Listed below are the most likely reasons behind each street name in the city, though some of the street names have changed through time and some of the original reasoning for certain names have been lost entirely. Many of these street names did not appear in Gerry Joyce’s ‘Limerick City Street Names‘.

Where possible a photograph of the street has been added as well as the 1911 census for the street.

Streets beginning with:

A : B : C : D : E : F : G : H : I : J : K : L : M : N : O : P : Q : R : S : T : U : V : W : X : Y : Z :


Yeats Avenue : Located in the Rathbane area. It is named after William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) the Irish Poet and Dramatist.

Yellow Road: Also known as Boherbuoy it is thought that the road is so named due to the yellow earth of the original road.

Youngs Lane: This was located off Carey’s Road. (No longer in existence, it was removed as part of the slum clearance in the city centre from the 1930s onwards)


Corner of Denmark Street and O'Connell Street
This image shows the corner of Denmark Street and O’Connell Street in Limerick city centre.