Birthday Jack Benton. 80 years young.
On 27th April 1926 the bells rang out in Balbriggan to greet the
birth of Jack Benton and we are now stuck with him for the past
80 years; Yes, Jack is 80 years of age but successfully hides the
fact by acting as though he were half that age. Many of you will
be aware that he broke his hip in a most unfortunate accident on
Christmas Day and from this he has made a dramatic recovery. If
you meet him this week wish him well; he is a great guy and is respected
by all who know him. Anyone abroad who wants to wish him a happy
birthday can do so by using the guest book. Happy birthday Jack
from all the team. 26.04.06 Click
on the thumbnail to read the greetings to Jack
Deal for Richie Delahide
On Thursday night the White Hart Card Club held a tournament for
all its previous winners that participate in it's weekly Tuesday
night game at the White Hart Inn.As well as the usual prizes the
winner also received a superb trophy and a ticket worth 500 euro
to one of the big texas holdem tournaments.Congratulations to the
eventual winner Richie Delahide who just pipped runner-up Gerry
Leech in a gripping final.Newcomers are welcome to come on down,
Tuesday nights, to try their hand in the renowned friendly atmosphere
of this unique card club.25.04.06
Awareness of Drugs Group launch web site.
This new Web Site has been launched to help parents understand the
dangers of drugs. As one of the speakers said, the drugs situation
is only going to get worse with Cocaine as the dominant drug. Click
HERE to see some
photos of the launch and click on the thumbnail to go to the new
web site. 24.04.06
Ireland V Hampshire with locals involved.
Ireland played Hampshire in the first round of the C&G Trophy
on Sunday and regrettably lost the game.Local players of interest
were Eoin Morgan and Andre Botha of North County who performed well
for Ireland. Paul Mooney is injured but hopes to be fit in the next
week or so. 24.04.06 JC
Balbriggan Karate Club
One of the team met Mick Blaunt recently and he asked could we give
the the club a mention. As usual, we are only too delighted to mention
any club that has a Balbriggan connection. Click on the thumbnail
to be taken to their to their web site. 24.04.06
on earth is Balbriggan?
We have received several emails over the past few months asking
us "where the hell is Balbriggan" in relation to Europe?
Ok, 99% of us know that this beautiful seaside town is 20 miles
north of Dublin, in Ireland, on the island beside Britain to the
west of mainland Europe. We have to constantly remind ourselves
that people are finding this site from all over the world who never
heard of Balbriggan, never mind Ireland. So, on the "home"
page we have placed a link to a map showing where Balbriggan is
in relation to London. Lets hope this keeps many surfers happy.
It's hard to please everyone. 24.04.06
Photographs of Balbriggan.
Three brilliant photographs for you today, this time we have made
them big, 900 pixels wide for your enjoyment. These are the kind
of photos that need to be big, to be appreciated. First is Cardy
Rock, then Chapel Gate and lastly a view of Balbriggan from high
above Dunnes Stores. We sincerely thank Photographer, Barry Geraghty,
for these stunning images. Click on the thumbnail to view and see
how big the town has become. 23.04.06
Super Valu Balbriggan are holding their 2nd Annual Wine Fair in
the Bracken Court Hotel on Wednesday the 26th April from 7pm –
9.30 pm. A great chance to sample some of the finest wines from
around the world, with over 100 wines available to taste on the
night.Tickets are €12 available in store and from the Parish
Office and all proceeds go to the Church Fund. Judging by the response
to last years Fair it will be a roaring success, with rumours of
a special guest appearance on the night!!!!Get your tickets early
as its sure to be a sell out…
Brilliant sunshine brought out our two budding actors. Firstly
Martin & Tony show, for those "Briggers" abroad,
the current state of Georges Square which is nearing completion.
Then, who do they bump into only Jim Walsh, May and Christy McAleer
and finally Tony talks about the Canal area where a huge development
is set to start. If you have broadband, they will download in
seconds. We hope you enjoy. Click on any of the thumbnails to
load from Harbourstown and Ardee Photo.
Two photos for you here today, the first is Ardee Station in 1951
with team member Joe in the cab along with his brother Phil. The
second is of Harbourstown House and the last load of wood leaves
with Pat Gleeson. 21.04.06
Charlie hits Balbriggan.
