VIDEO: From Limerick With Love exhibition on display at Shannon Airport

A NEW exhibition of photographic material from the archives of the Limerick Leader newspaper is currently wowing commuters passing through Shannon Airport.

From Limerick With Love, a key part of the Limerick Leader’s 125th anniversary celebrations this year, opened recently.

The collaborative exhibition saw students from the Limerick School of Art & Design take inspiration from a selection of 125 pictures from the newspaper’s archives, all taken during the 1970s.

The major photographic exhibition, featuring some of the most evocative and nostalgic images of life in Limerick four decades ago, was unveiled recently at Shannon Airport.

The exhibition features almost 200 images spread throughout the departure gates in the Atlantic gateway hub, including 69 created by students of LSAD in response to the collection.

The students were asked to choose an image that appealed to them, modernise it and will now be graded on their results as part of their coursework.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kathleen Leddin, opened the exhibition and paid tribute to the Limerick Museum and Archives team who have been working behind the scenes for months scanning and cataloguing thousands of images from the Limerick Leader archives.

Archivist Jacqui Hayes said Shannon Airport is the “ideal space” to host an exhibition of this scale, which should help viewers “connect with the real Limerick, that is authentic, funny and sad”.

Editor of the Limerick Leader Alan English said: “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 who are just passing through Shannon Airport for the very first time during the busy summer season.”

The Limerick Leader has been publishing stories from Limerick continuously since 1889 and from the early 1950s onwards the newspaper employed its own photographers.

The exhibition images were mostly taken by Leader staff photographers John F Wright, Dermot Lynch, Owen South and Fonsie Foley.

The exhibition will be at airport departures area until September, when it will move into the city centre.