Cnoc an Doire
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The name Knockaderry is from the Irish Cnoc an Doire, which means 'the hill of the Oak'. There is still an oak grove evident near the village. It is a long single street village.
The other village in the Parish is called Cloncagh, originally spelt 'Clouncagh', which comes from the Irish Cluain Cath, means 'the meadow of the battle'. During the ministry of Canon Lyons as parish priest, the "u" in Clouncagh was dropped although it can still be seen on some of the signs entering the parish.
The population is approximately 1,200 despite the ongoing depopulation that is currently experiencing in most rural Areas.
There is one Pub called Hanleys Bar. The last Hanleys to own and run the Bar was the late Sean and Peig Hanley (Brother and Sister), who also ran a shop on the premises. Sean took over the Bar from his Uncle John Hanley who name still presides over the door of the main entrance in Iron Wrought.
There is also a GAA field near the Village, down the cul de sac road by the pub and also have a soccer club called Knockaderry FC.
There is a Community Centre in the village as well as a Roman Catholic church. Knockaderry, also have a Drama Group which perform in the Community Centre.
Rathkeale to the North
Newcastle West to the West
Not far from the village is Knockaderry House , the ancient seat of the D'Arcy family.
Reported on the Parish website that A patent was granted to John Jephson in 1711 for the holding of fairs in Knockaderry.
The village of Knockaderry was burned to the ground in 1789 when, according to Begley, a maid "Carelessly left a candle lighting when retiring to rest. This set fire to some straw in the room and the flames spread rapidly to the little street consuming all before it, but fortunately no lives were lost."
From Limerick online website There used to be a post office which was previously a Police Barracks.
In a part of Knockaderry a school called Scoil Mhuire Achadh Lin was originally built in a part of Knockaderry before entering it. It was built in the early eighty's. Then in 1963 the present school was built with a total 6 staff members. Over the years the school has changed its staff and principals. Last year the staff and pupils of the school bid a goodbye to principal Michael Ronayne. In the present year a new principal arrived, her name is Brid Leahy. Brid left her position as post-principal in Ballyhahill school and came to be principal of Ahalin. This year Ahalin said goodbye to the 6th class: Julie Cantlin. Clara Danagher. Amy Downes. Kenneth Corrbet. Eoghan McMahon. Sean Duffy and Michael O'Flynn. This year the school will be saying goodbye to Chloe Collins. Ciara Madigan. Orla Wrenn. Sara Flatley. Rachel Dore. Meaghan Hartigan. Sean Dillon. John Begley. Robert Meehan. Quentin Dowling and Darragh Clawson.