M Donnellan, Hardware & Seed Merchant, Kilrush. 17th September, 1941.


Postcard. Obverse: addressed to Messrs J R Tinsley, Fish and Salt Merchants, Limerick, one penny and one 1/2 penny stamps; postmark ‘Cill Ruis, Co An Chláir’, reverse: address stamped on card, ‘Dear Sirs/I would be grateful/if you would let me know/what quantity of salt you/can supply & (illegible) oblige/Yours faithfully/M. Donnellan’.

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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