8 Jan 2018 – Stitch in time: History of a Limerick clothing giant is brought to book – Limerick Leader

15 Oct 2016 – Sam Talks: Sharon Slater and Dr John Lannon talk mental health history – Limerick Voice

16 Jul 2016 – Book launch: Limerick in Old Photographs – Irish Genealogy News

18 Nov 2015 – Limerick Chamber’s 200 years of Merchants, Traders and Shakers –Limerick Post

10 Jul 2015 – Chamber brought to book – Limerick Post

7 May 2014 – Sharon’s light on our city’s history – Limerick Leader

21 Nov 2013 – Celebrity show for Richard Harris Festival – Limerick Post

2 Jul 2013 – Rediscovering Limerick and Cleeves Condense Milk Factory – Limerick Chronicle

23 Jun 2013 – Rediscovering Limerick and the Pery Family – Limerick Chronicle

18 Jun 2013 – Rediscovering Limerick Presents Sylvester O’Halloran – Limerick Chronicle

11 Jun 2013 – New online series unveils fascinating history of Limerick – Limerick Chronicle

2 Oct 2012 – Website Celebrates Limerick’s Long and Eventful History – Limerick Chronicle

21 Feb 2012 – Website Celebrates Limerick’s Long and Eventful History – Limerick Chronicle


If you love history — the old-photographs, stories-of-common-people, local-legends kind of history, you will enjoy Sharon Slater’s site.

Alice Nine – 17 Mar 2017

Conference feedback for Beyond the Grave 25-27 April 2014 organised by Sharon Slater for Limerick Archives and Mary Immaculate College.

Superbly organised and run – most people manage the first and fail at the second ye did both.” John Tierney, Historic Graves

Thank you for organising such a good conference, the two rooms worked great” JJ Bowen, Irish Artist Blacksmith Association

Thanks a million to you Sharon. It was a great conference, really enjoyable, and well-run, with some excellent talks. Thank you for letting me be part of it!” Linda Lynch MA PhD MIAI, Human Oestoarchaeologist

Thank You Sharon!! And thanks to all your team it was a very educational and interesting weekend” Eric O’Neill, Blacksmith

Many thanks for your professionalism in organising the conference. It was well prepared and organised.” Graham Gleasure, Irish Association of Funeral

Just a quick note to say thank you for all the hard work in organising an excellent conference.  The diversity in the papers was amazing and hope we can do this again next year.  It is clear that there is a demand for such a conference in the fact that so many travelled.  I would nealy pencil that date in the diary for next year.  Harold Mytum was a dream..and Catriona Crowe also as was every speaker I personally attended to.  I think that those that travelled will be talking about the weekend for sometime to come and it is important that we do not let this opportunity slip.  Thanks again, Sunday too was brilliant and sorry I had to leave early but I am sure the visitors were thrilled with the other sites that you brought them to.” Dr.Ursula Callaghan

Many thanks for arranging the conference. It was really very good. There was a lot of stimulating debate, and I learned a great deal.” Dr. Julie Rugg, University of York

Thank you for all your work in arranging the conference. It was great to hear such different perspective on the topic and talk to others about their work.” Dr. Malgorzata Krasnodebska-D’Aughton, UCC

Congratulations and well done on organising a great conference, You had a great attendance. I found it very interesting and enjoyable. The mix of presentations and Lectures was great, and you had great Speakers. It is lovely to attend an event, where the organisation is excellent and very smooth running. Give yourself a big clap on the back along with all your Team. I know from running my own events what effort goes into these and Delegates really only see the ‘tip of the iceberg’ with regards to the effort, blood sweat and tears.” Brendan Dempsey

Sharon – thanks to you, it all went smoothly, you must have put a lot of work into it.  I hope you get the deserved recognition for its success.  I really enjoyed Saturday, it was entertaining, informative and, most importantly, hassle free!!” Terry Forristal

Congratulations on creating a wonderful conference. Well done with all your excellent organising.” Turtle Bunbury

Many thanks for your administrative efficiency and attention to detail that made matters work so well. It was a fine event, and I trust, and hope, you and Limerick are happy with the way matters turned out.” Professor James Kelly, DCU

I have known Sharon for a long time and am very familiar with her work. She is an avid researcher and is passionate about the local history of Limerick. She has willingly passed on information about my own family when I have been engaged in genealogical and local history research. She is thorough, genuine and a great worker. I would classify her as being a creative and talented thinker as she constantly strives to improve her excellent website: On a few occasions, I asked Sharon to obtain information about various items pertaining to local history and she got this quite promptly for me. She will be of high calibre to any organisation, association or company who avails of her services and deserves the highest promotion offered.

John Phayer

Upton exploring the rest of her site, I found help in records searches, again far exceeding expectation. With information accessed through Ms. Slater’s site, even more discoveries of Irish family roots were made

In conclusion, I would like to say, any body wishing the highest class of computer and website work would be well pleased to have Ms. Slater as a resource. With her good work ethics, I’m sure Ms. Slater would be an asset to any organization.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me any time.

Sincerely Yours,

Mark T. Upton, Olympia WA USA – 19 Feb 2013

It’s been a joy to find Sharon, a lady who’s historical/genealogical knowledge of Limerick has amazed me. Sharon has been extremely helpful in supplying leads and discovering documents which were unavailable on other family tree websites, containing details of relatives who would otherwise be lost and forgotton. Her help has enabled me to expand my family tree. She has an excellent understanding of the numerous historical documents that are available and marrying them in together. I would recommend Sharon, wholeheartedly, for anyone wanting to further their family history.

