Historic Limerick photographs are unearthed

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

AWARD-winning photographer Gerry Andrews has for the first time unearthed hundreds of his captivating black and white photographs of Limerick taken four decades ago.

AWARD-winning photographer Gerry Andrews has for the first time unearthed hundreds of his captivating black and white photographs of Limerick taken four decades ago.

Mr Andrews, 58, from Wolfe Tone Street in the city, was the recipient of four awards at a ceremony hosted by the IAPF in Dublin last Tuesday week.

For the first time his images of a forgotten era of Limerick were extensively revealed in the Limerick Leader last week, with more to feature this week.

Among his images which received plaudits from the judges was one of a local woman, nicknamed ‘Old Moll’ who was a regular visitor to Limerick’s Milk Market in the 70s.

He also received awards for his image of a woman living in Cambodia’s killing fields and of tribesmen in Ethiopia.

A former head of production at this newspaper, he returned to photography “with a vengeance” after his wife June died in 2004.

“By and large none of those photos, particularly of the market place, have ever been published. There’s a huge interest in them, and I’m quite surprised by the amount of interest in them. It’s nice looking back on them now knowing there’s no other photographic records of those events,” he said.

Local people are also getting in touch with him online, at his new website, www.gerryandrews.com, to say that they recognise their family in his pictures, and as many images are without captions, he said slowly but surely “all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together.”

Do you recognise the people pictured in the Limerick Leader last week? If so, contact anne.sheridan@limerickleader.ie or call 061 214502