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Market Square in Kildare town circa 1905. It was a small town at that time, but is now becoming a part of the greater Dublin region, like most towns in North and Central Kildare. The Irish National Stud, previously the British National Stud, is located in Kildare.

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The original buildings were devastated many times during Viking raids. The current building was rebuilt from 1500s ruins in the mid 18th century. 1914.

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Folklore suggests that the round towers were built as refuge from Viking raids and as safeguard for valuables, but were probably built as belfries. Note the removable steps. There are five round towers in County Kildare. Kildare Round Tower is the second highest in Ireland and was reconstructed in the 1700s. These round towers are unique to Ireland. 1906.

Yes, I have been to the top. :mrgreen:

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Cill Dara's GG grandparents were married in a rural part of the parish in 1797.
Erratum..........that should read GGG. :mrgreen:

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Kilkea Castle in South County Kildare was owned by the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare, for 700 years until sold in the 1960s. 1905.

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The current Carton House in Maynooth County Kildare was built in 1739 and was the ancestral home of the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare. until sold in 1949. c 1905.


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Maynooth College in North County Kildare was built in the 1790 as a seminary. In 1997 a National University was established at the site. 1908.

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Moore Abbey in Monasterevin (note spelling) was home to the tenor Count John McCormack in the 1920s and 30s. 1917.


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A horseless carriage. The 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup, formally titled the IV Coupe Internationale, was a motor race held on 2 July 1903, on the Athy Circuit consisting of closed roads in Ireland. PM JY 11 1903.

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The same car?, Moone (Maoin in Irish) is 1.4 KM from Timolin.


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Irish High Crosses

Moone

The monastery at Moone in County Kildare is believed to have been established by St Palladius in the 5th century and dedicated to St Columcille in the 6th century. The 10th century granite cross is the second tallest high cross in Ireland. The shape and style are quite unique. It consists of three parts, a base, a shaft and a head. The head or upper part, and the base were discovered in the graveyard of the abbey in 1835 and re-erected on the church grounds as a complete cross. In 1893 the middle section of the shaft was discovered and the cross was reconstructed to its original size. Now standing at 7.04 metres tall, the cross has been re-erected inside the ruins of the medieval church.


An ancestor of Cill Dara who died in 1759 is buried in an Abbey outside Moone. :mrgreen:

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South Main Street, Naas, County Kildare. 1906.

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North Main Street, Naas, Co. Kildare. 1906.

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The Barracks, Naas. Circa 1914, possibly Royal Dublin Fusiliers.


Naas is the administrative centre of County Kildare.
The earliest record of Naas dates back to 134 AD. Nás na Ríogh in Irish means assembly place of the kings.

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Curragh racecourse today.

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Curragh postcards 1907 to 1914.

The cavalry camp postcard is at "Braveheart Hill".......yes the battle scene was filmed in Ireland and we watched some of the filming.

This concludes our tour of Kildare. :mrgreen:

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A fine selection of cards there Cill Dara, with some interesting background details.

I liked the Castledermot one - big changes there!
Castletown House is quite imposing.

I had to read about Kilkea Castle - I've never seen it.

I was pleased to see Carton House. My daughter stayed there while training with the Irish Women's Rugby team a few years ago. It is a big centre for sport nowadays.

One of my favourite spots is Monasterevin (yes, I paid attention to the different spelling(s)). It has been called the Venice of Ireland, due to the combination of the Grand Canal and the River Barrow, plus the railway line crossing everything!

Kildare Railway Station.
Kildare Railway Station.

Tomb of John Lee, Knight & his wife Amy Fitzgerald. 1612
Tomb of John Lee, Knight & his wife Amy Fitzgerald. 1612

Inside of the Cathedral, Kildare.
Inside of the Cathedral, Kildare.

Skull & Crossbones, Kildare Cathedral.
Skull & Crossbones, Kildare Cathedral.

Explanation.
Explanation.

A hole worn through a corner - used for tying up the horses and carts of the gentry.
A hole worn through a corner - used for tying up the horses and carts of the gentry.

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On now to possibly the most visited county of Ireland - Kerry. It certainly has glorious natural delights, although the most visited town, Killarney, is a bit too "Stage Irishey" for me.

Three cards before visiting a favourite spot - Ballybunion.

