I do like to be beside the seaside

The following images and text have been taken from the Local Studies collection of Wicklow County Council Library Service and provide a snapshot view of the way of life to which visitors to Co. Wicklow were exposed.  Each postcard image  is followed by a transcription of the original message.  An accurate date is, unfortunately, not possible for some of the cards.

Wicklow (1913) to D.M., Liverpool, England



Arrived here 7.30pm Sunday, had a glorious sail.  Rained just as we got into harbour.  But as I write the sun shines brilliantly.  We are now sitting on the head line getting rid of the correspondence.  R. J. fed the fishes shortly after breakfast yesterday & felt much better afterwards.  We may be in Runcorn tomorrow. 

All well.

Love from your Jim.

Cloch Liath (1951) to Mr Stacchine (?), Berks, England

All you said of Ireland is correct.  We are having a lovely time.  My greatest worry is my waist line.  Hope you are both well.

Yours etc

Annie Pocock

Bri Chualan 1945 (?) to Scotland

This is where we went for a drive one day and the jarvie let us drive his horse and he (the man) sang for us and we sang for him.  It is great fun here where we are staying and there are other two boys and one girl in the boarding house with us. 

Love from Joseph & Maureen.

Cill Mhantáin 1949 to R. L. Hampson, Co. Dublin

Sorry to be difficult but Noreen has worked the oracle.  Fanny is quite prepared to stay on, so could you come down on Saturday afternoon with the van (?)  In which case we could all come up together.  The weather is still perfect & we have constructed a new canal on the shore.  With apologies for change of plans.

Yours as ever,


Greystones 1961 to Ms McNeill, Scotland


We are enjoying our holiday here.  There are about ninety people and they are very jolly.  There are various tournaments and excursions.  Tennis, croquet, putting & table tennis.  Victor of course has entered for all.  I won my first round of table tennis!!!  Had my first bathe of the season on Monday.  It is much colder today tho’ the sun is shining.  We will stay here over the week-end.  Hope you had a nice time with Enid – that you and Neill are OK again.

Yours, S.

Carmel .

Bray 1914 (?) to Miss Betty Fischer, Essex, England


Darling Betty,

This is a funny old Irish forge where blacksmiths put new shoes on to horses.  I am in Ireland now, and Miss Schneider is here too.  We are near the sea and not far from Dublin, the chief town of Ireland.  I am staying with Aunty [?]

Best love from us all.


Greystones 1912 to Miss Haire, Dublin

There’s a lady staying here with a little dog named Yum-Yum, very like your Chou Chou.  He’s a little duck.  Hope you enjoyed the holiday.

Love to Chou and yourself. 

Hacketstown 1905 to Mrs J Jones, Co. Antrim

Dear Mrs Jones,

I hope you are enjoying a nice holiday as we are enjoying ours splendid.  We were at a christening on Sunday and had a great spree.  We are driving every day.  Hoping children is well.

Yours Mrs Finn.

Greystones 1959 to Miss C. Laird, Scotland

Dear Cissie,

We have had a delightful holiday here so far.  Very good weather, company and food.  We have been several trips and are staying here until next Saturday when we (Elizabeth and myself) go on to Kilkee and meet Chris there.  Edith, Minnie, Dorothy and Muriel go home next Saturday.  I hope you are having a very good holiday wherever it is you are spending it.

Much love from Annie.

Cill Mhantáin 1937 to Miss M. O’Beirne, Inchicore, Co. Dublin

Congratulations Mary on the splendid game you played in the final – I heard you did the work of three Mother Prioress in arranging for the hockey picnic.  Isn’t that good news!  The music results are splendid.  Au-revoir until Tuesday next.

Sr Josephine.

Dublin 1912 to Trevor K. Jenkins, Esq., Shropshire

Dear Trevor,

We had a glorious passage but it was very “windy”! [?]  We saw the IrishCoast when we were about 5 miles out of Holyhead and both the Welsh mountains and Wicklow mountains were in sight all the way over!  I am posting these for midnight clearance, so hope you will get them on Sat. evening.

Love from “Trixie”

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