Objects of a Deeper Interest — Part 1

The extreme poverty and inequality in Limerick City in the 1830s

Arthur’s Quay, Limerick City (c. 1860) Source: Limerick City Museum

Voiceless?

“I know of no town in which so distinct a line is drawn
between its good and its bad quarters...”

Henry D. Inglis (1834)

Follow the Sedan Chairs

from “Gately’s World’s Progress. A general history of the earth’s construction and of the advancement of mankind” by Charles E. Beale (1886)

An eyewitness account of the poverty in Limerick City (1834)

“…Exports have nearly doubled since 1822…”

“The advance of the prosperity of Limerick, has been rapid and uniform.”

“…no table, no chair, no bench, no bedstead…”

“He was naked: he had not even a shirt: a filthy and ragged mat was round him: this man was a living skeleton; the bones all but protruded through the skin: he was literally starving…”

The population of the County of the City of Limerick was 66,534 in 1831. This municipality comprised the Old Town (Irishtown and Englishtown), Newtown Pery and the Liberties. Map: Municipal Corporation Boundary of Limerick City (1837) Courtesy of Limerick City Library

“What a very handsome city this is!”

“..that confinement, labour, scanty subsistence, and despair, were fast reducing these men to the condition of the others, upon whom disease, and utter destitution had already laid their hands…”

Confirmed by National and Local Sources

“…at a cheap rate, something like a roof to cover them.”

“…little conception how human life is wasting within a few hundred paces of their doors…”

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