1862 Weddings Announcements in Ireland
1862 was two years before civil registrations became compulsory for all in Ireland on 1 January 1864 (there were civil marriage records from 1 April 1845 for non-Catholic Christian and Jewish marriages but these did not include Roman Catholics marriages). All...
An 1883 Wonderfully Detailed Description of Limerick
The following description of Limerick by Thomas W. Silloway and Lee L. Powers was first published in 1883. The pair travelled through Ireland to create a tour guide called "The Cathedral Towns and Intervening Places of England, Ireland, and Scotland: A Description of...
The Consecration Bishop Henry Murphy in 1958.
This video owned by Liam O'Sullivan shows the consecration Bishop Henry Murphy of Limerick in St John's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Limerick. The conseration took place on August 31, 1958. The video uploaded by JDTVideo also shows images of the area outside the...
Videos of St Munchin’s College in the 1960s
The following videos owned by Liam O'Sullivan show snapshots of life as a student in St Munchin's College. The videos were uploaded by John Upton who has gathered many wonderful videos of Limerick's past, with a focus on Newcastle West...
Joseph Sace, Hairdresser Perfume Manufacturer

Joseph Sace was a hairdresser in Limerick city centre. The year 1892 was a very eventful one for him.

Princess Penelope of Capua and her Amazing Marriage
Princess Penelope was born Penelope Smyth, she gained her royal title through her marriage to Carlo Ferdinado di Borbonne, Prince of Capua. Their story reads like a fairy tale. Penelope Smyth and Carlo Ferdinado di Borbonne, Prince of Capua Penelope was born in...
1809 visit of the Lord Lieutenant and other tales of 19th century Limerick
The role of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland established in 1690 and was abolished in 1922. He was considered the representative of the King in Ireland. Officially, Lords Lieutenant were appointed for no set term but in practice they were usually replaced as each British...


Unusual Adverts in the Limerick Chronicle, Sept 1820

Unusual Adverts in the Limerick Chronicle, Sept 1820

The following are a selection of advertisements from the Limerick Chronicle during September 1820. Joshua Mark insists that buying local is best JOSHUA MARKHAS FOR SALE AT HIS WARE ROOM, NEW LINEN-HALL, STRONG HOME MADE LINENS, AND SHEETINGS.BLEACHED AND FINISHED,...

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A Letter from a Limerick Emigrant in Wisconsin 1851

A Letter from a Limerick Emigrant in Wisconsin 1851

Many Limerick residents relocated to Wisconsin in the years following the famine. The following is an account from a Limerick man in Wisconsin, in 1851. His letter was published in the Leinster Express on May 3, 1851. The paper described him as a "County Limerick...

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Eamon De Valera unveiling The Daly plaque 1966

Eamon De Valera unveiling The Daly plaque 1966

This never been seen before video clip of Eamon De Valera unveiling a plaque in honour of John and Ned Daly on Barrington Street in 1966. It was filmed by Eamon O'Connor and uploaded by Newcastle West Olden Times. The clip shows a view of Limerick from the Tower of St...

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Step-by-Step Guide to Tracing your Limerick Family History

Most people set out on tracing their family history full of enthusiasm only to be hit by brick walls along the way. In this post we will share some useful tips about how to trace your Limerick City ancestors and what resources are available online. Luckily for those starting out in genealogy today there are a lot more resources available at the finger tips, though there is a certain loss of enjoyment from missing out on the dusty books and reels of micro-fiche which were the norm up until very recently.

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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.