AN exhibition of rare photographs documenting life in Ireland over a century ago has gone on display to the public as part of Limerick's reign as national City of Culture.
The Haselbeck Collection is regarded as one of the country's most important private photographic collections.
The collection features archival images, documents and photographic equipment from the studio of Franz S Haselbeck, who was a professional photographer in Limerick city from 1912 until he died in 1973.
Some of the earliest photographs featured in the exhibition relate to the Irish Volunteers and the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1913 and 1914, at a time when the world was heading towards war and Ireland was striving for Home Rule.
The exhibition also features photographs relating to major infrastructure and industrial projects in Limerick city and southeast Clare, including Irish Wire on the Dock Road, Ranks Flour Mill, Mungret Cement Factory and the construction of the Shannon Scheme at Ardnacrusha.
The exhibition of rare photographs documenting life in Limerick city and its environs, including southeast Clare and Kerry, during the last century was launched last night at Limerick City Hall and runs for January and February.
Patricia Haselbeck Flynn, who inherited The Haselbeck Collection in 1990, has offered the use of the collection to her native city. See http://www.limerick.ie/ cityarchives/haselbeck/ or contact Limerick City Archives on 061-407293.