A NEW book showcasing some of the finest photos ever taken in Limerick has been sitting pretty at the top of the bestseller list in O’Mahony’s bookstore over Christmas.
Limerick Through The Lens, published by The Collins Press, sold out in the store on Christmas Eve and reached the number two spot on the bestseller list behind Dalo: the Autobiography by former Clare hurling captain Anthony Daly.
“It was one of our biggest sellers in December and was never far from the top spot. Lots of people have been looking for it every day. I had a call just two minutes before yours from somebody looking for it,” said a spokesperson for O’Mahony’s in the city.
“If people were coming in and they didn’t have a specific book in mind but knew they wanted one on Limerick, they mostly went for that one. Through our website, we ship books all around so they have been going further afield than Limerick,” she added.
The book contains hundreds of pictures from the Limerick Leader’s unrivalled archive, many of which only came to light in recent months, after being developed from the original negatives decades after they were first taken.
Alan English, the Leader’s editor, who selected the 300-plus images featured in the book, said: “It was great to see it riding high in the local bestseller lists ahead of some of the biggest books of the year nationally. I think it’s a book that people will take down from the shelf for many years to come, to enjoy the quality of the photographs. So many people, over the Christmas, told me they recognised friends or relatives in the pictures, so it really is a great snapshot of Limerick life. Just today, somebody wrote from Dublin to say his family were fighting to get their hands on it on Christmas Day! I am delighted that these photographs are being enjoyed all over again and presented in such an attractive, high-quality format.”
While the book is currently sold out at most local bookshops, a limited supply is still available at the Limerick Leader office, where a free €10 print of any picture featuring in the book is offered with each purchase.