Ireland of the Welcomes

'Ireland of the Welcomes' reported on all facets of modern and historic Ireland. This article taken from a 1988 issue reported on the Moore Street market in Dublin and the ‘Perambulators Push Carts’ now a diminishing aspect of Dublin’s urban heritage.
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View from the now Glenview Hotel looking down on the N11at the Glen of the Downs (Jan/Feb 1966 Issue).
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May/June 1959 issue reporting on the seaside resort of Arklow showing the newly opened swimming pool and sun terrace at Arklow Entertainment Centre.
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The magazine ran regular fishing articles. The picture above taken from the Jan/Feb 1959 issue shows Mr Thomas Regan with his 12lb trout caught in the Dargle River
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The Walpoles family of Mount Usher were once captains of the linen industry in Ireland. Advertisement from the Jul/Aug 1968 isssue.
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Hotel advertisement from the Mar/Apr 1971 Issue. The La Touche Hotel in Greystones first opened as the Grand Hotel in 1894. Now turned into luxury apartments and the International Hotel burnt down in 1974. Currently the site of Bray Leisure Bowl
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About ‘Ireland of the Welcomes’

‘Ireland of the Welcomes’ is an Irish Interest magazine first published by Bórd Fáilte, the Irish Tourist Board in 1952. The aim of the magazine was to market Ireland as a desirable tourist destination to overseas visitors.

This magazine; however, can be viewed as more than mere tourism promotional material. Some of the most respected people wrote for ‘Ireland of the Welcomes’ including historian John de Courcy Ireland, poet and writer Frank O’Connor, radio broadcaster Micheal O hAodha, folklorist Kevin Danaher and geographer Professor Frank Mitchell. Highly acclaimed artists such as Paul Hogarth and Arklow artist George Campbell were regular contributors also.

Each issue contains an eclectic mix of articles covering all facets of modern and historic Ireland. It captures many milestones in Irish social history from the launch of the Tidy Towns Scheme in 1958 to Ronal Reagans’ visit to Ireland in 1984. In parallel, the magazine provides an insight into the many less reported facets of Irish culture with articles on the shell houses of Wexford, Irish clock making, the origins of handball and street bowling in Ireland, traveller history, foodways and 19th century traditional music amongst others.

Wicklow

Wicklow is well represented and includes, not only coverage of beauty spots and holiday resorts, but topics as diverse as the work of young woodcarvers Ian and Imogene Stuart at their Glendalough Studios in 1953, the opening of Russborough House to the public in 1978 and the experience of famine emigration from Wicklow during the mid 19thcentury by Arklow’s very own Historian Jim Rees. At the same time, interviews with Wicklow residents such as science fiction author Anne McCaffrey and Tinahely sheep farmer Michael Owen Fogerty provides a view of the less publicised aspects of the Wicklow landscape.

Each issue contains pages of small ads for shops and hotels, many which have since disappeared, while the regular fashion spreads provide an entertaining look at evolving Irish fashion trends over fifty five years.

Research Value

The ‘Ireland of the Welcomes’ magazine collection offers a unique insight into the social and cultural events of life in Ireland and Wicklow over five and a half decades. Furthermore, each article is highly illustrated containing often previously unseen photographs.

The ‘Ireland of the Welcome’ Collection is available to read in the Local Studies Library on Salthouse Lane, Wicklow town.

For more information on the Local Study Collections, opening hours and access details click here

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