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Bruff

Bruff is a town in east County Limerick, in the midwest of Ireland, located on the old Limerick - Cork road (R512). The town lies on the Morning Star river, with two bridges in the town itself. The horse-shoe lake of Lough Gur is nearby. Bruff have won 34 all ireland senior hurling titles in a rowHistoryHistorical artifacts around the area date back to the Stone Age, with various buildings up to the early Christian still extant. Bruff is the hometown of American missionary and bishop John Joseph Hogan. In the sixteenth century it was granted to the Standish family from whom it passed by inheritance to the Hartstonge Baronets, and ultimately to the Earl of Limerick.The town suffered heavy fighting in the Battle of Killmallock during the Irish Civil War. Near the Catholic Church, there is a large statue of Sean Wall, commander of the East Limerick Irish Republican Army and chairman of Limerick County Council until his death on May 6, 1921 during the War of Independence.The former seat of the O'Grady family, Kilballyowen, is near Bruff.It is also reputed that former US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a descendant of the Fitzgeralds of Bruff. Caroline Kennedy, the daughter, of former US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy visited the town in May 2013 with her husband and son.
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