Left: ‘The Mailboat and Mail Train on Carlisle Pier, Dún Laoghaire.’ Photo courtesy of dlr Local Studies (dlr LexIcon), Séamus Kearns Postcard Collection
“The kids used to go down (to the sea at Booterstown) through the carpark facing the Punchbowl, and then they swam the other side of the wall. It was a right spot there for swimming and you had all the stones there to lie down in the sun.” – Leopardstown Park Day Centre Member
“We used to go out a lot to Dún Laoghaire in the evenings. My father loved ships and boats. So he’d go out and we’d watch the mail boat coming in and out. And there were different ships that would come in and out there. And the train. It used to come right up beside the mail boat. And it was the mail train. So, the mail would come in at Dún Laoghaire and then would go off on the mail train and be distributed down around the rest.
In the summer they’d have a fairground… down at the pier… chair-o-planes and the helter skelter. There were swing boats, loads. And, occasionally now, you’d be bought some candy floss. I remember that was the first time ever I ate candy floss.” – Mount Merrion Friendship Club Member