Buying Postcards in Ireland: Part Two

Ireland has a population of over six million people.the country has thirty-two counties. Some (eg Cork, Tipperary, Antrim) are large with big large populations. Others (eg Leitrim, Carlow, Longford) are small and have small populations.

To take County Wexford as an example there is one large town (also called Wexford) and some towns, Enniscorthy, Bunclody, Gorey and New Ross. Generally speaking, these towns will have a postcard. And there are several villages. As a general rule only the villages that are coastal (Fethard, Courtown) will be almost certain to have a postcard.

Using County Mayo as an example, it is larger in area.Although there is a small village called Mayo, there are much larger towns such as Ballina, Castlebar, Claremorris and Westport. Most towns and several villages have a postcard. It is coastal but there are other tourist “hooks”. For example, the village of Cong has a cottage (literally) industry built around the 1950s movie, “The Quiet Man” which was filmed in the area. The village of Knock has a tourist industry built around the Basilica, the national Catholic shrine to the Virgin Mary.


The biggest name in publishing postcards is John Hinde. Older cards are extremely colourful…there is a kinda 1950s, 1960s kitsch and certainly in 1970s and early 1980s, their cards could look “dated” (in terms of the clothes worn and the cars in street scenes). The cards they produced always carried a catalogue number for the benefit of newsagents and book stores.


The “modern” Hinde cards have a catalogue number which reference the county (in the case of the twenty six counties in the Republic of Ireland). In the case of the six counties of “Northern Ireland”, the catalogue number will feature “NI”.


There are of course other publishers (notably “Real Ireland”) and  there are cards commissioned and published for small villages.

The postcards in this article are…Wexford (John Hinde 2/848), Ballina (John Hinde 2/802), Cong Abbey (John Hinde 2/MO-061), Ballyconnell (published by a local gift store), Lurgan (John Hinde 2NI-457) and C S Lewis Mural, Belfast (2NI-587).



About John

Dia Duit! Hello. My name is John. I am retired. I live in Ireland. I am on a five year mission to visit every city, town, village and place of historic and scenic interest in Ireland.
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