Welcome to Limerick's Life

Enjoy browsing through our articles, photographs and videos about the people and places of Limerick, Ireland.

The Limerick Tobacco Industry

In 1929, Limerick city was the home to two large of tobacco factories Spillane's and Clune's who imported tobacco from the United States, Egypt and Turkey as well as locally grown tobacco to produce their famed products. Spillane’s Tobacco Factory on Sarsfield Street...

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The O’Callaghan Tannery

In 1929, Limerick was still at the forefront in industry in Ireland with the four bacon factories of Matterson, O’Mara, Denny and Shaws working to full capacity. The flour mills of Bannetyne and Russells both at the time under the control of Goodbody’s who were the...

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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.


Publications by Sharon Slater