Work-life balance in the Mid-West

Work-life balance in the Mid-West

It’s so easy to get caught up in our routines. Getting up, travelling to work for a busy day, travelling home, making dinner, settling your family, checking mails from the couch and heading to sleep, only to repeat it all the following day. It’s important to step back every now and again and appreciate what you have while evaluating the steps you could take to make sure that you’re living life to the full. Here in the Mid-West, we’re very lucky. We’ve attracted some huge international companies to the area thanks to the highly skilled workforce on offer. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world so it’s easy to see why so many people are considering a move here, or returning after living in another part of the country/world. This week’s blog looks at the advantages of living and working in the Mid-West.

1.     Save time and money.

Many of us who have lived in Dublin can testify to how awful the commute can be at times. We’re incredibly lucky here in the Mid-West where your commute could be as short as a 10 minute walk! To give you some context, if you work in Limerick and decide to live in the city you could walk to work in as little as 5 or 10 minutes. A commute of 40 minutes would be standard for professionals coming to Limerick from Tipperary town or Mallow, Co. Cork. It would be similar for a person living outside Nenagh, travelling to Shannon every day. Compare this to the commutes of 60 minutes experienced by those travelling from the suburbs of Dublin to Dublin City Centre and you can see why the mid-west work-life balance is so appealing.

Professionals considering a move to the Mid-West also have a huge choice when it comes to renting or buying a home. While rent costs have risen all over the country, it is still less expensive to rent a home in the Mid-West when compared to the Capital. One could easily live in a beautiful picturesque cottage beside the River Shannon in Killaloe and reach their workplace in Limerick city within 30 minutes. With a short commute, more value for money when renting and extra time to spend how you like, it’s easy to see why so many people are considering a move.

2.     Spoiled for choice.

The Mid-West boasts a highly skilled workforce with excellent work ethic. This is why we see so many international companies choosing to base themselves here. Here at Harmonics Recruitment, we work with some of the best companies from a wide variety of industries, matching them with the best possible candidates. This means that we’re constantly on the lookout for talented professionals to fill these roles. To give you an example of the range of roles on offer in the Mid-West, take a look at some of our open roles:

Associate Manager – QA Microbiology with a top pharmaceutical company in Limerick.

Strategic Sourcing Manager for a busy healthcare company in Co. Clare

Project Manager Tech Transfer with a leading biopharmaceutical company

Supplier Quality Engineer with a Medical Device company

You can find lots more great roles listed here.

As you can see, the Mid-West attracts really diverse companies from a wide range of industries, each of which are looking to recruit from the Limerick, Clare and Tipperary talent pool.

3.     Living life to the full.

We live in a stunning part of the world. Ireland really has it all and here in the Mid-West, we’re never too far away from an adventure. Use the extra time gained form your commute to enjoy some well earned downtime. We surveyed the Harmonics Recruitment team to find out some of their favourite ways to spend their free.

The Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail

If you haven’t been biking in Ballyhoura, you’re missing out. Even if you’re not ready for the saddle, it’s a beautiful part of the country and is a stone’s throw away from your office. For more info, click here.

12 O’ Clock Hills, Sixmilebridge

Discover another stunning part of the globe, right in our own back yard. The views from the top are worth the trek up. Click here for more info.

Ballina – Killaloe – Portroe

Whether you’re in the mood for a river ride or just a moment to read beside the lake, Ballina and Killaloe have it all. Perfect for an after-work stroll or a relaxing Saturday on the Shannon. For more info, click here.

Kilkee, Lahinch, Ballybunion

We’re so close to some of the best beaches the country has to offer. Pack a picnic after work and you’ll be by the sea by 8pm to watch the sun set.

Glen of Aherlow

Become one with nature without having to backpack around Asia. The Glen of Aherlow boasts stunning walks, views and with a hotel close by, you’re never too far from a comfy couch to chill out on. Visit for more info.

University of Limerick – Corbally walk

Take a stroll beside the Shannon to clear your mind of your workplace woes. The newly opened walkway stretches from UL to Corbally, linking with Limerick City Centre.


We’ve also put together some of our favourite experiences, should you wish to switch off completely. Why not arrange a visit to any of the below attractions with your Sports and Social club to help the entire office unwind?


Fota Wildlife Park

Limerick Escape Rooms

Hook & Ladder Cookery Class

Yoga and Tai Chi in the Milk Market

Horseback Riding Tour in Co. Clare

Cliffs of Moher/Aran Islands Day Trip

As you can see, we’re not short of things to fill our time here in the Mid-West. If you’re considering a move or if you’re looking for a change that would free up your time, we’d love to help you out.

Take back control and give yourself the time to enjoy all that life has to offer. If you’d like to chat through your options, get in touch today.

Until next time,
The Harmonics Recruitment Team

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