Limerick’s Grand Prix Races of the 1930s Jul26

Limerick’s Gra...

The Limerick Grand Prix ran on the streets of Limerick, Ireland, between 1935–1938 (except 1937). The first race in 1935 was known as “Round the Houses” and the route ran 2.76 miles (4.44 km) through William Street, Roxborough Road, Careys Road, Rossbrien Road, Punches Cross,...

Limerick – Ire...

Limerick has a long and vibrant history and has witnessed huge changes in the last two centuries. These changes have been captured in Sharon Slater’s Limerick – Ireland in Old Photographs. Through the 128 pages of the book she shows how the city has grown, recalling shops and...

J Carrol Naish a Hol...

Joseph Patrick Carroll Naish, who was better known as J Carrol Naish, was born in New York in 1896. The son of a Limerick couple, he grew to become an American character actor who was nominated twice for an Academy Award. Naish was married from 1929 until his death to actress Gladys Heaney...

The Plaques of Abing...

The following plaques are inserted into the internal walls of Abington Church (Church of Ireland), Murroe, Co. Limerick. This church was opened 7 November 1870 replacing an older church in the parish. Where possible obituaries from the Limerick Library Local Studies Collection have been...

A poem: The Praises of Limerick, written in the 1860s Jun25

A poem: The Praises ...

The poem “The Praises of Limerick” was published by Peter Brereton, a ballad sheet printer operating out of Lower Exchange Street, Dublin in the 1860s. It is told from the view of a native of Limerick who has left the city for a new life but misses home. The poem has been...

Guest Post : Friarst...

The following guest post on Friarstown Abbey comes courtesy of Liam O’Brien:   Between the Parishes of Fedamore and Donaghmore/Knockea, across the fields from the R511 (Limerick to Fedamore road) stands a real hidden gem of Limerick’s heritage.   Friarstown Abbey is said...

The Bag of Apples and a Chase, 1858 Jun06

The Bag of Apples an...

The following amusing tale of a police chase after some apple stealing rouges was recalled in The Limerick Reporter and Tipperary Vindicator, 24 August 1858. The Orchard- The Thieves – The Chase Time– Five o’clock in the morning. Scene– The Abbey river, enveloped by a...

Michael Hogan –...

The Rise and Fall of the Bard of Thomond Michael Hogan was born in New Road, Thomondgate in 1832. He gave himself the name “The Bard of Thomond”. He was one of six sons born to Arthur Hogan and Mary Nolan and was baptised in St Munchin’s Church. Arthur Hogan was a wheelwright at Stein’s...

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...