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Rathlin Island, Co.Antrim

Doon Point Rathlin Island Baird Belfast B F Stuart

Cards of Rathlin Island are fairly scarce, and artist ones even more so, and this one of Doon Point caught my eye on eBay recently. Published by Baird & Co., (Belfast) and from an original painting by B.F.Stuart. Needless to say I can’t find any information about the artist.

Bruces Cave 2  Bruces Cave 1

Two further Rathlin cards by the same artist from site here.



Dalkey Island, Co.Dublin

Coliemore Harbour and Dalkey Island Dalkey Co. Dublin Arthur Dixon

A fascinating place that I’ve been lucky enough to visit a couple of times but not for many years now. Seabirds, a Martello Tower, St.Begnet’s Church and the remains of a gun battery. Unless your a good oarsmen don’t be tempted to make the short crossing from the mainland yourself as the currents are very strong in Dalkey Sound. Better to pay a boatman at Coliemore Harbour to bring you across. 1970s (?) card by Arthur Dixon.

St.Begnets Church

An early view of St.Begnet’s Church published by a local  restaurateur.

Ireland’s Eye, Howth

Ireland's Eye CARDALL

Howth and Irelands Eye VALENTINES

This uninhabited island lies just a mile north of Howth harbour and can be accessed by a regular ferry service during the summer months. Seabirds, seals and a 19th century Martello Tower are the main attractions.

Top: 1950s view by Cardall Ltd. and (bottom) a Valentines card from a different viewpoint.

Lambay Island, Co.Dublin

Lambay Island from Rush pu 1915 Eason Signal Series

Lambay Island is privately owned and consequently one of the least known of the islands off our coast. This rather uninspiring card by Eason & Son (Signal Series), postally used in 1915, is all that I’ve come up with so far.


The Aran Islands, Co.Galway

2 stroke 534 The Aran Islands John Hinde pu 1992

Multiview by John Hinde Ref.2/534, postally used 1992.

Aran Islands John Hinde

Another picturesque John Hinde view, but the bush in the foreground tells you all you need to know about the prevailing weather on the islands!

Inishmaan, Aran Margaret Joyce R5077 formerly Valentines

A bleaker but still picturesque view of Inishmaan on this card published by Margaret Joyce Ltd. card (successor to Valentines in Ireland).

Inishbofin, Co.Galway

Inishbofin by Norah Keane 1991

Situated some 7 miles off the Galway coast Inishbofin has a population of just 160 (down from 1,462 in 1837) and is a popular tourist destination. A ferry service operates from Cleggan. More details about visiting the island here.

Postcard dates from the 1990s – possibly self published by artist Nora Keane.


The Blasket Islands, Co.Kerry

Blasket Cottage

Surprisingly few cards out there – this by an unidentified German (?) publisher.

Abbey & Scariff Islands, Waterville


A Cardall postcard which is incorrectly captioned as the islands are Scariff and Deenish. The 1911 census shows only Deenish as being occupied.

The Skelligs, Co.Kerry

Skelligs by Cardall

Home to a monastic settlement and Ireland’s largest Gannet colony.

A 1970s (?) view by Cardall.