1 June – On this day 1 June 2004, Sharon Slater created the Limerick’s Life website. The first article was a selection of excerpts from Limerick newspapers. Thank you to everyone who has interacted with Limerick’s Life over the years.

  • Limerick’s City and County Councils merged into one Limerick local authority on this day 1 June 2014.

2 June – James Apjohn died on this day 2 June 1886, aged 89. He was born in Pallasgreen. He was a chemist and physicist who was internationally famous for his work on hygrometry and the Apjohn dewpoint.

3 June – The Olympic gold medalist John Flanagan passed away on this day 3 June 1938. He was born near Martinstown, Co. Limerick. Representing the United States Flanagan won gold in the Hammer Throw at the 1900, 1904 & 1908 Olympics.

4 June – Philip Roche died on this day 4 June 1797, “one of the most extensive merchants in the kingdom”. He was responsible for the erection of the Granary building on what is now Michael Street.

5 June – Sir Thomas Henry Cleeve, the co-founder of Cleeve’s Condensed Milk Factory was born in Richmond, Quebec, Canada on this day 5 June 1844. He moved to Limerick in 1864 with his brother Frederick Charles Cleeve to work in their uncle’s firm.

6 June – Elton John performed in Thomond Park on this day 6 June 2009. He previously played at the Stella ballroom in 1968 as a member of Bluesology backing Long John Baldry.

7 June – Limerick-born Thomas Usborne, was elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for the Chelmsford Division of Essex at an unopposed by-election in 1892, following the death of the sitting MP William Beadel. He died on this day 7 June 1915

8 June – The pioneer and experimental photographer Thomas Marcus Brownrigg was born in Limerick on this day 8 June 1823.
He began photographing in the 1850s.

9 June – On this day 9 June 1868, the Hannah Parr left Limerick for Canada. The Norwegian passengers of the ship stayed in Limerick after the ship was damaged in a storm and needed repair. Three children died while in Limerick & are buried in St Munchin’s churchyard

10 June – Frank Ryan was born near Knocklong. His revolutionary life led him to anti-treaty IRA (1920s), the Anti-fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1930s) & finally as a liaison to Nazi Germany (1940s.) He died on this day 10 June 1944 near Dresden https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/frankryan/InterpretativeResources/HistoricalContext/FrankRyanArevolutionarylife/

11 June – Fr Michael O’Carroll was born on this day, 11 June 1911 in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. In 1963, he became the first catholic priest to address a public meeting in Trinity College Dublin.

12 JuneAda Rehan was baptised Bidelia Crehan in St Michael’s Church, Denmark Street on this day 12 June 1857.
(earlier this year I discovered her baptismal cert, and I believe was I was first to do so – it made me so happy!)

13 June – Dr John Martin died on this day 13 Jun 1786. During his lifetime he wrote about the benefits for the health of the Castleconnell Spa.

14 June – The Actors Rock Hudson and Barbara Rush were in Limerick in June 1954. The Limerick Leader reported on this visit on this day 14 June 1954.

15 June – The world famous Welsh singer Tom Jones performed in the Savoy theatre on this day 15 Jun 1967.

16 June – Sir Thomas Myles a prominent Irish Home Ruler and surgeon, involved in the importation of arms for the Irish Volunteers in 1914. He received the Freedom of Limerick from Mayor John Daly on this day 16 June 1900

17 June – Tom Corbett was was an actor born in Limerick in 1917. He worked on several B movies including The Legend of Hell House (1973), Separation (1968) and Haunted England (1961). He died on this day 17 June 1999 in England.

18 June – John Joseph “Jack” Lewis was born near Adare on this day 18 Jun 1903. He participated in on the Irish team in two equestrian events at the 1948 Olympics. Two of his brothers-in-law, Joseph and Michael O’Connor, were also Olympians.

  • The Limerick-born film actor George Byron died in the US on this day 18 Jun 1944. He was known for ‘They Never Come Back’ (1932), ‘Chatterbox’ (1943) and ‘Ice Capades Revue’ (1942)

19 June – Sir Henry Blackall was born in Limerick on this day 19 June 1889. He served as Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago, Chief Justice of Hong Kong and President of the West African Court of Appeal.

20 June – The politician George C. Bennett died on this day 20 June 1963. He was born in Ballymurphy, Co. Limerick. He was a TD for Limerick from 1927 to 1948 where he focused on the needs of the Agriculture sector.

21 June – The Limerick Senior Hurler goalkeeper John Reidy died on this day 21 June 1910 aged only 34 years old.

June 25, 1910 obit of John reidy
Limerick Chronicle, 25 June 1910

22 June – George Peabody the American millionaire philanthropist was in Castleconnell fishing on this day 22 June 1867. The following year he donated the wrought iron railing and base blocking surrounding the Roman Catholic Church in the village.

23 June – The foundation stone for Shannon Bridge was laid on this day 23 June 1986.

24 June – Sir Gore Ouseley was born in Limerick on this day 24 June 1770. In 1813, he negotiated an important treaty between Russia and Persia which redrew their common borders.

25 June – 13-year-old Prince Alfred, arrived in Foynes on this day 25 June 1858, he visited Adare before taking the train to Limerick where he strolled through the streets spending a few hours on the Shannon at Castleconnell.

26 June – Richard James Hayes was born in Abbeyfeale on this day 26 Jun 1902. In 1940 he became the Director of the National Library of Ireland. Soon afterwards he became one of the most important and prolific code-breakers of the second World War.

27 June – William Clifford Smith, the architect who designed the Shannon Rowing Club died on this day 27 June 1954.

28 June – On this day, 28 Jun 1949, William Griffin the founder of tabloid newspaper the New York Enquirer died. On 14 Jan 1937 he received the Freedom of Limerick from Mayor Dan Bourke

29 JunePresident John F Kennedy visited Limerick on this day 29 June 1963. It was through the efforts of Mayor Frances Condell that he stopped in the city.

30 June – Roy Orbinson played in Limerick three times. On 24 July 1964 and 8 Sept 1968 in Jetland Ballroom and on this day 30 June 1970 in the Savoy.


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