Major Limerick Leader stories from the past highlighted in new calendar

Alan English, editor

Reporter:

Alan English, editor

SOME of the biggest stories in the 123-year history of the Limerick Leader are highlighted in a unique new calendar produced by finance and accountancy firm BDO Limerick.

SOME of the biggest stories in the 123-year history of the Limerick Leader are highlighted in a unique new calendar produced by finance and accountancy firm BDO Limerick.

The idea was the brainchild of local BDO director Ger Holliday and the Leader was delighted to facilitate it by searching through our vast archives for the front pages and pictures featured in the calendar.

Mr Holliday explained the inspiration for the 2013 calendar: “The Leader is one of Ireland’s oldest and most respected local newspapers and so we thought some of its momentous front pages would make for a fascinating calendar. We’re delighted with the end result. People are already telling us they’ll be keeping it as a souvenir when 2013 is over!”

The page for January is arguably one of the most interesting, as it features two front pages from the Leader published exactly 100 years apart - on January 1, 1900 and January 1, 2000. As the calendar notes: “These two pages have one big thing in common: they both welcomed a new century in Limerick.”

Other months feature major front-page stories including how the paper reported historic events like the Easter Rising in 1916, the signing of the 1921 Treaty, the huge fire in 1959 which saw Todds burnt to the ground and Limerick’s shock at the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963.

It’s only fitting that several huge sports stories are included, such as the hurlers’ 1973 All-Ireland win, Munster’s defeat of the All Blacks in 1978 and the joy 28 years later when Munster won the coveted Heineken Cup.

The BDO/Limerick Leader calendar is being distributed to thousands of Mid-West businesses. The Leader has a limited number which can be collected by readers, free of charge, from our office at 54 O’Connell Street, Limerick.