CologneMike wrote:I never realised that Roches Stores were that long in Limerick.
I wasnt aware they traded out of those buildings either until I came across a book last Christmas which had some superb, previously unpublished photographs of the city centre from the 1940s through to the late 60s, annoyingly I never got around to buying it!:( I think Roches were only in Limerick a few short years before their premises were destroyed!
So the fire seems to have been limited to just two buildings back then. The Cannockâ€™s furniture building must have been demolished a little earlier (1970's) as I can remember Roches having a crude loading bay
to the rear of their building on Sarsfield Street.
The 70s were a bit before my time so I'll take your word for it! You're right though, if you look at the aerial photo below from the 1970s you can see the building is gone, another example of a building being demolished just for the sake of it, a common occurance in Limerick around this period!.
Did the Imperial bakery just lower their building by a floor or two and/or rebuilt their frontage?
The facade was just rebuilt, the main structure of the building remains!
The aerial image is probably from the early 1960â€™s. A lot of warehousing to be seen from the Arthurâ€™s Quay era? Cannockâ€™s furniture store is captured well.
Thats a cropped version of a much larger aerial image, it was taken around 1965, not long after the facade of Cannocks and its famous clock were demolished!:mad:
Limerick City Centre 1970s (Derhur