This week I spent four days in Limerick and as an experiment I limited myself to three Zeiss Batis lenses [25mm, 85mm and 135] as they are weatherproof. For most of the time I used the 25mm lens which proved to be the more useful of the three and I must admit that I really like it.
The weather forecast indicated that it would rain for much of the week but in reality is was sunny for most of my visit and on Thursday it became too hot for me between 3pm an 6pm.
For about five years I stayed at the George Boutique hotel but this year I could not afford the asking price for two nights and I got a much better offer from Pery’s Hotel which was much closer to the railway station. To be honest I was a little bit concerned when I made the booking but the hotel turned out to be much more suitable for me than the George – the room was huge [it actually had three single beds] and the location was excellent especially as it was close to a large selection of restaurants.
The Hotel proved to be an excellent base and I managed to photograph much more of the city that I had on previous visits.
On Wednesday the 19th. June 2019 I walked from my hotel to Mount St. Lawrence Cemetery and it was much closer than had expected and then I got the 304 bus to the University of Limerick campus which I had not intended to visit until Thursday or Friday.
As of August 20th 2013, Mayor of Limerick Kathleen Leddin launched an online database which holds information on the 70,000 buried in the graveyard, dating from 1855 to 2008. This database will contain information such as the names, addresses, times of death, position of graves, ages and dates of deaths of those buried in Mount St. Lawrence. This will contribute greatly to the city and surrounding areas. The city can use the information on the records to give accurate figures on the mortality rate, for example. It will also help to discover what the problems were in the hospitals of Limerick back in those times and why the death rate was so high.
Cemeteries in Limerick began to fall under immense pressure due to cholera epidemics in the 1830’s and the Great Famine in the 1840’s. This led to the founding of Mount St. Lawrence cemetery. Originally it formed part of the larger medieval parish of St. Lawrence in Limerick. This parish also contained a leper hospital, granted by King John, which was later returned to Limerick Corporation. They then leased some of the land to the Limerick Diocese for use as burials grounds. Mount St. Lawrence was officially opened on March 29th 1849 in a ceremony presided over by Dr John Ryan, Bishop of Limerick at this time. The Neo-Gothic Church was designed as a mortuary chapel by architects M & S Hennessy, who also designed the tall spire of St. John’s Cathedral, which is now a notable point in Limerick City. It was designed in Celtic and Gothic Revival styles with an Arts and Crafts influenced interior. Mount St Lawrence graveyard was the primary place of burial in Limerick City for all members and classes of society, from the wealthy and powerful to those poverty stricken.
Mount Saint Lawrence has always contained plots reserved for certain groups, for example, religious graves, diocesan graves and a Republican plot.