We're Back On Air Firstly, can we wish everyone a Happy New Year and thanks for all the emails wishing us well. The reason for our absence is that our internet connection went down Christmas Eve and only came back yesterday, so apologies to everyone, there was nothing we could do. We hope you all had a great Christmas, the snow made things difficult for everyone coming up to the event. For those of you who purchased our DVD's this Christmas, we hope you enjoyed them, let us know through the Guest Book, your views on them and how we can improve them. The Guest Book is the life-Line to the web site, we need your contributions, comments to keep this site the Best community web site in the country. So starting tomorrow, Friday,we hope to be back to normal bringing you lots of Balbriggan photos, news, views and information. Thank You. 30.12.10
Balbriggan Butchers Win Award We are delighted to hear that Browne Butchers have been awarded Gold in the national spiced beef competition from the ACBI (associated craft butchers of Ireland) only 10 gold awarded annually!! Get your orders in for Xmas folks, This adds to their Silver award for their Mediterranean meatballs in the speciality food awards back in Sep, and this on top of their 2 gold medals in last years national Sausage comp. Well done lads, keep it going and let us know when you start your Gluten Free Sausages. Click on the thumbnail to see Sean & Martin and their awards. 22.12.10
No Right Turn New traffic lights system have come into effect since last Friday and one aspect of the new system that seems to be catching out a few is that there is now No Right Turn onto the Square from Dublin Street. So, if traveling north, and say you want to go to Tesco, you now must turn right at the Credit Union onto Market Green, down Pump Lane and then left onto Hampton Street. Click on the thumbnail 20.12.10
1989 Balbriggan Here's a lovely photograph taken in 1989 that was sent into us by Colette Murphy. Colette has emailed us several photos which we hope to bring you over the coming days. We are not sure who the little girl is in the photo but we hope to find out shortly, also, we notice grass used to grow about the harbour. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge and hopefully enjoy. 19.12.10
Balbriggan Credit Union Christmas Dinner The Credit Union staff Christmas Dinner took place last weekend in the Bracken Court Hotel and judging by the smiles on the photographs, they all had a great time. Click on the thumbnail to see who was there. 19.12.10
Eugene Murray 60th Birthday Party The venue was The Bog of The Ring last weekend and it was here Eugene Murray had his 60th party. A very enthuastic crowd of family and friends braved the snow and ice to make it a night to remember. The DJ was excellent (Just can't think of his name at the moment) and there was even a guest appearance by "Elvis", we don't think it was the real one but he was dam good. Eugene would like to thank everyone who came along despite the bad roads and also to thank his own family for organising everything. Click on the thumbnail to view some photos. 19.12.10
Another Classic Benton/Curtis Two photos for you today, the first is from the early '50's possibly '54 and would you believe it, we have all the names, except for the dog which isn't helped as he turned away just as the photo was taken. In the photo is Mrs Andrews, Jim Wherity, Paddy Andrews and Mr Farrell. The second photo shows Eddie Darcy in 2004 cutting the cake to celebrate 75 years of scouting in Balbriggan. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge and enjoy. 16.12.10
Balbriggan Christmas Festival Eric Campbell has been onto us to say he has put together a 9 minute video of the Christmas Festival and the turning on of the Christmas Lights. As usual, Eric has done a smashing job. Click on the thumbnail and you might even see some of the B.net team. 15.12.10
Balbriggan Community College Students as Volunteers at Tankerville Well Done to the Class of Brega from Balbriggan Community College who are working as volunteers to enhance the surroundings of Tankardville House 'The Thatch' located in Brecan close. Balbriggan Child care group Limited is the charity which runs the local creche here offering an afforable child care service for the local community. The students are involved in a Horticultural project and are currently planting bulbs for spring. They will also be working hard in the new year to decorate the childrens outdoor play area with a display of colourful animal designs. This project is supported by the Chamber of Commerce and the students were delighted to meet up with Joe English for a chat about thier progress to date.Click on the thumbnail to view photos. 14.12.10
