Local Studies

The Reference and Local Studies Department is located in the Central Library at the Granary. Use of the facilities in this section is open to all and there are no charges except for photocopying and printing. A full-time librarian is available at the reference department to assist people with queries and research. In addition to the many historical reference materials available there is an extensive collection of Limerick-related materials held here. This local collection is an essential aid for anyone researching the history of Limerick.

See our extensive Local Studies online resources below (scroll down for main menu)

1916 monument, sarsfield bridge  1916 Commemoration

We will be hosting various events, including a special series of lectures in early 2016, to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. We have also created a special page here where we will add various 1916 and War of Independence materials during the course of the next year. Our first item on the page is a nationalist journal published in the months prior to the Rising.

Recent addition to the Local  Studies online - Part I of the Séamus Ó Ceallaigh Collection - The GAA Journals - Full scans of hundreds of Gaelic Games and Culture journals from the 1930s to the 1980s


Limerick City & County Trades and Street Directories (full scans of all of the Limerick City & County-related pages from all the directories in the library collection)



Books & Journals Local Studies Files Limerick-related obituaries, death notices, etc. from The Limerick Chronicle Trades Directories, 1769-1920 Registers of Electors, 1855, 1923, 1931, 1940, 1945, 1950 Family Histories Field Name Books of Limerick City & County Who's Who of Limerick Séamus Ó Ceallaigh's Great Limerick Sportsmen Witness Statements (Irish war of Independence) 1907 'Sale of Limerick' Catalogue & Maps Researcher's Handbook by Sinéad McCoole History Lecture Series List of Newspapers held at Limerick City Library Calendar of Wills in the Diocese of Limerick, 1615-1800 Index of Freemen of Limerick, 1746 - 1836 1817 Election (report & electors lists) 1829 Freeholders in Limerick City and environs (the County of the City of Limerick) 1837 Electoral List The Guilds of Limerick, 1840 Griffith's Valuation of Limerick City, 1850 Analysis of the Late Election of Limerick, 1852 Owners of Land of One Acre and Upwards in the County of Limerick, 1876 1901 & 1911 Census Householder Listings Owners of Limerick-registered motor vehicles, 1912-1914 The Seamus O Ceallaigh GAA Collection at Limerick City Library The Mayors of Limerick, 1197-2006 Mountshannon House and the Fitzgibbons Links Contact

Have a look at our genealogy resources 


  - Latest addition to 'Books and Journals' section - Two Centuries of Popular Education : An Historical Survey of the Educational Institutions of Limerick by Michael V. (Milo) Spillane, 1973 

  Recent addition to 'Books and Journals' section - Limerick War News (journal from the Irish Civil War)

Further resources:

*New* WW1 Resource: Mapping Limerick's Casualties During World War One  

Have a look at some very nice charts of the Shannon River & Estuary from the 1837 Shannon Navigation Report here - 

Have a lucky dip into our Local Studies Files - click here for a visit to one of the files!


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Contact Limerick City & County Library local studies department : Mike Maguire - mike.maguire@limerick.ie

Last update:12/10/2015