Ardagh, County Limerick

Ardagh (Irish: Ardach) is a village and civil parish in County Limerick, Ireland. The village is situated on the R523 road. The nearest town is Newcastle West, about 3 miles away, on the R521 road to Foynes and Shanagolden. The parish is bounded to the west by Athea, to the north by the parish of Coolcappa, to the east Rathkeale and to the south by Newcastle West. The local GAA team is known as St. Kierans, a club which represents both the parish of Ardagh-Carrigkerry as well as Coolcappagh-Kilcolman.


On 5 March 1867, in the Fenian Rising, an unsuccessful attempt was made by local Fenian supporters to capture the local Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) barracks. Many of them were subsequently arrested.[1]


In 1868, the Ardagh Hoard including the 8th century Ardagh Chalice, was found in Reerasta Rath near Ardagh. The chalice is held in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.[2]



  1. "Fenian Uprising - Ardagh, Co Limerick". Clan Magner Association. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  2. "The Ardagh Chalice". National Museum of Ireland. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  3. "Estate: O'Brien (Cahermoyle)". NUI Galway. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  4. "Upton, William C". A Guide to Irish Fiction. Retrieved 2 May 2015.

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