The Leamy House Storyboard on Upper Hartstonge Street is the first iteration in a series of Public Storyboard animations. This project aims to highlight the fascinating stories behind our Built Heritage. The Leamy House Storyboard was funded by Limerick City Build, produced by Julie Long, researched by Dr. Paul O’Brien and designed by Fionán Coughlan.
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William’s brother Patrick stayed in Limerick and went onto become a prosperous builder. Patrick is responsible for the construction of several of Limerick’s Georgian buildings. We are still trying to identify buildings in Limerick constructed by Patrick Leamy, we know of properties he constructed and owned on Upper Glentworth Street and Boherbue.
The Life of Sheikh Dean Mohammed:
During the course of our research we discovered another interesting character by the name of Sheikh Dean Mohammed. Mohammed lived and worked in Portman Square contemporaneously to William Leamy. He lived an equally fascinating life with many parallels to Leamy. However, we are still searching for evidence as to whether these two men ever met, if you have any information on this please get in touch with us.
Britain’s first Indian restaurant was opened on Portman Square in 1810 by Sheikh Dean Mohammed.
Born in Bengal, Mohammed was taken under the care of an East India Company officer named Godfrey Evan Baker from Cork, following the death of Mohammed’s father aged 11. Mohammed worked as a surgeon for the East India Company and in 1784, at the age of 25, moved to Cork City. While in Cork Mohammed became a famous local figure and even published a book detailing his adventures in India.
After spending many years in Cork, Mohammed eloped to London with his English teacher, an Irish girl named Jane Daly. In London, Mohammed developed his own range of currie powders and went onto open Britain’s first Indian restaurant. Mohammed went bankrupt and became a servant to support his family. He then moved his family to Brighton where he set up his own Indian Baths and is credited as the man who introduced the Indian Practice of Shampooing to the West. Mohammed was the personal shampooer of the King and Queen of England for a time.