Unposted Irish Postcard: "The Islands, Upper Lake, Killarney." A Valentine's card.
Unposted Irish Postcard: "The Islands, Upper Lake, Killarney." A Valentine's card.

Unposted Irish Card: Brickeen Bridge, Killarney."  S. Hildesheimer & Co., London & Manchester. Killarney Series No. 5422. Printed at our works in Bavaria.
Unposted Irish Card: Brickeen Bridge, Killarney." S. Hildesheimer & Co., London & Manchester. Killarney Series No. 5422. Printed at our works in Bavaria.

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Kenmare, Co. Kerry. The bridge on the card has been replaced by a concrete bridge.

Unposted Irish Postcard: "Kenmare Suspension Bridge, Co. Kerry. Printer not indicated.
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This thread is growing so fast! Lots of interest, with helpful commentary for those of us
who have never been able to visit the Emerald Isle. I particularly liked the recent posts
telling us about Irish round towers and high crosses. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

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And so, to Ballybunion, North Kerry, or BallyB as it is sometimes called. I have friends from there and my family has spent happy times there.

Ballybunion is very much a traditional seaside resort, catering mainly for families and of course (forgive the pun) the golfers who visit the world famous Golf Course there. It is rather old fashioned, but in a very nice way.

There are three beaches in BB - Ladies Beach, Men's Beach, and The Long Strand - historically speaking that is. Patrolled by the Parish Priest at one time!!

https://kingdomofkerry.com/ballybunion-beach/#:~:text=Men%E2 ... es%20Beach.

BB has another historical connection. It was the terminus of the Lartigue Railway from Listowel - a most bizarre concoction.
https://www.ballybunion.ie/history-and-folklore/lartigue-monorail.html

The first card shows Ladies Beach, looking north. On this beach may be found the famous Seaweed Baths, supposedly very good for the skin. Most enjoyable! :D

Also on this beach, one can obtain, from the shop associated with the seaweed baths, a tray, or two, containing a pot of tea, cups, saucers, etc and some gorgeous cakes, to take down the beach to where you are sitting, to enjoy at your leisure - very civilised!

Irish Postcard: Ballybunion, looking north.
Irish Postcard: Ballybunion, looking north.

Stamp removed. Posted in Co. Kerry. Possibly in 1911.
Stamp removed. Posted in Co. Kerry. Possibly in 1911.



The second card shows Men's Beach with the small promontory (and castle on top) separating the beaches.

Irish Postcard: Castle Point, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry.
Irish Postcard: Castle Point, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry.

1½p Map of Ireland definitive. Card addressed to USA. Censor mark. Postmarked Baile an Bhuinneánaigh (Ballybunion) 1st July 1944
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The beaches in Ballybunion, while generally safe and are patrolled by lifeguards, can also be dangerous at times. There are caves along the cliff on Ladies Beach, that flood at high tide. Despite warning signs, people have been caught out and have drowned.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/body-of-a-man-found-in ... 78240.html

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerryman/news/four-snat ... 08935.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctXKFaFApIA

The second card is a view of Ladies Beach again looking north. Interesting comments on the card?

Unposted Irish Postcard: "A View of Ballubunion Cliffs." No printer details.
Unposted Irish Postcard: "A View of Ballubunion Cliffs." No printer details.

Irish Postcard: "Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. AS62026 Avon Sales.
Irish Postcard: "Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. AS62026 Avon Sales.

2p Map of Ireland definitive. Postmarked Lios Tuathail = Listowel, Co. Kerry. 5th August 1963?
2p Map of Ireland definitive. Postmarked Lios Tuathail = Listowel, Co. Kerry. 5th August 1963?

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A few cards of the castle on the promontory between the beaches. How it is still standing in such a windbeaten spot is beyond me.

Unposted Irish Postcard: "Listowel (sic) Castle, Ireland."  Shurey's Publications.
Unposted Irish Postcard: "Listowel (sic) Castle, Ireland." Shurey's Publications.

Irish Postcard: A Twilight View of the Castle, Ballybunion." A John Hinde card. No. 2/181
Irish Postcard: A Twilight View of the Castle, Ballybunion." A John Hinde card. No. 2/181

28p Definitive. Postmarked Ballybunion 16th August 1996.
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Ballybunion Castle.

