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 link to the street on the 1911 census has been added to the street name.


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Abbey Bridge: named after the Abbey Fishermen who lived in the area, there was controversy over the naming of this bridge, the first suggestion was the Jim Kemmy bridge after the late politician and historian, the Limerick City Museum  was later renamed in his honour.

Abbey: This was located in St. Mary’s Parish in the old Abbey Area of the city.

Abbeycourt Row: This was located in the St. Munchins Parish area.

Ahern’s Row: located off Sir Harry’s Mall in the Abbey area of the city, named after James Ahern, an adjoining property owner. Photograph of Ahern’s Row

Albert Place: (now Laurel Hill Avenue) named after Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. Albert Place adjoined Victoria terrace on the South Circular Road.

Alley Lane: This was located in the Gerald Griffin Street area.

Alphonsus Avenue: (now Quin Street) located off the South Circular Road, was named after the nearby St. Alphonsus Church. It is interesting to note that a small avenue at the side of the Church is now named St. Alphonsus Avenue.

Alphonsus Street: Named after the local St. Alphonsus Church.

Anderson Court: Located in the Cecil Street Area.

Andrews Cottages: Located in the Castle Ward area of the city.

Anne Street

Anne Street as it is today

Anne Street: There is some speculation about the origin of the name of this street, and the fact that it links Thomas Street (reputedly named after a member of the Unthank Family) and Roches Street (named after the Roche family) seems to indicate a link with a member of one of these families.However, Griffith’s valuation (circa 1850) shows the name Anne Rankins as the owner of five houses in this street and this is probably the origin of the name. Photograph of Anne Street

Ardara Terrace: Located off the Ennis Road, the houses which stand there today were built between 1900-1925.

Arthur's Quay

The old building of Arthur’s Quay (Lawrence Collection)

Arthur’s Quay: Located in the city centre, named after the Arthur Family who constructed the Quay. It was the first quay of the Newtownpery.

Arthur’s Mews: This was located off Francis Street, behind the old Arthur’s Quay buildings

Ascot Terrace: Located in the O’Connell Avenue area of the city.

Ashbourne Road: Located in the O’Connell Avenue area of the city.

Assembly Mall: (now part of Charlotte’s Quay) was named after the Assembly House or Theatre that fronted on to it.

Assumpta Park: named after our Lady of the Assumption .

Athlunkard Street (part b): Which takes it name from the Irish, Sraid Ath an Longphuirt, the street of the camp ford. A 1970s picture of the street can be seen here . Photograph of Athlunkard Street

Augustinian Lane: (formerly Augustinian Chapel Place), named because of its proximity to the Augustinian Church. This lane exits on both side’s of the church, here are photographs of one side and the other side.

Augustine Place: Located in the St. Munchins Parish area.

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