Postcards Transcribed



J. Brady, Sq. M.Sc


Juckens trasse 58 




Thurs 31/10/35

Dear Tom.

Saw letter yesterday: will send Cl. Sk. JC. (found) when I get your address. Dr.Nolan would like your address, also Rev. Dr McQuaid (he asked me on Sunday last). Glad to hear all yours news: hope weather not too cold: will write longer when I get your address: will tell Bank h-day. How many semesters in year? Sending this by air mail on chance: Do you want science notes (1534) left in Maren Co? Had 8 days leave up to Tuesday. Can’t see and v cold. Ada + K. in the wink. Looking forward to next letter. Dy.

Miss M Lynch

35 Old Market


Cork City



Dear Nan,

Just a card to let you know that I got the letter and 10/2 alright. Ted hand is in plaster again because he was using it to much. Bettys rent is £1.15.9 but she do not have to pa for Teds bus she raised jimmys rent Bernie xxxxxx


Prof and His T. Brady


32 Tramore Lawn



Republic of Ireland 


20th July

Enjoying our holidays and weather mostly fine. Spent first week in Newcastle and stayed in Tollymore Forest Park – its beautiful and a bit like (UNKOWN WORD) . Next a week in Cushendall a small village in the glens of Antrim. We are now between Portrush and Portstewart. Not too keen on Portrush – a bit too trifling but like Portstewart. Went Giants causeway today and walked miles! Hope you enjoyed your caravan holiday.


Mauree and Eric 

Patrick Brady


43 Wilson Rd,

Mt. Merrion.

Co Dublin



19th Aug 1967

Dear Patrick.,

I hope you are having a good time in Dublin. The card shows the kind of plane I came in. It’s a new kind of card (three dimensional) too. It is very hot in Tokyo. I wear only a shirt in the street. It is too hot for a coat but the hotels are cooled.

Love Daddy.

Miss M. Lynch

35 Old Market

Place Cork 

City Eire 


Dear Nan, I got your letter today. The price of the jacket is about £2. We are having a heat wave here. I am going around in my shorts. Tell mama Lynch we will send on the parcel in a copel of days,


Miss Linda Jones.

Training college.

Vane Terrace



Thurs. nd.

My dearest Linda.

Have really no time to write you a letter as exams. Begin next Sat. Shall keep all news till I see you wk. wont be long will it? We break up at 3 o’clock Wedn. that is, our exams. Finish then I wont be able to go home till Thurs prob. At 5 o’clock. Have been home with Edie today, I spent a most enjoyable time. Will tell you about it again. I don’t know what bks (books) I shall take home yet. Here are some. Hassels hist (history), mill on floss. Golden Treasury. Meikly (UNKOWN WORD) geog (geography). Etc. Shall prob send you a card again before I go home. Heard you were very homesick. – no more than I am. Im sure. Altho! (Although) I don’t get time to think much of it. Am longing to see you. With best love. From Ada

Have got a lot of holiday work set. Have you! Everybody admires collar you sent me.

Looks lovely on silk blouse.

Miss Marion Casey

121, Birley Street

Newton – Le – Willows

Lancs England


Neuchatel, 11/9 – 18

Dear Marion,

Best of greetings from a wonderful trip in Switzerland. I will be back in Prague on Tuesday next for a week stay. Yours Sincerely (UNKOWN NAME)

Photograph Descriptors

Portrait of man with pipe’

Date unknown

‘View from the SS. Blarney of St Colmans Cathedral, Cobh’


Back reads: St. Colemans Cobh. Sunday 9th July 1949 from SS. Blarney

The SS Blarney, the boat this photo was taken from was originally named ‘Iris’ and was commandeered by the Royal Navy for the Zeebrugge Raid which was an anti-submarine Raid by the British attempting to disrupt U-Boat operations in the Atlantic. The raid was a complete failure and of the men on board 188 were killed and 16 were missing. The Iris was sold in October 1931 to the Palmer Brothers and was used as a cruise boat from Dublin and later at Cork. In 1947 the boat was renamed the Blarney having been purchased by the Cork Harbour Authorities. SS stands for screw streamer which is an old steamship or boat powered by steam engine.


Around the 1940s-1950s

printed on Velox paper

‘Group of men with trophy’


Back reads: Easter Sunday Dublin 1962

Printed on AGFA-Brovira paper

 On Easter Sunday in 1962 there was a military parade in Dublin.

‘Group of men on horses’


Writing reads: Gap of Dunloe yesterday 3-8-39 NO.45

The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass running from North to South in County Kerry. You can still ride through the Gap of Dunloe on horseback today.