Unposted Irish Postcard:  Ballybunion Castle (tide in). A John Hinde Card No. 2/KY 145-B
Unposted Irish Postcard: Ballybunion Castle (tide in). A John Hinde Card No. 2/KY 145-B

Unposted Irish Postcard: Ballybunion Castle (tide out). A John Hinde Card No. 2/KY 152-B
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The famous Ballybunion Golf Links, where many famous persons have played, including President Clinton. There is even a statue of him in Ballybunion. See:

https://eamonlynch.com/2020/03/23/ballybunion-bill-a-love-story-kind-of/

Unposted Irish Postcard: "The Golf Course and Beach [The Long Strand], Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland." A John Hinde card. No. 2/487
Unposted Irish Postcard: "The Golf Course and Beach [The Long Strand], Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland." A John Hinde card. No. 2/487

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A view along Main Street, Ballybunion. The view is inland, with the sea behind the photographer. This view today would be marred by the monstrosity that is the "Golf Hotel". How planning permission was granted is a wonder.

Henry Ford is reported to have said, "Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black." Most of the cars on the card are black!

Unposted Irish Postcard: "The Town of Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland."  P.C. Color Card No. 172   Cahill & Co., Ltd.
Unposted Irish Postcard: "The Town of Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland." P.C. Color Card No. 172 Cahill & Co., Ltd.

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And one more, before we say goodbye to Ballybunion. The seaweed baths are in the building on the left. An old photograph, judging by the cars. The "Black Rocks" can be seen off the beach. They are accessible at low tide and are a source of great enjoyment to young people searching the pools left behind by the tide for sea life.

Unposted Irish Postcard: Ballybunion. A John Hinde card. No. 2/56-B
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More Co. Kerry.

Cards addressed to Belgium and USA. Both backstamped.

Irish Postcard: "Tunnel On The Kenmure (sic)Road, Killarney."B.B.London. Series No. G27. Printed in Germany.
Irish Postcard: "Tunnel On The Kenmure (sic)Road, Killarney."B.B.London. Series No. G27. Printed in Germany.

Two ½d definitives on the front of the card. Postmarked with what looks like Haslemere R.S.O. Surrey 23rd April 1908. Addressed to Belgium. Arrival stamp of Anvers/24.04.1908
Two ½d definitives on the front of the card. Postmarked with what looks like Haslemere R.S.O. Surrey 23rd April 1908. Addressed to Belgium. Arrival stamp of Anvers/24.04.1908

Irish Postcard: "The Devil's Island, Middle Lake, Killarney." W. Lawrence Publisher.
Irish Postcard: "The Devil's Island, Middle Lake, Killarney." W. Lawrence Publisher.

1d definitive stamp. Card addressed to USA. Postmarked Killarney 15th August 1906. Arrival postmark of Rockland, Mass. 24th August.
1d definitive stamp. Card addressed to USA. Postmarked Killarney 15th August 1906. Arrival postmark of Rockland, Mass. 24th August.

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Killarney.

Irish Postcard: "Upper Lake And MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Killarney." A Valentine's card.
Irish Postcard: "Upper Lake And MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Killarney." A Valentine's card.

2p Map of Ireland definitive - postmarked Cill Áirne = Killarney. 20th June 1961
2p Map of Ireland definitive - postmarked Cill Áirne = Killarney. 20th June 1961

Irish Postcard: "Turnpike Rock and Augur Lake, Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, Ireland. Mac Series. Published and Printed by Killarney Printing Works Ltd.
Irish Postcard: "Turnpike Rock and Augur Lake, Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, Ireland. Mac Series. Published and Printed by Killarney Printing Works Ltd.

3p Cross of Cong definitive. Postmarked Cill Áirne. Slogan: Killarney For Holidays.
3p Cross of Cong definitive. Postmarked Cill Áirne. Slogan: Killarney For Holidays.

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Derrycuddihy Cottage, Killarney.

"(Another) Queen’s Cottage
Queen’s Cottage 1860s

Another one of the hunting lodges built for the visit of Queen Victoria to Killarney in 1861, the “Queen’s Cottage” was situated right next to the lower falls. Today, no trace of the ruins remain. The banks of the river here provide ample spots for a summer picnic or to just enjoy the falls and the adjoining pools. The path continues on from here to the lay-by that serves as an alternative starting point for the trail. If you are heading back to the church, you need to retrace your steps back along the path and up the trail to your starting point."

https://killarneyguide.ie/derrycunnihy-cascade/

Irish Postcard: "Derrycuddihy Cottage, Killarney."  Lawrence Publisher.
Irish Postcard: "Derrycuddihy Cottage, Killarney." Lawrence Publisher.

