Collection Lists in PDF

   L/SMIN Limerick City Council Special Minute Books MS Word - 111 Kb | PDF - 111 Kb)
    Minutes of Limerick City Council Special Committees provide a detailed insight into the manner in which the City Council carried out a host of functions and are a useful source for the study of political, social and economic issues that arose in Limerick City throughout the period including the operation of the City Council itself.

Private Papers and Business Collections

Some of these collections have been digitized and are available to view here.

   P1 Limerick Chamber of Commerce MS Word - 128 Kb | PDF - 128 Kb)
    The collection is arranged into ten sections. The first five sections are organized by category of record namely minute books, correspondence, ballot books, returns of goods, and financial records. All these records relate directly to the Chamber of Commerce. The next two sections relate to the records of the Chamber of Commerce Library, and the Limerick Arbitration Society, both of which were established by Limerick Chamber of Commerce. The final sections consist of records relating to the Limerick Employers Federation, the National Insurance Company, and the Limerick merchant Poole Gabett. This collection is available to view in our digital archive

   P2 Limerick Harbour Commissioners MS Word - 233 Kb | PDF - 233 Kb)
    The Limerick Harbour Commissioners collection was deposited in Limerick Archives in 1982. The collection spans two centuries, with material dating from 1823 until 1980.

   P3 Limerick Catholic Institute MS Word - 41 Kb | PDF - 41 Kb)
    The collection held by Limerick City Archives consists of one volume of minute books, and a small number of annual reports. The volume of minutes (P3/1) has recently been restored. The annual reports provide insightful information into the activities of the Institute, and its financial position. See the Current Projects section of our website for images of the newly restored minute book

   P4 Maurice Lenihan, 1759-1875 MS Word - 59 Kb | PDF - 59 Kb)
    The Maurice Lenihan Papers held by Limerick City Archives consists of correspondence, Lenihan’s research notes, and three scrapbooks kept by Lenihan himself, which consist of research material, newspaper cuttings, personnel reminiscences and other miscellaneous items. Additionally it includes a photocopy of Thomas Steele’s Practical Suggestions on the Improvement of the Navigation in the Shannon (1828). The collection is available to view in our digital archive.

   P8 Croker Papers MS Word - 41 Kb | PDF - 41 Kb)
    The Croker Papers relate to the Croker family of Ballyneguard, County Limerick, and to Thomas Crofton Corker (1798-1858), the noted writer and folklorist. The collection is divided into two sections. The first section consists of an account book of John Corker of Ballyneguard, County Limerick. The second section relates to Thomas Crofton Croker.

   P9 Limerick Waterworks MS Word - 38 Kb | PDF - 38 Kb)
    The Limerick Waterworks Company collection consists of records dating from 1833 to 1883. It includes records relating to the purchase of land by Limerick Waterworks (P9/1-3); account books (P9/5), water rental books (P9/7); correspondence book (P9/8), a file relating to the sale of the company to Limerick Corporation (P9/11).

   P10 Limerick County Militia MS Word - 32 Kb | PDF - 32 Kb)
    The collection held by Limerick City Archives consists of two volumes of accounts and volunteer lists (P10/1-2), as well as receipts and bills, and a small correspondence file of the Limerick County Militia.

   P11 Geary & Son Biscut Factory MS Word - 121 Kb | PDF - 121 Kb)
    The collection provides a unique insight into the fabric of a now demolished building in a key part of Limerick’s visual landscape and an insight into the conduct of a large industry in thw city.

   P5 Bedford Row Lying In Hospital 1868-1971 MS Word - 89 Kb | PDF - 89 Kb)
    The Bedford Row Lying- In Hospital collection held by Limerick City Archives consists mainly of annual reports, minute books of the management committees and medical staff committees, patient registers and miscellaneous correspondence. The earliest document in the collection dates from 1868, and latest documents date from the time of the closure of the hospital in 1975. This collection is available to view on our digital archive

   P12 Cannocks and Company MS Word - 64 Kb | PDF - 64 Kb)
    The collection dates from 1869 to 1980, and includes company minutes, shareholder records, share transfer journals, annual financial statements and accounts, general ledgers, salary books, order books, and company ephemera.

   P16 Limerick Custom House Papers MS Word - 150 Kb | PDF - 150 Kb)
    The Customs House Papers are arranged in three sections, which are, firstly papers emanating from the Collectors Office Limerick, secondly papers relating to Custom House Staff, and thirdly papers dating from 1923, which relate to the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

   P20 Fair Rent Tribunal MS Word - 23 Kb | PDF - 23 Kb)
    This small collection consists of two Registers of Judgements of cases heard by the Fair Rents Tribunal, sitting in Nenagh, Rathkeale, Croom, Kilmallock, Newcastlewest, Limerick and Tipperary.

