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After 4-year hiatus a 25-year-old legacy Castleconnell’s An Caisleán, a journal with a mission to record happenings in the parish is revived After 4-year hiatus a 25-year-old legacy Castleconnell’s An Caisleán, a journal with a mission to record happenings in the parish is revived


After 4-year hiatus a 25-year-old legacy Castleconnell’s An Caisleán is revived!



An Caisleán latest cover pictured above. Picture: Shane O’Brien

An Caisleán, Castleconnells much loved chronicle returns!

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An Caisleán was the brainchild of Joe Carroll, a prolific author, poet and historian who had a great love for his native village and its environs. His idea to publish a Journal about life and events in Castleconnell, Ahane and Montpelier became a reality in 1997 when he gathered a group of like-minded people around him … and so An Caisleán was born.

“An Caisleán is a journal with a mission to record all the present happenings in the parish as they happen each year. In that way it will be a wonderful source of information for all. It will be a newsletter that can be sent to friends across the seas, or a document that can be stored away for generations yet to come,” said James Minogue (RIP) in September 97.

Over 25 years later, that hard-working committee has handed the mantle of An Caisleán over to the very capable team within Castleconnell Action Network (CAN) & LOVE Castleconnell.


This new collaboration has given this chronicle a fresh new look and also archived previous editions and stories on the new website so the history and heritage of the 25 year legacy is not lost.

This site is a gateway to the book; offering locals the chance to submit their stories online to feature in future publications as well as documenting the news in real-time.  This online presence will be a vital resource to reach out to not only locals and visitors but to the worldwide diaspora.

An Caisleán 2022 features local and national stories including a profile on the wonderful Olympian Sarah Lavin and local Limerick Heros Ciaran Barry, Dan & Tom Morrissey, as well as Tidy Towns success stories and much more! The book has information about local schools, sports clubs, and associations, as well as many photographs of familiar faces.

It will make a great stocking filler and is available to purchase from local outlets in Castleconnell – Shannon Stores, Shannon House Restaurant, The Protea Café, Cunninghams SuperValu, Ryan’s Shop in Annacotty and Dalys Cross Service Station

“It was summer 2021, when we received a telephone call asking if we would be interested in taking over the production of An Caisleán. Of course, we all said, “Yes!” and agreed that Castleconnell must not lose this annual record of events, achievements, and everyday life in our beautiful village,” said Nicky McNamara, LOVE Castleconnell.

“The last committee did such an incredible job that we had big shoes to fill, but we feel we have really brought it back to the highest standard and the local contribution was immense, and are incredible proud of it,” added Tara Harigan

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.