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A city of three towns: Limerick 1760–1837 (Talk 3)

19.10.2021, 18:30 P.M.

A city of three towns: Limerick 1760–1837 by Dr Judith Hill

Urban transformation in Limerick was distinguished from that in other Irish cities in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by the creation of a new town. Driven by Edmund Sexton Pery’s ambition, foresight and political influence, Newtown Pery was the product of multiple initiatives by merchant-investors, members of the expanding building trade, professionals, politicians, industrialists and traders. This talk will examine the role of key players as it outlines early infrastructural development and the design of the new town in the 1760s, the subsequent development of Newtown Pery and changes within the medieval core.

Dr Judith Hill is a Visiting Research fellow at Trinity College Dublin. An architectural historian and built heritage consultant, she has published extensively on Irish art and architecture. She began her career with a history of Limerick, The building of Limerick (1991), and has developed her Limerick research in articles published in the Irish Arts Review, Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies (1999), Limerick: history and society edited by Liam Irwin, Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh and Matthew Potter (2009) and Painting Ireland edited by William Laffan (2006). She is currently writing a book on Gothic revival architecture, investigating its use as a vehicle to assert political and social status in post-Union Ireland.

Image: Detail from fireplace in Chamber of Commerce Building O’Connell Street Limerick taken by Dr Judith Hill.

This pre-recorded Zoom talk will be issued at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5th October and will be available to watch for seven day from issue. Talks cannot be reissued after the seven day period.

Attendance at the talk is recognised as structured CPD by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (1 CPD point) and the CIF Register of Heritage Contractors..

This is the third talk in the Irish Cities in the Georgian Era: architecture and urban morphology series, which forms part of the Irish Georgian Society's Conservation Education Programme.

Supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage.


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