Julie McCormack – Manchester, England

To Whom it May Concern,I am pleased to recommend Sharon as a researcher, writer and presenter of local history. Gabriela Avram and I run a volunteer conservation group, Limerick Riverpath Volunteers  from the Interaction Design Centre in U.L. and Sharon gave an excellent account of the history of the Park Canal at a Guided Walk we organised last September. We find her generous online sharing of information most helpful in our ongoing promotion of this amenity.

Sharon also researched a forgotten famine graveyard for a project we organised with a craft teacher and the Limerick Learning Hub – she pitched the talk perfectly and engaged the children and their teachers in learning and discussion of the history of their area.

If you have any enquiries about this reference, please do not hesitate to contact me at this email address.

Miriam Lohan – Limerick, Ireland – 16 Jan 2013

As Assistant Project Coordinator for Open House Limerick 2012 I was lucky enough to work with Sharon who organised and led one of the most popular tours of the festival. She is exceedingly generous with her own research, rare photographs of Limerick, advice and her time. Limerick’s Life is doing an invaluable service for local history in Limerick.

Emma Gilleece – Limerick, Ireland – 24 Jan 2013

Sharon has an outstanding passion for local history, combined with unbounded enthusiasm and tireless capacity for interacting with others and sharing her knowledge.Her website Limerick’s Life has become a real brand for Limerick, due to the huge amount of work she has put into identifying and bringing to light information about the city’s past.Sharon has an excellent insight into the opportunities opened by digital / social media and she is then perfect example of a modern age scholar.I met Sharon in 2011 while working on the Connected Limerick project and ever since, our collaboration has gone from strength to strength.Sharon has generously contributed her time and expertise to our research and community projects by giving invited talks, guiding historical tours, participating in recording sessions and providing us with excellent information and images from Limerick’s past

Gabriela Avram – Limerick, Ireland – 21 Jan 2013

I approached Sharon to assist with putting together an Architectural Cycle along Limerick City canal bank, as part of Limericks inaugural Open House event. Sharon was very approachable and listened open mindedly to the activity we were planning. and at no point hesitated to get involved.

Sharon help in setting up historical images in our office for all of the general public to view, which caused a great buzz in out pop-up office in the middle of O’Connell Street. Sharon was also extraordinarily helpful with other ideas to help make our event special.

On the day of our even Sharon voluntary offered her services to guide 26 people along the Canal Bank, informing and educating the general public of the historical architecture of this area. Not only was it the highlight of the event, it was my own personal highlight of organising such a successful event.

I highly recommend Sharon for employment. She is a team player and would make a great asset to any organization.

Gillian McCarthy Project Coordinator (Limerick Open House) – 16 Jan 2013

To Whom It May Concern:I recently worked with Sharon as a reference for a school project related to Ireland’s Healthcare System. Sharon was very prompt, polite, thorough and accurate in her responses. I appreciate her taking the time to assist with this project out of the goodness of her heart. Based on this experience with her, I was able to tell she puts in tremendous effort in all her work she completes.Most Sincerely,

Kelly Morin – Maine, USA

Sharon knows more about the history of Limerick than anyone I know. Her website is incredible. She is intelligent, witty, creative and someone I greatly admire. I love working with her and always look forward to it.

Richard Lynch – Managing Director – I Love Limerick, Creative Director, Producer, Presenter & Columnist

Sharon has displayed a timeless commitment to her field. A multi-faceted talent, Sharon adroitly navigates between digital and print mediums to deliver a finished product or resource to satisfy the most discriminating standards. She is an effective communicator, both orally and in the written word, whose talents and capacity for detailed research have yielded top shelf publications with broad appeal. Sharon is a team player and would be a welcomed addition to any employer seeking an articulate, intelligent and driven candidate who numbers professionalism and quality amongst her highest priorities.

David Zelz – HR Generalist at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems – 18 Jan 2013

To Whom It May Concern, Sharon Slater would make a great addition to any organisation. She is an intelligent, hard working and dedicated individual who knows how to execute the job she has been tasked to complete. I have used her abilities on two separate occasions, firstly, she designed the St. Munchins Community Centre logo for our website which is a beautiful, clean, modern design. Additionally, Sharon did some genealogy research on my own family which was done incredibly. The information was presented promptly in a well laid out and organised fashion. I would highly recommend Sharon Slater for a job in graphic design or research.

Best Regards,
Linda Ledger, Manager, St. Munchin’s Community Enterprise Centre – 17 Jan 2013

Hi, I would like to comment on the wonderful help I recd. from Sharon Slater of Limerick’s Life…I had been looking for an ancestor for 25 yrs, and Sharon found him and contacted me with the info…the service from Sharon was wonderful, not everyone tries so hard to make people happy….well done SHARON

Robyn West – Australia – 1 Feb 2013

We met with Sharon, the owner of this wonderful site on each of our visits where she guided us through the genealogy haze of Limerick enabling us to narrow our search to Prior’s Land. Should it have not been for the knowledge Sharon possesses, obtained over years of research and personal interest, then there was no way we would have advanced to the stage we are. Sharon has a passion for the gathering of the history of Limerick, in particular the City, and had it not been for her dedication to her project then so much history of this great city would be lost to us all. Thank you Sharon.

Pam and John Walton, Sydney, Australia

Sharon Slater at is doing digital local history and genealogy better than most anybody else today.

John Tierney (Historic Graves) – 28 Feb 2012