½d definitive. Postmarked Sunderland (UK) 24th May 1905.
½d definitive. Postmarked Sunderland (UK) 24th May 1905.



Killarney Cathedral. Posted on 17th March - Saint Patrick's Day.

Irish Postcard: "Killarney Cathedral."  Valentines Series.
Irish Postcard: "Killarney Cathedral." Valentines Series.

½d definitive. Postmarked Chapel-en-le-Frith (UK) 17th March 1906.
½d definitive. Postmarked Chapel-en-le-Frith (UK) 17th March 1906.

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A quick side trip to Tralee - the home of The Rose of Tralee.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_of_Tralee_(festival)

The "Fleadh" mentioned in the second card is an Irish festival/competition of Irish music and dancing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleadh_Cheoil
https://www.irishtourism.com/fleadh-cheoil-na-heireann/

https://irelandxo.com/ireland-xo/history-and-genealogy/timeline/first-fleadh-cheoil-1951

Unposted Irish Postcard: Blennerville Windmill, Tralee. A Kerry Card.
Unposted Irish Postcard: Blennerville Windmill, Tralee. A Kerry Card.

Irish Postcard: Blennerville, Tralee - Ireland. A John Hinde card.
Irish Postcard: Blennerville, Tralee - Ireland. A John Hinde card.

28p Blue Tit definitive.
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THE SKELLIGS.

Irish Postcard: "Ballinskelligs Bay, Hogs Head and Skellig Rocks, "Ring of Kerry", Ireland.2  A John Hinde card.
Irish Postcard: "Ballinskelligs Bay, Hogs Head and Skellig Rocks, "Ring of Kerry", Ireland.2 A John Hinde card.

4p Stylised Dog definitive. Postmarked Daingean = Dingle, Co. Kerry. 25th July 1970.
4p Stylised Dog definitive. Postmarked Daingean = Dingle, Co. Kerry. 25th July 1970.

Unposted Irish Postcard: Skelligs, Co. Kerry. A John Hinde card. No. 2/KY 93-B
Unposted Irish Postcard: Skelligs, Co. Kerry. A John Hinde card. No. 2/KY 93-B

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More Skelligs.

"The Skellig Islands (Irish: Na Scealaga), once known as "the Skellocks", are two small, steep, and rocky islands lying about 13 km (8 mi) west of Bolus Head on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland.

The larger of the two is Skellig Michael (also known as Great Skellig) which, together with Little Skellig, is at the centre of a 364-hectare (899-acre) Important Bird Area established by BirdWatch Ireland in 2000.

Skellig Michael is also famous for an early Christian monastery that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Little Skellig:

The smaller of the two islands is Little Skellig (Sceilig Bheag in Irish). It is Ireland's largest northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony with almost 30,000 pairs, and is closed to the public. It is also one of the world's largest northern gannet colonies, and is of international importance. The island is 134 m (440 ft) tall and is approximately 1.5 km (1 mi) east-northeast of Skellig Michael.

Skellig Michael
Also known as Great Skellig (Sceilig Mhichíl in Irish), this is the larger of the two islands, with two peaks rising to over 230 m (750 ft) above sea level. With a sixth-century Christian monastery perched at 160 m (520 ft) above sea level on a ledge close to the top of the lower peak, Great Skellig is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Birdwatch Ireland were concerned that the Irish government allowed filming on a seabird sanctuary without third party consent. During the 2014 nesting season, black-legged kittiwake chicks in nests were swept into the sea by the downdraught from a helicopter and devoured by gulls."

Irish Postcard: "The Skelligs."  Insight Ireland.
Irish Postcard: "The Skelligs." Insight Ireland.

28p (Love) Grá '93 stamp. Slogan: Collect Postage Stamps. Postmarked Baile Átha Cliath = Dublin  in 1993
28p (Love) Grá '93 stamp. Slogan: Collect Postage Stamps. Postmarked Baile Átha Cliath = Dublin in 1993

Irish Postcard: "Puffins on Skellig Michael." Real Ireland Card.
Irish Postcard: "Puffins on Skellig Michael." Real Ireland Card.

