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The Hasselbeck Collection
limerick city of culture

These amazing rare photos of Limerick, Clare and Kerry are to go on display

A German-born professional photographer captured Limerick from 1910 until the 60s and his work is going on display.

THE MINISTER FOR Arts will be in Limerick today, launching an exhibition of rare photos that give an insight of Limerick, Clare and Kerry in the 1910s.

The Haselbeck Collection features archival images, documents and photographic equipment from the studio of Franz S. Haselbeck, who worked as a professional photographer in Limerick City from 1912 until his death in 1973.

(Franz Sebastien Haselbeck)

The free exhibition runs at Limerick City Hall during January and February as part of Limerick City of Culture 2014.

Haselbeck cycled all over Limerick City and the countryside to photograph the major events of the day, as well as the people who lived in the towns.

(The RAF in Limerick)

Patricia Haselbeck Flynn inherited the collection in 1990 and has offered the collection to her native city for the City of Culture celebrations.

She said that the exhibition showcase her grandfather’s passion for the area.

(Patricia Haselbeck Flynn with her teddy bear, Joseph)

“The inclusion in this exhibition of selected pieces from my grandfather’s photographic equipment, personal archive of documents and correspondence, as well as books from his extensive photographic library, make this a both beautiful and fascinating record of past times with something of interest for all. I am sure my grandfather would be very proud of their use in this wonderful exhibition, especially during the City of Culture 2014.”

(Workers strike in Limerick in 1919)

Haselbeck’s family moved to Limerick from Germany in the early 1900s and he grew up on Wolfe Tone St in the city.

(All pictures: The Haselbeck Collection)

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