Tuesday, 9 February, 2021
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As part of our Counties in Focus series, we're taking a look at what Limerick has to offer. Scroll down to read about some of the best Chronicles which we have collected from The Treaty County, as well as links to where you can learn more about your Limerick Ancestry.

County in Focus - Limerick

People

The Limerick Diaspora has no shortage of interesting characters. Here are some highlights from our database of Limerick Ancestors. 

Click on the images below to learn more about the lives of these individuals.

We love to see your Ancestors and read their stories. CLICK HERE to learn how to add your own Limerick Ancestors to our Chronicles Database.

Robert Maunsell

Clergyman Robert Maunsell was born in Milford in 1810. He migrated to New Zealand where he and his wife established a school. He also undertook a great amount of missionary work. 

Sister Mary Anthony O'Connell

Sister Mary Anthony O'Connell was born in Limerick in 1814. She migrated to the United States as a young woman where she entered into the Convent of the American Sisters of Charity. She dedicated her life to helping children living in poverty, particularly those who had been orphaned as she had herself at the age of 12. During the Civil War she worked as a nurse and was likened to Florence Nightingale in her dedication to her work.

Catherine Hayes

Born in poverty on Limerick's Patrick Street in 1818, Catherine Hayes would go on to become a world famous Opera singer. She travelled the globe showcasing her incredible talent and even gave a private concert to Queen Victoria in Buckingham Palace. 

Michael J. O'Kelly

Professor Michael J. O'Kelly is one of the most important figures in Irish Archaeology. Born in Abbeyfeale in 1915, Michael, along with his wife Claire, would go on to spend years excavating Newgrange in County Meath. His discoveries changed our perception of pre-historic Ireland and have opened up our most treasured national monument to the public.


Buildings

Limerick is home to some fascinating historic buildings. Here is just a selection of the examples on our Chronicles database. Did you know that you can connect your Ancestor to a Building? CLICK HERE for an instructional video which explains the process.

Limerick Workhouse

Limerick City Workhouse is one of six Union Workhouses located in county Limerick. All 163 Irish Workhouses are on our Database of Chronicles. Most people in these communities would have had some sort of connection to these institutions, either as inmates, staff, members of the board of guardians, or even having been born in the lying-in hospitals. The other County Limerick Workhouses are located in Croom, Glin, Kilmallock, Newcastle West, and Rathkeale.

Adare Manor

The picturesque village of Adare is best know for its thatched cottages, but the manor which shares its name with the village is the real jewel of the county. Though there have been important buildings on the site for centuries, construction of the current Manor began in the 1830's and took two generations to complete. Adare Manor is open to the public as a luxury hotel and golf course. 

King John's Castle

Located on the banks of the Shannon in Limerick City, King John's Castle dates back to the 13th century. The castle has played host to a number of important historical events over the centuries and there is even a generation of Limerick natives who can honestly say that they grew up at the castle as it was home to a number of houses up until the 1990's. Today it is open for tours and provides an interactive Medieval experience. 

Kilpeacon House

This magnificent house was built in 1810 in Kilpeacon. Designed for a local land owner, the House was sold in 2013 and is now under private ownership.


 

Events

Limerick has seen some very groundbreaking and devastating points in history. The links below will take you to some notable events from the county's past. 

The Siege of Limerick

After the Battle of Aughrim, the Jacobite forces retreated to Limerick where they fell under siege. The siege resulted in the Signing of the Treaty of Limerick and the exodus of a number of prominent Irish noblemen in what has been marked in history as The Flight of the Wild Geese

Discovery of the Ardagh Hoard

In September 1868, two young boys made an incredible discovery when they happened upon The Ardagh Hoard. These great treasures were found in a ringfort in Ardagh. They are now on display at the National Museum of Archaeology at Leinster House on Dublin's Kildare Street.


Places to Visit

With its rich history and vibrant urban scene, Limerick has no shortage of places to visit. Here is a snapshot of Heritage Centres and Museums in County Limerick.

Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum

The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum is a real gem amongst Ireland's Heritage Centres. This site is dedicated to telling the story of the pioneering days of aviation in Ireland, as well as the maritime history of the River Shannon and the Port of Foynes 

Newcastle West Demense

If getting out in nature is more your pace, then check out the Newcastle West Demense for a leisurely stroll along leafy wooded paths. 


Find out more about your Limerick roots

Whatever stage you are at with researching your Limerick ancestry, we have the resources to help you find out more about your Treaty County Roots. Once you have tracked down your Limerick Ancestors, be sure to add them to the IrelandXO Chronicles so that others can read their story. Who knows? You may even find a connection you never knew you had.

We highly suggest checking out our Limerick Message Board where our wonderful team of volunteers are waiting to answer your queries and help you to solve your family history mysteries. CLICK HERE to get started.

In the meantime here are some pages that we have put together to help you on your genealogy journey. 

  • If you're not sure where exactly in Limerick your Ancestors lived then CLICK HERE for information on how to Find Your Limerick Parish.

  • As always, your local library is an incredibly valuable resource. Contact the relevant Limerick County Library to see what resources they have.

  • In 1837 the Lewis' Topographical Survey was published. This provides detailed snapshots of life in each Civil Parish just before the Famine. CLICK HERE for more information on the Limerick entries.

  • You can find more stories and research relating to Limerick in the News section of IrelandXO. You can find this by CLICKING HERE.