28p Irish Heritage & Treasures definitive. Postmarked Cathair Saidbhín = Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry. 9th August 1993
28p Irish Heritage & Treasures definitive. Postmarked Cathair Saidbhín = Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry. 9th August 1993

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More Co. Kerry.


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A proper Kerry tunnel, on the winding Kenmare to Bantry road, through the Caha Mountains, on the Cork/Kerry border.

For an alternate route, you can take Priest's Leap, the highest road in Ireland...........if you dare. :mrgreen:


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The Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), more formally St. Patrick’s Rock, it is also known as Cashel of the Kings.

Reputedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. Long before the Norman invasion The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the rock was gifted to the Church. The buildings represent both Hiberno-Romanseque and Germanic influences in their architecture.

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The most famous of all the landmarks in Glendalough is the Round Tower which stands 33 meters above the ground. It was built almost 1000 years ago by the monks of St. Kevin’s monastery. The conical roof had to be replaced in 1876 when it was struck by lightning. The towers were called “Cloigtheach”, meaning bell tower, suggesting their main use. The towers were sometimes used as a place of refuge for monks when the monastery was under attack. They also served as both as lookout posts and as beacons for approaching monks and pilgrims.



Both of these Round Towers have the more usual conical cap at the top.

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Valentine & Sons postcards of Killarney region.

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Ballybunion, Co Kerry. 1918.


Cork Da complains to his daughter that Ballybunion is overcrowded with Cork people. :)

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(Great) Southern (Railway) Hotel, Kenmare, Co Kerry.

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Now The Park Hotel, since 1980.

Lady Cill Dara and Cill Dara's favourite hotel.........Five Star, naturally. :mrgreen:

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Tell us about "Ladies' View" please... /RogerE

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LADIES VIEW:
"Ladies View is about 12 miles from Killarney on the N71 road as you go towards Kenmare. The view here is probably the best known of Killarney and is a major attraction for visitors. Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting visited here during the royal visit in 1861. They were so taken with the view that it was named after them.

If you walk up the road from the viewing point there is another parking area and a path that leads to a wonderful view of the upper lake." :)
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The Ring Of Kerry.

Co. Kerry has two peninsulas - The Dingle Peninsula and The Ring of Kerry one.
Due to the popularity of the Ring of Kerry and the narrow roads, all tour buses are required to travel in an anti-clockwise direction around the peninsula. Still a difficult drive in high season.

Map of Ring of Kerry
Map of Ring of Kerry




http://www.ringofkerry.co/

Irish Postcard: "Ring of Kerry." A John Hinde card.
Irish Postcard: "Ring of Kerry." A John Hinde card.

2½p stylised dog definitive. Postmarked Tráigh Lí = Tralee, Co. Kerry.23rd February 1973
2½p stylised dog definitive. Postmarked Tráigh Lí = Tralee, Co. Kerry.23rd February 1973

Irish Postcard: "Ring of Kerry."  Mac Publications.
Irish Postcard: "Ring of Kerry." Mac Publications.

30p Blackbird definitive. 05.07.1999
30p Blackbird definitive. 05.07.1999

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The Dingle Peninsula.

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Map


Map 2
Map 2





"The Dingle Peninsula or Corca Dhuibhne, stretches 30 miles (48 kilometres) into the Atlantic Ocean on the south-west coast on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to the Conor Pass and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak. The magnificent coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs such as Slea Head, dramatic headlands broken by sandy beaches, with the award-winning beach at Inch in the south and the tombolo of Maharees to the north.

The Blasket Islands lie to the west and the peninsula is dotted with lovely villages that each offer their own unique Sense of Place………

Spend time in a place rich in tradition, literature and culture, where native Gaelic (Irish language) prospers alongside modern languages, where the perfect harmony created by nature restores the spirit, where you can relax and savour the scenery, the flora and fauna, the art & photography, craft trails, the culture, the archaeology, the local food, craft distillery and breweries, or just meet the people – the choice is yours!"

"Annascaul was the birthplace of the Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, who was part of Robert Scott's ill-fated attempts to reach the South Pole and Ernest Shackleton's epic open boat journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia. In 2003 a statue of Crean was erected in the village opposite the South Pole Inn, the public house he owned. Irish American sculptor Jerome Connor, famous for his work the Nuns of the Battlefield in Washington D.C., was also born in Annascaul.


https://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/


The first postcard shows a horse and a Horse-drawn Caravan. These caravans could be hired and you could tour Ireland in that way. Traffic on the roads became too heavy and their use ceased.
Irish Postcard: "Red Cliff Road, Inch, Co. Kerry."
Irish Postcard: "Red Cliff Road, Inch, Co. Kerry."