What's This, Another Brown Envelope Photo Once again, someone has dropped in a great photograph to the office. Can we say that if you wish to give us a photos for the site but don't want your name mentioned, we respect that and wont say who supplied the photo. Today's photo was taken at the Balbriggan Feis in June 1954 and we have the names. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge and enjoy. 13.12.10
Christmas Festival and Turning on the Christmas Lights Originally to take place last week but postponed due to the weather, yesterday was an ideal day for the event. It all kicked off at around 2pm with stalls selling their wares and some even giving away samples of wine and warm Mulled wine. There was a real carnival atmosphere as the main street was closed to traffic and various street artists from face painters to flame juggling to name but two. The real Santa then turned up and he was greeted with loud cheers from the hundreds of children. Santa's Grotto was a hive of activity with over 800 children visiting Santa to tell him what they want on Christmas morning. It was then onto turning on of the Christmas Lights and Patrick Ryan from the Chantries was the lucky child to hit the switch and he also received € 500.00 voucher for the new Millfield Shopping Centre. Congratulations to Balbriggan Town Council and Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce for organising such a large event and then having to rearrange everything due to the previous postponement. Well done to Ray Nugent for the fabulous Santa Grotto and to the Cathaoirleach Frank Snowe, Lorraine, Colm, Sylvia, Maureen, Brian and all the team. Also well done to the Lorraine Jackson Dance school who entertained the crowd with great street dance. Click on the thumbnail to see over 70 photos including photos of the Christmas Lights. Well done again, great buzz in the town in these difficult times. 12.12.10
Balbriggan Christmas Cards Sold Out Honestly, we have never seen anything sell as quickly as this years Christmas cards showing the snow on the Square. Over 300 sold in less than a week. We have been asked to put on the back of the card when the photos were taken and by whom and when the next batch hits the shops this Wednesday, they'll have that information. 12.12.10
Balbriggan Credit Union AGM A fantastic attendance of almost 300 members attended BCU AGM in the Bracken Court Hotel on Tuesday Dec 8th. Despite the bitter cold weather it did not deter the members from attending in droves – this was surely a record attendance at our AGM. All the reports were received well and the meeting proceeded on schedule for the evening and finished at 9.30 pm. The Treasurer announced that the Credit Union was still very healthy financially – we were still giving out loans to those who qualify. Finances were in good shape and the Credit Union has not cost the State one penny – we have not had to be baled out – and we. We are giving a Dividend (albeit only one quarter of a per cent – but a Dividend none the less) he proudly stated. more
Jackie Dunne RIP Jackie Dunne (of Glebe North FC fame) has died, he was approaching 93 years of age. We extend our sympathies to his family and friends. Reposing at his home from 3pm today, Friday, followed by removal to Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Balbriggan, arriving at 6.15pm. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am, followed by burial in Ss. Peter and Paul's Cemetery. 08.12.10
Jackie Dunne RIP
Lighthouse Windows Replaced Great news to report to you today, two windows on the Lighthouse have been reopened after about 50 years of been blocked up. McNally Joinery of Walshestown Lusk won the contract to replace the windows. The work started yesterday at 8 am and they finished late that night. B.net was there to record this historic event and it's another step in bringing the Lighthouse back to its former glory. Hopefully the next and final step will be the replacing of the dome. Can we thank FCC and Balbriggan Town Council who have been on this case for nearly three years now. Click on the thumbnail to see about 20 photographs. 09.12.10
Balbriggan Snow Globes Now on Sale Thanks for all the emails and entries on our Face Book page about the snow covered town centre photos. We're delighted you liked them so much and it spurred on our technical dept. to create something festive and they have come up with the following, a Balbriggan Snow Globe. We are only joking about them being on sale. Click on the thumbnail to view. 08.12.10
Yorkshire Terrier Wandering Near Dunnes Stores Hi,could you put up a notice on the site please to say that there is a little black and brown Yorkshire terrier wandering around the estates behind Dunnes Stores, Martello in particular. I haven't been able to catch him to see if he's chipped or has a number on him but he has a red collar with red flashing lights. If anybody knows who owns him he has been hanging around for about 4 days and doesn't seem to be going very far.
Thank you very much.
