The Citty of Limerick

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of Limerick, looking south-east across the Shannon, with Thomond Bridge prominent on the right-hand side of the image. A number of scattered houses stand on the bank closer to the viewer. On this shore, a group of people, a lone rider, and a large troop of mounted lancers bearing two flags, consist of three fragments of printed plate pasted upon the drawing. The soldiers are partly hand-coloured. The city spreads out beyond the river, with King John’s Castle and the cathedral visible to the right of the bridge. There are several ships on the river, above and below the bridge. One of them, located near the cathedral, consists of a fragment of printed plate pasted upon the drawing.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – The Citty of Limerick

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Collages, Engravings, Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Architecture, Cities and towns, Forts and fortifications, Transportation
Geographical Location
  • Thomond Bridge - Named locality
  • Limerick - Town or city
  • Limerick - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Boats, Bridges, Buildings, Cabins, Churches, Cottages, Crowds, Flags, Gates, Horses, Houses, Men, People, Rivers, Ships, Soldiers, Steeples, Towers
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 15.2 cm x 10.4 cm
Published / created 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 126
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

As it is a maxime generally received by the learned That the Deffinition of a thing ought to be understood, before speaking of it; I esteem it altogether necessary to relate, what this city is, and whence it draws the Etimology of its name, before I describe what things are to be considered by a Traveller there
Wherefore its Name Limerick is sayd to take its Originall from the Gueldings leap, being in the vulgar tongue Leame a neagh in the proper character [attempted Irish script] verbatim ye Leap of the Guelding, from a Water whch runs through the Town part of the Shannon, where they have a perswasion that a Guelding made a leap over it with a man mounted \there/ on, which word by corrupcon of time is speeched into Limerick.
It is one of the fairest cities of the Province of Munster upon the river Shannon, distinguished thus the English town, and Irish Town. A well frequented Empory & Bishops see.
The English Town is an Island, and hath a Wall distinct, in this is kept the main guard, & is seen the Kings Castle built by K. John. The Thomond bridge Gate, and the Balls-bridge Gate are the two chiefest Gates thereof.
That part of this city going by the name of the Irish Town is also walled in, here is seen the Cittadel; The chiefest gates of the Irish Town are the St Johns Gate and the Mongrels gate. [p. 127]
[The full description of Limerick and its monuments is distributed over pp. 124-149 of Dineley’s manuscript.]
The Citty of Limerick