PHOTOS: Local Photographer Compiles A Boxset Of His Books For Father’s Day

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Relaxing on a pedestrianised Bridge Street in the 70s.

IF you’re still searching for a Father’s Day gift, then a well-known Tralee photographer John Cleary has an ideal solution.

He has gathered his three books of press photos and stories, covering his decades a photographer for The Kerryman, into a boxset for the cut price of €49.

‘Through The Lens’ features images and stories from the 1970s, ‘T’was Only Like Yesterday’ captures life in the 1980s while his latest ‘As Time Goes By’ — released last November’ — brings the 1990s to life.

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John says it would be an ideal present for dads looking for a trip down memory lane with hundreds of familiar faces contained within the pages.

It’s available from The Quality Framing Company on Matt Talbot Road, Cleary’s Photography on Russell Street, Polymath Books, O’Mahony’s Bookshop and First Chapter. For an idea of what to expect to see in the three books, see a selection of photos below…

Members of Port of Tralee Sea Scouts, 2nd Kerry Troop, Scout Association of Ireland, pictured with Sea Scout Leader Mr. Brian O’Daly in celebration of yet another end of season adventure.

December 1973 finds Tralee boys outside Baily’s corner Tralee, where the pressure of water blew the manhole cover skyhigh during the flood, result of the heavy rain can be seen on the photograph due to the rain drops on the lens. LtoR. John McMahon, Jimmy Stack, Dan Healy, and Billy Brosnan.


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

The Spring family pictured at a function in Tralee. Front LtoR. Hannah Spring, Philomena Spring, Una Crowley, Dan Spring, Frank Spring, JeromeSullivan, 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.


Nancy Caball (centre) pictured with her sister, Mrs. Norrie Laide (right) and her niece, Ann Laide, in Bridge Street, where the Caball family have been in business since 1936. Caball a family business spanning over 79 years, they are the oldest family run business in Tralee, with Jimmy Caball running a Bike Shop in Staughtons Row. The family hold a deed signed by Sir Henry Denny in 1745 when he sold land ( part of the Denny Estate, now the Green) to her great grandfather. Nancy, Norrie and Jimmy are founder members of the Festival of Kerry.

Every vantage point is used in Tralee as Nissan cyclists arrive after their descent on the Short Mountain from Castlemaine.


Swan electrocuted as it flew into the wires over the marshand swamp next to Castlecountess Estate where the Aqua -Dome, and Cinema now stands, left Tim O’Donoghue and Tom Counihan.

Cllr. Johnny Wall with Marian Park swimmers taking part in the Kerry community games in June 1985.


Carole Commane, Geraldine O’Shea, Violet Lynch and Helen O’Mahony in the Guards and Nurses Tops of the Town show. Photo by John Cleary

Children from Kerin’s park, Tralee, taking part in Tralee Tidy Town competition, included in group, Samanta Quirke, Alan Hanafin, Louise Quirke,Grainne Coffey, James Sullivan, Gerard Molloy, Tracey Cunningham and Eric Flynn.


Photo taken are part of the £30m Tralee Flood Relief Scheme and sewage Treatment works undertaken by Tralee Town Council and funded by the EUand Central Government in the 1980s and 90s where part of the Big River was diverted under the racecourse to the River Lee and all the waste water (Sewage) was separated from the storm water (rain water). The sewage was piped and pumped to Lohercannon for treatment at the new Treatment works before being discharged into Tralee Bay.

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