“Who was Michael Egan and why did he erect such an ornate building on the corner of Patrick and Ellen Street?” For National Heritage Week, Ormston House presents a virtual research project by Sharon Slater on the social history of 9-11 Patrick Street – the address of the unique Ormston House building which was inspired by the Venetian palazzo – from 1796 to today. Drawing on local and regional newspapers, as well as advertisements and trade directories, she has pieced together the timeline from the first business registered at 9 Patrick Street, the Sans Souci Hotel, to today’s Cultural Resource Centre. The history of the building has long been an inspiration for our artistic programme and we have created a special page on our website to be published during National Heritage Week.
About Sharon Slater
Sharon Slater was named National Heritage Hero in 2017 by the Heritage Council of Ireland. She is currently Historian-in-Residence at Ormston House, and is advising on a range of artistic commissions and creative projects. For over twenty years, Sharon has been researching the history of life in Limerick, and she holds an MA in Local History from the University of Limerick. She is the author of multiple publications, most recently The A-Z of Curious County Limerick (2021), and has worked with media organisations in Ireland and abroad. She has received numerous awards for her work, and was honoured by a Mayoral Reception at City Hall.