Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Mathew Bridge, which spans the Abbey River, was opened in 1846, replacing the three-arched New Bridge, built 1762. Designed by W. H. Owens, the bridge commemorates Fr.Mathew, founder of the great 19th century national temperance movement. Up to 180,000 from Limerick city and county were reputed to have taken the pledge from him. In the background is St. Mary's Cathedral, traditionally said to have been built by Donal Mor O'Brien, King of Munster, on the site of his palace in 1192. (D. O'Shaughnessy).
Thanks for all this history on the bridge and great to get the name of the Cathedral, we'll add that in to our catalogue record!
The wall you see to the left of the bridge is that of the old potato market. To the right is Barringtons Mall where the old Barringtons Hospital was situated. I see that it is incorrectly described as Balls Bridge on the negative. Balls Bridge is further up the Abbey by about 300 yards and is narrower and steeper than Mathew Bridge.
From the angle, I'd say this was taken from one of the upper floor windows in this block (Streetview link).
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/80887476@N05] I couldn't swear to it but I don't think so. My parents were brought up in the area in the early 1900's and they often referred to streets and places by their "English" names but I never heard of "Hogan" bridge. I just found this in Google and it refers to it as "Hogan's" bridge but that may be because one John Hogan was commissioned to build it in the first place. museum.limerick.ie/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id...
The Ordnance Survey of 1840 calls it New Bridge, and in 1900 it's called Mathew Bridge (one t).
http://www.flickr.com/photos/80887476@N05 http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Hello chaps! I've uploaded a higher res image of this one - fantastic detail in it...
And have changed Matthew to Mathew on our catalogue, so from next time data updates (tonight), it'll be correct.
Nearby in the catalogue, St. Alphonsus CHurch Limerick is missing its 1878 spire: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000339310