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Originally Killeedy was called Cluain Chreadháil which means "the meadow with a good depth of soil". The parish of Killeedy is closely associated with the life and work of St Ita. It was renamed Cill Íde, meaning the Church of Ita after the saint. St Ita founded her monastery here in 546.

Killeedy was destroyed by invading Norsemen in 845. It was attacked again in 1302.

In 1704 the parish of Killeedy was known as Killeedy and Killagholehane. Fr Thady Daly was the parish priest. Tournafulla also formed part of this parish. Following Fr Daly's death, the exact date of which is unknown, Killagholehane separated from Killeedy, and joined with the parish of Dromcollogher. Killeedy parish was further divided in 1838 following the death of Fr Edmund O'Halloran P.P. when Tournafulla became a separate parish.

Glenquin Castle
© Glenquin Castle

As you travel the road from Newcastlewest to Killeedy, Glenquin castle can be seen on the left hand side of the road. The name Glenquin comes from the Irish 'Gleann Choim', which means "The Glen of the Shelter". It is thought that the O'Hallinans built the castle in 1462. The O'Hallinans were later defeated by the O'Briens, who then captured the castle. However, the O'Briens, in turn, lost the castle to the Geraldines. It is believed that the Geraldines founded the present structure. At present, the building is in fine general repair due to quite recent restoration work that was carried out there.

After the Desmond rebellion Walter Raleigh captured and dismantled the castle. In 1587 it was granted to Hungerford. It changed hands once again in 1591 when Sir William Courtenay gained possession of it. In 1595 Captain Collum occupied Glenquin. The Earl of Devon's agent, Mr. Furling, restored the castle in 1840 and further work was done in the 1980's. Glenquin Castle was chosen as the rallying point for most of West Limerick for the 1916 rising. To commemorate this event, a plaque was erected in 1966 at the castle, which is now under the care of the Office of Public Works.

There is also another castle in the parish, Killeedy castle, that was under the ownership of the earls of Desmond. The Courtney family later received this castle, when they arrived from England. At present, all that remains of the castle is a tower.

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