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Limerick Leader marks 125 years in print with exhibition

Pose: Lorna Coffey modelling for Helene Modes in 1970, in one of the pictures from the Limerick Leader archive exhibition

Pose: Lorna Coffey modelling for Helene Modes in 1970, in one of the pictures from the Limerick Leader archive exhibition

  • by Anne Sheridan
 

AS THE Limerick Leader gets ready to celebrates its 125th birthday, a major photographic exhibition entitled From Limerick with Love will be unveiled at Shannon Airport next week.

The exhibition features some of the most evocative images of life in Limerick during the 1970s, in a collaboration between the Limerick Museum and Archives (LM&A), the Limerick Leader and Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD).

Over 180 images will go on display, including 69 created by third year students of the Limerick School of Art and Design in response to the Limerick Leader archive photographs.

The exhibition will run in Shannon Airport from Tuesday next, March 11 until September, when it will move into Limerick city.

Alan English, editor of the Limerick Leader, said the exhibition features “some fantastic images chronicling Limerick daily life and the major news stories that took place throughout the 1970s”.

“The Limerick Leader has been publishing the stories of Limerick continuously since 1889 and from the 1950s onwards the newspaper employed its own photographers and began amassing a large collection of photographic images,” he explained.

“We are delighted to share photographs of the people and places of Limerick with a wider audience including visitors to the Mid-West, our own nostalgic citizens and those just passing through Shannon Airport for the very first time during the busy summer season.”

City archivist Jacqui Hayes said that the LM&A have been working behind the scenes for months cataloguing thousands of images from the Limerick Leader archives.

“It’s been a labour of love digitising this entire decade,” she explained.

“Essentially this project will enable the general public to view these images from the Limerick Leader collection, which up until now have been saved in film negatives. It’s a very exciting project to be part of and we’re looking forward to sharing these fantastic glimpses of local history.”

For more see the print editions of this weekend’s Limerick Leader

 

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