Wandering Near Dunnes
Snow Covered Balbriggan Town Centre on Monday Night We have received a number of emails from people asking us to show the photos one of the team got at 11pm on Monday. They are available as Christmas Cards but today we bring you the photos as big as we can. Click on the thumbnail to view. 08.12.10
Balbriggan Christmas Cards Snow covered Balbriggan Town Centre are this years theme for our Christmas Cards. The cards are printed on glossy paper, bi-lingual message on the front and supplied with an envelope. These cards are available in McGovern's Gift Shop and Gough's House of Gifts both on Dublin Street. Click on the thumbnail to see a selection. 07.10.10
Chamber of Commerce Gala Ball Photographs A cold and crisp Friday night didn't deter over 150 people to turn out in style for the annual Chamber of Commerce Gala Ball. The venue was the City North Hotel, and they pulled out all the stops to make it a most enjoyable night. After a Champagne reception, a photograph by local photographer, it was then into a huge room for a beautiful meal, the awards, a comedian and then music to dance the night away. Founder members of the Chamber were acknowledged, especially Angela Cashell who also received a lifetime award for all the work she did over the years for the Chamber. Well done to President Joe English, his team of Fiona Bowens and Zoe Nelson for putting so much work into making it such a successful night. Click on the thumbnail to see the photographs. 06.12.10
Some Names For The School Photo The teacher is Joe Madden. 9 is Helen Regan, 22 is Concepta Russell, 26 is Ray Kenny, 27 is Don O’Rourke, 29 is Mattie Connell, 30 is Peter Gaffney, 31 Michael Heeney, 37 is Gerry Walsh, 32 is Joe Wade, 43 is Anthony Corcoran. More to come 04.12.10
Another Classic Sean Farrell Photograph Here is a great photograph from The Sean Farrell Collection. We may already have brought you this photo but it was some years back. There are 42 children and one teacher in the photo and it would be great to see how many we can name. We have split the photo in two to help in identifying who's who. It looks like the early 1950's. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge both sections of the photo. 03.12.10
Missing Husky Boards Train at 7.30am to Lansdowne Road John Richardson has been on to thank us for the several phone calls he received about his dog, all of which came through B.net. The dog stayed out all night and then caught the 7.30 train into Dublin. He was eventually caught at Lansdowne Road as he tried to purchase a ticket for the weekend match. A reminder to everyone to make sure your phone number is on your dogs collar. 01.12.10
Balbriggan in the Snow Today, we bring you a few photos of snow in the town especially for those of you abroad. It's bitter cold and we are hearing that it's to last till next Wednesday at the earliest. Please check with your elderly neighbours if they need anything in the shops and also remember the birds who are also struggling to find food, peanuts, bread and any table scraps always help. 01.12.10
Gala Store Balrothery Wins For a 3rd Time David Orange’s Gala store in Balrothery has scooped one of the top awards at the Gala Annual Conference. Orange’s Gala walked away with the title following independently-audited store assessments by QHS under the Gala B.E.S.T (Business Excellence Standards Tool) programme. The awards took place this week at Carton House, and were MCed by RTE presenter, Daithi O’Shea. Click on the thumbnail for more information.
Missing Husky An 11 month old male husky, black and white markings with beige on his hind legs has gone missing.
Much loved family pet , two children devastated over him going missing,
Lost in the Tara Court area of Balbriggan, on Tuesday evening 30.11.2010.
His safe return would be appreciated by both myself and my two boys Contact John on 086-3245864. Reward offered
Pro Fitness Gym Opposite Bank of Ireland Locals John Carroll and Adrian Harper have been onto us to ask can we give their new venture a mention. It's called Pro Fitness, their web site is www.profitness.ie and they are on Dublin Street in the Combined Clubs building opposite the Bank of Ireland. If you want to get healthy and stay healthy, call in and have a talk to John or Adrian. Best of luck lads, looks like a nice setup you have there. 29.11.10
Balbriggan Economic Development Conference This conference started at 8am in the Bracken Court last Friday. Speakers included Chamber President Joe English, Fingal County Manager David O'Connor, Óisín Geoghegan of The Fingal Enterprise Board and others. We hope to have more details about this event shortly but in the meantime we bring you some photographs. Click on the thumbnail. 28.11.10
c1966 Christmas Day Swim Here is a photograph we came across while looking for the Hampton Mills stuff. It shows the Christmas Morning Swim, which in those days took place at Blackrock beside the Martello Tower. It's hard to believe we are coming near to this years swim already. Click on the thumbnail to view. 28.11.10
Hampton Mills We received the following email last week, "Hi Tony, A friend of mine was wondering if there are any photos knocking around of Hampton Mills? I believe it was on the site that Bridgestone Tyres and now Lidl occupy. Could you put the word out? Ta, R. H." Well, we went looking into the archives and came up with a few photos, internal and external. The interior shots are poor quality but still better than nothing. We hope it's of some help. Click on the thumbnail to view photos. 28.11.10
Sean Farrell Photograph Names We now have a few names for this photograph which seems to have created quite a stir on our Face Book page, half the Tolans in the town seem to be checking it out. Click to see who we have identified. 28.11.10
Balbriggan Credit Union Car Draw Winner Congratulations to Mark Grant, he is the latest winner in The Credit Union Car Draw. You too could be a winner. Join the car draw for just 63 cent a week. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the photo. 28.11.10
Ciaran (Chuggy) Kelly comment: Why was Confreys generally known as Tubby Connolly's ? Just wondering what the history is. Well Ciaran, we may be able to help you here, Pat Connolly and his wife owned the bar later to become known as “Tubby Connolly’s”. Pat Connolly was one of 9 children to James & Bridget Connolly of Lecks, Shercock in County Cavan. One of Pat Connolly’s sisters married a man named Confrey and they lived in Drogheda. Among their children were Thomas, Walter and Patrick. As Pat Connolly and his wife had no children of their own the bar was passed to his nephews, Thomas (Tubby), Walter and Paddy. Due to the similarity in sound between Connolly and Confrey the named became mongrelized. The premises were rebuilt in 1923 having been destroyed in the burning of the town in September 1920.
