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An Brú
Bruff is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°28′37″N 8°33′00″W / 52.477°N 8.55°W / 52.477; -8.55Coordinates: 52°28′37″N 8°33′00″W / 52.477°N 8.55°W / 52.477; -8.55
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Limerick
Population (2006 [1])
 • Urban 724
 • Rural 1,977
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference R647369

Bruff (Irish: Brú na nDeise) is a town in east County Limerick, in the midwest of Ireland, located on the old LimerickCork road (R512). The town lies on the Morning Star river, with two bridges in the town itself. The horse-shoe lake of Lough Gur is nearby.


Historical artifacts found around the area date back to the Stone Age, with various buildings up to the early Christian era still extant. Bruff is the hometown of American missionary and bishop John Joseph Hogan. In the sixteenth century it was granted to the Standish family from whom it passed by inheritance to the Hartstonge Baronets, and ultimately to the Earl of Limerick.

The town suffered heavy fighting in the Battle of Killmallock during the Irish Civil War. Near the Catholic Church, there is a large statue of Sean Wall, commander of the East Limerick Irish Republican Army and chairman of Limerick County Council until his death on 6 May 1921 during the War of Independence.

The former seat of the O'Grady family, Kilballyowen, is near Bruff.

The US President John F. Kennedy was a descendant of the Fitzgeralds of Bruff.[2] His daughter, Caroline Kennedy, visited the town in May 2013 with her husband and son.


The town has an active Gaelic Athletic Association Club, Pitch & Putt club, hockey club, soccer club, and rugby union. Bruff R.F.C. is home club of Irish International player John Hayes. Bruff is home to Limerick FC's Kirby O'Sullivan Sports, Social and Business Park.

Development and economy[edit]

Bruff town has been classified as a satellite town of Limerick City. Major expansion for the town is laid out in the development plan published by Limerick County Council in 2012.[3] Ard Scoil Mhuire, the only secondary school in the town, has been closed down. Bruff also has a Community Playground, however due to continued vandalism, the play area has had to be occasionally closed.[4]


Bruff has an active Cultural and Arts Society which organises an Annual Summer Festival. The Bruff festival has been held since its inception in 2006. It includes the Morning Star Rose Competition and the Morning Star Escort Competition (since 2008). The Sean Wall Committee organise a "Bloomsday in Bruff" festival every year on 16 June.

A notable attraction is the number of murals that have been painted on the walls of buildings in the town over the last few decades.

There are four pubs (one with a restaurant), a restaurant The Bakehouse Restaurant, a Eurospar, a Centra, a pharmacy, a B&B and a Post Office in the town. It is also home to a Chinese restaurant, the Lantern.

Bruff is located near the edges of the Ballyhoura Fáilte tourist area.

Accommodation in the town is provided in what used to be the old AIB Bank, known as "The Old Bank", an historic 4* banking town house.[5] and in the imposing building which had served as the Garda station in the town.


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