Cappamore

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Cappamore
An Cheapach Mhór
Town
Cappamore is located in Ireland
Cappamore
Cappamore
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°36′52″N 8°20′22″W / 52.61449°N 8.339481°W / 52.61449; -8.339481Coordinates: 52°36′52″N 8°20′22″W / 52.61449°N 8.339481°W / 52.61449; -8.339481
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Limerick
Population (2006)
 • Urban 669[1]
 • Rural 738
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference R767516

Cappamore (Irish: An Cheapach Mhór, meaning "the large tillage plot") is a small town in northeast County Limerick in the midwest of Ireland. It is also a parish in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.

Location and facilities[edit]

R505 through Cappamore

Cappamore is situated on the R505 regional road, on the banks of the Mulcair River. The village is overlooked by the Slieve Felim Mountains and is approximately 20 minutes driving time from Limerick City. It has a rich agricultural hinterland in which the dairy industry is prominent.

The town has several pubs, grocery shops, a hardware store, GP surgery, pharmacy, bookmaker shop and veterinary clinic. Other services include a library and arts studios complex,[2] a church, community centre and day care centre. The village also has a fire brigade serving the surrounding area.[3]

The town hosts an annual Agricultural Show that attracts a large number of visitors in August each year.[4]

Schools[edit]

There are three primary schools in Cappamore: Bilboa National School,[5] Tineteriffe National School,[6] and Scoil Chaitríona.[7] St. Michael's Technical School was a secondary school that existed in the village up to 2013 when it amalgamated with the two second-level schools in Doon to create Scoil na Trionóide Naofa.[8]

Transport[edit]

Cappamore is served by two Bus Éireann routes: the 332[9] to Limerick City via Newport which operates Monday to Saturday, and the 341[10] to Shannon via Murroe, Newport and Limerick City which operates Monday to Friday.

Limerick Junction train station is located 20 kilometres from Cappamore and has Iarnród Éireann services to Dublin, Cork, Kerry and Waterford. Limerick train station is 23 kilometres away with services to Dublin and Galway.

The nearest airport is Shannon, located 50 kilometres away with services to the UK, Europe and North America.

History[edit]

The famine years hit the area particularly badly, with the parish of Cappamore losing half of its population. Cappamore Historical Society produced a major publication on the history of the area in 1992 entitled Cappamore: A Parish History.[11]

Sport[edit]

The sport of hurling is probably the most popular in Cappamore (see Cappamore GAA). Cappamore have won the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship on five occasions: 1904, 1954, 1956, 1958 and 1964. However Gaelic football, athletics (Bilboa AC) and soccer (Cappamore Celtic FC) have grown in popularity in recent years, along with ladies soccer now growing under Bilboa Ladies Soccer Team.

People[edit]

Cappamore is home to Rosemary Ryan,[12] Olympic distance runner and competitor in the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and to Dromsally native John Hayes, former Irish and Munster rugby player, who also played his club rugby with local club Bruff. John Hayes also won a County Under 21 Gaelic football medal with Cappamore in 1995.

Cappamore is the home town of the film maker David Gleeson[13] who wrote and directed the feature films Cowboys & Angels and The Front Line.[14]

Cappamore was also at one time home to author and playwright Tom O'Brien. Tom has published several books including Confessions of an Altar Boy and Confessions of a Corner Boy. He has also staged many plays around Ireland and England.[15]

It is also the home place of professional darts player William O'Connor.[16]

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