Askeaton - Eas Geiphtine, the "waterfall of Gephtine" is situated on the banks of the river Deel. on the N 69. Askeaton derives its name from a waterfall south of the town known as Eas Geitine or Eas Gheiphtine, named after a tribe who settled here in pre Christian times.

Askeaton was a great stronghold of the Earls of Desmond and Askeaton Castle, home to the Earls of Desmond, was built around 1348. Lord Pelham and his English forces captured the Castle in 1580, during the Desmond Wars. The lands were later granted to the Berkeley family.

Askeaton Franciscan Friary is believed to have been built around 1400, by the third Earl of Desmond Gerald.

St Mary's Church is held to have been founded by the Knights Templars in 1298.

Lismakerry Ring Fort is located in the parish to which it lends its name about two miles from Askeaton. Lismakerry church is situated near the Fort

Askeaton was once a milling centre and had a brewery. It has a long sea going tradition and at one time, timber from Curraghchase and Castle Hewson was exported through Askeaton to make props for Scottish mines. The Gondola, a flat-bottomed boat, was very popular in Askeaton, and was peculiar to that part of the Shannon.

There are two holy wells in Askeaton; Sunday's Wells in the townland of Moig south. They are twenty yards apart. Devotions have ceased to these wells, but rounds were made on Sunday mornings before sunrise in former times.

Legend: Dirty clothes were washed in the wells and next morning there were two wells, the real well could not be distinguished. A fish used to be seen in the original well.

A man suffering from an incurable disease rubbed the water to his bones and a week later the disease had completely disappeared.

Barrett House Courtbrown. 1850 famine ruin.


Beagh Castle. Circa 1260


Beagh Church. Built 1237


Gates to Westropp Estate


Saint Patrick's Church, Ballysteen, County Limerick, Ireland. Built 1861.

Thomas Naish/Nash and his family lived in the townland of Ballycanana, Parish of Askeaton-Ballysteen, County Limerick, Ireland. They were salmon fishermen on the River Shannon and leased their land and worked  for the Westropp Estate. The pictures on this page, from Ireland, are sights they saw everyday.

The churches of the time were Beagh Church circa 1237, St. Mary's Church of Askeaton, circa 1849, St. Patrick's Church of Ballysteen built 1861, and an old thatched chapel in Moloney's field.

This chapel was right up the road in the Townland of Ballycanana. It was built in 1799 and is described as an L-shaped thatched building and had accomadation for 400 people.It was located at Culhane's Cross.(Ballysteen Cross) in Moloney's field, presently the land is owned by David Naughton. It is very likely they used this church as it is only 1/4 of a mile or less from where they lived.

There are no grave markers for this family. The tradition was to bury the dead without a marker. The family knew where they were buried and came to pay tribute.  Probable sites would be Beagh Church or Askeaton Abbey or Moloney's field. Unfortunately, our family information was lost to the ages.



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