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Charleville or Ráth Luirc (Ráth Luirc or An Ráth in Irish) is a town in north County Corkmarker, Irelandmarker, situated in Irelandmarker's Golden Valemarker, near the border with County Limerickmarker. It is located on the "Glen" tributary river, which flows into the Maigue Rivermarker in Co. Limerick. It is the second largest town between Limerickmarker and Corkmarker (Mallowmarker is the largest), and is located on the N20 road. The Roman Catholic parish of Charleville is situated in the Diocese of Cloyne. Significant industries in the town include Kerry Co-Op and the construction and services sectors.


Charleville was founded in 1661 by Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery. The name 'Charleville' is French for 'Charles Town'. Roger Boyle had been a supporter of Oliver Cromwell in the English Civil War. However, when King Charles II was restored in 1660, he had to prove his loyalty to the crown. He did this by naming Charleville after the English king. The Irish version 'Ráth Luirc' was given official recognition in the 1920s by the Irish Free State. However, this name is rarely used; and perhaps with good reason, for it was the name 'An Ráth', and not 'Ráth Luirc', that was used by the area's native Irish speakers historically. ´An Ráth´ in English means ´The Fort´ and the sports teams in the locality have as their crest a fort. Irish Railways (CIE) ceased to use the name Ráth Luirc as the official name of the station in the 1980s; although it is still retained (as at all Irish railway stations) in the bi-lingual station signs.

During the time of the Penal Laws, practising the Catholic faith was illegal. As a result, the parish of Charleville was amalgamated with the parishes Bruree and Colmanswell, both in the Diocese of Limerick. In 1704, Fr. Daniel Mac Namara of Bruree was registered as the Catholic priest for this very large pastoral area . The fact that Catholics had to attend Mass secretly meant that the old chapel in Holy Cross cemetery was abandoned. The remains of this church - now overgrown with ivy - are still to be seen in the centre of the graveyard. Indeed, like so many other pre-1700 churches, the old church of Holy Cross literally became part of the surrounding graveyard, in that several gravestones, both marked and unmarked, are to be found within the building itself. Upon one such gravestone is a Latin epithaph to none other than Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill (1691-1754), who was, in his time, the Chief Poet of Munster, as well as a native of Charleville.



Charleville has a town park.


Charleville is located in the Golden Vale region of Munster and it is 50 km from Corkmarker city to the south and 35 km from Limerickmarker city to the north.


Charleville is a centre for the food processing industry, with brands such as Charleville Cheese and Golden Vale produced by Kerry Co-Op.



A new luxury hotel, Charleville Park Hotel, opened in February 2008.


Charleville has a strong retail sector, and it is home to retail outlets such as Murrays and Malachy O´Sullivans. Dunnes Stores recently opened a store in the town centre.


Numerous spin-offs both in the town of Charleville and the surrounding area were created when Golden Vale Engineering closed its doors in 1983. The largest amongst these were BCD Engineering, Diamond Engineering and Sapphire Engineering. BCD is the 2nd largest employer in Charleville.


Golden Vale (part of the Kerry Group) continue to make cheese products in the town. Golden Vale is the largest employer in Charleville.


Charleville has numerous Pubs and also a Nightclub, as well as a Theatre facility and is home to the North Cork Drama Festival


The Irish railway network also connects to Cork Tralee and Dublin, with the Cork–Dublinmarker line running by. Formerly there was a junction at Charleville, for trains running directly from Limerick via Croommarker (see Irish railway history). Charleville railway station opened on 19 March 1849 and was closed for goods traffic travelling to Limerick on 6 September 1976.

Charleville is on the main Cork - Limerick - Galway bus route and has hourly connections with these 3 cities for most of the day

Charleville is situated on the R515 regional road which connects Newcastle West, Co. Limerick with Tipperarymarker Town in County Tipperarymarker.




  • Charleville AFC
  • Ráth Luirc GAA Club
  • Charleville Camogie Club
  • Charleville RFC
  • Charleville Golf Club
  • Charleville Pitch and Putt Club
  • Ráth Luirc GAA Sports Centre(Squash, badminton and tennis facilities)
  • Handball Court

Youth Groups

Charleville Scout Group

24th/65th Cork Scout group operates out of it own hall located in the town park.The group has a very active leadership catering for male youths in the town in different sections.Activities include Cinema, Swimming, Bowling, Water Activities, hiking, rock climbing, abseiling, bouldering, caving, Camping and much more.

Places of Interest

  • Charleville Library - is an example of a historic building which has been put into use again after years of neglect. It was formally the Protestant Church of the Parish but went into disrepair in the 1950/1960s when the Protestant population of the area declined.


Charleville has a Community Council and a Chamber of Commerce

Media and the Arts


Currently broadcasting online every Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 5pm to 9pm


  • The Vale Star


  • The Schoolyard Theatre
  • North Cork Drama Festival



International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Charleville is twinned with the town Plouaret-Vieux-Marche, Brittany, France.

See also

External links

Business Website: Charleville

Forum: Charleville Online

Ballyhoura Community Radio:


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