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 –...

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 –...

Musical Marie, the world’s only non-stop lady marathon pianist played for 134 hours non-stop in the Catholic Institute, Sarsfield Street. From 9am in Monday 1st November to 1am on the 8th November 1953. Opening hours for the public was between 9am and midnight, while police and press...

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...

Limerick Person of t...

On Tuesday 15 December 2015 the Limerick’s Life project was honoured with the Limerick Person of the Month Award for aiding social engagement in local history. This monthly award is sponsored by the Limerick Leader,  Southern Media and the Clarion Hotel. The nominees come from various...

80 Years of the Savo...

On the 19 December 2015 the Savoy Hotel celebrates 80 years of the Savoy name in Limerick. On the 15 December 2015 the site was discussed on Limerick’s Live 95FM‘s Today Show, with Ronan Branningan, manager of the Savoy Hotel, Tom English, former manager of the Savoy Theatre...

Colourised Edwardian...

Before coloured photographs became accessible to all images were often colourised to make them more vibrant. It was a popular technique in the Edwardian period in both private images and commercial images as below. Cara Johnston: Photographs were colored in one of two ways: hand tinting or...

Was a Limerick man t...

In January 1796, Jane Austen wrote a letter to her sister Cassandra: “At length the day is come on which I am to flirt my last with Tom Lefroy, & when you receive this, it will be over—My tears flow as I write this, at this melancholy idea.” These lines to her sister may have been edged...

Whatever Lola Wants ...

Lola Montez travelled the world bewitching artists, writers and causing a King to abdicate. There are several contradictions surrounding the life of Lola Montez, many created by Lola herself. Lola repeatedly stated that she was born in 1818 Limerick, but it was discovered 130 years after her...