AFTER SIX months of captivating visitors to Shannon Airport, a major photographic exhibition documenting Limerick will move into 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, all taken during the 1970s.
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.”
Mr English confirmed that 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 website, www.fromlimerickwithlove.ie, will contain images from the archives of The Limerick Leader, and is the result of months of digitisation work by newspaper staff and Limerick Museum and Archives.
Featuring photos of 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.