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Baile Hiobaird
Herbertstown is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°31′06″N 08°28′05″W / 52.51833°N 8.46806°W / 52.51833; -8.46806Coordinates: 52°31′06″N 08°28′05″W / 52.51833°N 8.46806°W / 52.51833; -8.46806
Country Ireland
CountyCounty Limerick
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Herbertstown (Irish: Baile Hiobaird[1]) is a village in south-eastern County Limerick, Ireland. It is part of the ecclesiastical parish of "Hospital and Herbertstown", in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.[2]


It is located in the south east of the county, 6 miles (N. E. by N.) from Bruff, on the road from Limerick city to Hospital. The village is split between two civil parishes: Kilcullane and Ballinard. Both parishes are in the barony of Smallcounty,

The western part of the village is in the civil parish of Kilcullane which contains only 5 townlands:

The eastern part of the village is in the civil parish of Ballinard which contains only 4 townlands:

The River Camogue flows to the west of the village, parallel to the main street with the land in between liable to flooding. It is a tributary of the River Maigue.

Neighbouring villages include Caherconlish, Ballinard, Ballinamona, Ruthagh and Cahercorney.


Ancient history[edit]

The present barony of Smallcounty (or Small County) was the ancient Deis-Beg. In this district is the hill now called Knockainy (with the village of Knockainy at its foot), formerly called Ainè, or Ainè-Clich, from the territory of Cliach or Ara-Cliach, which lay round the hill.[3] The main clans in the barony were:[4]

  • O'Ciarmhaie (or O'Kerwick), chief of Eoganacht Aine (now the parish of Knockaney)
  • O'Muldoon, also a chief of Eoganacht Aine, same as O' Kerwick.
  • O'Kenealy, chief of Eoganacht Grian Guara, a district comprising parts of the baronies of Coshma and Small County.
  • O'Gunning, chief of Crioch Saingil and Aosgreine. Both the territories are comprised in the barony of Small County.

Post Act of Union[edit]

Quoting Lewis's "Topography": "It is a constabulary police station, and has large pig fairs on Jan. 15th, March 17th, June 28th, and Nov. 7th. Here is a large R. C. chapel, which was erected in 1836 at an expense of £800."[5]

Services and Amenities[edit]

The village has two pubs, a post office, a Catholic church and a farmers' co-op.[6] Local sports clubs include

Lough Gur is nearby.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland -Herbertstown
  2. ^ Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly: parish of "Hospital & Herbertstown".
  4. ^ O'Hart: Irish Pedigrees, The Territories of the Ancient Irish Families in Limerick and Thomond, 1876.
  5. ^ Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837.
  6. ^ Herbertstown Co-operative Agricultural and Dairy Society