1809 visit of the Lord Lieutenant and other tales of 19th century Limerick
The role of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland established in 1690 and was abolished in 1922. He was considered the representative of the King in Ireland. Officially, Lords Lieutenant were appointed for no set term but in practice they were usually replaced as each British...
Henry Strafford Ferrar, the great grandson of John Ferrar
For over a century, the births, deaths and marriages of the descendants of John Ferrar, the founder of the Limerick Chronicle, were recorded in its pages. Henry Strafford Ferrar was born in Belfast on July 10, 1850 the son of Mary Minchin and Michael Lloyd Ferrar,...
Making the Most of – Irish Civil Registration Records
Tracing your Irish family history can be a daunting task. The following video contains tips and trick on how to make the most of the Irish Civil Registration Records. The Irish Civil Registration records began in 1864 and cover Birth, Marriage and Death records. With...
Making the Most of – The 1901 and 1911 Census of Ireland
Tracing your Irish family history can be a daunting task. The following video contains tips and trick on how to make the most of the 1901 and 1911 Census of Ireland. Although the regular census for Ireland began in 1821, a series of events which involved both...
Dr Samuel Crumpe – A Man of Many Talents
Samuel Crumpe was born in Rathkeale on 15 September 1766.  He was the eldest of seven children of Kerry born Daniel Crumpe and Grace Orpen. Not only was Grace Orpen the wife of Daniel Crumpe, she was also his second cousin. Samuel was named after his paternal...
The Very Talented O’Connor Family of Nolan’s Cottages
On the 1911 census, the O'Connor family were living in Nolan's Cottages. They were recorded as James Victor O'Connor, 34, a scenic artist. His wife Anna Julia, 35, was an actress. The O'Connors were married about 1897. They had five children although sadly by 1911...
Richard Crosbie and his 1786 Hot Air Balloon Flight
The first aircraft to land in Shannon was not an airplane nor was it in the twentieth century. On April 27, 1786, Richard Crosbie ascended in a balloon from Clancy Strand and travelled to the area that is now Shannon Airport. Crosbie was born in Wicklow and studied in...

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Limerick History Quiz 3

Limerick History Quiz 3

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW LIMERICK? ANSWER THE FOLLOWING 10 QUESTIONS TO FIND OUT. THE CLUES AND SOLUTIONS TO THIS QUIZ CREATED BY THE TWEETY STONE. You can find other Limerick History Quiz by the Tweety Stone at Limerick History Quiz 1...

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The Story of the Widows Alms Houses off Nicholas Street

The Story of the Widows Alms Houses off Nicholas Street

Despite the common belief that the Widows Alms Houses off Nicholas Street were erected in 1691, they were in fact built much later. The myth probably arose from the following inscription that was on gable the buildings “Corporation Widows Alms Houses A.D. 1691”....

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Limerick against the Fake News of 1887

Limerick against the Fake News of 1887

The following article was posted in the Nation on 19 March 1887. It tells of the news agents of Limerick city's attempt to stop Fake News from England spreading in the city. The news agents of Limerick city have set an example which it is to be fervently hoped will be...

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Step-by-Step Guide to Tracing your Limerick Family History

Most people set out on tracing their family history full of enthusiasm only to be hit by brick walls along the way. In this post we will share some useful tips about how to trace your Limerick City ancestors and what resources are available online. Luckily for those starting out in genealogy today there are a lot more resources available at the finger tips, though there is a certain loss of enjoyment from missing out on the dusty books and reels of micro-fiche which were the norm up until very recently.

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This website is a personal project of Sharon Slater, born from a passion for Limerick and it's history. She maintains, updates and contributes to it independently and voluntarily. If you'd like to donate to keep Limerick's history online, please know that all donations will go directly into the costs of hosting the website and the time and travel to research and write the articles found on the site.


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