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Sylvester O'Halloran surgeon, Irish historian & antiquary. Died at his residence located near the plaque.

Merchants Quay, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Gerald Griffin poet & novelist was born in the house that stood near here

St. Augustine Place, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Bishops' Palace. Limerick Civic Trust dates the building to the 17th century and considers it to be the oldest standing domestic building in English Town. This was the official resisdence for the Church of Ireland Bishops until they moved to a new house in Henry Street in 1784.

Church Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Villier's Alms House designed by James Pain in 1830 for poor protestant widows, through bequests provided by Mrs. Hannah Villier. Mrs. Hannah Villiers endowed the buildings on this site in her will in 1821. The construction took place in the Bishops Palace Garden in 1823. Of interest from a medieval perspective are the remains of the two towers, which today form part of the boundary fronting to the River Shannon.

Old Church Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Dominican Priory. The remains of the Dominican Priory founded by Donough O' Brien

Bishop Street, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Terence Albert O'Brien Bishop of Emly executed on 31 October 1651 by Cromwellian forces

Bishop Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Corporation Alms House known as the 40 shilling Almshouse. Built in the 1691, in the protective shadow of King John's Castle, 'The Widows Alms house', originally housed the families of deceased soldiers garrisoned at the castle. A local group restored them in 1970. They were then subsequently renovated by Limerick Corporation in 1993.

Nicholas Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Hall's Alms House built in 1761 funded out of charitable trust established by Cllr Jeremy Hall

Nicholas Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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John Francis O'Donnell patriot poet and journalist born in this house 29 July 1837 [full inscription unknown]

20 Gerald Griffin Street, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Richard Baptist O'Brien a priest who founded the Catholic Young Men's Society in 1849, lived in the house beside here

27 Mary Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Tholsel. Site of the old town hall built in 1451 and demolished in 1750 when the new city prison was built here.

37 Mary Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Fanning's Castle fortified medieval residence of Dominic Fanning a patriotic Mayor who was executed by Cromwellian forces in 1651

off Mary Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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John Ferrar 1743 - 1804 historian, printer and bookseller. Founder of the Limerick Chronicle. Had a shop here.

Bridge Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Mungretgate. This is a section of the Irishtown fortification which adjoined the Mungretgate. It was restored by Limerick Civic Trust in 1987.

Mungret Street, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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1916 Memorial erected by means of public subscriptions in memory of the Limerick men and their comrades who died for Ireland in 1916

Sarsfield Bridge, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Colleen Bawn. The trial of the murderers of Ellen Hanley 'The Colleen Bawn' took place here.

Bridge Street, Limerick, Ireland
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The Old City Courthouse. Built in 1764 as a courthouse. Subsequently used as a school. It is now a community hall.

Bridge Street, Limerick, Ireland
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Andrew Cherry actor and songwriter best remembered as the author of 'The Dear Little Shamrock'

Bridge Street, Limerick, Ireland
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Monte de Piete. The site of a charitable pawn office founded by Sir Matthew Barrington in 1837

near Baal's Bridge, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Granary erected in 1787 by Philip Eoche as a grain store. Restored in 1982.

Michael Street, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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William Cecil Pery 1721-1794 Protestant Bishop of Limerick 1784-1794. In 1784 he was the first Bishop to occupy this residence which was built by his brother

104 Henry Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Stoney Thursday Corner. This strange name was coined in 1646, when the Mayor, John Fitz Thomas Bourke was almost stoned to death

junction of Mungret Street and John Street, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Farrancroghy the place of public execution in the 16th and 17th centuries

Pennywell, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Kate O'Brien internationally famous novelist and playwright lived in this house.

Boru House, Mulgrave Street, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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St. John's Penal Church site of the last Roman Catholic Parish church of St. John's. Built in 1753. It was demolished in 1863

St. John's Cathedral, Cathedral Place, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Brian Merriman 1749 - 1805 author of 'Cúirt An Mheán Oíche' - The Midnight Court - and teacher of mathematics, etc. He died near here at 5 Old Clare Street on 27th July 1805.

Clare Street, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Bruce's Bank founded in 1806 by George Evans Bruce, High Sheriff of Co. Limerick in 1800. The bank closed after financial difficulties in 1820.

6 Rutland Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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John's Square. This square was built in 1751 through the enterprise of Pery and Pardon. Restored in the 1970s.

St. John's Church of Ireland, Pennywell, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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St John's Churchyard marks one of the earliest Christian foundations in the City. The present church, was consecrated in June 1852.

St. John's Church of Ireland, Pennywell, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Eugene O'Curry the renowned Irish scholar, Professor of Irish, History and Archaeology, spent some time working in this hospital.

St. Joseph's Hospital, Mulgrave Steet, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Site of Heapy's Theatre established in 1770. Some of the world's leading artists performed here. In 1781, the theatre was leased by Richard Daly, a former actor in Heaphy's company, and subsequently by Edward Jones. It burned down in 1818.

Gerald Griffin Street, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Maurice Lenihan 1811 - 1895 journalist, historian and former Mayor of Limerick. Author of the monumental History of Limerick lived in this house.

2 Patrick Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Canon Frederick Langbridge last rector of St. John's Parish, novelist, poet and dramatist lived here

3 John's Square, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Daniel O'Connell 1755-1847 renowned lawyer and politician who's demands for Catholic Emancipation became law in 1829, lodged in this house

6 Patrick Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Arthur Family. The family played a prominent role in the development of Limerick.

