Local Studies

 The Local Studies Department is located at Watch House Cross Community Library. Use of the facilities in this section is open to all and there are no charges except for photocopying and printing. 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)

If you prefer, you can see a Catalogue of the Local Studies online in list format here 

We try to help with family history queries although it should be noted that we do not offer a genealogy research service. There is now an incredible range of online resources available towards such research and we have compiled a list of useful links here 

 Limerick newspapers of 1921 (full scans of all 1921 Limerick-area newspapers in our collection) ‌‌    

 Recent additions:            


Classic literature of Limerick


The County Limerick Grand Jury Presentments Books, 1807 - 1900

The Séamus Ó Ceallaigh GAA Collection - Part I - Books, Part II - Journals, Part III - the Great Limerick Sportsmen series and Part IV - The Limerick GAA Clubs files


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)



1916 Commemoration including all Limerick Leader newspapers for the year 1916 

The Irish Tourist Association County Limerick Survey [1944]


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

Further resources:

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 : localstudies@limerick.ie


Last update:10/11/2021