If our memory serves us right it was October 1987 that this storm
hit the country. We all remember BBC Weatherman, Michael Fish, dismissing
reports of a storm coming our way. Here are some photos from The
Benton/Curtis Collection and they show how Balbriggan and Julianstown
were affected. 21.04.06 Correction
Hurricane Charlie hit ireland in 1986 (August
perhaps?) whereas the Michael Fish incident was the October 1987
storm. I think it was the night of the 15/16 October. It hit southern
England & northern France. We were living in Brittany then and
I have vivid memories of the wind and the leaves & twigs being
blown around like snowflakes. Hurricane Charlie was the previous
Summer when we were still in Ireland, but it wsn't so severe.But
despite the minor mistake, the photos are as usual, superb.Catherine
/ North County Irish Guide Dog A.G.M........
Today we bring you some photos of Balbriggan branch of Irish Guide
Dogs for the blind.Great to report a total of €86.144(to be
confirmed)was raised to the end of Dec.05 by the branch.This money
will go into national funds.The money is then used in any part of
Ireland to train or buy much needed guide dogs.Balbriggan.net was
on hand to cover the night and the team would like to wish the branch
continued success in 2007.Click on thumbnail to view photos.MF21.04.06
Anniversary of Easter Parade in Dublin.
Sunday started off with beautiful sunshine, and Martin, Ronan &
Tony met at Balbriggan station for the 9.15am train to Dublin. Martin,
nursing a severe hangover was in great form and eager to take lots
of photos of the Easter parade. The parade was an annual feature
for the city but it stopped when the troubles erupted in the north.
Thankfully, following the Good Friday Agreement, a new climate prevails
and we can all remember those who lost their lives in 1916. A great
day was had by the team who were joined by about 150,000 others
who all seemed to enjoy the very colourful parade. We would like
to take the opportunity to thank Dermot Ahearne TD and Minister
for Foreign Affairs for his kindness and warmth along with Garreth
Fitzgerald, Albert Reynolds and Trevor Sargent TD for all his help.
Over 700 photos were taken by the team but thankfully we bring you
about 15. Click on the thumbnail to see the photos. 21.04.06
Cutting on the Irish Sea.
Here is a superb photo by team member Joe. Words are not needed,
so just click on image. 20.04.06
We have received an email from Mona Smith and she has added some
more names to this photo that we brought you on the 4th of April.
Click on the thumbnail to see the extra names. 20.04.06
Balbriggan Chess Club won promotion for the second year in a row.
Promotion was secured in the final round in a tense home game against
Portmarnock which ended in a 2.5 – 2.5 draw. Next season the
team will be playing in the so called O’Hanlon League, which
is the Leinster 4th Division. Top scorers this season were Peter
Wherety on board 1 and Agis Makris on board 5 with solid performances
from the rest of the team. Click on thumbnail 20.04.06
received this email recently from Catherine Busse in USA but originally
from Doncaster and she writes Attention of Jack Benton and Joe
I just finished reading your wonderful article on Smyth & Co.
I found it to be so interesting and informative. I never knew that
Balbriggan hosiery was famous around the world! I was casually surfing
the web when I found your terrific website. I have recently become
interested in my family geneaology, and since I knew that my great
grandmother (Catherine Dillon) was born in Balbriggan around 1854,
I was curious about the little town of her birth. more
Hi, I was wondering if anybody could help me - I have friends
who are coming to visit me around the weekend of May 19 - thyy
are from Greece and will be staying a week. Unfortunately we have
no room in the house to accommodate them and the hotel is too
expensive - They are a couple and their son aged nine. Maybe somebody
would have a room or a house to rent for the week. Look forward
to hearing back. Thanks Alice Davis. contact us if you can help20.04.06
Hi,I'm wondering if you can help. A team of swimmers, including
Tom Watters from Gormanston, are taking part in a round Ireland
swim commencing 2nd July of this year. A self-contained Marine Rescue
Unit from Sheephaven Sub-Aqua Club will accompany a team of six
brave swimmers from the four provinces of Ireland on one of the
most unique, challenging and exciting events in the first ever attempt
to circumnavigate the island of Ireland by swimming around its entire
coastline, a distance of more than 1,300Km. The RIS Expedition is
a non-profit charity event, the organisers of the RIS Expedition
will donate 25% of all money raised to the RNLI Crew Training Campaign
in Ireland. Any funds remaining after the event will also be donated
to charity.You can view the website www.roundirelandswim.ie
for more information.Thank you so much,Linda McNally / Watters (originally
the Barber, and his bride Caroline Rankin c1935.
Here is a great photo from The Martin Fanning Collection and it
shows Seamus Smith on his wedding day to Caroline Rankin. We hope
you enjoy. 20.04.06
expats' view on today's Balbriggan.
