PHOTOS: Take A Trip Down Memory Lane In John Cleary’s Latest Book

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IF you’re still looking for a special present this year, then John Cleary has a special deal as his fifth book hits the shops.

Every Picture Tells A Story, is the latest from the Tralee-based photographer featuring more than 300 stunning images capturing life in Tralee and North Kerry in a variety of social, sporting and community settings.

Now, John has created a fantastic five-book box set for €80 featuring Every Picture Tells A Story and his four other photographic books which have all been Christmas bestsellers in the county.

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Through The Lens, the first book launched in 2016, featured some of his extensive archive and images taken in the 1970s. This was followed in 2017 by T’was Only Like Yesterday, As Time Goes By (2018) and Tralee In The Good Old Days (2019).

Ann Drury, Ballyheigue, with her friends from Ballyheigue celebrating and setting the town on fire with her Hen party in Tralee in 1993, from left Cathy Sullivan, Ann Drury, Michelle Griffin, Eileen Whelan, Miss Cahill, Breffeni James, Joane Thornton, Caroline Godley, Kathleen James, Ann Harty, Marbina Walsh and Sharon Godley. Photo: John Cleary

“Naturally, Tralee features prominently in my archives,” said John. “All my books are a pictorial history of Tralee, Kerry and its people. Photographs to catch the eye include GAA teams, sports images, community groups, youth groups and a mixture of images from all over Kerry.

“This new book will bring people on an amazing photographic journey as they seek out family and friends in the hundreds of quality photographs scattered through this publication. The response to my first four books was phenomenal and I expect the reaction to this book to be even better,” he said.

Every Picture Tells A Story, also features interviews with some well known Tralee people including auctioneer Trevor Giles; John Lynch, postman and musician; Jimmy Leahy, former president Rose of Tralee; historian Sean Seosamh O Conchubhair; GAA star Mikey Sheehy, historian Ryle Dwyer and endurance swimmer Mags O’Sullivan.

• The latest book and the boxset is available in O’Mahony’s Bookshop on Castle Street, First Chapter in Manor West Shopping Centre, Polymaths, Kerry Bookshop, Paudie Commane’s Bookshop, Cleary’s Photography on Russell Street and the Quality Framing Company on Matt Talbot Road.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY, from the Pioneer and Veteran Christmas Day swimmers in Fenit, with hundreds of supporters cheering us on.

1975 the year Kerry lifted the senior All-Ireland cup Sam McGuire from the Dublin team, also the U 21 All-Ireland Cup and the All-Ireland Minor Cup. At back Johnny Griffn, and team members Pat McCarthy, Seanie Walsh, Mikey Sheehy Ger O’Keeffe, Front row Sr. Baptista Kearney, Sr. Alexis Fitzgerald, Sr. Noreen Quilter, Sr. Felicilás Joy, Sr. de Sales Horgan, Sr. Mary Kelliher, Sr. Angela McDonnelly, Sr, Rosalie Carey, Aileen O’Halloran, second Row: Sr. Assumpta Fitzgerald, Leo Griffin, Sr. Kevin Murpht, Mary McQuinn, Sr. Luke Carey, Sr. Anseim Fitzgerald, Sr. Redempta Kerrisk, Chairman Kerry County Board Frank King, and Billy Ryle. Photo: John Cleary

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