Sean O Shea 1916-1992
Historian, Teacher and Father.
Sean was born in Cahirsiveen in 1916 but taught in Dublin for most of his life. His talent for map production went back to the early 1960’s, when he put together an 1851 map of the town for the local C.B.S. Centenary celebrations. Soon after he produced an expert illustrated history of the Farranfore – Valentia railway line, which sadly by then had closed down. Other works inc luded Maps of Tralee, Glenbeigh and Waterville. The Map which is course most synonymous with my father is the map of the Iveragh Peninsula.
The Maps are Historical, Archaeoogical Guides to the areas they depict.
A major coup for my father was his collection of old photographs of Irish life and towns and villages from the late 19th to the early 20th Century.
These formed the nucleus of my business which I started in 2000. These Historical prints and maps etc. can be purchased at Cafe Cois Tra Ballinskelligs Co Kerry and here on this website.
As a school mate of Sigerson Clifford’s – well known poet and playwrite. My father used his poetry on xmas cards of Cahirsiveen. I continue this tradition and I sell a wide selection of xmas cards of the area.
My best sellers are broadsheets of Sigerson Cliffords songs “The Boys of Barr na Sraide”
“The Cahirsiveen Races”
I also sell Local books cd’s etc. My most popular book is “The Skellig Guide” by Tim O’Shea I cannot keep enough of them in stock.