Death of Brinaleck woman Úna Martin who featured in iconic postcard

A photograph that captured a very different Ireland

Tommy Curran


Tommy Curran

Death of Brinaleck woman Úna Martin who featured in iconic postcard

The iconic image by John Hinde of Úna Martin feeding the chickens outside her family home at Brinaleck, Gaoth Dobhair. She is pictured with a neighbour.

A west Donegal woman who appeared in a postcard by the creator of iconic postcards has passed away.

Úna Martin from Brinaleck has passed away aged 96. Known affectionately as Úna Thadhaig Mhícheáil, Úna gained prominence as a young woman when she was featured on one of John Hinde’s postcards.

The English photographer established a postcard business in Dublin in the 1950s which at its peak sold 50,000 cards a year.

The young Úna was feeding the chickens when a photographer from John Hinde’s company was passing the area.

The postcard is titled ‘A Farm in Donegal’ and it features Úna feeding the chickens outside her whitewashed home.

Her home at the time was partially thatched and the postcard is a striking image of life in the Gaeltacht at the time.

The coloured image holds pride of place in her family home. It would appear that the photographer took two images on the day he visited Brinaleck.

The other image features Úna and another woman standing outside the house, with other thatched cottages in the background and a large turf stack at the end of the house.