   P18 Limerick House of Industry MS Word - 28 Kb | PDF - 28 Kb)
    This collection contains the General Registry of Inmates of the House of Industry (1774-1793) which gives an insight into the age, sex, and condition of every inmate in the workhouse during the period.

   P21 Coote Family Papers MS Word - 41 Kb | PDF - 41 Kb)
    The Coote family of Mount Coote were descended from Colonel Chidley Coote (c.1608-1668) whose second son came to Ireland in the 1650’s and settled near Kilmallock Co. Limerick. This collection provides an insight into the domestic lifestyle of a county Limerick family during the late eighteenth century

   P22 Hunt and De Vere Family of Currahchase Co Limerick MS Word - 1,242 Kb | PDF - 1,242 Kb)
    The papers of the Hunt and De Vere Family, Currahchase, County Limerick. The papers date from 1755 to 1888 and include correspondence, diaries, estate papers, financial records, and literary material. The collection is arranged mainly by family member.

   P23 Rentals and Particulars of Sale MS Word - 93 Kb | PDF - 93 Kb)
    This collection relates to the sale of property in Limerick city and county and adjoining counties; many of the documents relate to the sale of land and breakup of estates in the late nineteenth century when property changed hands from the largely Protestant Ascendancy to the Catholic middle classes and prosperous farmers under the Encumbered Estates Acts and later the Land Commission. This collection is available to view on our digital archive.

   P24 Security Estate Management, Hayes, Doyle, Nash MS Word - 27 Kb | PDF - 27 Kb)
    Papers of Limerick Estate Management incorporating James Nash and Sons, 85 O’ Connell Street Limerick. The collection includes property transactions relating to a number of members of the Hayes family who held a number of properties in Limerick notably on O’ Curry Street and M. Doyle (a builder) who acquired an interest in some of the same buildings and whose rental interests were also handled by Nash Estate Agents. The earliest documents in the collection date from 1874 and the latest documents date to 1961.

   P34 Christian Brothers Schools Limerick MS Word - 58 Kb | PDF - 58 Kb)
    This collection consists of a small number of school registers and other records relating to Christian Brothers Schools in Limerick.

   P35 O'Donnell papers MS Word - 904 Kb | PDF - 904 Kb)
    The O’Donnell Papers are comprised of the records of five generations of the O’Donnells, a once affluent upper middle class Protestant family resident at Blackwater, Trough, Co. Clare. The collection is organised by family member. The earliest records relate to John O’Donnell and to his son Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Anderson O’Donnell. These include leases which connect the O’Donnell family with Trough from as early as 1743, although throughout the collection numerous associated addresses within the City of Limerick are also mentioned.

The O’Donnells were a successful and respected Military family, serving in and becoming decorated Officers of the British Army.

   P37 Grand Juries Presentments MS Word - 25 Kb | PDF - 25 Kb)
    This collection consists of printed accounts of Limerick grand jury 1811-1821 and printed presentment lists for Limerick for 1821.

   P30 John Quinn and Company Limited Tea, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Ellen Street MS Word - 23 Kb | PDF - 23 Kb)
    This collection consists of a company minute book, dating from 1899 to 1926, which was purchased at auction by Limerick Archives in 1995.

   P39 Limerick Baker's Society MS Word - 25 Kb | PDF - 25 Kb)
    This collection consists of two minute books dating 1871 to 1884, and 1909 to 1923.

   P48 Limerick Fishery Board of Conservators MS Word - 32 Kb | PDF - 32 Kb)
    The Limerick Fishery Board was a subsection of the Department of Land and Fisheries. The Limerick fishery district (Number 8) covered the tideways and catchment areas of all rivers flowing into the sea between Dunmore Head, Co. Kerry and Hags Head, Co. Clare

   P67 Lloyd Family Papers MS Word - 177 Kb | PDF - 177 Kb)
    The collection relates to various members of the Lloyd family who held land in the townlands of Portnard in Cappamore, and Towerhill in Pallasgreen through the eighteenth and nineteenth century . They also held land in Beechmount, Rathkeale and in Newtown Pery, Limerick City while a relative Reverend Edward Lloyd ( d c.1794) also held land in Ballincollig, county Cork

   P89 Mercier Papers 1923-1980 MS Word - 211 Kb | PDF - 211 Kb)
    Cecil Mercier was a mill manager first in the Limerick Mills working initially for the Goodbody family and later for Ranks. Ranks Flour Mills in Limerick became one of the largest flour mills in the country and was the most important industry in Limerick until its closure in 1983.

   Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Limerick Papers MS Word - 57 Kb | PDF - 57 Kb)
    The collection is a wonderful insight into the Quaker community in the Limerick area, documenting their births, deaths and marriages, their monthly meetings and their response to prevailing social and economic conditions.

This collection is available for viewing online here

Limerick City Council and Local Government Collections

Some of these collections have been digitized and are available to view here

   L/OC Limerick Corporation (Pre Reform) MS Word - 45 Kb | PDF - 45 Kb)
    The collection includes a number of volumes relating to the admission to the status of Freeman of Limerick including an index to Freemen admitted (L/OC/1), and a list of applicants for Freeman Status. An Oath Book, transcript Minute Book and financial material provides an insight into city administration. (L/OC/3-5). This collection is available to view on our digital archive.

   L/MP Commissioners for the Improvement of St Michaels Parish MS Word - 73 Kb | PDF - 73 Kb)
    Newtown Pery experienced a great development in the last third of the eighteenth century and the incapacity of Limerick Corporation to provide all the services required for the expanding city, led to the appointment of improvement commissioners. The result was the creation of the Commissioners for the Improvement of St Michael’s Parish by the Newtown Act of 1807.The collection spans the period 1810 until 1851 and includes Night Watch Report books, Minute books of commissioners meetings as wells as account books and rate books. This collection is available to view on our digital archive.

   L/MIN Limerick City Council Minute Books MS Word - 25 Kb | PDF - 25 Kb)
    Spanning from 1841 -1972 the minutes contain a wealth of detail on the development of Limerick City , its people and local politics.

   L/WW Limerick Corporation Water Works1883-1934 (-1937) MS Word - 68 Kb | PDF - 68 Kb)
    This collection includes water rate books, financial records, water reports such as: water wastage and water consumption reports, plans and drawings for improvement works, and newspaper cuttings relating to the Water Works

   L/NW Limerick City Council Night Watch MS Word - 70 Kb | PDF - 70 Kb)
    Limerick Corporation’s Night Watch service was established in 1843 it’s main function was to ensure public order, the security of property and the lighting of lamps. The collection consists of Night Watch Report Books (1861-1920), Night Watch Inspector’s Complaint Book (1866-1892) and Night Watch Account Book (1857-1914).

   L/AH/AS Allotment Schemes Limerick City Council MS Word - 35 Kb | PDF - 35 Kb)
    This collection consists of a number of general files (1938-1941) relating to the administration of allotment schemes in Limerick city. It also includes files relating to cases taken against the Corporation by owners of the land on which allotment schemes operated in Limerick. Lands on which Allotment schemes were in operation included Janesboro, Rathbane, Athlunkard, Farranshone, and Corbally.

   L/AH/PH/1 Public Health Services Pre-1960 Limerick City Council MS Word - 131 Kb | PDF - 131 Kb)
    This collection relates to the public health services provided by Limerick Corporation from 1910 until the establishment of Limerick Board of Health 1960.

   L/CS City Surveyors Department 1854-1963 Limerick City Council MS Word - 69 Kb | PDF - 69 Kb)
    This collection consists of correspondence, street repair application books, and volumes which relate to wages received by cleansing and repairs employees, who reported to the city surveyor.

   L/EL Limerick Corporation Electrical Undertaking MS Word - 26 Kb | PDF - 26 Kb)
    This collection consists of a single volume of Electrical Lighting Rentals (1914-1917)

   L/FM Financial Management (Pre 1934) Limerick City Council (1842-1934) MS Word - 94 Kb | PDF - 94 Kb)
    This sub-collection of Limerick City Council relates to the financial management of the Corporation, prior to the 1934 Management Act.

   L/FR/FE Limerick City Franchise and Elections MS Word - 81 Kb | PDF - 81 Kb)
    This collection relates to the Local Elections and Parliamentary elections from 1840 onwards, and the role of the local authority in the compilation of electoral registers.

   L/FR/FM Financial Management (Post1934) Limerick City Council MS Word - 144 Kb | PDF - 144 Kb)
    This collection consists of financial records of the City Council dating from the introduction of the Limerick City Management Act 1934 to 2000. It includes records of expenditure estimates and accounts, annual accounts, loans and mortgages, Limerick City Council bank account, revenue income accounts and salaries and wages registers.

   L/FR/HR Human Resources Limerick City Council MS Word - 485 Kb | PDF - 485 Kb)
    This collection consists of records relating to Limerick City Council employees and the Human Resources Department of Limerick City Council. It dates from 1930-1970.

