Castleconnell is a scenic village on the banks of the River Shannon, some 11 km (6.8 miles) from Limerick city and within a few minutes walk of the boundaries with counties Clare and Tipperary.
Castleconnell is known as the Island Parish in the Diocese of Killaloe. It is bordered on one side by the River Shannon and on the other by the Diocese of Limerick and the arch Diocese of Cashel. It is the only part of Co. Limerick in the Clare diocese of Killaloe. The reason for this dates from the twelfth century. The O’ Briens, a powerful Dal Cais family at the time, insisted that Castleconnell should remain in the Killaloe diocese as they had built a fortress at Castleconnell a fortress they were keen to hang on to.
Proximity to Limerick (11km, 7 miles), Railway line and Station stop,Proximity to Shannon International Airport (38km, 24 miles)
Castleconnell castle,Historical village,Significant Georgian Architecture, The River Shannon, Fishing, Bird watching, Rowing, Walks, Spa waters, Hotel and leisure centre, Restaurants and public houses.
Castleconnell graveyards have been digitally surveyed and are viewable if you follow these links: Castleconnell (St Josephs) Historic Graves, click here | Castleconnell (Stradbally) Historic Graves, click here
CASTLECONNELL RIVER WALKS & CASTLECONNELL BOG
These walks follow the banks of the River Shannon and are considered to be one of Limericks Best Kept Secrets.
Castleconnell Bog is Situated to the east of Castleconnell, this is a large area of cut-over raised bog, most of which is in County Tipperary. However, there is plenty to on the Limerick side.
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CASTLECONNELL BOAT CLUB
Castleconnell boat club has been in existence since 1983. It is located at Worrell’s End. Castleconnell has one of the best stretches of water to row on in Ireland. Rowers have a smooth, wide water to row on for 3.2 kilometers till O’ BriensBridge. Just beyond the bridge, the rowers have another 1.5 kilometers before they come to a water flow regulator.
For more information log onto: www.castleconnellbc.ie
THE FAMOUS CASTLECONNELL FISHERY
There are eight beats on the fishery. Each beat is approx. half a mile long and fishes three rods. A controlled flow of water is maintained from the Parteen dam, which is situated three miles upstream of the fishery, this means that the water level never runs too low.
All legitimate fishing methods are allowed with the exception of Shrimp. A 14ft, double-handed rod is advised but a grilse rod will suffice on some of the beats.
The fishing season opens on the 1st February and ends on the 30th September. The fishery usually gets a few big Spring Salmon in Feb and March. April and May brings a good run of fish averaging 10-12lbs. These are known locally as April flyers. The peak of the fishing is from mid-May through to the end of July, this is the time of the main Grilse run on the river. Salmon will rest in some of the large pools throughout the season. In suitable conditions goof sport can be had right up to the end of the season.
Spinning is usually the most effective method until the end of March. After that date most anglers prefer to fish with the Fly. There is a short list of tried and trusted flies Gary Dog Black Goldfinchâ and the range of Shrimp patterns.
Castleconnell Slí na Sláinte Walking Route
This 3.8km Castleconnell Slí begins at the Ferry Car Park beside the new playground. On leaving the car park turn right in the direction of the Castleoaks Hotel passing the Irish Harp Centre on your way.
Continue on to Flannans Terrace and then turn left passed the cottages onto the Belmont Road. Follow the Belmont Road passing the entrance to Castle Rock estate, crossover the railway track and head up to the Dublin Road.
On joining the Dublin Road you turn left in the direction of Daly’s Cross. At Daly’s Cross, take extra care when crossing onto the footpath in the direction of Castleconnell village.
At Skehans cross turn left down passed the primary school and continue on passing the train station on your left. On reaching the water pump walkers can take a loop of the village or continue on passed the Castle Ruin and return to the car park.
Slí na Sláinte stands for ‘path to health’. Developed by the Irish Heart Foundation – the national heart and stroke charity – it’s the outgoing way to make walking far more enjoyable.
Already, it’s capturing the attention of young and old, not only in Ireland but in Europe and other parts of the world too! And no wonder, because it’s a fun, healthy way for the average adult to accumulate the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity on most, or preferably all days of the week. You’ll find Slí na Sláinte walking routes all over Ireland.
They are marked by bright, colourful signposts which are not numbered and are situated at 1 km intervals. Simply follow the Km signs, set your pace to suit your enjoyment and you’ll quickly feel better and get fitter. You will also experience a great sense of achievement.
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Castleconnell Childrens Playground
Situated beside the Ferry, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick
GPS 52.71174 -8.50566
Set beside the Shannon River, the Playground was developed by Limerick County Council in conjunction with the local community.
This is a lovely playground with two interconnected areas for toddlers and older children. This Playground has a variety of play facilities for children of all ages including children with disabilities. Play equipment includes cradle swing, basket swing, spring surfboard, horse and seat springers, junior multi play unit, toddler multi play unit and a roundabout.
The playground is open during daylight hours.
There is seating and ample car parking available. This is a lovely spot for picnics overlooking the River Shannon.