Bahawalpur Stamp. 20p To Pay.   Port Láirge 28th May 1980
Bahawalpur Stamp. 20p To Pay. Port Láirge 28th May 1980

Irish Postcard: "Slea Head And The Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry." Published by N.P.O. Ltd., Dublin.
Irish Postcard: "Slea Head And The Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry." Published by N.P.O. Ltd., Dublin.

4p. Stylised Dog definitive. Postmarked Baile Uí Thaidhg = Ballyheigue, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
4p. Stylised Dog definitive. Postmarked Baile Uí Thaidhg = Ballyheigue, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

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The Blasket Islands.


"The Blasket Islands (Na Blascaodaí in Irish) are an uninhabited group of islands off the west coast of

Ireland, forming part of County Kerry. Abandoned in 1954 due to population decline, the islands are today best

known from the story telling of Muiris Ó Súilleabháin and Peig Sayers, and former Taoiseach Charles Haughey's

purchase of Inishvickillane in the 1980s.


The islands were inhabited until 1953 by a completely Irish-speaking population

and today are part of the Gaeltacht. At its peak, the islands had 175 residents. The population declined to 22 by

1953. The government evacuated the remaining residents to the mainland on 17 November 1953 because of

increasingly extreme weather that left the island cut off from emergency services. The evacuation was seen as necessary by both the Islanders and the Government.

The islanders were the subject of much anthropological and linguistic study around the end of the 19th and

beginning of the 20th centuries particularly from writers and linguists such as Robin Flower, George Derwent

Thomson and Kenneth H. Jackson. Thanks to their encouragement and that of others, a number of books were

written by islanders that record much of the islands' traditions and way of life. These include An tOileánach (The

Islandman) by Tomás Ó Criomhthain, Peig by Peig Sayers and Fiche Blian ag Fás (Twenty Years A-Growing) by Muiris

Ó Súilleabháin.

Unposted Irish Postcard: "The Blasket Islands."  A John Hinde card.
Unposted Irish Postcard: "The Blasket Islands." A John Hinde card.

Irish Postcard: Dingle Peninsula & The Blaskets."
Irish Postcard: Dingle Peninsula & The Blaskets."

30p Blackbird definitive stamp. Postmarked Trálí = Tralee, Co. Kerry.5th August 1998.
30p Blackbird definitive stamp. Postmarked Trálí = Tralee, Co. Kerry.5th August 1998.

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Unposted Irish Postcard: Dingle.  Mac Publications
Unposted Irish Postcard: Dingle. Mac Publications

Stamps were affixed - A 5p & a 30p Birds definitives - both from a booklet.
Stamps were affixed - A 5p & a 30p Birds definitives - both from a booklet.

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Irish Postcard: "Brickeen Bridge, Killarney."   Valentines Series
Irish Postcard: "Brickeen Bridge, Killarney." Valentines Series

½d definitive. Postmarked Westport, Co. Mayo. 7th August 1906
½d definitive. Postmarked Westport, Co. Mayo. 7th August 1906

Irish Postcard: "Lough Currane, Nr. Waterville, Ring of Kerry."  Dennis Publications.
Irish Postcard: "Lough Currane, Nr. Waterville, Ring of Kerry." Dennis Publications.

2p Tomás O'Criomhthain stamp. Postmarked Cill Garbháin = Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry. 15th August 1957
2p Tomás O'Criomhthain stamp. Postmarked Cill Garbháin = Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry. 15th August 1957

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More delightful views and commentary, thank you RevRed+.
The "Ladies' View" explanation was a nice addition, thanks!

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Co. Kerry has two peninsulas - The Dingle Peninsula and The Ring of Kerry one.
Actually, Kerry has two and a bit pensinulas, one shared with Cork. The North East of the Beara peninsula in in Kerry, from Kenmare to Lauragh.
Cork people would deny this fact. :lol:

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Beara peninsula, top of Healy Pass. There's a fabulous little restaurant at the top of the lake, near Lauragh.

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Welcome to Co Kerry sign at top of Healy Pass, looking over to the Ring of Kerry peninsula.

