Local History Resources

Limerick City Walls Conservation and Management Plan (5,057 Kb)

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Research aids; people 

Estate Maps and Rentals (336 Kb) is a pdf format database of all known maps and many estate rentals for the county and city of Limerick. All tenants' names have been transcribed, making it a valuable resource for genealogical research. It is an ongoing project which will be added to.

 Who was who in medieval Limerick (559 Kb)    is a fully referenced index to people in medieval Limerick. It is believed to contain well over 95% of people whose names were recorded through the medieval period. It is hoped that the database will encourage further research on medieval Limerick.  

 Who was who in early modern Limerick (466 Kb) is a fully referenced index to people in 16th and 17th century Limerick. It is the continuation of the medieval Who was Who. It is an ongoing work and will expand over time.

The Black Book of Limerick, published by James MacCaffrey in 1907 is a collection of medieval Latin documents relating to St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick. The original index of the book was extremely poor. The Black Book of Limerick (76 Kb) is a new index of people mentioned in the text. For an annotated index of place names click on Black Book places (134 Kb)

Civil Survey of 1654 (93 Kb) lists all people in the survey. No attempt has been made to regularise spellings of people and places. If searching try known variants of the names. 

 The Limerick Corporation Index of 1843 (273 Kb)  is a manuscript summary of Corporation leases compiled by the City’s Law Agent, Robert Potter in 1843, and contains leases from the 17th century onwards. There is an index of names at the end of the document.  This searchable file was published in the North Munster Antiquarian Journal, Volume 39, 1998-99.

Annates (78 Kb) is a record, in Latin, of appointments to church benefices in the Limerick diocese from 1421-1519. This searchable download is a simple index of the places named in the text. For the full Latin text see:- Obligationes pro Annatis Diocesis Limiricensis, 1421-1519 in, Archivium Hibernicum (Irish Historical Records) Vol. 10, 1943 pp104-62. English translations of most of the Annates can be found spread out within Begley’s, Diocese of Limerick, Ancient and Medieval, 1906, Dublin.

Constables (70 Kb)  is a fully referenced list of the constables of King John's Castle.

 While researching an article on Brevet Major William Butts RA, court-martialled in Limerick in 1829, the acting curator accumulated some information about his family which may be of use to family history researchers; Brevet Major William Butts (92 Kb)

Research aids; places

 Townland Index (708 Kb)   is an alphabetical listing of the townlands of Co. Limerick, together with their civil parish and barony, cross referenced to Ordnance Survey sheet and the Limerick placename book Logainmneacha na hEireann Imleabhar 1 Contae Luimnigh, by Art O Maolfabhail. Parishes (83 Kb) is an alphabetical index of the civil parishes of County Limerick, together with the baronies in which they lie.  

 Placenames of the Desmond Survey (247 Kb)   is an index of all placenames in the 1580s Desmond Survey.

Placenames of the Down Survey (93 Kb)   is a list of the  placenames shown on the parish and barony maps of the Down Survey of 1655-58

Placenames of Co. Limerick (89 Kb)   is a listing of minor placenames gleaned from maps, deeds etc in the museum's collection and from the Limerick City Archives. It will be an ongoing work.

Audio visual

On 28th June 2008, the assistant curator, Brian Hodkinson gave a 25 minute long introduction to The Archaeology of Limerick City (1,949 Kb) (MS PowerPoint format) to the British Archaeological Association’s meeting at the University of Limerick.Introduction to the archaeology of Limerick.mp3 (11,412 Kb).


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