THE HARP CENTRE; IRISH HARP CENTRE & MUSIC SCHOOL
The Irish Harp Centre is directed by international Harper and Composer, Dr Janet Harbison and is home to her Grammy award winning Irish Harp Orchestra. The Centre offers a variety of musical and spiritual opportunities, from regular lessons through to weekend workshops and week long schools on a large variety of traditional and classical instruments.
Summerschools attract people worldwide of all ages, many who have never touched a musical instrument, others of varying abilities who come for a learning experience as well as a holiday in a relaxed family atmosphere.
The Centre also offers Christian spiritual direction/exploration particularly in the Benedictine and Celtic traditions.
The Old School House, Chapel Hill, Castleconnell, Limerick.
Phone: +353 61 372777
CASTLECONNELL RAILWAY LINE
Castleconnell Railway Station opened on the 8th August 1858. The station lies in the Limerick Ballybrophy Railway Line. The railway station at Castleconnell dates back to the year 1855. In that year the laying of the railway line from Limerick City had been completed and work on the building of the station house at Castleconnell was in progress. All the stone for the station came from Rourkes Quarry in Ballyhane.
The Limerick to Castleconnell line was officially opened on the 8th August 1858 when the first passenger train puffed its way into Castleconnell Station. The service was extended to Birdhill the following year. This was the old Waterford and Limerick Railway company and all the engines, carriages and wagons bore the initials W&L. As the number of trains passing through the station increased it became necessary to build a signal cabin there some years later. Paddy Joyce quotes, at the Railway Station; at the time it was the heart of Castleconnell. All day long the trains were arriving, goods at one side and passengers at the other. But it was at night time we felt the real magic of it, when the glow of the Steam Engine would be seen in the distance. However today, people travelling from Castleconnell and its environs to Limerick City can now park their cars and take the newly introduced morning commuter train. Bringing commuters from Nenagh, Birdhill and Castleconnell, the train arrives at Limerick Station at 8.45 every morning. The service was introduced on the 1st of September 2008 following a long series of discussions led by the Nenagh Rail Partnership and Castleconnell Rail Action Committee and groups of activists along the line.
For more information log onto: http://www.irishrail.ie/Castleconnell
Castleconnells name in Irish is Caislean Ui gConnaing, which means Gunnings castle. This was because the Dal Cais Gunning family built the riverside castle over a thousand years ago, the name was then anglicised to Castleconnell by which the village and parish are still known as today. For more information log onto: www.castleconnell.ie
CASTLEOAKS HOUSE HOTEL & LEISURE CENTRE
The Georgian Manor House our little piece of heaven set in a dream location in Limerick on 26 acres of beautiful mature gardens that lead down to the banks of the River Shannon. This luxurious family run 4 star Hotel in Limerick is proud of its reputation of being one of the finest Hotels in Limerick. The Castleoaks have a modern indoor 17 Metre Swimming Pool with Sauna, Stream and Spa Pool with a fully equipped Gymnasium. The staff are on hand to help you to use all of the equipment or set you up with a fitness programme. All faculties are complimentary for guests of the hotel and holiday homes. The leisure centre runs plenty of activities for Children. The Swimming Pool is Child friendly with a separate children’s pool. They also run kids camps as well as tennis and swimming lessons.
Castleoaks House Hotel, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick.
Phone: 061 377 666
BEECHFIELD HOUSE B&B
15 minutes to Limerick City and Lough Derg
luxurious & spacious rooms, all ensuite
Homely & relaxing atmosphere
Wi-Fi Internet access
B&B from Euro 30 pp. – no single supplement!
Phone: +353 (0) 61 377 921/ 086 289 5349
RIVERGROVE HOUSE B&B
Rivergrove House is a lovely Bed & Breakfast in a secluded setting on the banks of the River Shannon, where you are assured of a warm welcome.
All bedrooms en-suite with television, tea and coffee making facilities and access to Wi-Fi.
Salmon fishing on the River Shannon. Also trout and coarse fishing on local rivers.
Off street parking
Restaurants and shops within walking distance.
Numerous pubs with Irish music in the evenings.
Convenient for the University of Limerick.
Worlds End, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick.
Phone: +353 61 377107 (outside Ireland) or 061 377107 (within Ireland)
Main Street, The Spa, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick.
Phone: 061 377533
“A family run pub delivering friendly service and delicious home cooked pub food located alongside the river Shannon in Castleconnell”
Main Street, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick
Phone: 061 377104
Sallymount, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick
Phone: 061 377201
Guerin’s Pub & Angling Club
Coolbawn, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick
Phone: 061 377407
Thomas Maher Bar
Castleconnell, Co. Limerick
Phone: 061 377051
New Genealogical Free Websites.
- The Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1837.
- Griffiths land Valuation 1847-1864.
- Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1858-1920.
- ROUND ABOUT THE COUNTY OF LIMERICK: BY REV. JAMES DOWD, A.B.,AUTHOR OF LIMERICK AND ITS SIEGES. 1896
- Ireland Census 1901 and 1911 .
- Witness Statements taken from the Bureau of Military History (1913-21) Tipperary and Limerick Statements ONLY.
- Irish Army Census Collection 1922.
- Castleconnell Historic Graves click here
- One of the best resources available free online is The Family search.org website.