Athlunkard Street, Limerick
Athlunkard Street (Irish: Sráid Áth Longphuirt) is a street on King's Island, in Limerick City, Ireland. The street ends at the Abbey River, at the O'Dwyer Bridge. On its other end, after its intersection with Mary and Nicholas streets across the way from St. Mary's Cathedral, Athlunkard Street continues on to Matthew Bridge under the name Bridge Street.
Via the O'Dwyer Bridge and Athlunkard Avenue in Corbally, Athlunkard Street in Limerick leads toward the Athlunkard Bridge in Corbally, across the River Shannon from the townland of Athlunkard, County Clare, the Irish name of which, Áth Longphuirt, meaning "ford of the longphort," refers to a 9th-century Viking longphort (defended ship encampment) once located at that ford over the Shannon.
Points of Interest
- Athlunkard Boat Club, established 1898.
- Bourke’s House, constructed in 1690.
- O'Dwyer Bridge, constructed in 1931.
- St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, which opened in 1932 as the parish church for St. Mary’s Parish, which was established at the Synod of Ráth Breasail in A.D.1111.
Born to John & Johanna O'Connor at 11 Athlunkard Street between 1870 and 1883, the seven O'Connor brothers - Michael, Charles, John (Jack), Thade, Joe, Bryan and Jim - set a combined record of 47 Munster Senior Cup medals earned beginning in the 1890s for their play for the Garryowen Football Club, a Dooradoyle-based rugby union club. Accomplished sportsmen, one and all, they competed with distinction in rugby, running and rowing. Two of the brothers Jack and Joe were capped by Ireland. The father, John O'Connor, was a founder member of Garryowen Rugby Football Club in Limerick whilst his sons were founder members of Shannon Rugby Club and Athlunkard Boat Club. Mick O'Connor, eldest son of Jack, won four further Munster Senior Cup medals with Garryowen in 1925, 1926, 1932 and 1934.