There. My family and I tried to relocate to Balbriggan last year
from London, but for a variety of reasons it proved to be just too
difficult. I'm from balbriggan myself, one of the generation that
left the country during the 80's. I settled and married in the UK
and was really hopeful that we could improve our quality of life
by moving to Ireland.One of the first things we noticed (especially
as we have 2 small children) was that the streets are full of dog
sh*t ( I didnt see a single dog pooh bin anywhere). It was really
unbelievable and really disgusting.Read more Here
Woods and his family.
We received two photographs from Ken McGrath and he tell us they
are of a Mr James Woods, my connection is James woods is my
g grandfather. He bought the house in 1919 in the street I think
is now called Hampton st. The last time I was in balbriggan the
house was still there. my father used to go to balbriggan for his
holidays maybe you have a photo of him. I looked at your photos
and did not see any of him . Can anyone help us here, we dont
recognoise any of the names that Ken has given us, where on Hampton
Street could this be? Click to see the two photos Ken has sent us
and see if you recognoise any of the names. 14.04.2006
Benton & Martin Fanning say hello on Video.
What have we started here, first is our Tony down by the lighthouse
and today Jack & Martin insisted on saying hello to all out
there in B.net land. To say we had a laugh while filming is an understatement,
click on the thumbnail to see two videos, Jack first and then Martin,
excuse the noise on Martins video as he is suffering from wind which
he hopes to have sorted very soon. If you're on dial-up it could
take about 5 minutes to download, 10 seconds with broadband. Click
on thumbnail to view. Thanks to Paul Connell for his help today.
and Maria Halpin
We received this email, can anyone help? Sirs, I have lost contact
with a Balbriggan family and have exhausted all avenues and previous
contact details. My friends Gerry and Maria Halpin and family have
grown up in the town and if there is anyway that you can possibly
give them my e-mail address should they wish to get to get in contact
with me please? I too have visited the beautiful Balbriggan on a
number of occasion and would hope to do so again! With kindest regards,
Nic Morgan. If you can help here
is the email address to reply to. firstname.lastname@example.org
What a brilliant idea, this company walks your dog when you can't.
Tony met Gillian(both with their pooper scoopers) as she was returning
after walking several dogs along the beach at the Black Rocks.
Nowadays with people working long hours and usually both working,
this service strikes us as a very much needed service. We wish
them well. Click on thumbnail to view. 04.04.06
Video Clips of Balbriggan.
Here is something that we have considered for some time and today
we have put together a short video clip of 1 minute. Its of our
Tony and its really just a test to see if it works. The video clip
is 2.5mb so even if you only have dial-up, it shouldn't take too
long. Let us know if you like or dislike the idea. . 04.04.06
Mystery Group and Nora Brennan photos.
Here are 3 photos that Martin gave us some months back and they
went missing in the dungeons of B.net. Anyway, here they are, the
first is a St. Peters & Paul's school photo obviously on a day
out at Naul during the 50's, the second is of a group, maybe some
Smyco workers, posing for the camera in the grounds of the train
station and the last photo is of Nora Brennan when she worked in
Spicers on Drogheda Street. We are always looking for photos so
if you have some, contact us on email@example.com. Click on the
thumbnail to view and email us with any names you have. Thanks and
Here is an unusual photo, it's of Lewis & Dorethea Whyte and
the occassion is their 25th wedding anniversary. Lewis was the managing
director of Smith & Co. Click to enlarge.03.04.06
The Naul School photo, sad to report the death of Mr. Moore last
week, in his 96th year we think, and his death brings down the curtain
on this class of Naul National School. Mr. Moore was a wonderful
historian and always willing to give his time to 'students' of a
From Maureen Heeney Collection..........
Following a chance meeting with Martin from the team and Mrs.Maureen
Heeney when they were discussing scouting in Balbriggan and the
connection of the Heeney family and in particular, Maureens late
husband Oliver, Martin had the pleasure of viewing a wonderful family
album containing some fantastic photos of family, scouting and events
down through the years. The album dates back to 1945 and we at Balbriggan.net
are delighted to bring you some of Maureens collection.More photos
to follow in the coming weeks.Click on thumbnail to view our latest
Parish Web Site.
We have been asked to let you know of a new web site that has recently
launched. www.balbrigganParish.net is a wealth of information and
we wish them the best of luck. Click on the thumbnail to go to their
Fool catches out many.
Since our first April Fool, its now expected of us each year to
come up with something different. Of course we have no intention
of closing, we get too much enjoyment out of it and so many enjoy
the photos we put on the site. Here are a few comments we received
yesterday, others texted and others attached screenshots of what
they were seeing on their PC. 01.04.06