Limerick City Council

Limerick City Trades Register 1769-1925

The original documents that make up the Trades Register can be found in the Local Studies section.

This register consists of Limerick City-related references obtained from a variety of directories published between the years 1769 and 1925. These directories are an excellent source of historical and genealogical information. Using this register you will be able to trace any family that operated a business or was listed in street directories during the period covered. In the absence of census records prior to 1901 these directories are of immense value in establishing addresses and occupations of people who lived in Limerick.

There are almost 60,000 records on the register. These directories were not, however, exhaustive and you should note that small traders and the disadvantaged classes in general tend not to be listed here. Virtually all other classes do receive some coverage.

The directories can be used for a much broader range of research than simple genealogical queries. For example, one can trace the development of the city of Limerick from the late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries, one can analyse the rise and fall of different types of business activities and, indeed, the rise and sometimes fall of prominent Limerick families.

Note: Use Advanced Search to search the register for a particular surname


Please address any queries to
Mike Maguire,
Reference & Local Studies Dept.,
Limerick City Library,
Michael Street,

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