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Coordinates: 52°42′51″N 8°30′06″W / 52.7143°N 8.5016°W / 52.7143; -8.5016
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Caisleán Uí Chonaill
Town centre
Town centre
Castleconnell is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°42′51″N 8°30′06″W / 52.7143°N 8.5016°W / 52.7143; -8.5016
CountyCounty Limerick
Irish Grid ReferenceR660627

Castleconnell (Irish: Caisleán Uí Chonaill, historically Caisleán Uí Chonaing)[2] is a village in County Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. It is 11 km (6.8 mi) from Limerick city and near the boundaries of County Clare and County Tipperary.


Facade of Mountshannon House

The ruins of the Castle of Connell (Irish: Caisleán Uí Chonaill or originally Caisleán Uí Chonaing),[2] from which the name of the town derives, was built on a rock outcrop overlooking the bend of the river. It was destroyed in a siege by the army of General Ginkel, fighting in support of the Williamite Army of William of Orange at the end of the 17th century. A large chunk of the castle wall now lies approximately fifty feet from the castle, thrown clear by siege cannons. A footbridge over the Shannon – built during The Emergency (1939–45) by the Irish Army under Captain Carley Owens – connects counties Limerick and Clare.[citation needed]

The nearby Mountshannon House was the home of John FitzGibbon, 1st Earl of Clare, who in the late 18th century was the Attorney-General for Ireland and subsequently Lord Chancellor of Ireland. FitzGibbon was opposed to relaxation of the penal laws and helped usher in the Acts of Union 1800, which resulted in the Irish parliament's abolition. The house where his descendants lived was burnt to the ground by the IRA in the 1920s.[citation needed]

A number of 18th- and 19th-century buildings overlook the Shannon in Castleconnell.[3] One of these, the former schoolhouse (built in 1867),[3] was previously home to the Irish Harp Centre.[4] Another, the former convent (built c. 1790),[3] is now the Castleoaks House Hotel.[5]


Castleconnell is known for its fishing – both coarse and sport – and has been a fishing destination since at least the 19th century.[citation needed] The main catch was salmon and trout. The Shannon Inn, a local pub, has hosted fishing clientele over the years.[citation needed]

The Shannon Electricity Scheme and its Ardnacrusha dam at Parteen changed the fortunes of the Castleconnell in the 1930s when it reduced the flow of water south of the dam to approximately one sixth, dropping water levels along the Shannon.

The engineers added a fish lift to the dam, allowing fish to be lifted in a water-filled container and thereby pass upstream to their traditional spawning beds. The river at Castleconnell is also known for its bird life, and particularly its swans, many of which are migratory Icelandic whooper swans wintering and breeding on the river.[citation needed]


Gaelic games[edit]

Castleconnell is the home of Ahane GAA club, which has won 19 Limerick Senior Hurling Championships between 1931 and 1948 and provided many of the Limerick hurling team that won All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships in 1934, 1936 and 1940. Among its most notable players were Mick Mackey and Jackie Power.[citation needed]


Boxer Andy Lee was raised in Castleconnell from the age of 14. He became World WBO Middleweight champion in 2014.[6]


Castleconnell boat club has been in existence since 1983. It is located at World's End (also known as Worral's End).[7][8] Rowers have a smooth, wide water to row on for 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) to O'Brien's Bridge. Just beyond the bridge, rowers have another 1.5 kilometers before they come to a water flow regulator.[citation needed]


Castleconnell railway station opened on 8 August 1858.[9] The station lies on the Limerick–Ballybrophy railway line.


The town was previously under the jurisdiction of Limerick County Council. Since 2014, it is part of the amalgamated local authority of Limerick City and County Council, where it is in the local electoral area of Limerick City East, which is part of the Metropolitan District of Limerick City.[10]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Castleconnell". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Caisleán Uí Chonaill/Castleconnell". Placenames Database of Ireland (logainm.ie). Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Castleconnell Local Area Plan 2023-2029" (PDF). limerick.ie. Limerick City and County Council. 2023. Retrieved 23 April 2024.
  4. ^ "Georgian schoolhouse in Limerick on the market for €495k". independent.ie. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2024.
  5. ^ "Pat McDonagh plans to unlock potential of Limerick village now he has keys to Castle Oaks". limerickleader.ie. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2024.
  6. ^ "Lee stops Korobov to win title". ESPN. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Statement From Castleconnell Boat Club". Rowing Ireland.
  8. ^ "Discover Ireland - Castleconnell Boat Club". Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Castleconnell station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  10. ^ City and County of Limerick Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018 (S.I. No. 624 of 2018). Signed on 19 December 2018. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 5 September 2020.
  11. ^ Browne, Shane (27 November 2015). "Bulmer Hobson". Independent.ie. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  12. ^ Ron Borges. "Future Star: Andy Lee". The Sweet Science. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
  13. ^ "Limerick-born musical director of Wigmore Hall John Gilhooly receives CBE". ilovelimerick.ie. 11 January 2022.

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