IF A picture paints a thousand words, the Limerick Leader’s new ‘Archive – Looking Back in Pictures’ series has produced an annal of memories for some of our faithful readers down through the years.
The photographic section which shines a light on a long lost era of Limerick’s social history was launched earlier this year in our Monday newspaper, and it has now been extended to our Wednesday paper due to popular demand.
The pull-out section focuses on photographs taken at important social functions down through the decades, particularly the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, which have been carefully selected from our vaults for readers’ enjoyment.
This week’s coverage of local sporting characters and heroes celebrating Young Munster’s win in the Munster Senior Cup in 1980 sparked joyous memories for a huge number readers, with our newsdesk receiving many calls this Wednesday from locals intrigued by the pictures.
That win was one of seven enjoyed by the club, from 1928 to the present day. That two-page spread of pictures shows many young men of 20 (and some who were into their 30s and 40s) enjoying several pints of Guinness at a celebratory dinner dance in the Glentworth Hotel.
Among the victorious young team members were Ger McNamara, Jim McNamara, Eddie Costello and Francis Brosnahan.
The late famous player Tom Clifford, who gave rise to Clifford Park in Rosbrien, is also pictured in a merry mood, while enjoying some post-match analysis with John Whelan, Brendan O’Dowd and Morgan Costello. Also featured is the captain of the Young Munster team, Richie Daly.
Among the other features to catch the reader’s eye this week were photos of the NIHE ball in 1972, the year it was founded, before becoming the University of Limerick in 1989. Limerick’s Rose of Tralee entrant at the time, Carol Cashman, was escorted to the ball by Alderman Pat Kennedy, the former senator and now a city councillor.
The section has proved to be a source of nostalgia for readers, as well as a veritable ‘Who’s who of Limerick’, even if the fashions of the time are something those featured might like to forget. A copy of the paper is still available at our offices at 54 O’Connell Street. We’ll have more old pictures on Monday.