Killeedy

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Killeedy (Cill Íde) is a parish located south of Newcastle West in Co. Limerick in Ireland. This parish consists of two villages, Ashford and Raheenagh. The elevation of the parish varies from 1,184 ft. OS at Mauricetown and 1,082 ft. at Dromdeeveen to 200 ft. OS at Ballintubber. The parish is overlooked by the Mullaghareirk Mountains. The patron saint of Killeedy is Saint Ita. Killeedy was originally known as Cluain Chreadhail but in later ages it had taken the name of Cill íde, the Church of Saint Ita, from a nunnery which was founded there in the sixth century. On 15 January of each year, the feast of St. Ita's Day is celebrated in Killeedy.

The villages[edit]

Located in Ashford is St. Ita's Church, a primary school and a pub. The soccer pitch for St. Itas AFC is also in Ashford. The Ashford Queen of the West Festival was held during the summers from 1989 and throughout the 1990s as part of the local GAA club's fund raising activities.

In Raheenagh, there is St Ita's Church, Páirc íde Naofa (the GAA pitch), a primary school, the community centre, a sports complex, a shop, and a pub.

Sports[edit]

The sports played competitively in Killeedy are hurling, camogie, Gaelic football and soccer. The local GAA club is Killeedy GAA. The club is heavily concentrated on the game of hurling and camogie with a little Gaelic football also being played. They play in blue and white and their ground is called Páirc Íde Naofa and is located in Raheenagh village. The pitch annually hosts the Munster and All-Ireland Junior B Club Hurling Championship final.

The Killeedy club itself has won numerous west and county championships over the years but the pinnacle of their success came in 1980 when they won the County Senior Hurling Championship beating Patrickswell in the final. The following year, Killeedy man Paudie Fitzmaurice (one of the Killeedy Fitzmaurice brothers, along with his brother Willie Fitzmaurice) captained GAA to win the Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Another Killeedy man, Donie Flynn, was joint manager of the Limerick senior hurlers from 1988 to 1991. Killeedy currently compete at the intermediate grade in Limerick.

Saint Itas AFC are the local soccer club in Killeedy. Their pitch is located in Ashford village and they play in blue and white. The Colin's junior team is presently competing in the Limerick Desmond League division one.

Landmarks and history[edit]

Field Marshal Count Peter Lacy was born in Killeedy in 1678. After fighting at the Siege of Limerick in 1691, he emigrated first to France with the Wild Geese, then Austria and finally Russia where he became a Field Marshal and served as governor of Livonia. His son Franz Moritz (Francis Maurice) von Lacy was a Field Marshal in Austrian service.

In 1916, Thomas Shaughnessy was created the 1st Baron Shaughnessy of the City of Montreal in the Dominion of Canada and of Ashford (in Killeedy) in the County of Limerick. His father Tom Shaughnessy, who was a policeman and detective in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was a native of Ashford in Killeedy.

Notable landmarks in Killeedy include St. Ita's Monastery and Cemetery, Killeedy Castle, the Mass Rock, Glenduff Castle, Glenquin Castle, Lough O'Ge and Ballagh Post Office.

Kantoher[edit]

Kantoher creamery was a major source of income for the parish. It was an outlet for the primary produce of the parish - milk. It was also a major asset to other farming families in particular porkers and those involved in the poultry business. A poultry plant operated from Kantoher for a significant period of time, The creamery and poultry plant no longer operate there but located at Kantoher now is an industrial park. At the moment Kantoher currently only has the Vet's and Biomass Heating Solutions in its industrial park. Coordinates: 52°23′N 9°04′W / 52.383°N 9.067°W / 52.383; -9.067

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