Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Glengarriff 1938

When Gill and I first visited Ireland, dad told us of some of his trips there as a boy. In his studio he had photograph albums of visits to Howth on Dublin Bay among other places. Only recently did I come across an album labelled Glengarriff 1938. I found it while going through some of his papers during our sojourn in County Wicklow in 2014-2015.
I did not know where Glengarriff was, but found it was in County Cork, about 12 miles from Bantry on the Beara Peninsula. Not a part of Ireland I ever got to see, but from what I now know, it is a beautiful spot.
A family holiday in 1938 was the occasion, and Dad would have been about 12 years old. Already a keen photographer it seems, he filled half the album with images of the things he liked about the area.
Google search yielded more recent images of Glengarriff and a lot seems to have remained relatively unchanged. The coastline; Garnish Island; trips to Bantry; photographs of the journey home to Bothwell; all are documented. Some of the images have slipped on the page but held fast at an angle, but they are still worth a look. There were a dozen pages of Glengarriff photographs and another few of the family - mostly at Menlo in Bothwell, it looks like.These I shall publish in another post soon. 
At the end of this post I have included a few tourist images, culled from elsewhere, that help complete the picture.
George John Stewart of Dalbuie
January MMXVI