Sharon Slater

Sharon Slater, historian, pictured at the opening of the Ludlow Collection, 26 Feb 2015

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Diarmuid Greene/Fusionshooters

2017 – A Stitch in Time, a history of Limerick Clothing Factory – Limerick Archives

2017 – Terry Wogan booklet – Limerick City and County Council

2016 – Limerick – Ireland in Old Photographs – The History Press

2013 – The Little Book of Limerick – The History Press

2006 – The Abbey Fishermen: History and Culture of a Fishing Community – Trafford Publishing

2018 – An Illustrated Guide to Limerick City with Nesta FitzGerald – Irish Georgian Society

2015 – Limerick Chamber of Commerce with Dr. Matthew Potter – Limerick Chamber

2015 – Poem and Place with Dr Matthew Potter and Jacqui Hayes – Limerick Archive


2018-Present -Limerick Leader – Weekly articles on Limerick History for Limerick Chronicle.

2016-2017 – Limerick Life – Fortnightly Article on Limerick History

2015-2016 – Limerick Magazine – Monthly Article on Limerick History


2017 – Limerick A Stroll Down Memory Lane Volume 17, Sean Curtin

2016 – Who was John Francis O’Donnell? – CBS 200 1816-2016, The C.B.S 200 Committee

2016 – History of St Patrick’s School

2013 – The Abbey Fishermen – The Gathering, Reflections on Ireland, Irish Hospice Foundation

2013 – The People’s Park – Limerick A Stroll Down Memory Lane Volume 13, Sean Curtin

2017 – J. Carrol Naish – West Limerick Heritage Journal, Second Edition

2016 – Life in Limerick in 1916 – Limerick Leader

2015 – Margaret Eager; the Tsar’s Nanny – The Old Limerick Journal Vol. 49

March 2014 – Limerick’s Life – Irish Lives Remembered

May 2013 – Constance Smith – Sunday Independent

20 Dec 2008 – Life of renowned surgeon, Sylvester O’Halloran, recalled – Limerick Post

2007 – The Demise of George Heffernan  – Newport News

2006 – The Eradication of Rabies – History Ireland, Vol. 14, No. 1

2006 – Eleanor McGhie – The Old Limerick Journal, No. 42

2004 – The Death of a Doctor – Murroe/Boher Parish Newsletter

2004 – Tragedy at Laurel Hill, 1895 – The Old Limerick Journal, No. 40

27 April 2018 – ‘Be Inspired‘ – National Heritage Week

27 Mar 2018 – ‘Peter Tait and the Limerick Clothing Factory’ – Friends of the Hunt Museum

13 Mar 2018 – ‘Living within the Castle’ – Plassey Partners

5 Feb 2018 – ‘The Limerick Starlet Constance Smith’ – LCARA (Limerick City Active Retirement)

10 Jan 2018 – ‘The Granary building and environs, an illustrated history’ – U3A (University of the Third Age)

14 Dec 2017 – “A History of the Limerick Clothing Factories” – Murroe Boher Historical Society

8 Nov 2017 – ‘Maragetta Eagar, Nanny to the last Tsar‘ – Castleconnell Historical Society

8 Nov 2017 – ‘The Limerick Starlet Constance Smith‘ – Probus Strand Hotel

26 Oct 2017 – ‘A history of Cecil Street’BMWA (Books, Movies, Whiskey, Album)

23 Oct 2017 – ‘The Limerick Clothing Company. Stitching together the history of Ireland’s largest army clothing manufacturer’Thomond Archaeological Society.

14 Sep 2017 – ‘The Ballynanty Fairy Fort’ – Northside Family Resource Centre

9 Sep 2017 – ‘A history of Cecil Street’ – The Gaff, Cecil Street

24 Aug 2017 – ‘The Limerick Clothing Factory’ –  Limerick Archives/Heritage Week

21 Aug 2017 – ‘A brief history of the Abbey Fishermen’ – The Hunt Museum/Heritage Week

26 Jul 2017 – ‘Margaretta Eagar the nanny to the last Tsar’ – Kilkee Civic Trust

16 Jul 2017 – ‘Tom LeFroy: Jane’s Limerick Beau’ – Jane Austen 200

4 May 2017 – ‘Peter Tait seperating the man from the myth’ – Nelly’s Corner

26 Apr 2017 – Who was Margaretta Eagar – Ballyneety Historical Society

1 Apr 2017 – ‘Peter Tait & Limerick Clothing Factory’ – Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick.

11 Mar 2017 – ‘Plassey, Limerick and the Black Bridge’ – Inland Navigation of Ireland Historical Society

15 Feb 2017 – ‘A guide to tracing your Limerick Genealogy’ – Graveyard awards (Key note speaker)

12 Dec 2016 – ‘A pictorial tour of Limerick’Limerick Historical Society

26 Nov 2016 – Separating the icon from the actuality: Peter Tait and the Limerick Clothing Factory’ESHI

12 Oct 2016 – ‘St Joseph’s Psychiatric Hospital’ – Samaritans/Mental Health Week

4 Oct 2016 – ‘The Ludlow Collection’ – Bobby Byrnes Probus

23 Aug 2016 – ‘The Limerick Clothing Factory’ – Limerick Archives/Heritage Week

23 Jun 2016 – ‘A brief history of Parteen’ – Kilquane Graveyard Society

6 May 2016 – Charles Dickens in Limerick – Limerick Writers Centre

5 Nov 2015 – ‘St Patrick’s School History’ – St Patrick’s Girls School

13 Oct 2015 – ‘Bigamy in 19th Century Ireland’ – Adare Historical Society

7 Oct 2015 – ‘St Joseph’s Psychiatric Hospital’ – Samaritans/Mental Health Week

12 Apr 2014 – ‘Mount Saint Lawrence Project’  – Grave Matters Glasnevin

8 Dec 2013 – ‘Limerick and Hollywood’ – Richard Harris Film Festival

Sep 2013 – ‘Roche’s Hanging Garden’ – Elemental Arts Festival

4 May 2013 – ‘A brief History of the Abbey Fishermen’ – The Abbey Fishermen Gathering

1 Nov 2012 – ‘St. Bridget’s Paupers Burial GroundLearning Hub

2011 – ‘Bringing the Past into the Present – Connected Limerick

2008 – ‘Life on the River, the Castleconnell Fisheries’ – Castleconnell History Society

2008 – ‘Ardnacrusha and its Effects on a Fishing Community’ – Newport Historical Society

2007 – ‘The Abbey Fishermen, the Loss of a Community’ – Limerick City Library

18 Aug 2017 – West Limerick Heritage Journal, second edition (Launched)

15 Feb 2017 – Graveyard Awards – Limerick City and County Council (Key note speaker)

2015 – Welcome to Garryowen – Garryowen Genealogy Group & Garryowen Community Development Project (Launched)

