The Hands behind the Lace Stitches
The discussions around Limerick Lace often focuses on the founders of each of the factories, or the skilled stitching itself. On 23 March 2024 I spoke at the Limerick Lace Symposum on the lives of those who created lace, as recorded in the 1901 census and 1911 census....
A Day in Limerick (1862) by Henry Robert Addison
The following extract shows one man's view of Limerick in 1862. This section of text was included in the publication "Recollections of an Irish Police Magistrate" by Henry Robert Addison, formerly of the 2nd Dragoon Guards. The publication tells of the heroic and...
Flavin & Company, Italian warehousemen

Flavin & Company were based at 133 George Street from 1880 until at least 1892 when review was made of their business in Straten

Patrick Walsh, a Limerick man and US Senator
Patrick Walsh left Limerick for the United States when he was about twelve years old. He had little to no official education, but rose through the ranks of society to become a senator in the US Government. Patrick was said to have been born on New Year's Day 1840 in...
William Nelson, Family Grocer, 61 William Street
William Nelson, a native of County Down, born c.1830, the son of Robert Nelson, a merchant. He arrived in Limerick around 1850, to work in the Limerick Warehouse Drapery Company. He branched out on his own, working as a merchant before opening a store at 61 William...
1982 Senior Cup Winners – St Munchin’s
1982 Senior Cup winners St Munchin's College, with trophies BR Sean Conneely RIP, Richard Moloney, Rob Sheehan, John Ahern, David Dineen, Geoff Moylan, Tom O'Connor, Philip Danaher, Fr. Frank Duhig.Seated Paul Kilbridge, Liam Looney, Pat Lloyd, Paul Culhane, Pat...
Three Days on the Shannon: From Limerick to Lough Key 1852
The following is an extract from the 1852 publication Three days on the Shannon: from Limerick to Lough Key By William Frederick Wakeman. THE START. We shall suppose our reader to have arrived in Limerick en route to the capital, after having visited some of the...

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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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