See fascinating photographs from the Limerick Leader archive this weekend

THE Limerick Leader this weekend has a sharper look and features fascinating pictures from our unrivalled archive collection - including a remarkable picture of former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey lying bandaged and injured in a Limerick hospital bed in 1976.

THE Limerick Leader this weekend has a sharper look and features fascinating pictures from our unrivalled archive collection - including a remarkable picture of former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey lying bandaged and injured in a Limerick hospital bed in 1976.

He was reported to have been in a car crash but rumours about a different reason for his injuries have spread in the years that followed.

Our reporter Eugene Phelan was at his bedside and looks back on a strange but intriguing incident. Among the many other pictures of people from all over Limerick there’s a great shot of a youthful JP McManus at Clounanna 25 years ago.

Acclaimed Limerick artist John Shinnors sells his paintings for tens of thousands of euro - and he makes his debut as a Limerick Leader cartoonist this week with a witty take on the controversy over three Limerick councillors claiming €1,100 each for attending the Willie Clancy traditional Irish music festival in Clare.

There is also a bumper 40-page sports section featuring a special pullout with pictures from Under 12 football teams from all over Limerick, many of whom competed at the Gaelic Grounds recently.

And the cover of the Leader 2 section features a great read about many court cases involving Limerick couples in the 19th and early 20th century - in the vast majority of cases the woman was suing the man for breach of promise to marry.

Editor Alan English said: “I think this week’s Leader is one of the best editions produced in years, so I’m hoping to see our circulation soar! If there’s anyone who hasn’t picked up a copy for some time, I’d strongly recommend that they have a new look at the Leader.”