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Hartstonge House, Limerick

Hartstonge House, Hartstonge St, Limerick.
Home of Stephen O'Mara from 1886 to c.1909.



Hartstonge House, Hartstonge St, Limerick.
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Hartstonge House, Hartstonge St, Limerick. Near The Crescent.
Hartstonge St is named after Sir Henry Hartstonge, 3rd Baronet.
Hartstonge House is a tall narrow town house, no garden, standing alone on Hartstonge St, towards the park (Pery Square) end, on RHS.

Hartstonge House was the home temp 1860s-80s of the wealthy Harris family, of Harris' bakery, Henry St, Limerick.
Ellen Pigott worked in Harris' bakery in 1860s, before she married in 1867.
Later she would come to live in Hartstonge House herself.
Later from the Harris family came the actor Richard Harris.

Stephen O'Mara bought Hartstonge House from the Harris family and settled here 1886.
Letter of 21 May 1886 shows O'Mara are now in Hartstonge House.
Pat Lavelle in [PAT/1, p.4] describes from her youth: "what I saw, the comfort and well-being of Hartstonge House, the crowds of relations, the stables with carriages and horses, had all been achieved by the work and energy of two men, my Grandfather and his father James".
Stephen O'Mara left c.1909, definitely gone by 1910.
Not sure if any other O'Maras lived there.

The house survives.
Now occupied by The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, who have named it Ozanam House after their founder.
See entry at NIAH.
The name "Hartstonge House" is now used by another building on the street, think across the street.

Since 1967 there is a plaque on the house to Joseph O'Mara, the opera singer. It says he lived there.





Hartstonge House (red cross) on 1887 to 1913 map.



Harris listed at Hartstonge House in [Bassett's, 1880-81, p.33].



Stephen O'Mara at Hartstonge House in [Ashe's Directory, 1891-92].



Letterhead of [1899 letter] from Hartstonge House.
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Hartstonge House, Limerick, 1908.
Note extension at rear. See full size.



Hartstonge House. Photo 2006. See full size.
See alternate shot.



The view looking up Catherine Place.
Photo 2016. See larger and full size.
See closer shot and closer shot.
See 2010 photo.



Hartstonge House. From the Pery Square side.
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From [P40/910]. Used with permission of [UL Archives].




The door



The front door.
Photo 2016. See larger and full size.



Front door of Hartstonge House. Photo 2006. See full size.



O'Mara family gathering, "New Year's Eve, 1905", front door of Hartstonge House.
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Turn the above picture sideways and you can see it has been distorted by being combined with another picture.
The other picture is clearly Joe and his wife who married 9 Dec 1905 in Canada.
Looks like they made a trip home to Limerick in late Dec to see Joe's family before returning to Canada.
See full size.
See other shot at same gathering. From J/552/8.




The lane and rear



The lane that runs beside Hartstonge House. Photo 2006. See full size.
See alternate shot.



The rear of Hartstonge House.
Photo 2006. See full size. See alternate shot.
See 2016 shot.



O'Mara family gathering on the occasion of Fr. Paddy's first mass, 28 July 1908.
This fits ordination date of 26 July 1908.
Apparently rear of Hartstonge House.
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See similar shot.



Hartstonge House (red cross) on 1887 to 1913 map.
Photo above might be looking away from house towards outbuilding at the back.
Or maybe photo is not Hartstonge House.




Movies



Front (Hartstonge St) side of Hartstonge House. Movie 2006.
From here. Hosted at my YouTube account.
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Still from above. Looking up Hartstonge St towards Pery Square and the park.



Rear of Hartstonge House. Movie 2006.
Showing laneway that runs beside and behind the house.
From here. Hosted at my YouTube account.
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Still from above.



Still from above.
The extension at rear was there in the O'Maras' time.



Still from above. Showing old side door.



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