Limerick Castle, 10 views through the centuries

In 1197 Limerick received a charter from King John which granting the citizens of the city the same rights as the citizens of Dublin city. They were allowed to elect a mayor and bailiffs who would govern and administer the city. During the first decade of the thirteenth century, Limerick Castle ,one of city’s most famous landmarks, was planned and built. The castle was a five sided structure which may have been surrounded by a moat before the construction of Thomond Bridge, followed quickly by St. Mary’s Cathedral.

It was named King John’s Castle, after the reigning monarch, but was known also known as Limerick Castle throughout it’s 800 years. The castle also housed the city mint where the currency of the city was pressed.

In 1224, a Royal valuation of Limerick Castle was carried out and it was found that the goods within it were “scarcely worth 18 pence”.

The castle would receive extensive damage during the sieges of the 17th century. In 1791, a military barracks was built within the castle. A hundred members of the British army as well as their families lived here until 1922. During this time it was known as the Castle Barracks.

In 1935, Limerick Corporation removed part of the castle walls and erected 22 houses in the castle-yard. These were demolished in 1989 and Limerick Castle was restored as a tourist attraction. In 2012 it closed once more for redevelopment and reopen in midsummer 2013.

There is one spot loved by many to view the Castle over the last 200 years, it shows how little this view has actually chanced in that time.

Limerick Castle

Below are 10 other views of Limerick Castle through the centuries.

1. 1685

Limerick Castle 1685

2. 1826

Limerick Castle 1826

3. 1832

Limerick Castle 1832

4. 1840

Limerick Castle 1840

5. 1841

Limerick Castle 1841

6. 1890

Limerick Castle 1890

7. 1908


Limerick Castle 1908

8. 1950

Limerick castle 1950

9. 1980

limerick castle 1980

10. 2009

Limerick Castle 2009


You can view a video of the inside of Limerick Castle here

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Author: Sharon Slater

Sharon Slater is the owner and operator of the Limerick's Life website. She has been researching and collecting information regarding Limerick history and genealogies since her early teens. She obtained a Masters degree in Local History at the University of Limerick.

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