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Castleconnell Town

Catholic Parish Castleconnell
Civil/CofI Parish Stradbally
Poor Law Union Limerick
Barony Clanwilliam


Just 9.5km (6 miles) from Limerick, on the banks of the River Shannon, lies the picturesque town of Castleconnell. An enjoyable place to visit, with fine restaurants, shops and river walks to explore, Castleconnell is also a popular angling resort - of international acclaim. It is a resting ground for salmon during the spawning season. Remnants of Castleconnell's glorious past may be viewed in and around the town. Situated on a rock overlooking the river are the remains of the deBurgo castle, which was destroyed by the Willamite General Ginkel in 1691. Before the Burkes, the O' Conaings were lords of the place - hence the name Castleconnell (Caislean Ui Chonaing). In the 18th and 19th centuries, the medicinal spa well at Castleconnell made it a popular holiday resort for Limerick people. These healing spa waters, combined with its proximity to the spectacular falls of Doonass, not to mention its reputation for salmon angling, attracted huge numbers of holidaymakers every year. As a result of this, Castleconnell soon became a thriving, and wealthy town. The celebrated Irish writer, Frank O' Connor, captures the scene at that time, when he writes: "…its arcaded assembly rooms, its charming inn, its rows of demure little villas…". These old attractive villas may still be seen. As Castleconnell is on the main line railway network, for those either not travelling by car, or who wish to take a break from the road, the village is easy to get to.  from the goireland.com website


Description and Travel

  • Castleconnell Village Today.  Castleconnell is much different today than it was long ago.
  • Castleconnell Salmon Fishery is one of the most prestigious Salmon Fisheries in Ireland, located on the Shannon just 7 miles, 11 kms upriver of Limerick City and tidal water. It is approximately forty-five minutes drive from Shannon Airport (35 kms).



  • Castleconnell National School.  Castleconnell National School is situated in the picturesque village of Castleconnell, Co. Limerick The school was built in 1960 with a major extension added on in 1989. The building contains 11 classrooms, a general purposes room, a library, staff room, principal's office, secretary’s office and some other smaller rooms. Classrooms not presently in use have been redesigned as a music room, an art room, a library and a computer room.

Edited by Pat Connors, last updated January 15, 2003