Castleconnell, Co. Limerick

Castleconnell (Caisleán Uí Chonaill in Irish) is a scenic village on the banks of the River Shannon, some 11 km (7 miles) from Limerick city and within a few minutes walk of the boundaries with counties Clare and Tipperary.

The ruins of the 'Castle of Connell' (in fact the castle of a family named Gunning), from which the name of the village 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 Army of William of Orange at the end of the 17th Century. Even today a large chunk of the castle wall lies some fifty feet from the castle, thrown clear across the road by siege cannons. A footbridge over the Shannon - built during the 1939-1945 Emergency by the Irish Army under Captain Carley Owens - connects counties Limerick and Clare.

Known for its fishing - both coarse and sport - it has a history as a fishing destination stretching back into the 19th Century. Reputedly fished by royalty in those days (and by distinguished figures such as former Republic of Ireland football manager Jack Charlton these days), many fine salmon and trout have been caught in its environs. The Shannon Electricity Scheme and its Ardnacrusha dam at Parteen changed the fortunes of the village considerably 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 rich bird life, and particularly its swans, many of which are migratory Icelandic Whooper Swans wintering and breeding on the river. The native swans are mute.

Gardens

There is no featured garden in the area

Golf

Limerick Golf Club - Limerick Ireland
Limerick Golf Club
Limerick, Co. Limerick
Course Type: Parkland
Limerick Golf Club is a mature par 72 parkland course measuring over 6,500 yards in length, with a number of holes designed by Dr. Alister McKenzie, architect of Lahinch and Augusta National, and others by John D. Harris. The course starts of ...

Self Catering

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What's On

Limerick Riverside Market - County Limerick - Sundays
Event Location:    Bedford Row, Limerick City

When: Sundays, 12pm-5pm (Easter-Christmas)

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Tourist Attractions

Thomond Park Stadium - Limerick County Limerick Ireland
Thomond Park Stadium
Limerick, Co. Limerick
Follow in the footsteps of your Munster heroes by taking a look behind the scenes at the historic Thomond Park Stadium. The stadium tour takes you to places usually only accessible to players and officials. From a seat in the home dressing room t ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort
Adare, Co. Limerick
Beautifully located in lush countryside on the edge of one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, this fine 18th century manor is set amid 840 acres of formal gardens and parkland on the banks of the meandering River Maigue. This wedding venu ...
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