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Flying Over A 1950s Greystones


Ask any passing bird, it’s amazing what you can find out about a place when you view it from high above.

With our Fly Like A Seagull archive pulling together aerial shots of Greystones from a hundred and one flights over the town, it’s the likes of the Irish Air Corps that we have to thank when it comes to many of those great shots.

And now this life-saving organisation have opened up their archives, to try and identify exactly where their pilots and photographers took to the skies, with collections from the 1930s to the 1960s and everywhere from Cork to Meath, from Tipperary to Wicklow, in their sights.

You can view the full library of their shots right here. In the meantime, we’ve managed to pull together a collection of 1950s shots that span our coastline, from Kilcoole, over Greystones, The Cliff Walk, and on to sunny Bray.

The detail is amazing, and revealing, the ghost houses still standing, the houses yet to be built, and the great big chunks that have, thankfully, stayed largely the same.

Strap yourselves in, we’re about to take off, as we pass a steam train heading down the coast to Kilcoole, and Killincarrick House… 

You can explore other parts of old Ireland with the Air Corps here, or check out Greystones from above over the decades here.

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