16 May 2018 – Step into the Past – Limerick City Tidy Towns

24 Aug 2017 – The Museum of Mythological Water Beasts – Ormston House/Limerick Museum

9 Oct 2016 – Walking tour of Newtownpery – OpenHouse

10 Oct 2015 – Tour of St Mary’s and St Munchin’s Graveyards – OpenHouse

16 Sep 2015 – Exploring The Heart Of The City – Elemental Arts Festival

May 2015 – Tour of Thomas Street – TomCat Street Festival

30 May 2014 – Stepping into the Past – TomCat Street Festival

Oct 2013 – Cycle tour of Canal Bank – OpenHouse

21 Oct 2012 – Archi-cycle Lock Mills to Plassey – OpenHouse

2012 – Canal Guide walk – Limerick Riverpaths

9 Sep 2017 – Elements of Limerick Interactive Walking TourElemental Arts Festival

12 Sep 2014 – Time’s Up! Clock Hunt – Elemental Arts Festival

6 Sep 2014 – Limerick’s Limericks, QR Code Tour (supplied images) – Bundlebee

23 Mar 2013 – Tweasure Hunt – Milklabs/Limerick Lifelong Learning

1 Apr 2012 – Tweasure Hunt – Milklabs/Limerick Lifelong Learning

2008-Present – Limerick RecordsIreland Genealogy Project Archives

2016 – Hybrid: Limerick Lace | Liminal Identity – Limerick Archives

2015 – Mount Saint Lawrence Grave Marker website – Limerick Archives

2015 – From Limerick With Love – Limerick Archives

24 Jun 2017 – Terry Wogan, Pop up museum – Limerick Museum

2016 – Hybrid: Limerick Lace | Liminal Identity – Limerick Archives

2015 – Ludlow Exhibition (Lead) – Limerick Archives

Sep 2014 – From Limerick with Love – Limerick Archives

Jun 2014 – Retrospective – Limerick Archives

Apr 2014 – Beyond the Grave (Lead) – Limerick Archives

Mar 2014 – City of Churches – Limerick Archives

May 2013 – (Lead) The Abbey Fisherman Gathering – Independent

Apr 2013 – Photographic Exhibition (Lead) – Parkway Shopping Centre

12 May 2018 – Live at Dolans – The Blindboy Podcast

9 Feb 2018 – Limerick Today – Friday Coffee Break – Live95 FM

14 Nov 2017 – Limerick Today – The history of the National Anthem – Live95 FM

30 Aug 2017 – Nerd on the Rocks Show – LCCR

29 Jul 2017 – Who was Margaretta EagarRaidió Corca Baiscinn

6 Jul 2017 – Limerick Today – Historic explosive device found at Thomond Bridge – Live95 FM

8 Mar 2017 – Treaty Stone vandalism shocks the people of Limerick – Live95 FM

13 Jun 2016 – Radio Limerick

15 Dec 2015 – Limerick Today – 80 Years of the Savoy – Live95 FM

10 Dec 2013 – Hidden Histories – Newstalk

Oct 2013 – Limerick Chamber Awards – Live95 FM

Feb 2013 – Tracing your Limerick Ancestry – Ballyhoura Community radio

30 May 2018 – Constance Smith Tragóid Hollywood – TG4

23 Jul 2017 – Creedon’s Shannon – RTE

4 Nov 2013 – Fashion in Limerick, Nationwide – RTE

2016 – Graveyard Tales – Our City Our Stories

2013 – Rediscovering Limerick – Six Episodes – Writer & Presenter

Limerick City Mayoral Reception (Received on June, 13 2018)

Heritage Hero (Awarded in 2018) – Winner

Irish Blog Awards (Awarded in 2017) – Bronze Award Winner

Limerick Person of the Month Award (Awarded in October 2015) – Winner

Other Nominations


10 Oct 2017 – How the people of Limerick are battling a spike in suicide – PBS Newshour

25 May 2017 – Effects of long dry spell begin to trickle down in Limerick – Limerick Leader

7 May 2017 – David Bracken – Limerick Leader

8 Mar 2017 – Anger as iconic Limerick landmark defaced in graffiti attack – Irish Independent

12 May 2016 – Charles Dickens plaque unveiled at former Limerick hotel – Limerick Leader

27 Feb 2015 – Limerick photographic archive unearthed in attic in London – Limerick Leader

12 May 2013 – The forgotten Irish starlet who fell into tragic downward spiral – Irish Independent

25 Sep 2012 – Rabies in dogs and humans can be easily prevented – Wexford People

Material Culture of Limerick’s 19th Century Middle Class – Judy Clohessy

Inspector Minahan – Bridget O’Donnell

Limerick Video’s – Limerick Star News

Limerick Cinemas – Cinema Heritage Group

Sir Harry’s Mall – UL Student Research Project.

Shannon Street (site no longer exists) – Des Murphy

George’s Quay – Adam Heaton

Sylvester O’Halloran Footbridge – David Leen

O’Connell Street (site no longer exists) – Mcultra27

Visit to Clare Street (site no longer exists) – Nor12127736 (UL Research Student)

Glentworth Street (site no longer exists) – C12151629 (UL Research Student)

Bedford Row, Limerick – Elizabeth Sheehan

200 years Christchurch, Limerick  – As They Were.

St. Saviour’s Dominican Church – Isabel Grace McLaughlin

Fanning’s Castle – Gearóid Kenny

Cruises Street – f12139734 (UL Research Student)

Ennis Road – Smellyboyband

Lacrosse and Handball – Listowel Connection


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

15 Oct 2016 – Sam Talks: Sharon Slater and Dr John Lannon talk mental health historyLimerick 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 ShakersLimerick Post

10 Jul 2015 – Chamber brought to book – Limerick Post

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

21 Nov 2013 – Celebrity show for Richard Harris FestivalLimerick Post

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

23 Jun 2013 – Rediscovering Limerick and the Pery FamilyLimerick Chronicle

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

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

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

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





The following are recommendations that Sharon Slater has received while working as Limerick’s Life. All email addresses can be supplied on request.I wanted to know more about Limerick, the place. My search led me to Sharon Slater’s website,  Limerick’s Life. I spent way too much time clicking through pictures and reading some fascinating accounts even though I am not personally connected to anything about this town and its people.  One account I found very interesting: Naming the O’Toole Children.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

To Whom It May Concern,It is my great pleasure to recommend Ms. Sharon Slater. My experience with Ms Slater has been exceptional from the start. With only a simple request for family history in Limerick, I got a web page for the family. The results and response were amazing. In a two short days, a page was constructed at her website which contained text, graphics, tables, links…much more. Ms. Slater was careful to edit and present stories of family history that would apply to the widest audience and interests. Some private research and new family history would now be available to anyone in the world. When I requested a few adjustments, changes were made cheerfully, quickly and correctly. Again I was pleasantly surprised. She approaches all her work with energy and professionalism, while remaining tactful and discreet with family information, editing perfectly, with no supervision or coaching requests.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 madeIn 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 Architectual 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 po-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 & Columist

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

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