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RogerE wrote:
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More delightful views and commentary, thank you RevRed+.
The "Ladies' View" explanation was a nice addition, thanks!

/RogerE :D
Thank you Roger. :D
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Cill Dara wrote:
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RevRed+ wrote:
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Co. Kerry has two peninsulas - The Dingle Peninsula and The Ring of Kerry one.
Actually, Kerry has two and a bit pensinulas, one shared with Cork. The North East of the Beara peninsula in in Kerry, from Kenmare to Lauragh.
Cork people would deny this fact. :lol:


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Beara peninsula, top of Healy Pass. There's a fabulous little restaurant at the top of the lake, near Lauragh.


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Welcome to Co Kerry sign at top of Healy Pass, looking over to the Ring of Kerry peninsula.
Ah sure, it's only a small bit - not worth counting. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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A few random cards before our next county visit.

Irish Postcard: Seaside donkey? A John Hinde card.
Irish Postcard: Seaside donkey? A John Hinde card.

4p Stylised dog definitive.  Postmarked Baile na nGall = Ballydavid, Co. Kerry.
4p Stylised dog definitive. Postmarked Baile na nGall = Ballydavid, Co. Kerry.

Irish Postcard: "Famous Connemara Ponies, Ireland."  A John Hinde card.
Irish Postcard: "Famous Connemara Ponies, Ireland." A John Hinde card.

8p Stylised animal definitive. Postmarked  Gort Inse Guaire = Gort, Co. Galway. 10th June 1977
8p Stylised animal definitive. Postmarked Gort Inse Guaire = Gort, Co. Galway. 10th June 1977

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A brief visit to Limerick City.

Irish Postcard: "St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick (exterior). Built by Donal O'Brien, King of Thomond. Between the years 1180 & 1190 A.D."  No publisher indicated.
Irish Postcard: "St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick (exterior). Built by Donal O'Brien, King of Thomond. Between the years 1180 & 1190 A.D." No publisher indicated.

22p Castle definitive. Postmarked Luimneach = Limerick. 7th November 1983.
22p Castle definitive. Postmarked Luimneach = Limerick. 7th November 1983.

Irish Postcard: O'Connell Street, Limerick.  Published by N.P.O. Ltd., Dublin.
Irish Postcard: O'Connell Street, Limerick. Published by N.P.O. Ltd., Dublin.

22p Castle definitive. Postmarked Cora Chaitlín = Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare. 27th November 1984
22p Castle definitive. Postmarked Cora Chaitlín = Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare. 27th November 1984

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The Healy Pass was mentioned earlier - here's a card of it.

Irish Postcard: "Top of The Healy Pass." A Valentine & Sons card.
Irish Postcard: "Top of The Healy Pass." A Valentine & Sons card.

2p Newman stamp. Centenary of Founding of Catholic University of Ireland. Postmarked Gleann Garbh = Glengarriff, Co. Cork.
2p Newman stamp. Centenary of Founding of Catholic University of Ireland. Postmarked Gleann Garbh = Glengarriff, Co. Cork.

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A flying visit to Omeath, Co. Louth, which looks across Carlingford Lough to Warrenpoint, in Northern Ireland.

There used to be a railway that ran through Omeath.

"Omeath railway station was first opened by the Dundalk, Newry and Greenore Railway which was absorbed by the London & North Western Railway and ran to Greenore. From Greenore ferries ran to Holyhead and onward trains to London Euston.

The station in Omeath, which opened on 1 August 1876, finally closed on 1 January 1952."

Unposted Irish Postcard: "Warrenpoint from Omeath - via Holyhead and Greenore.
Unposted Irish Postcard: "Warrenpoint from Omeath - via Holyhead and Greenore.

McCorquodale & Co. Ltd.  -  L.N.W. Rly. Co.
McCorquodale & Co. Ltd. - L.N.W. Rly. Co.

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And now, let's visit the west coast Co. Mayo. Mayo is bordered by Counties Sligo, Roscommon and Galway, as well as thje Atlantic Ocean. Mayo is the third-largest of Ireland's 32 counties in area and 15th largest in terms of population.

The highest point in Mayo (and Connacht) is Mweelrea, at 814 m (2,671 ft). The River Moy in the northeast of the county is renowned for its salmon fishing.

