John Henry Newman visited Limerick twice throughout his life, in 1852 and 1854. He gave a charity sermon at St Michael's Church, Denmark Street and also visited St Munchin's College and Lord Dunraven at Adare Manor House
He said Mass and preached at Laurel Hill Convent. Dr John Ryan, Bishop of Limerick proclaimed him Vicar-General of the Diocese of Limerick at Park House, Corbally where Newman stayed on his visits to Limerick City.
Limerick people may well be proud of the fact that Bishop John Ryan, William Mansell, Aubrey de Vere and Lord Dunraven understood and appreciated Newman and stood by him in his difficulties throughout his life.