This book gives the story of Limerick merchants and traders in the nineteenth and twentieth century, illustrated with old billheads, invoices and photographs. Many of the merchant families are long forgotten and this book rekindles their memory. It is a journey across the years in Limerick, from before the Great Famine to 1960. Transportation of heavy goods was by canal or down the Shannon Estuary, as road transport was slower and less dependable. Readers of this book will be transferred back in time to an era when life was slower and not as easy as the one we have become accustomed to today.
Tom Donovan is a native of Glin, and now lives in Clarina, County Limerick. He is editor of the Old Limerick Journal, the Ballybrown Journal and the Glencorbry Chronicle. He also edited The Knights of Glin, Seven Centuries of Change (2009).
Vincent Carmody is a proud Listowel man, who has published a number of books starting with North Kerry Camera Photographic Memories of Listowel and its Surroundings 1860-1960, in 1989. He followed that book with Listowel – Snapshots of an Irish Market Town, 1850- 1950, in 2012. Vincent was co-author of Newcastle West In Close-Up…Snapshots of an Irish Provincial town, in association with Newcastle West Historical Society, in 2017. In 2018, he published Listowel, a Printer’s Legacy, which detailed the story of printing in North Kerry from 1870 to 1970.