Historic Stone Street Signs of the City May23

Historic Stone Stree...

As Limerick expanded into the Newtownpery area of the the city in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century new streets were names. These new builds incorporated street signs into the buildings often on the corners but occasionally, as with Baker’s Place, in the centre of purpose...

The 1897 Fire Insurance Maps of Limerick May21

The 1897 Fire Insura...

The Goad fire insurance plans are unique primary source materials capturing what is, in many cases, otherwise undocumented information about buildings, land use and urban design. The 1897 plan of Limerick was originally produced to aid insurance companies in assessing fire risks. The building...

The Bearded Lady of Limerick May15

The Bearded Lady of ...

Gerald of Wales was the archdeacon of Brecknock, Wales from 1175 to 1204, and historian he visited to Ireland in the 1180s. He wrote Topographia Hibernica about his travels during this period, one of his stories involved meeting the “Bearded Lady” of Duvenald, king of Limerick...

Limerick 1858 –...

On the 6 May 2016 a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the visit of Charles Dickens to Limerick in 1858. The plaque was erected by the Limerick Writers Centre. We were asked to say a few words about Limerick in 1858 to set the scene for the visit of Mr Dickens. Limerick in 1858 was a real...

Prince Hermann von P...

Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau In 1828, there was great excitement on the streets of Limerick as news reached the city that a Prince would be coming to visit. The Prince, born Count Hermann Pückler on 30 October 1785, later gained the extravagant name of Prince Hermann Ludwig Heinrich von...

Interesting News Art...

Many thanks to Tom Donovan for the following interesting news extracts: Fryday (sic)  4 May 1716 The Limerick News Letter Printed by T Brangan at the Duke of Marlborough’s Head in Key-Lane (NLI LO P4 Irish Tracts 1656-1701) Limerick May 4th Yesterday the Honourable Captain Brown, of the...

The Limerick Aviatri...

Lady Mary Heath, Limerick’s Unsung Pioneering Aviator In the ground-breaking era of aviation, a small number of men, both rich and brave enough to take to the air, set out. Although the names Lindbergh, Byrd, Wright, Lear and Hughes made their place in history assured, largely forgotten is...

St Patrick’s Day Parade 2016 Mar25

St Patrick’s D...

A film of photographs from the St Patrick’s Day Parade 2016 in Limerick City. You can see film and pictures of the St Patrick’s Day parades of 2014 – 2012 – 2011 – 2010 Did you like this article? Share...

HighNelly – Th...

Whilst the heroes of 1916 are celebrated & so they should be, for every praised Irish man or woman that fought the cause they had to get around to do it. The HighNelly bike played a pivotal role in the Rising transporting the everyday citizen to work, rallies & meetings whilst the...

Guest Post: A Bucket...

The following guest post comes from Reg Morrow, telling of a childhood in Dooradoyle. When you are young you sometimes can be very foolish by your actions either by words or deeds, not thinking out the consequences, but as we get older I hope we get wiser and don’t make the same mistakes...

William Harvey a Pio...

The noted Naturalist Charles Darwin considered Limerick man, William Henry Harvey, a ‘first-rate botanist’. William Henry Harvey was born on 5 February 1811, into a prominent Quaker family. He was the youngest of Joseph Massey Harvey (1764 – 1834) and Rebecca Mark’s eleven...

Musical Marie – 17 Stone of Rhythm and Fun Feb21

Musical Marie –...

Limerick was the host to many strange and unusual performances. One of these included the record breaking attempt by “Musical Marie” who in the 1950s was the world’s “only non-stop lady marathon pianist”. From 9am in Monday 1st November to 1am on the 8th November 1953, she played for 134...

The strange death of...

Many thanks to Grainne Keays for the following transcription Kerry Evening Post, October 17, 1855 MELANCHOLY DEATH OF A YOUNG WOMAN IN LIMERICK CORONOR’S INQUEST On Sunday afternoon [October 7], considerable excitement was created in William Street, which soon spread all over the city, by...

St Patrick’s School 100 Year Anniversary Feb03

St Patrick’s S...

On the 1st February 2016 students from St Patrick’s Boys and St Patrick’s Girls national schools replaced their uniforms with costumes from 1916 as part of the celebrations. Pupils and staff from both schools re-enacted a walk which was made by pupils of the old St. Patrick’s Boys’ and...

Charles Dickens read...

Each year Christmas creeps up earlier and becomes more elaborate, with decorations both inside and outside houses, and multiple gifts to everyone and their dog. It has not always been this way, even fifty years ago Christmas was a much more subdued affair, with only a single gift and a family...

The Rich Fishwife &#...

In 1869, a local “celebrity” Mary Hanly known for selling fish and her coarse and vulgar abusive language passed away leaving a surprise behind her: Death of a Local Celebrity, – Gentlemen of piscatory tastes, who had often to go to Denmark street in order home a supply of...

First Car Registered in Limerick was in 1904 Jan12

First Car Registered...

The first car registered in Limerick was on 1st January 1904 by James Perry Goodbody. It was a white Renault H, license plate TI.1 James Perry Goodbody was a member of the Society of Friends, he was born in Offaly County (Laois) on 22 March 1877. He was married to Jane Frances Bond. He was...

Seduction in High So...

In 1871 a case of seduction was brought to court by George Cannock, the founder of Cannock‘s department store against Patrick Lynch, the owner of the George Hotel in respect to Cannock’s 18 year old daughter Mary who found herself pregnant from an affair in August 1870. The case...

Destructive Storm in Limerick – Christmas 1852 Dec30

Destructive Storm in...

Destructive Storms in Limerick On Christmas Eve this city was visited by a fearful storm, which arose before twelve o’clock, continued for several hours, and during the time period more destructive in its effects than almost any other in recollection or on record. Precisely at a quarter to...

Russian Soccer Team Plays in Janesboro, 1967 Dec20

Russian Soccer Team ...

In November 1967 the Russian training ship “Zenit” docked in Limerick Port. A reception was given to the officers and men by the Limerick Harbour Commissioners and the Chamber of Commerce. At the reception the Mayor of Limerick Ted Russell stated that he hoped there would be...