Limerick market’s magic framed in black and white

Riverdance composer Bill Whelan last night cast his eye back on times past to childhood days in his old Limerick neighbourhood.

Limerick market’s magic framed in black and white

A black and white photo exhibition, which captured the magic of the city’s Saturday Milk Market in the 1970s, was officially opened by the composer at the National Photographic Archive in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

The exhibition consists of 95 studies of the characters, traders, customers and children at the market during those years. The images were captured by Gerry Andrews, who was then works manager with the Limerick Leader newspaper.

Some of the prints are up to seven feet high.

Mr Andrews’ prints are featured in the bestseller Shaped by History, which won the Irish print industry book of the year award in 2013.

Mr Andrews, 62, who later set up a successful print company in Dublin said: “I was always fascinated by the characters I would meet and photograph on Saturdays in the Milk Market. It is great to have Bill Whelan open the exhibition as I come from Wolfe Tone Street, just around the corner form Bill’s old home in Barrington Street.”

Bill said Gerry’s exhibition brought back some very nostalgic memories.

He said: “My parents had a newsagents in William Street just yards from the Milk Market. I used to meet the traders who would come in from the country with chickens, turkeys, and all kinds of produce as they would always come in for a newspaper. Gerry Andrews has captured for posterity a great and very treasured part of Limerick history and its characters in this exhibition.”

An exhibition in 2012 of Mr Andrews’ prints drew over 45,000 visitors to the Hunt Museum in Limerick.

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