‘Three women on a beach’

Date unknown

‘Portrait of man at the Rhine’

Date unknown 

Back reads: The Rhine 

The Rhine  is the second-longest river in Central and Western Europe (after the Danube) but historically it is the most important. It is between 16 and 16 million years old and is approximately 1233 kilometres long . It runs through six countries and has served as a link between southern and northern Europe since Roman times.

‘A group of women on holidays in Mosney Holiday Camp’


Back reads: 1963 Butlin’s Holiday Camp Mosney Meath

Mosney Holiday camp was located north of Dublin in Mosney, County Meath. It first opened in 1948 as a Butlin’s Holiday Centre and was the first opened outside of the United Kingdom. Many in Ireland feared that holiday camps were a very British institution, and it would have a negative effect on Catholic Ireland. The owner of the holiday camps Bill Butlin felt that a compromise could be reached, and he built a catholic Church at the camp. This pleased the Irish population and the Catholic church, and the camps popularity increased. People from all over Ireland flocked to the camp and it became an exceedingly popular summer institution for many. 

Families could rent chalets or camp within the grounds of the holiday centre. There was a ballroom where entertainers called Redcoats put on shows and competitions. There was an indoor water park called Funtropica with all manner of slides, a playground, video arcades, shops, Don Lowry’s bar and Shakers nightclub”

During the Celtic Tiger years with holidays abroad increasing in popularity the holiday camps attractiveness waned and in 2000 the owner signed a five-year, £15 million deal, allowing the Irish government to use the former camp as a detention centre and it has operated as such ever since.



Printed on Kodak Velox Paper

The N.S. Savannah was the world’s first nuclear-powered merchant ship. Funded by the United States Government the N.S. Savannah was built as an experiment to show the potential use of nuclear power and to show that atomic power is safe and efficient. The ship was named after SS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. In 1964 started a tour of the US Gulf and east coast ports and then crossed the Atlantic to visit a number of European capitals. She visited BremerhavenHamburgRotterdamDublin and Southampton. The ships three-day visit to Dublin became the highlight of the N.S. Savannahs tour as 41,000 people came to see and tour the ship. The N.S. Savannah was in service between 1962 and 1972 as one of only four nuclear-powered cargo ships ever built.


Around the 1940s-1950s

Printed on Velox paper

‘Family photo’

Date unknown

‘Large gathering’

Around the 1940s-1950s

Printed on Velox paper

‘A group of young men’

Date unknown 

‘Kissing the Blarney Stone'

Date Unknown

Back reads: Happy Snaps 25 Paul Street Cork

For over 200 years tourists from all over the world have been visiting to kiss the Blarney Stone. The iconic stone is set in wall 85ft up in Blarney Castle in Cork. There are many tales, myths and legends surrounding the Blarney stone as tends to be with Irish Folklore. Some say it was Jacob’s Pillow, brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah where it became the Lia Fail or ‘Fatal Stone’, used as an oracular throne of Irish kings. It was also said to be the deathbed pillow of St Columba on the island of Iona. Legend says it was then removed to mainland Scotland, where it served as the prophetic power of royal succession, the Stone of Destiny. A few claim it was the stone that gushed water when struck by Moses. Whatever its origin the Blarney castle owners believe that a witch who was saved from drowning revealed the stones power to the MacCarthy Family. It is believed that when you kiss the Blarney Stone you receive the ‘gift of the gab’, you will be able to speak eloquently and persuasiv ely. 

‘Children posing with Father Christmas’

Date unknown 


‘Portrait of sitting woman’

Around the 1940s-1950s

Printed on Velox paper

‘Family posing at Ladies View’


Back reads: Ladies View. June 1958 A.Maureen self Daddy & Su

Ladies View is a scenic viewpoint on the ring of Kerry and is around 12 miles from Killarney. Queen Victoria‘s ladies-in-waiting visited the view during the Royal visit in 1861 and they were so taken with it that from that point onwards it was named after them. 

‘A man shovelling’


Back reads: Aug. 1954

Printed on Ilford paper  

‘Baby in a pram’

Date unknown 

Thank Yous

I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who contributed to helping to bring this exhibition to realization:

Ruairí De Búrca

Michael Walsh

Isobelle O’Mahony

St Peters Cork 

Marie Kelly

Aisling Fitzgerald 

My family and friends 

Department of Theatre

Roinn na hAmharclannaíochta

Muskerry Villas, Western Road, Cork City T12 AW97