Two Recent Bereavements Noeline Morgan, née Donnelly formally of Dublin Street, sadly passed away on Wednesday and Mark Piggott of Drogheda Street also passed away on Wednesday. Funeral Mass for Mark we believe is tomorrow, Monday 29th Nov. at 10am followed by burial in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. We at B.net extend our sympathies to both families. 28.11.10
Noeline Morgan &
Another Sean Farrell Classic Here is a photograph Sean gave us some months back. We have no idea who the people are, we just hope they are locals. It looks like the late 1960's to us but we could be wrong. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 25.11.10
Another Classic Barry Richardson Photo Here is another great photo from Barry, it looks like a 1920's or 30's photo to us. Barry says he has no idea who anyone is but written on the reverse side is "outside Murtaghs Of Ballough", it actually looks like the Seamus Ennis Centre in the Naul to us. We have never seen this before so we sincerely thank Barry for this. Click to enlarge the photo. 24.11.10
Jazz Nights at Mollys Coffee Gallery Eric Campbell has been onto us to say that there is a " Great Jazz session once a month in Mollys. You should check it out. It's a great night.." Eric has put together a great video of one of the Jazz nights in Molly's. Click on the thumbnail to view. 23.11.10
May McKeon Meets Michael O'Leary Here is a great photograph that was sent into us. Who is it only our own Cllr. May McKeon and RyanAir Chief executive Michael O'Leary. Michael was at the opening of T2 at Dublin Airport dressed as an undertaker and to quote Michael."It is Irish tourism that is going to be buried today as a Government-owned bunch of bureaucrats open a €1.2 billion palace that Irish tourism doesn't need and can't afford". It's so strange to see Michael O'Leary wearing a tie. Click to enlarge the photo. 23.11.10
Mary Jane Crowe's 21st This was a most enjoyable party to photograph as there was a great atmosphere due to some great costumes. Mary Jane looked beautiful as she partied the night with her family and friends, like those from the Order of Malta and Irish Dancing. Her mother and father, Jane and Michael and sister Marguerite also joined in the spirit by dressing up. It all happened in O'Dwyers GAA Club and Mary Jane has asked us to thank everyone who came along and for the wonderful presents. Mary Jane is a second year student at IT Blanchardstown and is studying Social Care. Congratulations Mary Jane, thanks for a great night, click on the thumbnail to see the photos. 23.11.10
2 Balbriggan.net DVDs Out Now--See A Preview On YouTube B.net in conjunction with the late Jack Benton, Joe Curtis and PJ Cullen have released not one, but two DVDs for this Christmas. "The Collection" by Jack & Joe is over an hour long, watch and listen as they discuss and ponder over many an old Balbriggan photo. Unfortunately, 3 days after these recordings finished, Jack sadly passed away and it was just good fortune that we recorded him with his long time friend, Joe Curtis. Speaking to Joe recently, he said that even though last years DVD was excellent, this years is even better. No longer do we bring you photographs of Balbriggan with some music, now we have a narration which makes it much more interesting. Our other DVD this year is PJ's Balbriggan 2, a follow up to his previous DVD in Christmas 2008, and again, this time you will hear PJ talking about the photographs he took in the 1970's and '80's. PJ's DVD is also over an hour long with photos that have never been seen before including several 1983 aerial photographs. We are so confident that you will enjoy both DVD's that we have put a few minutes of each on YouTube for your consideration. For more information click on the top thumbnail and for previews on YouTube click on the lower two thumbnails. Anyone wishing to send either of these DVD to the USA or Canada can only purchase these from McGovern's Gift Shop. For Australia, they use the same video system as here. 21.10.11.
