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Episode 4 Rediscovering Limerick – Cleeve’s Condensed Milk Factory

Episode 4 Rediscovering Limerick – Cleeve’s Condensed Milk Factory

rediscovering limerickThis series of videos Rediscovering Limerick details aspects of Limerick’s History is written and presented by Sharon Slater of Limerick’s Life and filmed and edited by Sean Wrenn of I Love Limerick in an attempt to inform, educate and amuse. Rediscovering Limerick takes you onto the streets to walk into the steps of our past.

In this episode we deal with the Cleeve’s Factory

You can still see the factory chimney and the grand stone building of what was once the Cleeve’s Condensed Milk Factory on the banks of the Shannon.This factory was own by a Thomas Cleeve a Canadian born businessman who was elected High Sheriff of Limerick three times. He arrived in Limerick at 16 years old in 1860 to work with a relative of his mother. In 1900 he received a Knighthood from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Following his death in 1908 his brother Frederick became the managing director of the Cleeve’s company.

In this video we will delve into some of the history of the factory. Mentioned in the video are Benchmarks, Tragedies in the factory, Tragedies outside the factory, and we visit St. Mary’s Graveyard 

You can see the next episode in this series here.

About The 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.

About Limerick’s Life

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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