Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out Parish of Abbeyfeale.
Our aim is to connect all people with a link to Abbeyfeale. You may live here, have visited here or maybe are tracing ancestors who left long ago. In any case, we’re sure to have lots to share and are delighted to welcome you.
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Please be patient - as our program has only begun to roll out across the island of Ireland and volunteers in some areas may not yet be organised.
The 1821-1851 census returns were almost destroyed in a fire, the 1861-1891 census returns were destroyed by the Government. The 1901-1911 census returns are available on line free of charge on line on the National Archives of Ireland website.
Abbeyfeale and its history.
Irish: Mainistir na Faile, meaning Abbey of the Feale
Abbeyfeale is a historical market town located in the barony of Upper Connello, County Limerick. It is situated on the road from Limerick to Tralee and is near the boundary with County Kerry. The town is located on the banks of the River Feale in the foothills of the Mullaghareirk Mountains. The town is the third largest town in County Limerick and is close to the Limerick-Kerry border. According to Census 2011 figures, the population of Abbeyfeale Electoral Division stands at 2, 528 (1,234 males and 1,294 females).
The main feature in Abbeyfeale's Square is a statue of Fr. William Casey. Fr. Casey was the parish priest from 1883 to 1907 and assisted local tenant farmers fight against their landlords. He also established a local GAA club, now known as Fr. Caseys, which is presently one of the most successful clubs in the history of Limerick Gaelic Games.
The town is steeped in traditional music and the May Bank Holiday weekend sees the town host the aFleadh by the Fealea traditional music festival. Abbeyfeale produced many fine musicians, and sportspersons
Abbeyfeale was first settled in 1188 when Brien O'Brien founded a Cistercian abbey on the banks of the River Feale located in the centre of the town square, but this has since all but disappeared. The only identifiable remnants are those used in the construction of the Roman Catholic Church in 1847, on the site of the current boysa national school on Church Street. Church Street as it is now know was originally named Chapel Street.
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