The Family of Major ...

This beautifully ornate grave marker was erected in St Munchin’s Church of Ireland graveyard to the memory of Major Thomas Pakenham Vandeleur it reads:   Erected by his surviving children in loving memory of Major Thomas Pakenham Vandeleur. 25 years Treasurer of the County of...

Limerick City in a report in a Melbourne Newspaper 1879 Nov08

Limerick City in a r...

The following is a report of a trip to Ireland in 27 December 1879 by J.H. of The Argus, Melbourne, Australia (The Argus was a morning daily newspaper in Melbourne that was established in 1846 and closed in 1957). Limerick, the city of the Shannon and capital of Munster, the next stage south...

John Chauncey Olcott...

John Chancellor “Chauncey” Olcott was born in Buffalo, New York on 21 July 1858 to Mellen Whitney Olcott and his Irish mother Margaret Doyle . When his mother was eight she and her family left Ireland but settled in an Irish area of New York. This background was the inspiration...

The Jewish Cemetery,...

In 1902, the Lithuanian Jewish community purchased the land for this little cemetery.  Over the years, the community dwindled in size. The cemetery fell into disrepair in 1990 it was repaired as part of a publicly funded civic project. The cemetery is now maintained by Limerick Civic Trust...

Who was Peter Woulfe...

Noted Limerick historian John Ferrar wrote in his History of Limerick 1787 that Peter Woulfe was born about 1727 at ‘Tirecullane’, near Limerick City. ‘Tirecullane’ has not been located on a map of Limerick, nor has a birth record for Peter Woulfe in Limerick. However...

A Bicycle Boat – Limerick Man’s Ingenious Invention Sep23

A Bicycle Boat – Lim...

The following report comes from the Saturday Herald, 1 June 1901: Mr Dennis Madden, of Broad Street, Limerick, sends us some particulars of a very ingenious contrivance which he has invented and constructed and which soon may be seen in full working order on the Shannon. It is, as the picture...

Limerick and the Oly...

The modern Olympic Games began in Athens in 1896 when fourteen nations competed in forty-three events in nine sports. Only men competed in the first games. It was four years later when women were allowed to compete in a small number of events. There was no Limerick participant in the first...

The 21 children of t...

The following image from Getty Images taken 16 March 1926 shows Mrs. Thomas McKessy and ten of her 21 children, upon her arrival in New York on the SS Aurania. The caption with the image mentions that her husband arrived in New York in September 1925. The family were going to the Bronx Thomas...

Our City Our Stories – Graveyard Tales Sep04

Our City Our Stories...

The ‪#OurCityOurStories‬ is a new video campaign by the Office of Communications/Marketing in Limerick City & County Council, celebrating Limerick City Centre’s brilliant mix of characters & stories! As part of this Our City Our Stories series the story of a Prince buried in St...

The Daily Life in Limerick in 1916 Aug25

The Daily Life in Li...

Limerick in 1916 was a bustling city with over 38,000 residents in the urban area and over 140,000 in the county. Although large portions of men of working age were fighting in the First World War, the city was still heaving with people. As in other cities across Europe, women during this...

Guest Post: The Colo...

The following story and poem comes courtesy of Liam O’Brien. Lieutenant. Colonel Galloway was a retired British army officer who had served during the First World War. He and his wife moved to Ireland in the 1930s, purchasing a house and land on the banks of Lough Gur in Co. Limerick. I...

Blog Awards Shortlis...

UPDATE 17 August 2016: Limerick’s Life has been shortlisted in this competition. Public voting is now open and will remain open until the 23 August and you can vote for Limerick’s Life by clicking the image below Thank you for your consideration. Limerick’s life has been...

Bruree Co. Limerick,...

In the 1980s the OPW restored the humble cottage on the outskirts of the village of Bruree in County Limerick. This cottage was the home of Éamon de Valera the future President of Ireland who held that office from 1959 until 1973. Éamon de Valera was born Edward de Valera in New York, ...

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...