Newcastle West is the county town and largest settlement in County Limerick. The town is pleasantly situated on the river Arra in the rich central plain of County Limerick.
The town is clustered with buildings of historic interest, including the Desmond Castle and Banqueting Hall, the Courthouse built in 1842 and the old Railway Station which was built in 1867.
Other heritage buildings include St. Ita's Hospital, the former Carnegie Library building and the Courtenay Boy's School.
The town is a key service centre for West Limerick offering excellent shopping facilities and a variety of pubs, restaurants and hotels.
Organisations and businesses in the town have endeavoured to make it a national model for better access to public and retail premises, improving accessibility to pavements, road crossings, providing additional special needs parking, mother and child parking and generally ensuring that buggies, wheelchairs, people with walking aids and other disabilities can access pavements, parking and premises with ease.
Newcastle West has its own 18 hole golf course and the renowned golf courses of Adare and Ballybunion are within easy commuting distance.
The recently restored Great Southern Trail (restored railway line) is easily accessible from the tow and provides a scenic trail for cyclists and walkers alike.
Sports clubs, leisure centres and a selection of outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling, hill climbing, horse riding, shooting and fishing ensure that Newcastle West is an attractive location to live and work.
The town has brilliant Community Park, children’s playground and playing fields at the Castle Demesne in public ownership.
Newcastle West also has The Desmond Complex which is a community owned facility that provides a range of services such as a modern crèche, youth facilities and a Day Care Centre for older people.
During the last inter census period 2000 – 2006 Newcastle West had one of the fastest growing populations in County Limerick with a 12.2% increase in population to in excess of 3,900 persons by 2006 (CSO, 2006).
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Further information on Newcastle West is available on www.newcastlewest.org.