Under General Ginkel, over those of James II.
The Irish numbering 25,000, and strongly posted behind marshy ground, at first maintained a vigorous resistance; but Ginkel having penetrated their line of defence, and their general being struck down by a cannon ball at this critical moment, they were at length overcome and routed with terrible slaughter.
In person, which failed, and the second by General Godart van Ginkel, who, on the 30th of June 1691, in the face of the Irish, forded the river and took possession of the town, with the loss of only fifty men.
Ginkel was subsequently created earl of Athlone, and his descendants held the title till it became extinct in 1844.
There are remains of a castle from which the town took its name, which was the seat of the kings of Thomond, and was blown up by General Ginkel at the time of the siege of Limerick (1690).