Pictures as the the old saying goes “paint a thousand words” and how true this is, paintings capture the imagination of the view and take us to places we never thought possible. Through old paintings we are given a snippet of a moment when our ancestors walked this city, and saw views not to unlike what we still have today
Below are a collection of how Limerick City looks now and has looked in the past. This collection of paintings and etches span the centuries and give us a glimpse into how the city has changed and developed. It also reminds of of the industries which have come before us but have now long since disappeared. Here you can see rare old Limerick photographs.
1. Assembly Mall/Charlotte’s Quay, painting by Brocas.
2.Baal’s Bridge, with washer women at the Abbey River.
3. Wellesley Bridge/Sarsfield Bridge, with wicker baskets of goods.
4. Thomond Bridge, Brown’s Quay, with wooden framed houses.
5. Arthur’s Quay, Thomond Bridge in background, unloading the quays.
6. Old Baal’s Bridge, with a row of houses across and the Custom House in the background.
7. View from Brown’s Quay, of Limerick Castle covered in ivy.
8. View from St. Mary’s Cathedral, Shannon Estuary, Co. Limerick and Co. Clare.
9. View from North Strand/Clancy Strand, Sail Ships arriving into the city.
10. Rear of Custom House, from the deck of a ship.