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J Barter Travel Group Celebrates 150 Years of Travel

J Barter Travel Group Celebrates 150 Years of Travel

Cork travel agency J Barter Travel Group – the longest established agency in the country – is celebrating its 150th anniversary with an exhibition, ‘150 Years of Travel’ in the Cork Vision Centre. The exhibition covers four themes: Shipping, Thomas Cook, Railways, and Airlines.

George and Mary Barter, Managing Director Tom Randles and all their staff hosted some 200 guests on Thursday 7th May 2015 when Tom MacSweeney officially opened the exhibition, which was organised with the assistance of interns Cidalia Ribeiro and Hayden Doyle.

Tom MacSweeney, Cidalia Ribeiro, Hayden Doyle and George Barter

Tom MacSweeney, Cidalia Ribeiro, Hayden Doyle and George Barter

Addressing the guests, George Barter said: “Late last year our managers met to plan for our 150th anniversary this year and after discussing the usual competitions and giveaways someone said that there should be some interesting documents about, so I foraged through the family vaults and suitcases etc. – we are hoarders!

Finola Horgan, Lorraine Cahalane and Marta Kolasa

Finola Horgan, Lorraine Cahalane and Marta Kolasa

“I then asked some experts to look at them and their assessment was that they were worth doing something with and the Cork Vision Centre kindly obliged with the venue for this exhibition. I would also like to thank Portuguese Tourism, Celebrity Cruises, Cork Airport and CIE/Irish Rail for their support, and Tom MacSweeney for being here to open the exhibition. There is a goody bag for everyone as you leave and 12 lucky people will also find tickets for two to visit Celebrity’s Silhouette when she visits Cobh on 12th June!

J Barter Travel staff at the Cork Vision Centre

J Barter Travel staff at the Cork Vision Centre

“We chose today, Thursday 7th May 2015, for the official opening without realising the date’s significance – the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania.

Janet Quinlan, Linda O’Donovan and Marie Olive Nolan

Janet Quinlan, Linda O’Donovan and Marie Olive Nolan

White Star Line’s ‘agent’s authority’ dated 1st January 1880 (altered by hand from 1870!) for Mr Joseph Barter, Agent, 21 Academy Street, Cork

White Star Line’s ‘agent’s authority’ dated 1st January 1880 (altered by hand from 1870!) for Mr Joseph Barter, Agent, 21 Academy Street, Cork

Tom MacSweeney, who opened the exhibition, is shown the exhibits by George Barter

Tom MacSweeney, who opened the exhibition, is shown the exhibits by George Barter

J Barter’s ‘Cooks Tours’ premises in the 19th century

J Barter’s ‘Cooks Tours’ premises in the 19th century

White Star Line’s passenger list for MV Britannic’s sailing ex-Liverpool on 17th February 1934 and NYK Line’s cruise to Japan, China and around the world on 15th December 1931

White Star Line’s passenger list for MV Britannic’s sailing ex-Liverpool on 17th February 1934 and NYK Line’s cruise to Japan, China and around the world on 15th December 1931

Cooks Tours guides of the Emerald Isle from 1896, 1897, 1900 and 1914

Cooks Tours guides of the Emerald Isle from 1896, 1897, 1900 and 1914

Dollar Steamship Lines’ round the world cruises in 1925 and Canadian Pacific round the world cruise on 16th February 1934

Dollar Steamship Lines’ round the world cruises in 1925 and Canadian Pacific round the world cruise on 16th February 1934

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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