Historical signs for Limerick laneway

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Local residents in front of the new information signs on Little Barrington Street [Picture: Adrian Butler]
A NEW set of signs detailing the history of a part of the city are to be erected in the coming weeks.

A NEW set of signs detailing the history of a part of the city are to be erected in the coming weeks.

Henry Street man Randal Hodkinson, of J Hodkinson and Sons Ecclesiastical directors, has for the last few months, been studying the history of Little Barrington Street, a laneway which runs behind St Joseph’s Church in O’Connell Avenue.

Although the area is small, it contains a rich history, and Randal has just unveiled the first of five signs giving a recollection of the early days of Barrington Street and its surrounds.

This goes from the building of the first houses in 1840, with the laneways following afterwards.

“What we have done here is shown the progress of the building work in the laneway from the large houses to the artisan cottages built in the centre. What sets this laneway apart is the amount of cottages built. There were 32 cottages built in this area alone. They were all family houses. But even in the 1901 census, there over 200 people living in those cottages,” he explained.

The signs also highlight the former site of an observatory. The other signs, being erected over the coming weeks, will focus on School House Lane and its residents, including Frank McCourt, and the building of the Baptist Church among other things.