Ireland's largest island, Achill Island, lies off Mayo's west coast

Mayo has Ireland's highest cliffs at Croaghaun, Achill Island, while the Benwee Head cliffs in Kilcommon Erris drop almost perpendicularly 270 m (900 ft) into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Beach at Keem - who says Ireland doesn't have sunshine! :D

Irish Postcard: "Keem Bay, Achill, Co. Mayo, Ireland."  The Dollard Tru-color Series.
Irish Postcard: "Keem Bay, Achill, Co. Mayo, Ireland." The Dollard Tru-color Series.

22p Stylised Dog definitive. Postmarked Caol = Keel, Achill Island. 4th August 1982.
22p Stylised Dog definitive. Postmarked Caol = Keel, Achill Island. 4th August 1982.

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Clew Bay, Co. Mayo.


"Clew Bay is a natural ocean bay in County Mayo, Republic of Ireland. It contains Ireland's best example of sunken drumlins.

The bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick to the south and the Nephin Range mountains of North Mayo. Clare Island guards the entrance of the bay. From the southwest part of the bay eastwards are Louisburgh, Lecanvey, Murrisk, and Westport; north of Westport is Newport, and westwards from there lies Mulranny, gateway to Achill. From the south side of the bay, between Clare Island and Achill, Bills Rocks can be seen."

Croagh Patrick (Irish: Cruach Phádraig, meaning "(Saint) Patrick's Stack"), nicknamed the Reek, is a 764 m (2,507 ft) mountain and an important site of pilgrimage.

On the last Sunday in July, thousands of pilgrims climb Croagh Patrick in honour of Saint Patrick who, according to tradition, fasted and prayed on the summit for forty days in the year 441. Masses are held at the summit, where there is a small chapel. From ancient times pilgrims have climbed the mountain barefoot, as an act of penance, a practice that continues.

Some pilgrims carry out 'rounding rituals', in which they pray while walking sunwise around features on the

mountain. In medieval times, pilgrims carried stones as an act of penance, or to represent a prayer intention. The

stones were carried to the cairn on top of the mountain, or to the cairn on the saddle of the mountain, which

marks the unofficial half-way point at the base of the summit. This practice of carrying stones or rocks on a

pilgrimage, to add to a cairn, was thought to bring the pilgrims good fortune, and can be seen in many ancient

pilgrimage paths, the most notable being the Camino de Santiago.

Apparently, it seems that the volume of visitors has led to erosion and has made the mountain more dangerous for climbers.

Irish Postcard: Clew Bay, Co. Mayo.  Insight Cards Ltd.
Irish Postcard: Clew Bay, Co. Mayo. Insight Cards Ltd.

28p booklet stamp. Postmarked Caol = Keel, Achill Island. 4th July 1994
28p booklet stamp. Postmarked Caol = Keel, Achill Island. 4th July 1994

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Westport, Co. Mayo.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westport_House

Unposted Irish Postcard: Westport House.  A J. Arthur Dixon card.
Unposted Irish Postcard: Westport House. A J. Arthur Dixon card.

Irish Postcard: "The Mall, Co. Mayo, Ireland."   A John Hinde Card.
Irish Postcard: "The Mall, Co. Mayo, Ireland." A John Hinde Card.

24p Rock of Cashel definitive.
24p Rock of Cashel definitive.

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Westport.

Irish Postcard: Westport, Co. Mayo.  A John Hinde card. Croagh Patrick in the background.
Irish Postcard: Westport, Co. Mayo. A John Hinde card. Croagh Patrick in the background.

32p Robin definitive. Postmarked Caisleán An Bharraigh = Castlebar, Co. Mayo. 1998
32p Robin definitive. Postmarked Caisleán An Bharraigh = Castlebar, Co. Mayo. 1998



Ashford Castle Hotel. A 5 Star luxury hotel. Very expensive!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashford_Castle

https://ashfordcastle.com/

Irish Postcard: "Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland." A John Hinde card.
Irish Postcard: "Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland." A John Hinde card.

Three 1p Stylised Dog + one 15p Stylised Dog definitives. 1982
Three 1p Stylised Dog + one 15p Stylised Dog definitives. 1982

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"Actually, Kerry has two and a bit pensinulas, one shared with Cork. The North East of the Beara peninsula in in Kerry, from Kenmare to Lauragh. Cork people would deny this fact."

Thanks to Cill Dara (and RevRed+) for lapsing into Irish humour for our enjoyment...

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