New website hones in on Limerick landmarks

Anne Sheridan


Anne Sheridan


New website hones in on Limerick landmarks

A new website highlighting Limerick landmarks has been launched

A NEW website which promotes landmarks in Limerick may be produced as an App in the autumn pending future funding.

The Limerick’s Landmarks project has been set up by Dr Paul O'Brien and Dr Robert Hartigan, both of whom hold PhDs in history from Mary Immaculate College, and are passionate about promoting “the rich history and heritage of Limerick city”.

Dr O’Brien explained that they established the website, which is now live, as they felt that there was an opening for a platform that presented the history of the city to locals and visitors.

“This is the pilot phase of development for the project - the website stage - and we hope to bring it to App stage in the autumn and welcome any suggestions for funding sources,” he told the Limerick Leader.

It is designed to complement the other historical sources and walking tours already in place - not to compete with them, he said.

Both Dr O’Brien and Dr Hartigan used their research skills to utilise eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century newspapers to tease out information that might otherwise not be widely known. “For instance, when the IRA attacked Capahard House in Laois in the early 1920s, we discovered that in the house was the actual Treaty of Limerick document. The company who supplied the clock for the Dock Clock also provided the clock for Bombay (Mumbai) University. We feel that it is this type of information that can greatly add to the history of the development of Limerick,” he said.

They intend to add more routes and landmarks to the site shortly. Feedback is welcome via @LimLandmarks,