FITTINGLY the front cover of the latest edition of the Old Limerick Journal features a photograph of Larry Walsh, former editor of the journal, who ensured the proud tradition and standards of the publication continued, after founding editor Jimmy Kemmy was called to his eternal reward.
Larry, the former curator of the city museum, was editor the journal from 1998 to 2009, passed away last year, and the mantle of editor has been passed onto distinguished historian Tom Donovan.
As is the norm for this excellent publication there are numerous interesting articles about people and places in Limerick and some fascinating old photographs dating back 100 years and more.
There is no shortage of talented writers and historians in Limerick and contributions by Brian Hodkinson, Deborah Swiss, Michael Kirwan, Lucey Bowen, Mary Casteleyn, John Leonard, Cathal Cavanagh, John Carroll, Des Ryan, T Oâ€™Farrell, E Gilleece, Cian Oâ€™Carroll and John Rainsford, ensure that the high standards set by the previous 46 publications are maintained.
Articles include a piece on Ellen Scott, who back in 1829 was sent to Van Diemanâ€™s land, after stealing a watch in Limerick. She was exiled for life for her crime, and her story, and the illustrations with it, give an absorbing insight into the plight of those banished abroad.
Michael Kirwan, whose dad was a radio officer in Foynes has a detailed article on the years 1936 to â€˜45 when it was the North Atlantic flying boat base. Also covered are pieces about James McCarthy, teacher, publisher and politician; Ignatius Nihill of Limerick and Liverpool; Glencairn, â€œBossâ€ Croker and the Limerick Connection; An Involuntary Passage to Australia and Roman Catholic clergy in St Munchinâ€™s Parish.
There is much more including a piece on Bedford Row; the Irish Estates, Corbally; Limerick and the proposed Ecuador expedition of 1846. Also fascinating is a letter written from Limerick county jail in 1829; Thomas St John Gaffney, United States Consul General in Germany and Mad Doctoring in 19th Century Limerick.