Murroe is located in the north-eastern part of County Limerick, approximately 15 km from Limerick City and close to the County Tipperary border. Nearby towns include Cappamore and Newport. The village is located on the R506 road. It is surrounded by the Slieve Felim Mountains. The population, including surrounding townlands, is approximately 3,000 approx. The increase in recent times is due in part to the growth of Limerick city thus creating a commuter belt to include Murroe and many of the other towns and villages in the area.
The village was founded in the 1830s by the Barrington family, who lived in the now Glenstal Abbey monastery and boarding school from 1926. It is possible to go for walks in the Clare Glens wooded area along the banks of the Clare River and in the gardens and lands of the monastery. Murroe is also situated near an older monastic settlement of Abbey Owney and is home to a number of historical houses and buildings, such as Brittas Castle and Thomond Scout centre.