PHOTOS: Snapshots Of Tralee In The 1990s In New Book

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John Cleary

JOHN Cleary’s new book ‘As Time Goes By’ is a wonderful collection of photographs from the 1990s in Tralee and Kerry.

It’s the third book in as many years from the well-known Tralee photographer, having previously captured the 1970s and 1980s in ‘Through The Lens’ and ‘Twas Only Like Yesterday’ respectively.

As John says in the book; “Hopefully this book will bring back many happy memories to the people of Kerry. Many of the people have long since departed this earth but my dream and hope is that this production will keep their memory alive.”

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The book is a treasure trove of memories including images from Christmas swims, debs balls, Tralee Musical Society productions, sport, Tidy Towns, social action, weddings, communions and confirmations and much, much more.

It’s a great gift for Christmas and can be bought from bookstores all over town and from the Quality Framing shop on Matt Talbot Road. John’s three books can also be bought for the bargain price of €50. Scroll down for a few images from the book…

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.


The Kerry Ladies Minor Team who received a Civic reception from Tralee Town Coucil with mentors and Supporters. Front from left Paddy O’Shea, Norma Shanahan, Ailish O’Connell, Breda Slattery, Suzanne Purcell, Kerry O’Connor and Deirdre Poff. 2nd row from left Ann Slattery, Ann Eager, Mary O’Donoghue, Helen Sexton, Caroline Poff, Eileen Sayers (Captain) Grace O’Shea, Helen Sugrue, Mrs Purcell, Margaret O’Shea and Kathleen Poff. Back from left Denise Shanahan, Geraldine O’Shea, Martina O’Reagan, Andea O’Donoghue, Siobhan O’Connor, Treasa Hoare, Eileen Granfield, Gillian Walsh, and Teresa Ann O’Mahony.

King Puck arrives from the Glenbeigh mountains and is transported by barge for his coronation.


Tralee road works part of the Tralee Flood Relief Scheme and Sewage Treatment in the 1990s.

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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