Who’s Who of Limerick

A listing of notable Limerick people, compiled from the local studies and reference collections at Limerick Local Studies. It is not an exhaustive list but is fairly comprehensive - we consulted almost 100 standard reference and local studies works in its compilation.

Some criteria for inclusion had to be applied and, in general, we only included people who have received coverage in more than strictly local sources. We made one or two exceptions to this rule (e.g. Peter Tait was a figure of great significance in 19th century Limerick but has not been included in non-local reference sources).

See abbreviations list below for sources.

Top, l-r: George Alexander Osborne, Richard Harris, William Henry Harvey, Al Finucane, Ciarán Mac Mathúna,  Dolores O’Riordan

Bottom, l-r: Ellen Hanly (The Colleen Bawn), Frederick Langbridge, Kathleen Clarke, Michael Hogan (The Bard of Thomond), Mick Mackey, Johnny Duhan

List of abbreviations

AH – Analecta Hibernica journal

B(1782-1881) – 1782-1881 Beathaisneis le Máire Ni Mhurchú agus Diarmuid Breathnach
    Baile Átha Cliath, An Clochomhar Tta, 1999 0903758830

B(1882-1982) – Beathaisneis a Tri le Diarmuid Breathnach agus Máire Ni Mhurchú
    Baile Átha Cliath, An Clochomhar Tta, 1992

BDAI – A Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Ireland 1600-1720 by Rolf Loeber
    London, John Murray, 1981 0719538327

BDIF – Biographical Dictionary of Irishmen in France by Richard Hayes
    Dublin, M. H. Gill & Sons, 1949

BDIQ  – A Biographical Dictionary of Irish Quakers by Richard S. Harrison
    Dublin, Four Courts, 1999 1851823042

BDIW – A Biographical Dictionary of Irish Writers by Anne M. Brady & Brian Cleeve
    Mullingar, The Lilliput Press, 1985 0946640033/0946640114

BDL2 –  Biographical Dictionary of Limerick, part II
    in-house Limerick City Library publication of 1 copy only, c.1975 (part I missing)

BOI – Bishops of Ireland 1870-1987 by Reverend Bernard J. Canning
    Donegal, Donegal Democrat, 1987 1870963008

CBD – Chambers Biographical Dictionary, ed. Melanie Parry
    Edinburgh, Chambers, 1998 0550160604

CDIB – A Concise Dictionary of Irish Biography by John S. Crone
    Dublin, The Talbot Press, 1928

CIB – A Compendium of Irish Biography by Alfred Webb
    New York, Lemma, 1970 (republication of 1st ed., 1878) 0876960077

CIL – The Cabinet of Irish Literature (4 vols.) by Charles A. Read
    London, Blackie & Son, 1884

COCIL – The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature ed. By Robert Welch
    Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000 0192800809

CODB – The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet by Horst Koegler
    London, Oxford University Press, 1977 0193113147

DCB – Dictionary of Christian Biography ed. By Michael Walsh
    London, Continuum, 2001 0826452639

DI – Diaries of Ireland : an anthology 1590-1987 ed. by Melosina Lenox-Conyngham
    Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1998 1874675880/1874675783

DIA – Dictionary of Irish Artists : 20th Century by Theo Snoddy
    Dublin, Wolfhound Press, 1996 0863275621

DIAS – A Dictionary of Irish Artists by Walter G. Strickland (2 vols.)
    Dublin & London, Maunsel & Company, 1913

DIB – A Dictionary of Irish Biography ed. by Henry Boylan
    Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 1998 0717125076

DIBR – Dictionary of Irish Biography: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2002, 9 vols., edited by James McGuire and James Quinn
    Royal Irish Academy/Cambridge University Press, 2009 9780521633314

DIH – A Dictionary of Irish History Since 1800 by D. J. Hickey & J. E. Doherty
    Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 1980 0717108953

DIL – Dictionary of Irish Literature : revised and expanded edition, 2 vols., Robert Hogan, Editor-in-Chief
    London, Aldwych Press, 1996 0861721020/0861721039/0861721047

DIP – Dictionary of Irish Philosophers, A-Z, general editor Thomas Duddy
    Bristol, Thoemmes Continuum, 2004 184371082x

DMMM – A Dictionary of Modern Music and Musicians, general ed. A. Eaglefield-Hull
    London, J. M. Dent, 1924

DMWW – Dictionary of Munster Women Writers, 1800-2000, ed. by Tina O’Toole
    Cork, Cork University Press, 2005 1859183883