Bank of Ireland Balbriggan “SHOW YOUR BUSINESS WEEK” Bank of Ireland’s SHOW YOUR BUSINESS WEEK initiative is to bring together companies & businesses of all sizes, allowing them to showcase & sell their “products & services” & to network & meet new contacts in the Balbriggan branch. Local businesses came together last Friday morning with branch manager Eoin Kelly and each gave a 60 second account of their business. Show Your Business is on all this coming week, so call in and see what local business has to offer. Click on the thumbnail to view. 21.11.10
Another Jim Walsh Photograph Here is a great photograph that we brought you some years back, it shows some real town characters, John Gilbert, Billy Guildea, Paddy "Gosh" Walsh, Franko Guildea, Phil Barnett taken sometimes in the 1990's by Jim Walsh. Click to enlarge todays photo. 20.11.10
Where Is This Postbox Wow, this caused real problems for most of you with the majority saying it was on Railway Street. We had two correct entries and about 10 wrong. We even had an entry from Mark Kavanagh and he should know because it's his own private Letter Box to Kincora House on High Street. It has only recently been installed so no wonder we never noticed it before. The only correct answer was by Damien Prout. Well done Damien, you win a Balbriggan Mug. Click on the thumbnail to see Kincora House. 20.11.10
Balbriggan Christmas Festival – 4th December 2010 Balbriggan Christmas Lights Committee are holding a Christmas Festival on the Main Street in Balbriggan on the afternoon of Saturday 4th December 2010 from 2pm to 6pm. The Christmas Festival is a community based event and all are welcome to attend. Santa will be arriving to Balbriggan at 3pm and children will have an opportunity to meet Santa and see the turning on of the Christmas Tree and seasonal lighting. If you are involved in a local community group and would like to perform at the Christmas festival, we would be delighted to hear from you.We are also seeking volunteers to help out on the day! Please contact the Town Hall at 01-8412178 or email: email@example.com
Charlie Corr's Hardware Here is a great photograph courtesy of Jim Walsh. It was taken inside Charlie Corr's and it shows the 3 lads who probably still work there, Sam, Francis “Doc” Doherty and Gerry. This looks like an 1990's photo and if you can help us with these names, please do. Click to enlarge this photo. 17.11.10
Balrothery Cricket Trustees 1967 Here is a great photograph from a person who wishes to remain anonymous. It's from about 1967 and we have all the names but one so if anyone out there can help with identifying this person. Click to enlarge this photo. 17.11.10
Where Is This Post Box? Here is a photo of an old Post Box in Balbriggan. Where in the town is it located. Name the street and name the building its beside. We will put all entries in a hat and the first name picked out will win a Balbriggan Mug. This competition is open to anyone around the world. Only one entry per person and by email only. Email your answers to info at Balbriggan.net. We will draw a winner this Friday at midday. Good Luck. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the photo. 15.11.10
80th Birthday Party of Joan Fitzgerald Joan Fitzgerald celebrated her 80th birthday on the 10th November 2010 and had party in the Milestone Inn on Friday 5th November 2010. A large crowd which consisted of current friends, old friends and family turned out on the night to help her celebrate. Click on the thumbnail to view 2 photographs. 15.11.10
Sean Browne Butchers Wins First Prize During the Halloween period, Balbriggan Town Council held a competition to see which shop front was the best decorated. It was decided that Sean Browne Butchers should take first prize and today we bring you 3 photos. The first shows Martin Browne receiving the prize from Cathaoirleach Frank Snowe, the second photo shows their window display at Halloween and the 3rd photo shows the staff of this well loved butchers. click on the thumbnail to view the 3 photos. 15.11.10
Balbriggan Mugs---Ideal Christmas Gift Samples of Balbriggan Mugs have arrived and can be seen in McGovern's Gift Shop and Gough's Gift Shop. We have ordered 72 from our supplier and already we have 30 orders. They will available to buy from next Wednesday 24th. We have two designs, Sunrise or 1950's Balbriggan and the town crest is on the reverse side. Click on the thumbnail to see the samples. Call into either shop and book yours now. 15.11.10
Sharon Gaynor Wedding Singer Sharon, together with Kevin Donnelly on Piano, has been performing for people's weddings for over 10 years and has been singing professionally for over 12 years. Now that she is living here in Balbriggan, we just wanted to let couples who are getting married know of her availability and details of the service she provides. Click on the thumbnail to hear Sharon. 15.11.10
Steam Train In Balbriggan Here is a great photograph sent into us by Barry Geraghty. It shows a Stream Train passing across the Viaduct, yesterday (Sunday) at about 2.30. It doesn't look like "Engine 85, The Enterprise" which others have photographed as it passed Balbriggan. Thanks Barry, great shot. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 15.11.10
Save Our Spire Senator David Norris was the guest speaker at The Bracken Court Hotel on Friday night. Over 100 people attended to hear Senator Davis Norris tell some very entertaining stories in aid of St. Georges Church Spire. David certainly is a unique man for telling stories with great passion and finesse. This was all preceded by some mulled wine and then a lovely meal. An Cathaoirleach, Frank Snowe was there along with Cllr's Grainne Maguire and May McKeon. Our man was hired to capture the night. Click on the thumbnail to see who was there. 14.11.10
