Video of Patrickswell, County Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Patrickswell, historically known as Toberpatrick (Irish: Tobar Phádraig), is a small
town in County Limerick, Ireland. The name refers to St. Patrick and there is a small
hand pump/well in the main street; Microsoft mappoint and some other programs call
the village St. Patrick's Well or St. Patrickswell.
Patrickswell has a main street, with shops, garages, ATMs and a post office. The
town is located only 10 km from Limerick city, and as a result relies on the city
and its suburbs for secondary schools, shops, banks and other facilities.
There are several housing estates (Marian Park, Lisheen Park,Belgard Grove Sycamore
Heights and Laurel Park) off the main street and road to Clarina. The latter road
has strip development north from Patrickswell all the way to Clarina and the N69
road. As a dormitory town with only one major street, Patrickswell retains the appearance
of a village, despite its population of over 3000.
The town played a role in the Battle of Killmallock.
According to Mainchín Seoighe, the present day parish of Patrickswell-Ballybrown
is made up parts of the pre-Reformation parishes of Kilkeedy, Killonahan, Mungret,
Croom, and Adare. Until the middle of the 18th century, the parishes of Kilkeedy
and Clounanna were joined with Adare. When the parish of Patrickswell was formed
Kilkeedy and Clounanna became part of the new parish. The first parish priest of
the new parish was Fr Nicholas Molony. The present population of the parish is roughly
Despite the size, Patrickswell exchange is not DSL-enabled. Some parts can get Digiweb
Metro Broadband on 10.5 GHz wireless.
The town is located near to the N20/N21 road, which until Patrickswell was bypassed
in 2001, ran through the town centre. This road is now the R526 from west of the
town to Limerick city. The town can be accessed at either end from the N20 junction
for Limerick Racecourse, or the N20/N21 junction further west (where the R526 commences).
Patrickswell Railway station is now in private ownership, it is home to Hutch Hollywood
Engineers.A contemporary extension to the original railway station building was designed
by O'Connor + Shanahan architects and won OPUS Building of the year award in 2004.