Limerick postcards turn up quarter of century later

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Glimpse into the past: Michael Ryan, Ryan's Londis in Annacotty, with one of the postcards that he found after mislaying them more than a quarter of century ago. Picture: Dave Gaynor
AN POST can’t be blamed but picturesque postcards have turned up over 25 years after they were first printed.

AN POST can’t be blamed but picturesque postcards have turned up over 25 years after they were first printed.

Local photographer Dave Gaynor took the picture in the late 1980s of the weir on the Mulcair in Annacotty.

“It caught my eye every time I went past. One day I just went down, took a photograph and decided to make a postcard. It is just a gorgeous place. It is long before any building started. Now it is all built-up on the right hand side of the picture,” said Dave.

Michael Ryan, of Ryan’s Londis in Annacotty, ordered a box of them.

“I obviously put them away somewhere safe but put them somewhere so safe we couldn’t find them!” said Michael.

But four weeks ago his wife Rosaleen uncovered them more than a quarter of a century later.

“I had them in one of the bottom drawers in my filing cabinet – one of these drawers that you never open,” he said.

As they were in perfect condition they were put back up for sale and are selling like hot cakes.

“We sold between 300 and 400 in the last month alone. One woman bought 40 of them, she said she was sending them to relatives in America,” said Michael, who thinks they are proving popular as they give a glimpse into the past before building commenced in the mid-nineties.

“It is the old weir that was there before they dredged and drained the river. That is he original weir which is obviously changed now. It is similar but not the same,” said the shop owner.

The old postcards have also caught the eye of those from abroad.

As they sell fishing licences for the Mulcair they get a lot of foreign tourists coming in to purchase them. Mike says they buy the postcards by the dozen to bring home.

Dave Gaynor got a shock when he strolled into the store and saw them.

“He was the only shop to stock them. When I walked in and saw them in the box I said ‘My God’ and started smiling as it was so long ago.

“Michael was telling me they have been very popular. It was obviously taken before any of the building started and people are appreciating it the way it was, the nostalgia of it,” said Dave.

Micahel can’t recall what he sold them for in the eighties but he is selling them now for just 50 cents and only a couple of dozen remain.