Classic Photo This is a real gem of a photo that we first brought to you several years back. It was taken by Jim Walsh in 1995 and is shows some of the characters of the town relaxing on a bench overlooking the beach. In the photo are Joe Hammond, Paddy Walsh, Franko Guildea, Herbie Harper, Jim Wilie. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the photo. 14.11.10
School Stars & Sean Carey Local lad, Sean Carey will be representing Ardgillan Community College in the School Stars 2010 competition next Wednesday in the TLT in Drogheda. Sean auditioned for School Stars a few weeks back and got through to the quarter finals and he is now in the semi-finals. Good luck Sean, we're rooting for you. Sean has recently recorded a short video of "Just The Way You Are" and it's on YouTube and it's creating quite a stir, click on the thumbnail to view video. 13.11.10
Wavin Strike Photo Here is a photo that was dropped into the office recently with no name or phone number. Anyway, during the 1980's, we all remember the strikes everywhere around the country and it looks like Wavin was no exception. We hope the dispute didn't go on too long as it effects everyone, the workers and the company. We don't want to offend anyone so we are on two minds whether to show this photo or not. Update. Well, after receiving a few emails and one or two phone calls, we've decided to show you the photograph which we hope you enjoy. 13.11.10
More Photos of Tuesdays "Storm" Tomas Levins has very kindly sent us some great shots of Tuesday's "Storm". Tom took these photos from near the Martello Tower, The Front strand and from the Harbour. Click on the thumbnail to see Tom's shots. 11.11.10
Huge Waves Bash Harbour High tide was scheduled for about lunch time on Tuesday and with easterly winds we know we were going to see huge waves. We weren't disappointed as when one of the team arrived at the Harbour he was aware that it was a dangerous situation as the waves were breaking over the Harbour wall all the way down from Seapoint to the Lighthouse. Some waves must have been 30ft over the Lighthouse. Photography was very difficult as the waves drenched our man and seawater and digital cameras don't mix well. Click to see a few photos. 10.11.10
Missing Kitten Our 6 month kitten Millie went missing in the Hampton Green are on Tue the 9th Nov.. I have attatched a pic if you have anyone that found her.. she is wearing a red collar, not used to outdoor life. a bit shy and nervous very playful. contact numbers are 018418108 / 0872217081 /018496973 / 0874131275. Emma Whearty.
High Tide & Autumn Colour Photos of Balbriggan There was an exceptionally high tide in the town today, over 4.5m and another one is expected tonight due to the easterly winds. One of the team was out and about with him camera and we bring you a few of his snaps. Also included are a few photos showing the beautiful Autumn colours about the town. Click to view same. 08.11.10
Under 13 O'Dwyers Girls U13 O’Dwyers girls took off at the start of this year just where they left off last year, on the winning foot.They started the league back in March with great speed, determination and full of fun. Each match just spoke for itself, with great success and on a wining roll. They won their ten games in the division 3 league. With each match played the team got stronger and showed how they improved their skill as a team.On winning the league they went on to win the championship with the same fighting spirit and in representing O’Dwyers GAA club and management. They finished off the year being unbeaten in twenty matches. What an achievement for them as young players.
Harbour Steps Last week we told you that Ollie Murray said there used to be steps down to the waters edge near the Lighthouse. Today, you can see where it was replaced by a permanent ladder now but our Joe has sent us this image from 1984 which shows that the steps did indeed collapse around this time. Click to view. 08.11.10
Balbriggan Mugs Once again we are looking for your help, we are launching a Balbriggan Mug in the next few weeks and we are looking for your advice as to which design looks best. The mugs will have the town crest on one side and a photograph of Balbriggan on the other side. Either use our FaceBook page or the Guestbook to let us know your favourite. This will be a very limited edition of only 36 mugs but if they sell well we'll try organise more. You can reserve your mug by email, info at Balbriggan.net. They will be on sale in McGoverns and Goughs for € 9.99. Feel free to suggest other photographs for the mugs. Click on the thumbnail and let us know your favoutite. 07.11.10
Clonard Celtic Hi, Just saw the football photo. A friend of mine played for this team in the early 80's and he has given me most of the players names. The club was called Clonard Celtic. Most of these lads moved to Balbriggan in the early 80's and were living in Clonard Court or Tara Cove/ Court. (The first wave of immigration to Balbriggan from Dubin to to the North County!) Nearly all of them are still living in Balbriggan though most of them moved to larger houses in the town as their families expanded. Many of their sons played for Clonard Celtic up until the time the club disbanded. It was a very important football & social club in the lives of many people for many years due to the huge voluntary effort by a number of people. Kind regards. Click on the thumbnail for the names. 07.11.10
