Social history of Moyross documented for the first time

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

THE first definitive social history of the Moyross estate, written by former mayor Frank Prendergast, is to be launched this Thursday.

THE first definitive social history of the Moyross estate, written by former mayor Frank Prendergast, is to be launched this Thursday.

Mr Prendergast was commissioned by the regeneration agency to produce the book and Corpus Christi National School will now play host to its launch.

The book provides a comprehensive history of the 30 year history of the estate.

Named ‘Moyross: the story so far’, the 130-page book will be launched by local Parish Priest Fr Tony O’Riordan at 7.30pm.

In the book, Mayorstone resident Mr Prendergast - an area councillor for over 25 years- focused on the names of the streets of the estate, the history of the site, the railway line which passes through it, and the sporting heroes who grew up there, notably Munster’s Keith Earls.

Among the more than 100 people the former Labour TD interviewed were some of the first residents of the northside estate, and the nuns who worked to establish a community spirit in the estate.

Writing the book from a social perspective, Mr Prendergast was keen to set it in the context of the housing policies of Limerick City Council.

“I was also anxious to pay tribute to the wonderful community activists who stayed in the parish, despite its shortcomings. For several years, it had no post office, no chemist, no doctor’s clinic, and it didn’t even have a public house,” Mr Prendergast said.

*A full version of this story appears in the Limerick Leader Wednesday tabloid edition, dated December 14, 2011