Glin, County Limerick

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An Gleann
Glin is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°34′13″N 09°16′58″W / 52.57028°N 9.28278°W / 52.57028; -9.28278Coordinates: 52°34′13″N 09°16′58″W / 52.57028°N 9.28278°W / 52.57028; -9.28278
Country  Ireland
Province Munster
County County Limerick
Population (2006)
 • Total 566
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Glin (Irish: An Gleann, meaning "the glen")[1] is a village in the northwest of County Limerick, Ireland. It is on the south shore of the River Shannon's estuary, on the N69 road between Foynes and Tarbert. The population of the village in 2006 was 566.[2]


The lands around Glin were the manor of the Knight of Glin after the Norman invasion.[3] Glin was not included in the Down Survey of the 1650s. The village, as it was then, was called Ballygullyhannane. Glin An Gleann was previously Gleann Corbraighe, "Valley of the Corbry", from the stream flowing through the village into the Shannon. Glin is in the barony of Shanid,[4] formerly a division of the barony of Lower Connello.[3] A road through the mountains south to Abbeyfeale was completed in 1836[3] Glin gave its name to a poor law union established in 1850. A workhouse was erected southeast of the village.[5] In 1891, the poor law union was dissolved.[5] In 1894, the workhouse became the site for a District School for boys, run by the Christian Brothers, and girls, run by the Sisters of Mercy.[6] The workhouse closed in 1920, and the District School in 1924.[6] In 1928, St Joseph’s industrial school for boys moved to the site from Sexton Street in Limerick. The school, also run by the Christian Brothers, closed in 1966. Reports of abuse of the residents were documented by the 2009 report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse.[6]

Glin Castle[edit]

Glin Castle, with the River Shannon beyond
See also: Knight of Glin

Upstream on the Corbry from the village is Glin Castle and demesne, the residence of the Knight of Glin and now a luxury hotel.[7] The first castle they built was by Thomas Fitzgerald in Shanid around 1200. Its ruins are still visible. It was the home of the Knights of Glin from about 1260 until 1642, when a house was built near the site of the present castle. The present day castle was built between 1780 and 1790 by John Bateman. Although it is called a castle, it is actually a Georgian house. The contractor was a Mr. Sheehy and the stone was brought from Athea by horse drawn sledge. By 1798, the majority of the interior was finished but with the Fitzgeralds about to become bankrupt, the craftsmen downed tools and left the castle.

Shannon Lawn House[edit]

On the banks of the River Shannon was a grand old Georgian House which is thought to have been built by Sir Edmund Sexton Pery in the early 1800s. The house is still standing but has had a number of different owners and caretakers, a number which far exceeds the amount a house this old would normally have. This house is of particular note however as most locals believe there to be a phantom or specter residing in the house and claim this to be the reason for the short stay of each tenant. The most notable story of this ghost is that of the young detective valsie and the famous 6. Valsie a seance had many chance encounters with the phantom and has lived to tell the tale, unlike many of her compatriots who endeavored to catch the phantom and find out why the ghost still haunts the house.

'''Industrial School Monument'''

The Glin Project Committee made up of former residents of the Industrial School (1928 - 1966) placed a Monument representing the years of the Industrial School in Glin as mentioned in Mr. Justice's Sean Ryan's Report into Child Abuse.


The fair days in Glin were 8 June, the first Wednesday in September, and 3 December, with a weekly market each Wednesday.

Glin GAA[edit]

Main article: Glin GAA Club

The local gaelic football club won seven county football championships between 1926 and 1934. Notable rivals include Fr. Caseys and Newcastle West. It reached the 2009 County Junior Final, losing a replay to Mountcollins.


  1. ^ An Gleann Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Table 5 Population of Towns ordered by County and size, 2002 and 2006, Central Statistics Office
  3. ^ a b c Glin A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837), Samuel Lewis
  4. ^ Map of Limerick, from Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of Ireland (1896)
  5. ^ a b Glin Poor Law Union and Workhouse Peter Higginbotham
  6. ^ a b c "Chapter 11 St Joseph’s Industrial School, Glin, Co Limerick (‘Glin’), 1872–1966". Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. 20 May 2009. pp. Vol.I, Chapter 11. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  7. ^ Glin Castle official website

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