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Video of Newcastle West, County Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Newcastle West (Irish: an Caisleán Nua Thiar) or simply Newcastle (an Caisleán Nua, formerly anglicized Castlenoe) is a town in west County Limerick, Ireland. It is largest town in the county, excluding Limerick city, and sits on the River Arra which flows into the River Deel. Newcastle West is in the middle of a great bowl-shaped valley in West Limerick, known one time as the valley of the Wild Boar, apparently due to the abundance of this animal here when the area was thickly wooded.

Newcastle West grew up around a castle, the ruins of which are located off the town square. The large castle ruins are well maintained.

Newcastle West used to be called Castle-Roe, after a castle built there by the Knights Templar in 1184. The town then came to be known as Newcastle, West Limerick, but over time the 'west' became part of Newcastle and the town was known by the current name Newcastle West.

The West Limerick and Newcastle West area has traditionally had a strong Dairy and Agricultural contribution to the local economy. Huge changes have occurred during the last 20 – 30 years seeing the expanding of the town as a services centre for West Limerick, also bringing an increase in population. Many people who work in Limerick City live in Newcastle West and its environs and commute the 42 kilometres (26 mi) daily. However, Newcastle West itself is now a large centre of employment as there is a strong business and entrepreneurial culture locally. Large to medium employers include Pallas Foods, Rettig Myson, Ballygowan Spring Water and Filtertek. There are dozens of Businesses employing 10-50 including PSE Power Systems, Brian A Flynn, Brian Scully Services and Nolan Products. Hundreds are employed in the retail stores including local and international multiples. In recent times, there has been national success stories in e-business from local companies like HuntOffice.ie and IrishTourism.com, who are growing information technology skills and employment in the emerging knowledge economy of the town.

The entire West Limerick area has a very strong tradition of music, with many renowned traditional Irish musicians coming from the area. Newcastle West has an active pipe band, and at one time also had a Brass & Reed band. A musical society was formed in 2009 and it has been very successful in producing 'Blood Brothers'. A local band called The Rivermen are very popular, and have been playing modern pop and classics for many years. Traditional music, ballad and folk sessions and various modern electric bands can be heard in many of the local pubs on a regular basis, including The Shamrock on South Quay where a ballad session can frequently be found on Sunday nights. The Goat St. Blues Festival is based in Clery's pub on South Quay.

Newcastle West Town

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