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These photos of 20th century Limerick are incredible

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THE LIMERICK HISTORY Gazette is an online community dedicated to finding and sharing images of Limerick city and county in the 20th century.

Author and broadcaster Gerry Hannan created the archive in January, and said it has gathered over 5,000 previously unpublished images so far.

“The best photographs in the world which capture history are the random shots ordinary people take at home with members of their own families or at family events,” Hannan said.

As a child he visited his late grandaunt’s home in Kildare and found some very old photographs of historical importance.

“From that moment on I wondered how many such images are actually in existence and how can they be gathered and archived for future posterity,” he recalled.

These photos of 20th century Limerick are incredible
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  • David & Kathleen Crawford, Ballynanty (1945)

  • Richhill schoolboys, Limerick (1908)

  • Limerick Vintners, the Fennessy Family (1941)

  • Patrick & Josephine Henn (1910)

  • Limerick couple Frank and Mary Kate Daly in India (1913)

  • Leamy’s School (1945)

  • Our Lady Queen of Peace Class (1967)

  • Cosgrove family, Weston (1960)

  • Ballynanty friends (1970)

All images and captions c/o Limerick History Gazette

Hannan said he and fellow Limerick man Terence Junior Keehan are using social media to reach a wider audience and collect more photographs before making them publicly available online.

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The long-term plan for the Limerick History Gazette is to gather 20,000 previously unpublished images of Limerick in the 20th century by 2020.

“Our ultimate aim is to provide future generations of Limerick people, wherever they may be in the world, with a significant archive of what life was like for the people of our, our parents, and grandparents’ generations in their native city,” Hannan stated.

More images can be viewed here.

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