PHOTOS: Another Trip Down Memory Lane ‘Through The Lens’

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John Cleary

Well-known photographer John Cleary’s book, ‘Through The Lens’, is a treasure trove of memories for the people of Tralee and Kerry.

Here’s just a few images from the book – which covers events from the 1970s and 80s – where you might see some familiar faces…

Castleisland U 18 Soccer team winners of the Kerry District League in 78/79. front left Tomy O’Connor, John Loadan, John Loughlin, Capt. Willie Don O’Connor, Rory Kilgannon, Stephen Reidy, and Connie Murphy, back left Canon Dan Herlihy PP. Philip O’Connor, Jack O’Rourke, Con Hartnett, Philip Horan, Pat Tangney, Gerard Murphy, Denny Lyons, Domo Lyne, and Coach George Callaghan.


The Spring family pictured at a function in Tralee. Front from left; Hannah Spring, Philomena Spring, Una Crowley, Dan Spring, Frank Spring, Jerome Sullivan, Eily Spring, and Theresa Ryle (Nee Spring). Back left Christy Spring, Anna Spring, Gerard Horgan, Christi Spring, Arthur Spring, Dick Spring, Maeve Sweeney (Nee Spring) Patsy Spring, Ted and Catherine Fitzgerald.

“Hal’s joke had them in stitches,” Bishop Eamonn Casey, and Mrs. Eithne Healy, with Hal Roche, having a good laugh at a concert in the Mount Brandon Hotel.

A shot rang out to signal the start of the race, smell the salt, and sweat, hear the splash of the oars at the Mahareese Regatta, as the Currach’s via for position in the long haul to the finishing line to hear the welcome volley for the winner.

Renard team from the 1970s.

‘Through The Lens’ by John Cleary Photographer.

We’ll have more great images from the book next week. The book, priced €20 is currently on sale in O’Mahony’s Bookshop or from John Cleary on 087-2518012.

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