DNB – The Dictionary of National Biography, ed. by Sir Leslie Stephen and Sir Sidney Lee
    London, Oxford University Press, 1937-1938

DNB(1951-1960) – The Dictionary of National Biography 1951-1960 ed. by E. T. Williams and Helen M. Palmer
    London, Oxford University Press, 1972 0198652062

EI – The Encyclopaedia of Ireland, Brian Lalor, general editor
    Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2003 0717130002

FDISG – Fyffes Dictionary of Irish Sporting Greats by John Gleeson
    Dublin, Etta Place Publishers, 1993 095218270x

GC – A Georgian Celebration : Irish Poets of the Eighteenth Century by Patrick Fagan
    Dublin, Branar, 1989 0950818569

GH – The Greatest Hurlers of Our Time by Raymond Smith
    Dublin, Sporting Books, 1990

GL – The Glamour of Limerick by A. J. O’Halloran
    Dublin and Cork, The Talbot Press, 1928

HEI – The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Ireland, Ciaran Brady, general ed.
    Oxford, Helicon, 2000 1859863205

HIT – A History of Irish Theatre, 1601-2000 by Christopher Morash
    Cambridge University Press, 2002 0521641179

HWL – One Hundred Women of Limerick by Sharon Slater
    Limerick, Ormston House, 2022 1999951387

IBI – Irish Botanical Illustrators & Flower Painters by Patricia Butler
    Woodbridge, Suffolk, Antique Collectors’ Club, 2000 1851493573

ICE – Ireland : A Cultural Encyclopaedia, general ed. Brian de Breffny
    London, Thames & Hudson, 1983 0500013047

IF – Ireland in Fiction : a guide to Irish novels, tales, romances, and folklore by Stephen J. Brown
    Dublin and London, Maunsel and Company, 1919

IF2 – Ireland in Fiction : a guide to Irish novels, tales, romances, and folklore, volume 2 by Stephen J. Brown and Desmond Clarke
    Cork, Royal Carbery Books, 1985 0946645027

II – Illustrious Irishwomen : Being Memoirs of Some of the Most Noted Irishwomen…, by E. Owens Blackburne
    London, Tinsley Brothers, 1877

IM – Irish Monthly journal

IMF – Irish Masters of Fantasy, edited by Peter Tremayne
    Dublin, Wolfhound Press, 1979 0905473132

IOH – Ireland’s Olympic Heroes : Athens 1896 to Tokyo 1964 by David Guiney
    Dublin, Philip Roderick, n.d.

IR – Irish Rock: Roots, Personalities, Directions by Mark J. Prendergast
    Dublin, The O’Brien Press, 1987 9780862781491

IWVC – Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross by Richard Doherty & David Truesdale
    Dublin, Four Courts, 2000 1851824421

KIP – King’s Inns Portraits by Wanda Ryan-Smolin
    Dublin, Council of King’s Inns, 1992 0951244310

KOH – Kingdom of Heaven : selected juxtapositions, old and new, drawn from the permanent collection of Limerick City Gallery of Art
    Kinsale, Gandon Editions, 1999 0946846413

LHR – Limerick : Historical Reflections by Kevin Hannan
    Limerick, Oireacht, 1996 0952760304

LL – Limerick Lives ed. by Mary Fennelly
    Limerick, euroPRomotions, 1996 0952905809

LOHSC – Limerick : 100 Stories of the Century by Denis O’Shaughnessy
    No publication data available

LRL – Limerick : The Rich Land by Seán Spellissy and John O’Brien
    Ennis, Spellissy-O’Brien Publishers, 1989 0951247417

LWL – Last Word by the Listener : Seamus Ó Cinnéide’s Journalism and Local History selected and edited by Eoin Devereux
    Limerick, University of Limerick Press, 1999 1874653496

MIL – Modern Irish Lives : Dictionary of 20th Century Biography, gen. ed. Louis McRedmond
    Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 1998 0717127869/0717121984

MIP – Modern Irish Poets by W. J. Paul
    Belfast Steam-Printing Company, 1894

MIW – Modern Irish Writers : a Bio-Critical Sourcebook ed. by Alexander G. Gonzalez
    London, Aldwych Press, 1997 0861721055

MPP – More People and Places in Irish Science and Technology ed. by Charles Mollan, William Davis and Brendan Finucane
    Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 1990 0901714828/0901714836

