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Rediscovering Limerick #3 – The Pery’s

The Pery Family and Limerick Rediscovering Limerick 3. Join Sharon Slater of Limerick’s Life as she tells us about the Pery family. 

Rediscovering Limerick #3 – The Pery’s

I Love Limerick and Limerick’s Life are proud to present the third episode of the web series Rediscovering Limerick.  The series delves into the fascinating history of Limerick and its people, to help educate. Rediscovering Limerick is researched, written and presented by Sharon Slater of Limerick’s Life.

The Pery family

Image of Edmund Sexton Pery, 1st Viscount Pery. He served as a speaker in the House of Commons.

‘Rediscovering Limerick’ is a collaboration between Limerick’s Life and I Love Limerick that will help you uncover the many tales that truly define Limerick as a city and this week, Limerick historian Sharon Slater takes a look at the life of the Pery family and their impact on Limerick.  In the early 17th century Edmund Pery of Exeter met and married the only daughter of Stephen Sexton, who was the owner of the South Prior area of Limerick.

This would leave Edmund in line for inheriting this extensive tract of land. When Edmund died, this land passed to his son Edward and then his grandson, Stackpoole. In this episode, we pay close attention to three of Stackpoole Pery’s children:  Edmund Sexton, William Cecil and Lucy Hartstonge, each of whom left an imprint on Limerick that can still be seen today.

For example, Pery’s Square was made named in honour of Edmund Perry, William Cecil has four streets in Limerick named after him and Lucy who set up her own lock and fever hospital from her own money, which was one of the first in the country. 

The Pery family vault can be found in St. Mary’s Cathedral graveyard with their grave being right next to the cathedral, showing the importance of the family within Limerick. 

In 2018, Limerick Civic Trust presented a cache of previously unseen historical papers relating to Limerick to The Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick on behalf of the Pery Family.

The papers provided rich insight into the social, political and economical landscape of Limerick City and County from the 1500s to 1800s. They provide context and evidence to many of the military actions during that time.

For more information about the historical papers, click here.

For more information on Limerick’s Life, click here.

For more Rediscovering Limerick stories, click here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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