1 July – Leonard Enright was born on this day 1 July 1953, as a Limerick hurler he played at the local, county and provincial level. Unusually in 1977/8 he switched to rugby and played for Young Munster RFC

2 July – Alphie McCourt was the youngest brother of Frank McCourt and a writer in his own right. He was born in Limerick in 1940. He attended the CBS & was a Young Munster rugby player & member of the Limerick Debating Society. He died on this day 2 July 2016

3 July – On this day 3 July 1895, the students and Sisters of Laurel Hill convent sat down to dinner. Little did they know their delightful dessert would result in the death of 3 Sisters and a student.

4 July – On this day 4 July 1776, the American Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. One of those who signed the Declaration was Limerick born Matthew Thornton

5 July – Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) whose statue stands in The Crescent, became a M.P. for this first time on this day 5 July 1828. His fight for Catholic emancipation in Ireland gave him the nickname The Liberator

6 July – Timothy Crowley He fought in the Fenian Rising of 1867 and was a member of the IRB, later IRA. On this day 6 July 1920 his house in Ballylanders, County Limerick was bombed by British forces following a shootout between them and the Crowley family

7 July – On this day 7 July 1933, Sir Alan Cobhams Flying Circus visits Limerick, giving displays at Ballycummin. During the show there was a mid-air crash.

8 July – On this day 8 July 1989, the actress Maureen O’Hara, cut the opening ceremony ribbon for the Foynes Museum. Her husband Charles F. Blair Jr. piloted planes into Foynes from 1942 to 1945

9 July – King Philip V of Spain died on this day 9 July 1746. Limerick-born John Higgins held the post of Chief Physician to the King from 1713 until his death in 1729.

  • On this day 9 July 1955, the grand nephew of Isaac Butt visited Limerick from Australia. The article is from @Limerick_Leader

10 July – John FitzGibbon, 2nd Earl of Clare was born on this day 10 July 1792. He was Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Limerick from 1846 to 1849 and afterwards Lord Lieutenant of the City of Limerick until his death in 1851.

11 July – On this day 11 July 1922, the Civil War tore through Limerick city in a siege that lasted eleven days. Resulting in the death of at least ten and injuring dozens.

12 July – Godfrey Massy was born on this day 12 July 1803. He was ordained in St Mary’s Cathedral in 1826. His first posting as a vicar was to Fedamore then to Bruff. While in Bruff he over saw the construction of the Adelaide School.

13 July – Desmond FitzGerald, Knight of Glin was born on this day 13 July 1937. As he did not have a son the title Knight of Glin became extinct on his death in 2011.

14 July – On this day 14 July 1880, Irish Nationalist Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891), received the Freedom of Limerick from Mayor Michael O’Gorman

  • On this day 14 July 1991 the “Lark in the Park” took place in the People’s Park.

15 July – Montiford Westropp Gavin was died in Crecora on this day 15 July 1922. He was in the Irish Cricket Team in the 1890s as it toured the world.

16 July – The world famous opera singer Joseph O’Mara was born in Limerick on this day born 16 July 1864

17 July Mary Hanly was buried in Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery on this day 17 July 1869. She was a fishwife who traded in Market Alley off Denmark Street. When she died it was discovered she had £800 in cash under her pillow.

18 July – The writer William Thackeray was born on this day 18 July 1811. He said of his visit to Limerick in 1843: ‘I never saw a greater number of kind, pleasing, clever-looking faces among any set of people’.

19 July – The Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt died on this day 19 July 2009 in New York. His book Angela’s Ashes was set in Limerick.

20 July – The actress Alice O’Day (O’Dea) was born on this day 20 July 1882 in Kilfinane. She was known for the films The Phantom Light (1935), Call Me Mame (1933) as well as her theatre roles. She died in 1937 in London

21 July – John Chancellor “Chauncey” Olcott was born in Buffalo, New York on 21 July 1858. In 1902, his play Old Limerick Town was performed for the first time on Broadway. It was set in Limerick

22 July – The Limerick-born director Louis Lentin died on this day 22 July 2014. He was known for directing the 1966 TV minisearies ‘Insurrection’ which marked the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

23 July – The tenor Christopher Lynch was born in Rathkeale on this day 23 Jul 1920. He appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1952 and was a regular on The Voice of Firestone in the 1940s and 1950s.

24 July – On this day 24 July 1963, Goodwins on William Street went up in flames. It was the 4th major fire in Limerick city in 15 years. Roches (1948) & Todds (1959) were destroyed. In 1953 @OrmstonHouse was gutted.

25 July – On this day 25 July 1963, the Rock & Roll singer Chubby Checker, most famous for ‘The Twist’ and ‘Let’s Twist Again’ performed at The Oyster Ballroom, Dromkeen

26 July – William Cecil Pery was born on this day 26 July 1721. The Limerick city streets of William Street, Cecil Street, Glentworth Street, and Mallow Street are named after him.

27 July – The actor Liam Redmond was born in Limerick on this day 27 Jul 1913.

28 July – the Limerick Leader announced the arrival of Pat Lawless in Rhode Island, USA, on this daay 28 July 1986, after setting sail alone from Limerick in May.

29 July – The poet John Francis O’Donnell was born in Limerick on this day 29 July 1837. He wrote of Limerick:

O dim delicious heaven of dreams-

The land of boyhood’s dewey glow-

30 July – The Limerick born, First World War RAF “flying ace”, Sergeant John J. Cowell, was killed in action on this day 30 July 1918.

31 July – On this day 31 July 1839, two children Mary Anne Alcock (12) and Henry Pugolas (14) were bound as servants to the Holland family in Limerick. The Hollands beat the children to such a degree that they were tried for the crime.

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