NGDMM – The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ed. by Stanley Sadie
    London, Macmillan, 1980 0333231112

NMAJ – Journal of the North Munster Archaeological Society / North Munster Antiquarian Journal

NSPCI – The National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, vol. 1 by Sarah Finlay
    Limerick, University of Limerick Press, 1989 0950342769/0950342777

OIL – 100 Irish Lives by Martin Wallace
    London, David & Charles, 1983 0389203645

OLJ – The Old Limerick Journal

OM – Our Martyrs : A Record of Those Who Suffered For the Catholic Faith Under the Penal Laws in Ireland by Rev. Denis Murphy
    Dublin, Fallon & Co., 1896

PI – The Poets of Ireland : a biographical dictionary with bibliographical particulars by David J. O’Donoghue
    London, David J. O’Donoghue, 1893

PPM – The Poets and Poetry of Munster by James Clarence Mangan
    Dublin, James Duffy & Co., 1925

RL – Remembering Limerick : historical essays celebrating the 800th anniversary of Limerick’s first charter…, ed. by David Lee
    Limerick, Limerick Civic Trust, 1997 0953122409

SFH – Some Fair Hibernians by Frances A. Gerard
    London, Ward & Downey, 1897

SIN – Some Irish Naturalists : a biographical notebook by R. Lloyd Praeger
    Dundalk, W. Tempest, Dundalgan Press, 1949

SM – The 17 Irish Martyrs
    Dublin, Veritas Publications, 1992 [24-page booklet]

TLP – The Last Post : details & stories of Irish Republican dead 1916-1985
    Dublin, National Graves Association, 1985

UEGFH – The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Gaelic Football & Hurling by Martin Breheny & Donal Keenan
    London, Carlton, 2001 1842223364

VI – The Voice of Ireland : a survey of the race and nation from all angles ed. by William G. Fitzgerald
    Dublin and London, Virtue and Company, 1925

WDIDO – ‘What Did I Die of?’ : the deaths of Parnell, Wilde, Synge, and other literary pathologies by J. B. Lyons
    Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1991 0946640793

WI – Women of Ireland : A Biographic Dictionary by Kit & Cyril Ó Ceirin
    Kinvara, Co. Galway, Tir Eolas, 1996 1873821069

WP – Women in Parliament, Ireland : 1918-2000 by Maedbh McNamara and Paschal Mooney
    Dublin, Wolfhound, 2000 0863277594

WT – Worthies of Thomond, collected and edited by Robert Herbert
    Limerick, Herbert, 1944

WT2 – Worthies of Thomond, 2nd Series, collected and edited by Robert Herbert
    Limerick, Herbert, 1944

WT3 – Worthies of Thomond, 3rd Series, collected and edited by Robert Herbert
    Limerick, Herbert, 1946

WWI – Who’s Who in Ireland : the influential 1,000 ed. by Maureen Cairnduff
    Dublin, Hibernian Publishing, 1991 095187280x

WWIP – Who’s Who in Irish Politics : the top 500 by Jim Farrelly
    Dublin, Blackwater Press, 1990 0861211898

WWIWI – Who’s Who in the Irish War of Independence 1916-1921 by Padraic O’Farrell
    Dublin and Cork, The Mercier Press, 1980 0853426046

WWIWICW – Who’s Who in the Irish War of Independence and Civil War 1916-1923 by Padraic O’Farrell
    Dublin, Lilliput Press, 1997 1874675856

WWW(1897-1915) – Who Was Who volume 1, 1897-1915 : a companion to Who’s Who containing the biographies of those who died during the
period 1897-1915
    London, Adam & Charles Black, 1966 071360168x

WWW(1916-1928) – Who Was Who volume 2, 1916-1928 : a companion to Who’s Who containing the biographies of those who died during the
period 1915-1928
    London, Adam & Charles Black, 1966

WWW(1929-1940) – Who Was Who volume 3, 1929-1940 : a companion to Who’s Who containing the biographies of those who died during the
period 1929-1940
    London, Adam & Charles Black, 1966

WWW(1941-1950) – Who Was Who volume 4, 1941-1950 : a companion to Who’s Who containing the biographies of those who died during the
period 1941-1950
    London, Adam & Charles Black, 1966

WWW(1951-1960) – Who Was Who volume 5, 1951-1960 : a companion to Who’s Who containing the biographies of those who died during the
period 1951-1960
    London, Adam & Charles Black, 1966