Knockainey is a small rural community of approx 700 people, in south east Limerick, between the villages of Hospital and Bruff, and Lough Gur is within the parish. In Knockainey there is a primary school with over 100 pupils, St. Mary’s Catholic church, a Community Centre and two pubs.
This is a very vibrant community, with many clubs and organisations, including the GAA, ladies football, soccer club, Bruff rugby club, ladies club, Community Council, Tidy Towns and Community Alert amongst others. Landmarks of note include the beautifully restored St John’s Church and graveyard.
The Community Council has established a Community Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) in a restored cottage, known as the Sextons House, adjoining St. John’s Church. A community magazine is published annually, which details community life, and the office also produces a monthly community newsletter. Follow Knockaineycommunity Council on Facebook.
Knockainey has been named one of the principal winners in this year’s IPB Pride of Place Competition in association with Co-operation Ireland. Over 400 people from all over the island of Ireland travelled to Limerick to attend the tenth annual awards ceremony at Thomond Park on November 3rd 2012.
Pride of Place is an all-island initiative which recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society, including promoting social cohesion, involvement in planning, the promotion of heritage, and environmental awareness. Knockainey beat off stiff competition from all over the country to be crowned overall winners of their population category.