Glass Photo of Balbriggan c1900.
Today we bring you 2 more photographs from the David
Brangan collection and the first shows workers outside Smyco(1780-1980).
A close look shows that some of the workers were very young indeed.
As you can see from the quality of the Glass plate, this is a very
old photo, c1900 at a guess. The second photo shows an unknown gentleman
standing outside the train station with the convent visible behind
him. Does anyone recognise him, is he a Guildea, a Richardson? 29.06.06
Two photos from the Martin Fanning collection of Balscadden Blues
F.C.The photographs feature both first and second teams in 89,90
season which we use with kind permission of Kiernan Corrigan.....27.06.06
taking place in St Georges Church Balbriggan.
A series of concerts is taking place in St.
Georges Church, Balbriggan starting Wednesday the 5th of July
8pm. For more details of all the concerts taking place, please click
Man at World Cup.
Gerry Guildea from Balbriggan, regular visitor to B.net and resident
in London, traveled to Germany with some English friends. He has
supplied us with several great photos and as you will see, he is
very proud of his country and acted as a true ambassador. Thanks
Gerry for the great photos, you certainly look like you had a ball.
Click on Gerry to see the photos. 26.06.06
Here are two postcards showing the town as it was then. The first
shows the Coast Guard Station near the Martello Tower. This building
was gutted in the troubles sometime between 1916 and 1922. We have
another photograph of this building thanks to The
David Brangan Collection . Our second postcard is taken in in
the '30's or '40's and shows the Viaduct, Cumiskey's Coal Yard with
the Martello Tower in the background. 07.06.06
O' War in 1993.
Today, we bring you 4 photos from the Benton/Curtis Collection,
and it shows a Tug O' War taking place on the beach in 1993. It
must have been for charity as there appears to be a large crowd
there. See if you can spot anyone you know. 07.06.06
Trees on square.
Georges Square is really taking shape now and this morning we caught
them planting some mature trees there.We think it looks very well,
see what you think. Click on the thumbnail to see. 02.06.06
Here is a photo that we received recently and it's of a town character
whom sadly died some 30 years ago. The Jemmer was well known by
most and we believe there are some great stories concerning him.
Click on the photo to enlarge.26.05.06
waft from the past.
Our good friend and team member, Roger Turner, has written many
an excellent story on 1950's Balbriggan and today he has penned
an account on how different aromas remind you of certain places.
Roger tells us that each town has is own smell and the when he was
here in the '50's, if blindfolded, he could tell what town the bus
was coming into by the smell. Click on the small photo of Roger
to read more. 26.05.06
anyone help here.
Hi there,Would anyone there happen to know are they making the Church
carpark in Balbriggan, pay and display in the near future? Or how/where
would I find this out??I have just moved into Balrothery, and as
much as I love living in these parts, I don't fancy the walk in
to the trainstation every day!!Many thanks,Clodagh.26.05.06
Outdoor Bingo taking place this Sunday.
We have been asked to let you know about this event taking place
this sunday at Bremore Park at 3.30. Click on the thumbnail for
Closure on Balbriggan to Skerries from 1st to 5th June Click HERE
for more details.
Dog at Chapel Gate.
Phoenix, a sandy coloured Labrador, 2 years old has gone missing
from Chapel Gate since Sunday. The owners are desperate to find
him. Any information! Please contact us. Thanks. This is the only
photo we have of him. 23.06.06.
Danny moving on.
Here is a lovely couple we got to know over the past few months.
They worked in the hotel and are big fans of B.net and yesterday
they told us they are moving on after several months here. Danny
is a keen rugby player and has been playing for the local rugby
club. We wish them safe travel on their way back down under. A big
loss to the hotel, cheers guys and keep in touch. Click to enlarge
the photo. 21.05.06
Here is a great photo that we received today from a regular visitor
to the site, Brandon Edwards took this photo over 10 years ago showing
the structure as it was before it was removed, many ask why it was
removed and not repaired as maybe it should have been. 21.05.06
Balbriggan Postcard---Now on Sale.
Here is something that has been suggested to us many times, "It's
time for a new town postcard" and we had to agree. So our
Tony took 4 photos of around the harbour area, put them together
and came up with this. The cards are available from several shops
around the town including, Gough's gift shop & McGovern's
gift shop for about 50 cent. We hope you like. Click on thumbnail
to see this card and others from down the years. 18.05.06
cracking Scout & Blessing of the Boats Photographs.
