Visitors Guide Newcastle West

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Newcastle West - Visitors Guide. 

Welcome to Newcastle West, lying at the heart of Munster’s great Golden Vale. A fabulous town that will give you a unique experience for every type of visitor, with a large selection of the finest accommodation, excellent restaurants, pubs, late bars and an array of indoor and outdoor activities. We have something to suit all types of visitors from families, to young couples, groups, outdoor enthusiasts, historians or those simply looking to escape and unwind for a few days. Now is the time to make the trip and discover it for yourself, by basing yourself here in Newcastle West in the heart of the South West.  


  • The Town Square

  • Desmond Banqueting Hall and 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. During the later part of the 20th century it was partly restored and is open to the public, for guided tours from May to September. 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. 

  • Castle Demesne - Over 0.4 square kilometres (99 acres) of parkland with numerous forms of flora and fauna as well as playing areas and sports fields. CLICK HERE 

  • Churchtown Graveyard and Grotto - The Old Church Ruins in Churchtown (Catholic) date back hundreds of years. 

  • Old IRA Monument - situated opposite the church this monument 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. 

  • Church of the Immaculate Conception (Catholic) - built in 1828 by Father Thomas Coll P.P. The local Landlord, the Earl of Devon gave the site with the parishioners providing voluntary labour in the building work. 

  • Iron Footbridge - crossing over the river Arra the bridge is located opposite the church and was erected by Edward Curling, the Landlord's agent in Newcastle West from 1848 - 1874. 

  • Famine Graveyard - located at the rear of St. Ita's Hospital. Many hundreds of people who died in the work house during the famine are buried there in unmarked graves. The cemetery is marked by a plain old cross and modern, limestone gates sculptured by Cliodna Cussen, showing scenes from the famine and commissioned by the Famine Cemetery Committee. 

  • St. Bridget's Well - located in Shanagarry on the Killarney Road. 

  • Carnegie Library - located in the Market Yard this impressive building was built by the Carnegie Trust and founded by the Scottish / philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The building housed a secondary school for many years. It is now a busy commercial centre. 

  • Bridge of Tears - located at the south of the town at the junction of the Dromcollogher Road, there is a stone bridge which takes its name from being a famous last farewell point. Known locally as the Bridge of Sorrows or Tears, during the time of the famine, Emigrants from all over West Limerick said their last goodbyes before walking or taking a carriage to Cork and the boat to North America or further. 

  • Barnagh Gap - 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. 

  • Great Southern Trail - A walking trail developed along the disused railway line. It offers an interesting scenic walk between Newcastle West and Ardagh or Newcastle West and the Old Mill. CLICK HERE 







Newcastle West has numerous supermarkets, including Dooley's SuperValu, a Tesco, an Aldi, and a Lidl. The town is also well known for its clothes shopping with numerous fashion boutiques stocking designer labels, including Ela Maria, Kimono, Bella Sola, The G Boutique, and Platform.  

Newcastle West - - Shopping and Retail 


Newcastle West is situated on the Irish national primary road N21, where it is joined by the R520, R521 and R522 regional roads. Newcastle West is a forty minute drive from Limerick City and an hour from Killarney. It is within a one-hour drive of Shannon, and Kerry International Airports, and two hours from Cork Airport. The town is serviced by regular Bus Éireann buses and Dublin Coaches to Tralee, Killarney, Limerick and Dublin. 

The town was connected to the railway network until 1975, as part of the "North Kerry" line, from Limerick city to Tralee, via Rathkeale and Listowel.  


Newcastle West is home to numerous sports clubs, including Newcastle West GAA club, Newcastle West Rugby Football club, and two association football clubs: Newcastle West A.F.C. and Newcastle West Rovers F.C.  


For a brief History of Newcastle West Town: - Newcastle West 

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St Kieran’s Heritage Association

Address Newcastle West, Limerick
Parish(es) Newcastle West (Limerick)
Category (ies) Heritage/Culture Local Organisation Place to eat Place to stay Religion Tourist Attraction