   L/FR/MY Mayors of Limerick City Limerick City Council MS Word - 77 Kb | PDF - 77 Kb)
    This collection relates to the Mayors of Limerick City. It includes photographs, correspondence, and material relating to Mayoral elections dating from 1842-1999.

   L/FR/PM Property Management Limerick City Council 1774-1956 MS Word - 73 Kb | PDF - 73 Kb)
    The collection relates to property rent received by Limerick Corporation from tenants, dating from 1774-1956. It includes twentieth century correspondence, arranged chronologically, regarding applications for permission to encroach on corporation property (prior to the Planning Act 1963)

   L/FR/TC Town Clerk's Office Limerick City Council MS Word - 105 Kb | PDF - 105 Kb)
    This collection consists of letter books from the Office of the Town Clerk, which date 1847-1930. It also includes letters from the town clerk to other senior officers in the Corporation including the city treasurer (1899-1909) and to the city surveyor (1922-1932), and to other individuals. Also included are rough minute books and correspondence which relate to the town clerk’s role as secretary to the City Council and the Special Committees. As well as a variety of notices issued to the public by the town clerk on behalf of Limerick Corporation in the form of newspaper advertisements and public posters

   L/G/1 Limerick Corporation Gasworks (1880-1949) MS Word - 79 Kb | PDF - 79 Kb)
    This collection relates to the Limerick Corporation Gas Undertaking from 1880 to 1947. It includes gas electors’ posters and lists, various reports and correspondences which were referred by the Gas Committee or gas engineer to the Office of the Town Clerk and City Manager, wages books, and one volume of bad debt. Also included are series of plans and drawings for improvements at the Gas Works.

   L/HG/AH Assisted Housing Schemes (1928-1961) Limerick City Council MS Word - 81 Kb | PDF - 81 Kb)
    This collection relates to assistance given by Local Authorities to public utilities and private individuals to build private dwelling houses during the period 1928 to 1961.

   L/HG/HC/1 Plans and Drawings for Corporation Housing (1886-1932) Limerick City Council MS Word - 56 Kb | PDF - 56 Kb)
    This collection consists of plans and drawings of houses constructed by Limerick Corporation during the period 1886 until 1932. The plans were generally drawn by the city surveyor. Researchers should also consult L/SMIN for Minutes of the Housing of the Working Class Committee, L/CS City Surveyors’ Department, and L/HG for additional Limerick City Council Housing Collections

   L/PC Limerick City Police Force (1922) MS Word - 25 Kb | PDF - 25 Kb)
    The Limerick City Police Force, was established in 1922 as a purely civic body. This small collection consists of an administration file from 1922.

   L/PD/EC/2 Turf Production Scheme (1940-1958) MS Word - 30 Kb | PDF - 30 Kb)
    This collection consists of files relating to various turf production schemes which were co-ordinated by Limerick City Council during World War II.

   St Joseph's Hospital Archive Collection MS Word - 203 Kb | PDF - 707 Kb)
    St. Joseph's Hospital Archive Collection: Darkness Gives Way to Light

St. Joseph's Hospital was founded as Limerick District Lunatic Asylum in 1827. Records have survived from this period and are present within the archive. The collection records the management and administration of the hospital and the people who entered the asylum. This collection is preserved and made available in their memory. These records were recovered with the aid and enlightenment of key member staff and have now been transferred to Limerick City Archives.

Conditions of Access.
The collection has been transferred to Limerick City Archives on long term loan. All requests for access require the prior sanction of the HSE under three categories to be administered by the City Archives. Level One access will facilitate access to the entire collection will only be granted to applicants engaged in research at post-graduate level. Level Two access will facilitate access to Committal forms up to 1922, with a closure period of 100 years on all other records and will be granted only to applicants engaged in historical research of an academic nature. Level 3 refers to records of a non personal nature. Information on family members will be handled under Freedom of Information.

Collection
The main categories of records in the collection are: (1) a full run of minute books from 1827-1960, (2) Reports of Inspections by the local visiting committee (1831-1946), (3)Annual Inspections by the Inspector of Lunatic Asylums (1932-1955), (4)Managers Orders (1942-1959), (5)Letter Books (1847-1953), (6)A Gate Book (1958-1959), (7)Statistical Returns (1939-1949), (8)Financial Records, (1938-1965), (9)Staff Salary and Superannuation (1910-1957), (10)Admission Registers (1848-1971), (11)Committal Forms (c.1880-1960), (12)Registers of Discharges and Deaths (1891-1959), and (13) a sample of ward books (1948-1981)

Last update:26/08/2013

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