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Archives: Early 20th century Limerick by Franz Sebastian Haselbeck

A collection of images which include the War of Independence, the Civil War, Home Rule meetings, British soldiers parading in Sarsfield Barracks, and meetings of the Irish Volunteers in the early 20th century will be on display for the very first time.

Taken by Franz Sebastian Haselbeck (1885-1973), a photographer of German descent whose ancestors moved to Limerick in the 19th Century, it also includes pictures of the building of the Shannon Scheme where Mr Haselbeck not only recorded the construction of the country's first hydroelectric power station, but also worked as an interpreter for Siemens, who built the station. The collection has been restored by the ESB Archives and Patricia Haselbeck, the photographer's granddaughter.

The full report, plus a short video clip, can be found here, and details of the exhibition here.

Photos: Photographer Franz Sebastian Haselbeck; Members of the Royal Irish Constabulary on parade in 1913.

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