Welcome To Abbeyfeale

Situated on the main road from Limerick to Tralee, the town of Abbeyfeale is the third largest town in County Limerick and is close to the Limerick-Kerry border
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Information Abbeyfeale Ireland

What should be the centrepiece of Abbeyfeale in County Limerick – the abbey from which its name is derived – is now the location of the town square. The remains of the abbey are gone, with what was left of it residing in the church that was constructed during the Irish Famine. The site of the church, in turn, is today a national school for boys, and the street on which it stands is called Church Street, and was once known as Chapel Street, with past Ordinance Survey maps featuring the name. For nearly a century until the end of 1975, Abbeyfeale had a railway station. The track has since been taken up and paved over. The centrepiece of Abbeyfeale today is the statue that stands in the market square. It is of William Casey, the parish priest between 1883 to 1907. He was a staunch advocate of tenants’ rights and he is celebrated as a hero of the tenants. The statue shows his arm aloft, perhaps giving a landlord a piece of his mind! There was fierce resistance among the poor tenants regarding crippling rent payments to foreign landlords, and Fr Casey took up their struggle to become chairman of a local chapter of the United Irish League. One of the League’s purposes was to enable tenants to buy their farms on an equitable basis. The market town has a rugby club, recently celebrating its first half century. It is also host to a traditional music festival over the May bank holiday weekend, with one of the biggest draws a bone playing competition, held on an open air stage in the town. The town also holds a St Patrick’s Day Parade – it was recently held to honour Father Casey. Over a mile from Abbeyfeale is the castle of Geraldine Portrinard on the north bank of the River Feale.

Attractions Abbeyfeale Ireland

Banqueting Hall (Desmond Hall) - Newcastlewest

West Limerick preserves many of Ireland's surviving spacious medieval halls. The desmond banqueting hall is an imposing two-storey structure and was used by the Earls of Desmond for banqueting and entertainment. The Hall, vaulted lower chamber and adjoining tower were all constructed during the 15th century (the hall and chamber were built on the remains of a 13th century structure of similar size).

Croom Mills and Heritage Centre - Limerick

This uniquely restored nineteenth century granary shows working conditions for millers and blacksmiths in dramatic settings. It is complimented by an audio-visual film on the history of grain milling locally. The mill race flows gently beneath the superb restaurant and craft shop

Curraghmore Forest Park - Kilcornan

Located at Kilcornan, Curraghchase Forest Park is a six hundred acre plantation of exceptional beauty. It features walkways, a lake and garden, a nature trail and the ruins of the eighteenth century home of the poet Aubrey de Vere.

Foynes Museum - Limerick

The Foynes museum recalls the era with a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations. It also includes a 1940s style cinema, the original terminal building through which many VIPs passed, war years' radio and the weather room. Irish coffee was "invented" here in 1943. During the 1930s and early 1940s, the port of Foynes was the fulcrum point for air traffic between the United States and Europe. The famous flying boats were frequent visitors, carrying passengers who ranged from celebrities to refugees.

Lough Gur Stone Age Centre - Ballyneety

Located at Ballyneety, the Lough Gur Centre is the most important Stone Age site in Ireland. The visitor centre, on its lakeside site, contains a display and audio-visual show presenting the site's history. The archaeology of the area provides evidence of the activities of the first farmers in the region, their dwellings, ritual and burial sites, as well as their tools and implements. The story stretches over 5,000 years and continues to the present day.