Limerick in Black & White
Images from my rambles around Limerick in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
I'd been archiving my old negatives which was very satisfying as it always brings back floods of memories. This particular assortment is from my time spent in Limerick between 1989 -1991.
Borrowing a 35mm camera from college, I wandered around streets and alleys exploring the city. I came across Old Irishtown which dates back to the Middle Ages. It was being cleared at the time to make way for a new Limerick. Very little of this historical area has been preserved which is such a shame.
I loved living in Limerick, it was as raw as Dundalk, but it had a more relaxed and creative attitude about it. I found its characters, streets, buildings and dankness of my student accommodation inspiring in my own way. I lived on Lower Mount Street for a few years with a rent of €17.50 a week. It had no heating, variously patterned wallpaper, manky carpets and rags for curtains but I loved it. I did have the luxury of a portable black and white television with rabbit ears which I fiddled with to no avail. Some days it worked, and sometimes it didn't. It seemed to depend on the weather — a bit like me.
I was speaking to a friend about Limerick, and she said she went there on holidays as a young child and she always seems to remember it in black and white and I can see why.
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