Todays collection of photographs come courtesy of three people.Sean
Farrell, Maureen Heeney, which capture scouting in Balbriggan, and
a Dublin team photo from George Wilson taken in 1974. I'm sure the
faces and names in the scout photographs will be of interest to
our local visitors to the site. Many thanks to Sean, Maureen and
George for some wonderful photographs. From The Martin Fanning Collection.
Click to see enlarged photos. 17.05.06MF
wave destroys harbour wall.
Here is a photo we brought you some time back but because the site
has become so big, it may have have been missed by many. It happened
in the mid '70's and as you will see, the boat to the left was in
danger of crashing against the wall or rocks as they couldn't get
to it. The next time you take a walk down by the harbour, have a
look at where the wall was breached. 16.05.06
This house was demolished in February of this year and John Cumisky
arranged for us to get photographs of it before its demise. On the
14th of that month, we brought you several photos of the house over
the years with two showing the inside. Click here.
Today we bring you another 3 showing the stairs, one of the living
rooms and a storage room. We hope you enjoy. 16.05.06
We have received an email containing most of the names in the Community
Games Photo which we believe wasn't 1976 but more like '81 or '82.
We received a town postcard that we hadn't seen before, anybody
know the name of the dog, 1940's or '50s. We believe there are some
discussions ongoing with regard the Lighthouse and when we have
some concrete news, we'll bring it to you. Also today we bring you
a photo of Derhams shop on the square. The reason for bringing it
to you today is to show where the Mongey's lived(see below). Today
it's where McGowan's Solicitors are situated. Any old photos out
there, please contact us. Click on the thumbnail to see all. 14.05.06
1, 2, 3, 4 and all BBC's Free on your SKY.
Now that the good weather is upon us, that means one thing, poor
TV reception. Well, there is a way around it if you have a SKY box.
All the BBC's and ITV's are now available free to air(Freeview)
in Ireland. You have to find the channels and store them but we
have made it simple for you. They don't appear on SKY's TV guide
but you press the "Other Channels".Channel 4 the the only
station not available but it's only a matter of
time. If you tune in ITV1 London, you get different programs to
UTV. Click on the TV logos to the right to find out how its done.
Jack Mongey Postcards from 1915 & '18.
On the 24th of March we brought you a postcard that was sent by
Jack Mongey to his mother. We have received two more and we bring
them to you today. The postal service must have been brilliant then
as Jack writes that he will be home "tomorrow" on the
9.10 train. Click on the thumbnail to read both cards. 09.06.06
and on top of Balbriggan Lighthouse.
One of the team was out walking the dogs today and he noticed
that there was someone up in the Lighthouse. Tony got talking
to Neil Roche of FCC and he very kindly invited Tony up to take
photos. The bulb had blown and Neil was there replacing same.
The Lighthouse is the second oldest working Lighthouse in Ireland.
We sincerely thank Neil for his cooperation. Click on the thumbnail
to see the photos. Pity it was a misty morning but we were delighted
to get any pictures.09.05.06
Games Photo c1976.
Here ia another photo kindly given to us by Mary White and its a
group shot. Who can you spot? Let us know any names you may have.
Fire Engine & Tender.
cracking photos for you all today courtesy of Mary White. They show
Balbriggan Fire Brigade been presented with a brand new Fire Engine
and Tender in the mid '40's. Prior to this, the tender was pulled
by a county council lorry driven by Pat Gleeson. Thanks to Mel and
Mary for their co-operation. 04.05.06
Impact Statement has been issued in respect to phase
2 of the waste water at treatment at Barnageeragh. Click on thumbnail
to read statement as appeared in newspaper.
Book Updated with a very emotive entry by Tom Fox
on the burning of Tankerville House. He also raises very valid points
about graffiti and vandalism in general. We have heard a situation
where a mother rang An Garda to ask them to move on some lads as
she couldn't get a child asleep. Nothing was done, so she asked
the lads herself, they ignored her and the following day, the house
was covered with grafitti.What has the town come to? Click
HERE to read Toms account.
Gutted by Fire.
Tankerville is a beautiful thatched building just off Drogheda St.
opposite Bath road. Apparently locals were seen drinking nearby
and not long after that, the building was engulfed in flames. This
is the second thatched building to be lost to fire as in the 1980's
the longest thatched cottage in Ireland was also destroyed by fire.
Lets hope that those who caused this recent fire are brought before
the courts. 02.05.06
from the Maureen Heeney collection.
Today we are delighted to bring you more photos from Maureen and
her late husband Oliver's beautiful collection of scouting in Balbriggan.Click
on thumbnail to see the man himself with one of his daughters and
also to view the rest of todays selection..........Many thanks again
to Maureen and the Heeney family from the team at balbriggan.net.MF02.05.06