Castleconnell is a diverse and lively community and we encourage you to get involved and contribute to our beautiful village. This section is all about the local community and what facilities are available in the area for you. It will tell you about the many voluntary groups, sports clubs, shops and businesses, schools and creches, all of whom depend on the patronage of the local people to survive. It will also give you important village information – when the post office is open, where the medical practice is or where to buy a pint of milk. And most importantly, this section will be run by local people, updating useful information on opening times, special offers and events.
Castleconnell is a heritage village bordering the River Shannon in East Limerick. It takes its name from the Irish name for the castle built by the Gunning clan in 1000AD – Caislean Ui gConaing or Gunnings Castle.
The history of the area goes back to the Mesolithic age with the earliest cremated burials in Europe being discovered by the River Shannon. Centuries later, the location became a popular spa resort for visiting gentry and soon, imposing mansions with large wooded estates were being built with views over the majestic river.
This section of the site explores the history of Castleconnell giving information about our many historic buildings and monuments, as well as important local figures, past and present.
In this section, we will tell you how to get here, where to stay, where to eat and what to do in our beautiful village.
Travel around Castleconnell with us, explore the rich architectural heritage of the area and enjoy the riverside nature walks, considered to be one of Limerick’s best kept secrets. If it’s activities you’re after, our location on the River Shannon is perfect for water sports such as kayaking, swimming and rowing. And with a history stretching back to the 19th century, the salmon fishery is one of the most prestigious in the country. For a more relaxing visit, we invite you to treat yourself to a morning coffee, visit one of our traditional Irish pubs, listen to some great music or come for one of our seasonal events. There is something here for all ages.
Whether you’re a visitor or a local, this section is all about enjoying everything Castleconnell has to offer. The village plays host to a number of festivals and events throughout the year catering to all ages, from classical concerts to regattas on the river. So, keep an eye out here to find out what’s going on.
Here, you will also find information about the River Shannon, so important to the village and today designated as a Special Area of Conservation. The riverside information boards will tell you more about the history of the river and the local flora and fauna. The ferry carpark is well known as the place to feed the ducks and swans but if you continue along the riverside nature trail, you may also catch a glimpse of a grey heron or cormorant perching on the rocks by the footbridge.
An Caisleán is the parish journal of Castleconnell, Ahane and Montpelier, launched in 1997. From day one, its mission was to record events as they happened each year and to become a living history of the parish. Over the years, it has been eagerly awaited and enjoyed by locals, visitors and those living overseas.
In 2018, An Caisleán celebrated its 20th issue and here you will find a digital archive from 2008 to 2018. A new edition will be launched in 2022 and will continue to include photographs, historical articles and stories from today and from the past year. If you would like to share your stories, you can contribute here.
About The Castleconnel Action Network
Castleconnell Action Network (CAN) was set up following the creation of the Ahane, Castleconnell & Montpelier Community Plan 2019-2023 in conjunction with Ballyhoura Development CLG. Development and publication of the Plan was supported with a number of local public meetings and the setting up of a group comprising of interested volunteers from the meetings. Our core activities are focused on the facilitation of communications, alignment and co-operation between all organisations within the Parish of Castleconnell, working towards a common goal of making it a better place to live, work and visit.