Frank McCourt Museum, Limerick City
Leamy House (formerly known as Leamy School) is a tudor-style, listed building with an interesting facade. The building was erected in 1843 through the munificence of William Leamy who, before he died some years earlier, left a large sum of money in trust for the education of poor Protestant boys. Due to dwindling numbers in 1880, the school became a National School for Catholic boys and thus it continued until 1953.
In 2009, Una Heaton (an artist) opened a gallery in a very large, bright room. Soon after, she commissioned a bust of the late Frank McCourt and undertook the transformation of the middle floor into the Frank McCourt Museum.
At the entrance to the museum, the visitor passes a bronze bust on a plinth of the late Dr. Frank McCourt. Inside, the museum showcases a classroom of the 1930’s and the McCourt home, as described in “Angela’s Ashes”. Wall murals depict the young Frank in uniform cycling to work, Angela inviting you to visit their home, comprising of the bedroom and kitchen and a gathering of children from the nearby lanes.
A collection of memorabilia is seen in display cases. Items, such as school books of the period and old photos – all donated by former pupils of Leamy School. Some of Frank’s ashes were given to the museum by the family and have been lovingly placed in a box which currently overlooks Frank’s former classroom.
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