Ollie Murray & Quin Reilly From Canada Ollie met one of the team down by the Harbour today who was with the Grandson of Vera Murray and Ben Reilly. Quin is on a European tour visiting Balbriggan for the first time and is staying with his uncle Ollie and Aunt Tina before he heads to London, Paris and the Australia. Ollie pointed out that there used to be steps down to the water where there is now a ladder, anyone remember these. We also bumped into Sean Daly but luckily we didn't hurt him. Click on the thumbnail to see 3 photos. 06.11.10
As Promised, Another Footie Photo We are not sure if we already brought you this photo, it gets hard to keep track when we have such a large collection. Anyway, it's a great 1980's photo and it looks like the Church in the background so it could be Glebe North. Names please as soon as you can. 04.11.10
We Now Have all The Names Again, lots of emails for this photograph, but some seem to have got number 1 wrong. We think it's Brian Barnett and not Phil. Thanks to PJ Kearns, Pat, Gerry, Colm, Ro, Brian and others. On the other photo of the men in the boat we are told,The fisherman #5 in Barry Richardson’s photo is John “Tar” Ryan from Loughshinny. The boat is “Bracken Lass” Click on the thumbnail. More later today. 04.11.10
5000 Hits Yesterday It's been a while since we brought you proof on how popular the site is. Yesterday, we had over 5000 hits, click on the thumbnail to see what were the popular pages. Thanks. 03.11.10
Hampton Green Halloween Trick or Treat The was lots of activity around Hampton Green on Halloween night and one of the team decided to photograph a few of the Trick or treaters. A lot of work had gone into the costumes as you will see. Anyone else notice the lack of fireworks this year, no harm as they frighten the life out of the elderly and pets. We hope you all had a great night. Click to see a few photos. 03.11.10
1980's Football Team Today's photograph is from guess who, yep, good old PJ and it's of a football team sometime in the 1980's. We have no idea who they are so we are at your mercy. The response yesterday was amazing, 8 emails in quick succession, so thanks for that. More tomorrow. 03.11.10
Dessie Morgan RIP We believe the death has occurred of Dessie Morgan, Curran Park. Originally from the Man O'War, he passed away suddenly on Sunday 31st Oct. Reposing in his home today (Tuesday 2nd Nov) from 5pm followed by removal to Balbriggan Church arriving at 6.15pm. Funeral Mass Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10am followed by burial in Peter & Paul's Cemetery. We here at Balbriggan.net extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Here is a photograph we took of Des last week at the Community Policing event on high street. Rest in Peace Des. 02.11.10
3 PJ Cullen Photographs Today We are spoiling you today with 3 PJ Photos. The first is a real classic, 5 locals, well oiled, outside John D's eating their burgers. We have to find out who these lads are. The other two photos are from the "Three-Legged Race" in The Cardy Marina in 1986 where they had to stop and drink a Lager. We hope you enjoy today's photos. More tomorrow. 02.11.10. Update, Thanks to PJ, Adrian, Pat, Sandra, Roland and Fergus we now have all the names for the 5 lads
Can You Help David. David James of Skerries has been in contact asking if anyone from Balbriggan can assist him with some local historical research in an attempt to identify a ‘Known Unto God’ 1918 burial of a Royal Navy sailor in Holmpatrick Cemetery in Skerries. The results of his research so far are summarised as follows;
On Saturday 16th March 1918 3 bodies were found washed up on beaches at Skerries, Balbriggan and Gormanston. Only the body found at Balbriggan was identified as that of LDH John Macaulay of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides , a gunner on the SS Kenmare, a defensively armed merchant ship of the City of Cork Steam Packet Co. that was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Wales on Saturday 2nd March 1918. Furthermore and to David’s knowledge this is the only identified burial from this sinking. The body was brought to the Balbriggan Coast Guard Station and placed in a coffin. John Macaulay was buried on Tuesday 19th March 1918 with full military honours in St Peter’s Cemetery Balrothery following a military procession through Balbriggan and with all the pomp and ceremony, band, flags, firing party etc associated with such a burial.
David would much appreciate any additional information on this.
If you can help please contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leading Deck Hand John Macaulay R.N.R. from Islivig, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.
Names For Photos Thanks to Breda Byrne, Feargal O'Connor, Ruth McK, Mary McNamara and others for names on some of the recent photos we put up. Here is a typical email, Good evening, Now living in Holland and enjoying as always reading Balbriggan.net. The 'two lovely ladies" are Caitriona O'Callaghan, 17 Derham Park, and Josie Marron, 67 Bath Road. Actually it was a three legged race through Balbriggan for charity and each time we had to stop at various pubs in the town and drink a lager.Keep up the great work with your site.regards, Caitriona de Pijper ( Rotterdam, Holland). We also now know that the PJ photos in the pub were taken in the Cardy Marina and not John D's as we stated. We have now added the names we received and hope to add even more when we receive same. Thanks. 02.11.10
Jack Benton Anniversary Benton, Jack. Formally Hampton Street, 1st Anniversary on 1st November
Our hearts still ache with sadness. Our secret tears still flow.
