limerick. Prices start from €15 per person one way. Please see the following link for further information

eireagle offer 8 coaches daily from Dublin Airport to Limerick City. Please see the following link for further information (Please ask the driver to be left off at the Hurlers/Castletroy bus stop, as this is the closest stop to campus).

Getting to Limerick from Cork Airport

Citylink and Bus Eireann both offer limited services from Cork Airport to Limerick city. Please see and for further information.


Top Cabs: (+353) 61417417 / 061417417
Plassey Cabs (+353) 61336336 / 061336336

Information on Limerick City

Founded by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago, the City of Limerick is magnificently sited on one of Europe’s finest rivers, the Shannon. In 1197, the City was granted a charter by John, Earl of Morton who later became King of England. He was responsible for the subsequent building of King John’s Castle in 1210. Today, it is viewed as one of the finest examples of fortified Norman architecture in Ireland. Presently, the castle is home to a major interpretative centre.

Other important city landmarks include the Treaty Stone where the treaty ending the siege of 1691 was reputedly signed, St Mary’s Cathedral (c. 1194), which incorporates elements of both Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles and the much later St. John’s Cathedral completed in 1859 which is a fine example of Gothic architecture. The City is home to several important museums and galleries including Limerick City Museum, the Hunt Museum, and the City Art Gallery. The City Museum is dedicated to presenting the city through the ages, from the Stone Age to the recent past. The Hunt Museum, located in the Customs House, is based upon an extremely impressive collection of antiques and fine objects that were bequeath to the State by the Hunt Family. Limerick is an ideal base from which to explore both the South and the West Coast of Ireland.  Limerick has a long list of attractions and exciting activities for people of all ages and interests.

Limerick is also the gateway to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast leads you through one of the world’s most dramatic coastal landscapes, a landscape on the edge of Europe that has shaped the development of its people, communities and settlements, a landscape that has inspired its own particular language, literature, art, song and dance. It’s a place of many natural features – seascapes, sea-life, cliffs, mountains, glens, loughs, trails and pathways. It’s a place to experience nature at its wildest, a place to explore the history of the Gaels and their religion; a place to experience great events, great food and drink, great music and the craic.

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Should you require any additional information, please contact Limerick Travel at [email protected]
Telephone: +353 61 204432
Fax: +353 61 416336

or contact the Tourist Information Centre, located on O’Connell Street in the city centre. The centre is open all year round, Monday – Saturday and is the ideal starting point for visitors to the city. Telephone: +353 61 317 522.