MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS IN IRELAND.
COUNTY OF TILE CITY OF LIMERICK.
CITY OF LIMERICK.
THE corporation of the city of Limerick exercises authority over the city, its liberties, Limits.
and the island of Inniscattery, ^at the mouth of the Shannon.
These (with the exception of the King's Castle, county court house and gaol, situate within the city) form a distinct county, called the County of the City of Limerick.
The corporation has also by charter an exclusive admiralty jurisdiction over " so much of the river Shannon and its creeks, banks and rivulets as extends from three miles north-east ofthe city, to the mouth ofthe main sea"."
The city of Limerick, as built upon, is usually distinguished into the Old Town and the New Town.
Almost the entire of the latter is within the parish of Saint Michael in the liberties, and for many purposes of taxation and municipal government is by local Acts exempted from the jurisdiction of the corporation, and placed under a distinct body of commissioners.
The New Town is larger than the old.
It comprises the wealthy and trading part of the city, and '
is daily increasing in importance.
The Old Town contains the parishes of St.
Mary's (except the island of Old Town.
Inniscattcry) and part of the parishes of St.
Nicholas and St.
It is inhabited by a dense but poor population, and is gradually declining.
The Liberties surround the city, and are distinguished according to their position with The Liberties.
respect to the Shannon, which divides them, into North aud South.
The North Liberties are on the county Clare side.
Their limits are at unequal distances North Liberties, from the city, varying from one to three statute miles.
The South Liberties extend on the county Limerick side of the Shannon, in every direction, South Liberties, from four to five statute miles.
Whether that part of the river Shannon between the confines of the liberties and the sea, is part of the county ofthe city seems questionable.
It is generally so considered.
In the abstract of the Population Returns of 1831, printed by order of the House of Commons, the county of the city of Limerick is described as containing the following Parishes and parts of parishes :
Abington (part of) Parish, 2.
Cahernarry Parish, 3.
Cahervalla Parish, 4.
Carrigparson (part of) Parish, 5.
Crecora (part of) Parish, 6.
Derry Galvin Parish, 7.
Donoughmore Parish, 8.
Kilkeedy (part of) Parish, 9.
Killeely Parish, 10.
Killeenegarriff (part of) Parish, 11.
Kilmurry Parish, 12.
Knocknegaul (part of) Parish, 13.
Mungret (part of) Parish, 14.
John's Parish, 15.
Lawrence's Parish, 16.
Mary's Parish, 17.
Michael's Parish, 18.
Munchin (part of) Parish, #
Patrick Parish, 21.
of) Parish; hesides St.
Francis's Abbey, therein described as extra-parochial and as a part of the suburbs of the city ; but a doubt is expressed as to whether it belongs to the county at large, or the county ofthe city.
The site and precincts of St.
Francis's Abbey were excepted by the charter of James L, hereafter stated, from the county ofthe city as a convenient place for the court-house of the county of Limerick.
The present county court-house was built some years since on a different site; and under the 6 Geo.
Francis's Abbey has become part of the county of the city.
The Down Survey contains amap ofthe South Liberties, and gives the following enumeration of parishes comprised in them, and their acreable contents: