The Limerick Civic Trust Oral History Archive documents, preserves and celebrates the rich history of Limerick’s unique communities. The collection has been generously donated by the Limerick Civic Trust to the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick where it will be preserved and made available for future generations.

Conducted between 1995 and 2011, the collection of over 100 interviews contained in the archive brings to life the voices and recollections of artists, writers, politicians, millers, fishermen, artisans, soldiers, publicans and a variety of other individuals living in the Limerick community. The oral histories include memories of Limerick from the early twentieth century through to more recent times in both urban and rural settings and from a variety of social and religious backgrounds. Subjects discussed include childhood, custom, folklore, local politics, women’s lives, health, entertainment, migration and industry, as well as significant events such as the Irish Civil War (1922-1923).

The archive is a rich and valuable part of the history of Limerick. It is a unique primary resource which creates a direct link with the past and is particularly valuable in presenting a record of the lives of those who are often overlooked in broader historical accounts, but whose narratives greatly enrich our understanding of the past and the present.

Conditions of Access & Use

The Limerick Civic Trust Oral History Archive is currently being processed and catalogued. A full descriptive listing will be made available in the coming months. Please check back with us again soon.

Access: Available by appointment
Finding Aid: Summary List (click on link attached)

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