D Meehan, 85 Parnell Street, Ennis, County Clare, 19th April, 1944.


Postcard. Obverse: addressed to Messrs J R Tinsly, Salt Merchants, Limerick, three half penny stamps; postmark ‘Inish’, reverse: ’85 Parnell Street, Ennis,/19/4/44/Dear Sir/Kindly send on/immediately 2 cwt PVS/dairy salt/& oblige/Yours truly/D Meehan/owing to the transport situation/please do not fail to send/out without delay & oblige’

John Richard Tinsly established his firm in Limerick in 1840 to bring salt from Britain to Ireland. In the days before electricity, salt was used to preserve meat, mostly bacon and salted herrings.

Tinsly’s celebrated 175 years in business in 2015 and today supplies salt mainly for water treatment purposes as it removes calcium, magnesium and limes scale.

John Richard Tinsly was mayor of Limerick in 1865.

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