Exhibition offers a glimpse of Limerick life in the ‘70s

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Three Dogs - Rex, Tiny, Pepper - pictured in 1971, part of the From Limerick with Love exhibition
A NEW website featuring 25,000 photographs of life in Limerick during the 1970s is due to be launched as part of Limerick City of Culture 2014.

A NEW website featuring 25,000 photographs of life in Limerick during the 1970s is due to be launched as part of Limerick City of Culture 2014.

The site - www.fromlimerickwithlove.ie - contains images from the archives of The Limerick Leader, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and is the result of months of digitisation work by newspaper staff and Limerick Museum and Archives.

The new online archive coincides with the launch of an exhibition of 125 selected photographs from this newspaper’s archive in Limerick City and County Council offices in Merchant’s Quay and also in the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD).

After six months of captivating visitors to Shannon Airport, this major photographic exhibition of Limerick will move to the city next week.

As part of the Limerick Leader’s 125th anniversary celebrations this year, students from the Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD) took inspiration from a selection of pictures from this newspaper’s archives, and provided their own modern take on the images, which features alongside the original black and white works.

Entitled From Limerick with Love, the exhibition features almost 200 images, which were spread throughout the departure gates in the airport, including 69 created by students of LSAD in response to the collection.

Now, the exhibition will move to City Hall, where it will be officially opened by former minister and deputy Des O’Malley on Tuesday next, September 23, at 6.30pm.

“It’s wonderful that the exhibition, which includes so many fine photographs of Limerick people, will now be staged in the middle of the city,” said Alan English, editor of the Limerick Leader.

“The Leader’s photographic collection continues to delight - the riches in our archives are extraordinary and while From Limerick With Love is just a small snapshot of a massive collection, it includes some fantastic stuff and I hope as many people get to see it as possible.”

Featuring a range of photos from the fashions of the day to images of the last train from Limerick to Claremorris in 1976, the exhibition gives a poignant insight into a world from our not too distant past.

The exhibition will run until December in Merchant’s Quay and the LSAD campus.

All are welcome and it is free to attend.