Desmond Castle

Desmond Castle

Newcastle West’s landmark feature dominates the southern of end of the Main Town Square. The banqueting hall of the Desmond Castle, seat of the Earl of Desmond, parts of which date from the 13th century, is the most notable historical feature of the town. The Current Castle dates from the 15th century and has been recently partly restored and is open to the public, for guided tours May to September.

Local folklore always insisted that the castle at one time had been a seat of the Knights Templar. This has been more than likely verified lately while during cleaning of the Old Stone during renovations found the Seals and Crests of the Knights Templar over on old door Threshold of ” The Halla Mor”, which are in the same grounds. Either way, there has been castles of both timber and stone on this ground since the 13th century and the guided tour is a must for locals and visitors. The area in front of the banqueting hall was the site of The Protestant Church, built in 1777.
Fuller's Folly

Fuller's Folly

Fuller’s Folly, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick Fullers Folly is located south-east of the Desmond Castle. The man behind the construction of Fullers Folly was William Fuller Hartnett born in 1804.

It is believed that Fuller had a disagreement with the Castle Authorities and as a result built this castle as a form of revenge or a hint to them. It was a costly structure with little or no use, hence ‘Folly’. Fuller died in 1879, and was buried in Churchtown graveyard.
Castle Demesne

Castle Demesne

Almost 100 acres of parkland located beside Desmond Castle and Banqueting Hall full of flora and fauna and perfect for a stroll on a nice day. The park also contains leisure and sporting facilities as well as a children’s playground.
Sophie Peirce

Sophie Peirce

Sophie Catherine Theresa Mary Peirce-Evans, later known as Mary, Lady Heath Knockaderry, near Newcastle West 1896 – London 1939. Irish aviator, dispatch rider in World War 1; who helped introduce women’s athletics into the Olympics.
Charlotte Grace O'Brien

Charlotte Grace O'Brien

Charlotte, who was born in 1845, spent much of her life working to improve the lot of Irish emigrants to Britain and America, particularly young, single women, who had to endure terrible conditions on their crossings and their arrival.

The daughter of West Limerick patriot and leader of the Young Irelander rebellion of 1848, William Smith O’Brien, she was also an accomplished poet and writer who had to endure the loss of her hearing in later life.