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
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
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Please address any queries to
Reference & Local Studies Dept.,
Limerick City Library,
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