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Phoenix Foundry and Ironworks

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Phoenix Foundry and Ironworks of Roches Street, Limerick.

1836 Established by John Fogarty.

‘The Foundry is 106 feet by 40 feet. The smithy, 70 feet by 30 feet. The fitting shop 130 feet by 30 feet with two spacious yards and Pattern Lofts, well stocked with Geer and other Patterns in use in the locality. The concern is furnished with every requisite for a large trade, including a new 12-horse Steam Engine, Cranes, Clay Mill, Stoves, Cupolas for 10 tons, Turning Lathes, Boring Machines etc. all at full work.'[1]

1845 Owner decided to rent the foundry after deciding to retire. Entire stock had been purchased by Frederick Ryding who offered to sell it at low prices:[2]

‘Ploughs of every description, also plough mountings, Turnip Sowers, and Scuffles on the most improved construction; Corn Stands, Manger Troughs, Field Gates, Garden Rollers, and Chains, Scales, Beams and Weights, Rain Shoots and Pipes, & Boilers from 15 to 40 gallons, and a variety of Articles too numerous to mention, which may be seen and prices known on the premises.’[3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Limerick Chronicle 18 January 1845
  2. Limerick Iron Foundries 1806-1989 (Unpublished article) by Patrick McDonnell Nov 2008 – May 2010
  3. Limerick Chronicle 5 November 1845
  • Limerick Iron Foundries 1806-1989 (Unpublished article) by Patrick McDonnell Nov 2008 – May 2010