PHOTOS: A Glimpse Into The Past With ‘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 – where you might see some familiar faces…

Cast of ‘Strand Road’ group taking part in the “Tops of The Town” competition at the Ashe Memorial Theatre Tralee.

Cllr. John Joe O’Sullivan, Ballyheigue, all dressed up for the St. Patrick’s day parade in New York, about to leave Ballyheigue on Tuesday with support from the Ballyheigue people who travelled with Cllr. John Joe to Shannon Airport. While in America Cllr. O’Sullivan will visit Boston, Chicago, and New Jersey, and other cities to promote Tourism in his native Ballyheigue and district.

Great Southern Hotel, Killarney, Staff. 1981. Included in group General manager Donie Hurley, Deputy manager Michael Rosney, assistant managers Vera Chapman, and Mary Aherne, Head Porter Denis Collins, Head Waiter John Fitzgerald, and Tommy Regan, Reservation manager Janet Tracy, Wine waiter Timmy Corcoran. Photo: John Cleary.

Reporters Michael Gallivan and Tom O’Dwyer look like a couple of men going fishing. The have the rods- and from now on they’ll have the time to indulge in their favourite hobby. The Rods were presented to them at Benner’s Hotel when their colleagues on The Kerryman gathered to bid them a formal farewell and wish them many happy years of fishing. The anglers are pictured here with editorial colleagues, Mary Morrissey, Kevin Coleman, Seamus McConville (editor), Brian McSweeney (Marketing Director), Pat Lynch, Annette Blackwell, John Barry, Michael O’Regan, Paul Gildea, Tony Meade (sub-editor) Peter Levy, Christy Murray, Donal O’Mahony, representing the printing side of the house. Eamon Horan, and Michael Hillard,

‘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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