Irish Modern Urban History Group Limerick Symposium

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The People's Museum of Limerick (Limerick Civic Trust)

No. 2 Pery Square




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Irish Modern Urban History Group – Limerick Meeting.

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The Irish Modern Urban History Group is an international research network concerned with the history of the development and function of cities and towns in Ireland, and of the political, social and cultural history of urban spaces they contain.

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January 17, 2020, 9.30 – 17.30

Venue: The People’s Museum of Limerick (Limerick Civic Trust), No. 2, Pery Square (Limerick)

Organiser: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann ( with Dr Rachel A Murphy and Dr Niamh Lenahan (School of History, UL)

9.30 – 9.45 – Registration.

Welcome to the day: 9.45 – 10.00 (Dr Richard Butler)

Session 1: 10am – 11.20 (Chair: Dr Matthew Potter, Limerick City Museum)

Dr Niamh Lenahan (10.00 – 10.20)

‘An overview of the effective changes by the Little Company of Mary following their arrival into St. John’s Hospital, Limerick (1888), the early years.’

Dr Judith Hill (10.20 – 10.40am)

‘Post-Independence commemorative memorials: reclaiming Dublin for the new State.’

Stuart Clancy and Ian Walsh (10.40 – 11.00am)

Introduction to the Death and Burial Data, 1864-1922 (2018-2022) Project, led by Dr Ciara Breathnach (University of Limerick) and funded by the Irish Research Council Laureate Awards.

11.00 – 11.20 – Q&A

Coffee break 11.20am – 11.50am

Session 2: 11.50 – 13.10 (Chair: Dr John Logan, University of Limerick)

Professor David Dickson (11.50 – 12.10)

‘What happened to Cork’s Newtown Pery?’

Dr Rachel Murphy (12.10 – 12.30)

‘The Goreybridge Censuses, 1862-7’

Dr Tom Hulme (12.30 – 12.50)

‘Queer culture in Belfast, 1890-1921’

12.50-13.10 – Q&A

13.10pm – 14.10 – lunch break (lunch provided)

Session 3: 14.10 – (Chair, Dr Niamh NicGhabhann, University of Limerick)

Dr Shahmina Akhtar (14.10 – 14.30)

‘A Cultural History of Irish Identity on Display’

Dr Kathryn Milligan (14.30 – 14.50)

‘An Urban Art History? Painting Dublin, 1886–1949’

Dr David Fleming (14.50 – 15.10)

‘An eighteenth-century Urban “developer”: Edmund Sexten Pery and his Newtown in Limerick’

15.10 – 15.30 – Q&A

15.30 – 16.00 – coffee break

16.00 – 17.30 (Intro to the Limerick 2030 Plan and Walking tour to strategic sites in Limerick city)

Image credit: The Plan of the City of Limerick


The history of Limerick : ecclesiastical, civil and military : from the earliest records, to the year 1787 : illustrated by fifteen engravings, to which are added the charter of Limerick, and an essay on Castle Connell Spa, on water in general and cold bathing

By John Ferrar

Limerick : A. Watson & Co, 1787

Glucksman Library, University of Limerick

Leonard Collection DS/117

(With thanks to Ken Bergin for providing this image).

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