Bruff (Irish: An Brú[2]) is a town in east County Limerick, in the midwest of Ireland, located on the old LimerickCork road (R512). The town lies on the Morning Star river, with two bridges in the town itself. The horseshoe lake of Lough Gur is nearby.

For people with the surname, see Bruff (surname).


An Brú
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°28′37″N 8°33′00″W
CountyCounty Limerick
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceR647369


The town's official name in Irish is An Brú, historically written as Brugh. Older spellings in English, dating from 1200 onward, include Brug, Browe and Broff. Because of its close association with the Anglo-Norman de Lacy family, the town's name was also rendered in Irish as Brú an Léisigh; it is believed that a modern name for the town, Brú na nDéise, is a corruption of this name that was popularised from the early 1900s on.[2]


Historical artifacts found around the area date back to the Stone Age, with various buildings up to the early Christian era still extant. Bruff is the hometown of American missionary and bishop John Joseph Hogan. In the sixteenth century it was granted to the Standish family, from whom it passed by inheritance to the Hartstonge Baronets, and ultimately to the Earl of Limerick.

The town suffered heavy fighting in the Battle of Killmallock during the Irish Civil War. Near the Catholic Church, there is a large statue of Sean Wall, commander of the East Limerick Irish Republican Army and chairman of Limerick County Council until his death on 6 May 1921 during the War of Independence.

The former seat of the O'Grady family, Kilballyowen, is near Bruff.

The US President John F. Kennedy was a descendant of the Fitzgeralds of Bruff.[3] His daughter, Caroline Kennedy, visited the town in May 2013 with her husband and son.


The town has an active Gaelic Athletic Association Club, Pitch & Putt club, hockey club, soccer club, and rugby union. Bruff R.F.C. is home club of John Hayes, the Ireland rugby union international. Bruff is home to Limerick F.C.'s Kirby O'Sullivan Sports, Social and Business Park.

Development and economy

Bruff town has been classified as a satellite town of Limerick City. Major expansion for the town is laid out in the development plan published by Limerick County Council in 2012.[4]

Ard Scoil Mhuire, the only secondary school in the town, has been closed down, its former campus is now home to the Kirby O'Sullivan Sports, Social and Business Park.


Bruff's Cultural and Arts Society organises an Annual Summer Festival, an event held annually since its inception in 2006. It includes the Morning Star Rose Competition and the Morning Star Escort Competition (since 2008). The Sean Wall Committee organise a "Bloomsday in Bruff" festival every year on 16 June.

A number of murals have been painted on the walls of buildings in the town over the last few decades.

There are four pubs (one with a restaurant), two restaurants (The Bakehouse Restaurant and The Lantern), a Eurospar, a Centra, a pharmacy, a B&B and a Post Office in the town.

Bruff is located near the edges of the Ballyhoura Fáilte tourist area.

Accommodation in the town is provided in what used to be the old AIB Bank, known as "The Old Bank",[5] which had also served as the Garda station in the town.


See also


  1. "Population and Actual and Percentage Change 2011 to 2016". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. "An Brú/Bruff". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  3. "the select surnames website".
  4. "Bruff Local Area Plan 2012-2018" (PDF). Limerick County Council. 25 June 2012. p. 9. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  5. "Bed and Breakfast Limerick B&B Limerick B and B Limerick Accommodation The Old Bank Bruff Limerick".
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