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Caisleán Ó Liatháin
St Nicholas's Cemetery, Kill-Saint-Anne, Castlelyons
St Nicholas's Cemetery, Kill-Saint-Anne, Castlelyons
Castlelyons is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°05′51″N 8°14′3″W / 52.09750°N 8.23417°W / 52.09750; -8.23417
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Cork
Population (2002)
 • Total 211
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Castlelyons (Irish: Caisleán Ó Liatháin)[1] is a small village in the east of County Cork, Ireland. It is also a civil parish in the barony of Barrymore.[2] The name is derived from a stronghold of the Uí Liatháin - an early medieval kingdom. It is situated 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Fermoy. In the 2002 census it recorded a population of 211.

There are two stone bridges that cross the River Bride into the village - one a small footbridge and the other a bridge which was part of the entrance into Barrymore Castle - the seat of the Earls of Barrymore. The parish has two churches at Bridesbridge and Coolagown, and also boasts a castle, two abbeys, a mausoleum, two holy wells, and many other historical sights.


The Catholic parish of Castlelyons today is made up of three main districts - Coolagown, Britway and Castlelyons/Bridesbridge. Three quarters of the parish extend along the banks of the River Bride.

During the English Civil War, the Battle of Castlelyons in 1645 was fought near the village.



  • Hunting, shooting and fishing are popular in the area and there is both a gun club and an angling club. The village has an excellent pitch & putt course overlooking the Sean Abhainn stream. The village has a GAA pitch and squash courts.
  • Castlelyons GAA is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland. Caisleán Ó Liatháin Verified 2011-02-11.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland Civil parish of Castlelyons.

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Coordinates: 52°05′21″N 8°14′3″W / 52.08917°N 8.23417°W / 52.08917; -8.23417