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Deirdre Walsh with John and Eilish Cleary at the launch of 'T'was Only Like Yesterday' in The Imperial Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Launch Of John’s Book Of Images Of Kerry In The 1980s

November 16, 2017 at 10:09 am 0 comments

TRALEE photographer, John Cleary, saw his book of images from Kerry life in the 1980s launched in The Imperial Hotel on Tuesday night. The Ireland v Denmark game might have affected the turnout but John was delighted to see friends and family there to wish him well with ‘T’was Only Like […]

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Revisit The 1980s With Tralee Photographer’s New Book

Revisit The 1980s With Tralee Photographer’s New Book

November 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm 0 comments

IF the soccer doesn’t interest you tomorrow evening, then why not take a trip down memory lane with the launch of a new photo book featuring some well-known local faces. Tralee photographer, John Cleary, has spent the past year trawling through his archive of images from the 1980s and has […]

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December 1973 find 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.

PHOTOS: More Great Images Of The Past Captured In ‘Through The Lens’

February 17, 2017 at 12:44 pm Comments are Disabled

Well-known photographer John Cleary’s book, ‘Through The Lens’, is a treasure trove of memories for the people of Tralee and Kerry. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve brought you images from the book – which covers events from the 1970s – where you might see some familiar faces. Here’s […]

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IRA firing party at Rath cemetery Tralee. This began when the editor of the Kerryman  told me to cover the  funeral of an IRA man who died in South Kerry, and to watch out for the firing party at the grave side. When i arrived at the cemetery i made enquiries about the arrangements, but was told that their would be no firing party due to the large number of Detectives and Gardai  present, returning to the Kerryman, i informed the editor. That night i received a phone call about 10 PM. In my home in regards to a  local press assignment in town, and was told that a person was waiting at my front door. I lived in a very quite area in Tralee but in the month of February a very dark district. Opening the door i found a man wearing a jacket and hood covering his head and face, it was very dark in the estate where i lived especially during the month of February, he told me to take my car and would not converce with me except to direct where i should drive, He told me to avoid  the town centre, after driving in the outskirts of the town i arrived at Ballinorig, and was told to stop just inside the entrance to Balliorig estate, he left the car, in the mirrow i saw him crossing the road into the  Rath cemetery, he returned quickly  and told me to drive to the far side of the cemetery, where i was told to drive off the road and park at a car sales business. He again told me to follow him and crossed the road into Rath cemetery, he leading the way and i about five paces behind, we were walking towards the old  IRA Republician grave in the Cemetery. It was dark with only the street lights to guide our way. I could hear a group on teenagers in the  old church ruins in the cemetery. The person in front of me stopped and listened for sounds, all of a sudden he turned back towards me and ran pass me back the way we came, i followed  running, he stopped and came back  once more and led the way to the Old IRA grave, we stopped and after a few minutes i heard a number of men running toward us in the darkness coming from the Ballinorig direction, the only available light came from the street lights: three men in fitigues and wearing Ballaclava's, two with Russion Kalashnikov machine guns and one with  a revolver. I asked the person that led me to the cemetery, am i to take a photo of these men, he said yes, an order was given and the two with the Machine guns fired a deafening volley of about 60 shorts over the IRA grave, with my camera pre-focused from the street lights i got off one exposure. Again some one shouted  an order and every one ran off in different directions with me running back towards my car. In the darkness and confusion i ran into the teenagers running against me in the opposite direction screaming the IRA are shooting, when i got back to my car  the person that led me to the shooting had disappeared. I developed the film and photo and dropped the latter in the letter box of the Kerryman that night as i was travelling to Dublin next morning. The photo was published, in the Dail it was a hot topic and over the next few weeks i had some explaining about this event.

PHOTOS: More Images Of The 1970s From ‘Through The Lens’

February 10, 2017 at 1:27 pm Comments are Disabled

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… John Cleary describes how this photo came […]

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Cast of 'Strand Road' group  taking part in the  "Tops of The Town" competition at the Ashe Memorial Theatre Tralee.

PHOTOS: A Glimpse Into The Past With ‘Through The Lens’

February 2, 2017 at 11:36 am Comments are Disabled

  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… We’ll have more great images […]

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Neilus and Mary Colgan with John Cleary at his book signing event on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Book Signing A Huge Success For John

October 24, 2016 at 12:47 pm Comments are Disabled

KIERAN Donaghy wasn’t the only local man having book launches and signings this week. John Cleary held the launch on Monday for his book of photographs, ‘Through The Lens’, which features images of Tralee and Kerry from the 1970s. Then on Saturday afternoon he was in O’Mahony’s Book Shop on […]

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Catharine and Helen O'Connor with John Cleary at the launch of “Through the Lens” by John Cleary. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

PHOTOS: John Cleary Reels In The Years At Launch Of New Book

October 20, 2016 at 11:20 am Comments are Disabled

ONE of Tralee’s most well known and loved photographers launched his new book ‘Through the Lens’ at the Grand Hotel on Monday. A great crowd came out on the night to meet John, who happily signed copies of the book which is sure to find its way into many homes […]

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