A local history publication researched by a school boy reveals new information about Castleconnell in Limerick.

Fourteen year old John Gilhooly, a pupil at Ardscoil Rís in Limerick has accomplished a rare achievement in publishing ‘The Annuls of Castleconnell and Ahane Since Prehistoric Times’. His work of local history was published in conjunction with Castleconnell Historical Society.

John loves the historical antiquities around his locality and has, 

Always been interested in local history and in the history of Castleconnell  and Limerick.

While John received much encourage from his history teacher at school, he found the research process tough going.

I found it very difficult at the beginning but when I got used to the idea I was working on it practically six days a week, it became easier.

He had problems finding books and documents to back up some of his findings.

In the book we are bringing out some new historical evidence which hasn’t been found before about Castleconnell.

One finding links Castleconnell to the The Act of Union which came into effect on 1 January 1801 and joined Ireland to Great Britain, creating the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. During his research John got the impression that the Act was drawn up in Belmont Manson in Stradbally, Castleconnell.

John also learned that the shooting of Denis O'Donovan at the Shannon Hotel in Castleconnell on 17 April 1921 by the Black and Tans, lead to the truce in the War of Independence, prompting calls for the Treaty and negotiations in Westminster.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 June 1988. The reporter is Michael Walsh.