The Limerick Chronicle
Rediscovery of the Limerick Chronicle of 1768
The Special Collections Department of the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick is delighted to announce the rediscovery of the earliest editions of the Limerick Chronicle newspaper.
The library recently acquired 96 copies of the very first issues of this important eighteenth century Limerick newspaper. The papers were bound together in a quarter leather binding with covers in blue cloth. The binding is of a later vintage but it has protected the papers over time. The condition of the papers is very good considering that newspapers generally do not survive as well as printed books.
Unfortunately the volume does not contain the very first issue of the Limerick Chronicle. The UL papers begin with Vol.1, No.2, which is dated Monday 15th August 1768. It is fair to assume that the very first issue of the Chronicle was issued on Thursday 11th August 1768. The Chronicle was published twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. The last issue in the UL volume is Vol. 2, No.127, dated Thursday 26th October 1769. It is remarkable that the title continues to be published up to the present time by the Limerick Leader.
The Limerick Chronicle of 1768 was printed and edited by John Ferrar who was a prominent bookseller and printer in Limerick. He was also responsible for the first published history of Limerick which he brought out in three editions between 1767 and 1787. Copies of these editions as well as other Ferrar printings are in Fr. John Leonard's Limerick collection at the University Library.