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...

Ted Kennedy In Ireland (1964) Nov16

Ted Kennedy In Irela...

On the 30 May 1964 Senator Ted Kennedy the brother of John Fitzgerald Kennedy visited Limerick on the invitation of Mayor Frances Condell. This was a year after the visit of JFK to the city and months after tragedy struck the Kennedy family in November 22, 1963 with the assassinated of JFK in...

Upcoming Event: Adare to host 1916 Roadshow Nov06

Upcoming Event: Adar...

– Limerick Museum and Archives preparing 100th anniversary publication and exhibition Local items and stories relating to 1916 are being sourced for a new exhibition and publication focusing on Limerick’s role in the Easter Rising and life in Limerick 100 years ago. Limerick...

The Irish invented Halloween, fact or fiction? Oct31

The Irish invented H...

Folklore tells us that the Irish created Halloween and spread the end-of-autumn celebration around the world as the people would travel from their homeland to far flung shores. But how true is this story? It is generally known that prior to the arrival of Christianity the Irish were Celts and...

Cases of Bigamy in 1...

On the 13 October 2015 we were asked to give a talk on Bigamy in County Limerick in the 19th Century for the Adare Historical Society in the Adare Heritage Centre. There were over 250 cases of bigamy recorded in Limerick between 1800 and 1900. The talk included just a small sample of those...

Limerick’s Mer...

Limerick Chamber is one of the oldest and most influential organisations in Limerick City and the Mid-West Region. Founded in 1807, it received a Royal charter in 1815. One of the highlights of the bicentenary is the publication of this major book, aptly entitled Limerick’s Merchants, Traders...

Gloves So Delicate They Fit In A Walnut Shell Sep21

Gloves So Delicate T...

In the early part of the 19th century Limerick was famed for gloves of pale yellow leather so thin that a pair could be folded up and placed inside a walnut shell – a dainty gift for a one’s ladylove. These are usually called ‘chicken skin’ gloves, which is, perhaps, a deliberate misnomer...

Exploring The Heart ...

We were thrilled to be part of the Elemental Arts and Culture Festival again this year. Each year it grows from strength to strength. Our 2014 contribution was on Limerick Clocks, while 2013 was on Roche’s Hanging Garden. Our contribution this years was a walking tour exploring the...

Great Bands from Lim...

In the first week of September 2015, Keith Kelly, who writes for Indie Limerick, plays for Randolf and the Crokers  and works for Irish Storage hosted The People of Limerick account. During his tenure he created a list of 35 Limerick bands and linked to both their twitter account (where it...