Limerick mayor’s delight at old Leader pictures

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

Mayor of Limerick Cllr Maria Byrne has said the Limerick Leader’s new Archive picture sections will prove to be an important part of the city’s photographic history.

Mayor of Limerick Cllr Maria Byrne has said the Limerick Leader’s new Archive picture sections will prove to be an important part of the city’s photographic history.

Mayor Byrne visited the Leader offices recently and inspected some of the many thousands of old negatives which are being brought back to life by our photographic department. They represent by far the biggest and most important collection of photographs documenting Limerick’s social history.

The vast majority of the collection remains unseen since the pictures were first published in the Leader. While the paper regularly features old pictures, only a small fraction of the huge quantity of negatives in our collection have been digitised up to now and readers of our Monday and Wednesday editions can now look forward to seeing thousands of these pictures reproduced in our new Archive and Archive Sport sections on Monday and Wednesday respectively.

“There is so much history in Limerick and the Leader has been recording it for more than 120 years,” the mayor said. “I’m very pleased that these wonderful old pictures will be published again after so many years.

“I’m sure they will bring back a lot of memories for a lot of Limerick people. I understand that some of these pictures were never published in the first place, so it’s quite exciting that they will finally see the light of day.”

Mayor Byrne can recall her own first appearance in the pages of the Leader.

“My aunt Peggy Hogan was involved in the Limerick show and she got me to enter the Rock, Bog and Novel category - which was basically a cottage garden on a tray. I was six or seven and the photographer from the Leader took my picture and put it in the paper.”

The mayor added that with Limerick a European City of Sport for 2011, “it is great that so many old photographs from our sporting past will be brought back to life too – and introduced to a new audience as well as those who were around the first time.”