Arthur's Quay, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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John's Gate. On the roadway here stood John's Gate the most important portal in the walls of Irishtown

St. John's Hospital, St. John's Square, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Citadel. This Guard House was the military headquarters of the Irishtown during the Cromwellian and Williamite Sieges

St. John's Hospital, St. John's Square, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Hartstonges. This street is dedicated to the memory of Sir Harry and Lady Hartstonge who were renowned for their enterprise and benevelonce.

Hartstonge Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Leamy's School this school was built in 1843 out of the proceeds of a trust set up by William Leamy.

Hartstonge Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Dr Robert Frith physician and philantrophist, resided in the house that stood near here

Charlotte Quay, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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St. Michael's Churchyard Site of the orignial St. Munchin's Church. Burial place of many prominent 18th and 19th century families.

Charlotte Quay, Irishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Barrington Family. This street is named after this renowned family which made a great contribution to the development of Limerick.

Barrington Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Presbyterian Church built in 1817 to accommodate the increasing Presbyterian congregation in the city. Sold to the printers George McKern & Sons Ltd. in 1904.

Glentworth Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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McNamara's Band 1905 - 1927. 'My name is McNamara and I'm the Leader of the band'. This world-wide celebrated musical ensemble got its name from four Limerick brothers; Paddy, Michael, Jack and Tom McNamara, all of whom were born in St. Marys' Parish.

Creagh Lane, off St Mary's Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Rev. John Thayer 1755 - 1815 born in Boston, chaplain to George Washington's army before he came to Limerick. A most dedicated clergyman who was so popular that his followers were known as "Thayerites". He died here.

34 Patrick Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Bourke House This building is known as Bourke House. It was occupied by Alderman John Bourke in 1641 according to the civil survey of 1654. It is also reputed to be the remains of a medieval stone residence said to have been built by the O'Brien's after Donal Mór donated his palace as the site for St. Mary's cathedral. Also known as the Castle Friary, it was used as a Franciscan penal friary from c. 1730-1780. In 1824 the house was cut through to allow for the construction of Athlunkard Street. In 1860 a Gothic style drinking fountain was inserted in the facade of the building as a gift to the city by the Malcolmson family. Preservation work was carried out by Limerick Civic Trust through a FAS Teamwork Scheme in 1989

Athlunkard Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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St. Mary's Town House occupied as a town house by the Ingram, Arthur and Carr families. From 1847 until 1982 it was a presbytery. Restored in 1989 as a parish centre.

Athlunkard Street, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Joseph O'Mara (1866 - 1927) the internationally famed Operatic Tenor lived here. He formed his own company in 1912 and starred in many acclaimed productions. He was a Freeman of Limerick.

Ozmnan House, Hartstonge Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Catherine Hayes 1825 - 1861 "The Swan of Erin" world renowned operatic soprano was born in this house.

4 Patrick Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Unthanks. This street and the adjoining Thomas Street are named after members of this family who contributed greatly to the development of Limerick.

Catherine Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Trinity Church an Episcopal church built in 1834 through subscriptions raised by the personal efforts of Rev. Edward Hoare

Catherine Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Credit Union. In memory of Catherine Maria King who opened a school here and brought the presentation Sisters to Limerick in 1837 to continue her work. Later she joined the community in Sexton St. She took the name Sr. Frances de Chantal and died there in 1866.

Sexton Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Grand Central façade remains of Wesleyan Methodist Preaching House. Built in 1821. Subsequently a cinema.

Bedford Row, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Commercial Buildings. Built by the Commercial Building Company in 1805. Occupied by Chamber of Commerce until 1838. Later aquired by Limerick Corporation who used the buildings as the Town Hall from 1847 until 1990.

Patrick Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Limerick City Art Gallery. The Carnegie Building opened originally in 1906 as a free library and museum. It was funded by Andrew Carnegie

Pery Square, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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The Pery Square Tontine this splendid example of Georgian architecture was completed in 1838.

Pery Square, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Edmond Sexton Pery. He played a prominent role in the 18th century development of Georgian Limerick, known as Newtown Pery.

103 Henry Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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James Pain renowned architect, together with his brother, George designed some of our finest structures.

The Glentworth Hotel, Glentworth Street, Limerick, Ireland
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What Adam Clayton called "The exact point of becoming U2" occurred here on March 18th 1978 when the band, performing as U2 for the first time, won the Limerick Civic Week Pop Group '78 competition

Shannon Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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Ada Rehan world famous Shakespearean actress was born in the hosue that stood on this site

Shannon Street, Newtown, Limerick, Ireland
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J.J. Bowles (1879 - 1948) This great Thomondgate sportsman who reigned as Irish Handball Champion for the best part of 25 years and who contested the World Championship in New York in 1909, lived here.

J.J. Bowles, 8 Thomondgate,, Limerick, Ireland
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To the memory of Michael Scanlan Commandant 4th Battalion of East Limerick Brigade I. R. A. killed by British forces at this spot on 27th October 1920. Erected by comrades and relatives [full inscription unknown]

Thomas Street, Limerick, Ireland
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House of Industry 1774 The Strand Barracks Built in response to legislation introduced in 1772 to establish houses of industry poorhouses and workhouses in all counties. After 1840 it became the Strand Barracks and in the mid 1930s became a corporation store and depot.

Clancy Strand, Limerick, Ireland
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William Henry Harvey 1811 - 1866 luibheoloaí / botanist fíceolaí / psychologist córaseolaí / systematist born here in Summerville House 5 February 1811 Mary Immaculate College established 1898

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland

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