How do you communicate the scale of Limerick’s loss during World War One. In what was one of the most traumatic events in Limerick’s history since the Great Famine (over 1,000 violent deaths), we have sought to visually represent the scale of the death toll by creating a series of interactive maps.
This website is founded on the pioneering research by local historians, Des Ryan, Pat Brosnan and the late Patrick McNamara. Patrick published a book ‘The Widow’s Penny’ in 2000 which compiled their findings. We’ve sought to verify their data, and where possible, using the CWGC database and the 1901/1911 census and many more resources, correct errors and add further detail.
Please note: this database is not definitive and if you notice any errors or omissions then we would appreciate it if you brought it to our attention. I would like to thank my colleagues Barry Brien, Marie Stakelum and Grainne Keane for all they’ve done to get this project off the ground. I would also like to thank Dr. Tadhg Moloney, for sharing his research with us, and conflict archaeologist Damian Shiels for bringing Google Fusion tables to my attention.
This website is part of a local history project that I launched in 2012. The idea was to track life in Limerick 100 years ago, and updates are posted to the @Limerick1914 twitter account on a regular basis. When significant events happen in Limerick, I decided that they needed more in depth coverage. Thus I’m now writing about these major issues at my History is what we choose to remember blog.