Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out Parish of Newcastle West.
Our aim is to connect all people with a link to Newcastle West. 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.
Newcastlewest and its history
Irish: An Caislean Nua Thiar or Newcastle An Caislean Nua. It is largest town in the County of Limerick excluding Limerick City. Situated on the Limerick a Tralee Road between Rathkeale and Abbeyfeale and on the River Arra which flows into the River Deel. Newcastle West is in the middle of a bowl-shaped valley in West Limerick, known one time as the valley of the Wild Boar, apparently due to the abundance of wild boar animals here when the area was thickly wooded. The crest of the town carries the image of a wild boar.
The ruins of the castle at Newcastle West are located off the town square. The large castle ruins are well maintained.
Newcastle West used to be called Castle-Roe, after a castle built there by the Knights Templar in 1184. The town then came to be known as Newcastle, West Limerick, but over time the 'west' became part of Newcastle and the town was known by the current name Newcastle West.
The West Limerick and Newcastle West area has traditionally had a strong Dairy and Agricultural contribution to the local economy. Huge changes have occurred during the last 20 a 30 years seeing the expanding of the town as a services centre for West Limerick, also bringing an increase in population. Many people who work in Limerick City live in Newcastle West and its environs and commute the 42 kilometres daily.
There are scenic walking trails along the Square and the Demesne, and along the disused railway line. The Old Church Ruins in Churchtown (Catholic) date back hundreds of years.
Opposite the church is a Monument which commemorates 17 volunteers who were killed during the war of independence and Civil War 1916 - 1922. The monument was unveiled by President Sean T.O'Kelly in 1955.
About 7 kilometres west of the town is the scenic view point at Barnagh Gap, which provides a panoramic east facing view over County Limerick, West Tipperary/ Galtee Mountains and north County Cork. On a clear day North Tipperary and Clare are also visible.
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