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Castleconnell

Address
Parish Office
Castleconnell
Co. Limerick
Contact
T: +353 61 377170
Parish Priest
Fr. Brendan Kyne PP
Castleconnell

Castleconnell, Ahane, Mountpelier, St Vincent's, Belmont Home

Castleconnell is known as the "Island Parish" in the diocese of Killaloe. It is bordered on one side by the river Shannon and on the other sides by the diocese of Limerick and the arch diocese of Cashel. It is the only part of Co. Limerick in the diocese of Killaloe. The reason for this dates from the twelfth century. The O'Briens, a powerful Dal Cas family at the time, insisted that Castleconnell should remain in the Killaloe diocese as they had built a fortress at Castleconnell - a fortress they were keen to hang on to. Castleconnell's name in Irish is Caislean Ui gConnaing, which actually means Gunning's Castle. This was because the Dal Cais Gunning family built the riverside castle over a thousand years ago. The name was then anglicised to Castleconnell by which the village and parish are still known as today.

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