History Lecture Series

Every year Limerick City Library hosts a series of history lectures during the Autumn, Winter and Spring months. This began in 1998 and to date (September 2012) there have been over 100 lectures given in the series.

Subjects covered are varied, usually though not always of a local nature, including architecture, political history, music, sport, industrial history, biographical studies of notable local people, etc.


We now list the upcoming lectures on our Facebook page


Below is a list of all the lectures in the series -



  • A Limerick Writer's Life, Cristóir Ó Floinn, Tuesday, 26th March 2013, 8pm
  • Glory Days - Limerick Soccer at the Markets Field, 1937-1984, Aidan Corr, Tuesday, 26th February 2013, 8pm
  • Island Outrage and a Playboy Drama, Patricia Byrne, Tuesday, 15th January 2013, 8 pm
  • Limerick Cinema in Retrospect, Joe Coleman & Declan McLoughlin, Tuesday, 11th December 2012 , 8pm
  • Limerick City Library: the first 60 years, 1893 to 1953, Dr. Matthew Potter, Tuesday 13th November 2012, 8pm
  • The Rebel Priest of Thomondgate - Father John Kenyon, the Young Irelander, Tim Boland, Tuesday 16th Ocotber 2012, 8pm 
  • The Tin Ticket: the heroic journey of Australia's convict women, Deborah J. Swiss, Tuesday 25th September 2012, 8pm

2011 - 2012 series 

  • The Dinnage Family, the touring cinema of the early 20th century and the Central Cinema, Rathkeale, John Dinnage, Tuesday 27th March 2012, 8pm
  • City of the Dead: Mount St. Lawrence Cemetery since 1855, Friday 3rd February 2012, 8pm

  • Some Old Characters of Limerick, Denis O'Shaughnessy, Tuesday 13th December 2011, 8pm

  • Bernstein's Broadway : The Glittering Broadway Career of Leonard Bernstein, Vincent Prendergast, Tuesday 22nd November 2011, 8p.m.

  • American Consuls in Ireland : A Limerick Case Study, Dr. Bernadette Whelan, Tuesday 25th October 2011, 8pm

  • Limerick's First Historical Society' - the Limerick Field Club and its Journal, 1892-1908, ´╗┐Liam Irwin, Tuesday 27th September 2011, 8pm

  • Ranks Flour Mill : Documenting Limerick's Industrial Heritage, A Lecture for Heritage Week, Jacqui Hayes, Limerick City Archivist & Dominique Bouchard, Education and Outreach Officer, Hunt Museum, 23/8/2011


Archive of previous years

Last update:26/03/2015