Some wonderful memories we treasure but love and memories never die
Sadly missed by your loving wife and family.
Jack Benton, never a day goes by when we don't think of you. You were one of life's gentlemen. We thank you so much and we want people to realise that only for you there wouldn't be this web site. Thank you and may you rest in peace.
Message From Paulene Benton about Jack. Click Here
Witch Spotted Over Balbriggan Here is a photograph we captured some years back and it shows the moon over the town and to our surprise, when we looked at the photograph on the computer, we could see a witch on a broomstick. So boys and girls, keep an eye on the sky tonight and see if you can see a witch. Please take care tonight and make sure all pets are kept indoors. 31.10.10
Rainbow Hits Lighthouse, No Damage Caused
Anyone see the magnificent rainbow in the town yesterday about 3.30pm, from where our man was standing, it looked like it was coming out of the Lighthouse or that it was hitting it. Click to enlarge the photo. 31.10.10
Fancy Dress Treasure Hunt The Chamber of Commerce and The Town Council held a Fancy Dress Treasure Hunt through the town yesterday. About 40 children and adults turned out to join in the fun. They were divided up into several groups and were given 32 clues and they had to find the answers. After about 2 hours it was back to the Town Hall for a party. Click on the thumbnail to see a few photos. 31.10.10
Jack Richardson RIP Thanks for the emails informing us of the passing of Jack Richardson
of Derham Park, his removal was yesterday and he was laid to rest in Balbriggan cemetary.We extend our condolences to his family. RIP Jack Richardson. 30.10.10
Tubbersool Girl in Dublin's Teen Idol Final Local girl, Kala Whelan has gotten through to the final of Dublin's Teen Idol. Her father, Alan Whelan explains,"My Daughter Kala has gotten through to the Final of Dublin’s Teen idol out of 2000 hopefuls and if she wins it, she goes on to represent Dublin in the all Ireland Teen Idol. She came second in the Balbriggan's got talent during the summer as well. The Dublin Final is on in the Red Cow Inn on the 14th of November and the cost is only €5 per person for 3 hours of entertainment if anybody wants to go. Click on the thumbnail to see Kala singing in the Semi-Finals which were on Saturday just gone." Best of Luck Kala from B.net, keep us posted. 29.10.10
SAFETY EVENT MESSAGE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS – DON’T LET THEM IN!! Over 100 Senior Citizens came out to the Balbriggan Community Policing Forum’s Safety in the Home Event at the Senior Citizens Club, High Street, Balbriggan on Thursday 28th October. Seven organisations came together last Thursday morning at the Senior Citizens Club in Balbriggan all with some interesting and valuable information for the senior residents to help them be better informed and to make their homes and lives safe. To read more and see who was there, click on the thumbnail. 28.10.10
1986 Arts FestivalPhotos Two photographs for you today, both taken by PJ during the Arts festival in 1986. It looks like a fancy dress Pub Crawl and for these photos PJ was behind the bar in John D's (Now The Millrace). It looks like it was great fun and we'd love to identify those in the photos 24 years on. Get the names coming in to info at Balbriggan.net, more tomorrow. 28.10.10
Looking for Wally Hayes in Cornwall Christy Smith in Swords has emailed us," HI, I JUST WAS GOING THROUGH GUESTBOOK AND CAME ACCROSS WALTER (WALLY) HAYES FROM DERHAM PARK BALBRIGGAN, NOW LIVING IN CORNWALL, WALLY AND I GO BACK ALONG TIME AS WE WERE IN THE ARMY IN GORMANSTON CAMP.WALLY DROP ME A LINE IF YOU GET TIME. THANKS WALLY," Okay Christy, we will have a look and see if we have his email address but in the meantime, lets see if Wally makes contact. 28.10.10
Another Barry Richardson Gem Today we bring you another great photograph courtesy of Barry Richardson. The last photo we brought you from Barry on the 11th of October has had a very poor reaction, not one email and the the other PJ photo of Sam in Balbriggan, we still haven't received any names for that. Lets see if we can do better with this one. Click to enlarge today's photo. 28.10.10
The Wedding of Eric & Sharon, Mr & Mrs Campbell. The very talented Eric Campbell and the gorgeous Sharon Gaynor tied the knot at Darver Castle in August. Eric says, "Our wedding was in Darver Castle and it was an unreal day. We had a pure musicians party night with the Great Escape, Catch 22, Electric Ladyland and The Bowsies all performing.....pictures were taken by our good friends Thomas Levins, Gary (Towbar) Tolan and Eddie Carvin. The lads were like Ninjas jumping out of the bushes taking pictures and they did a great job". They certainly did do a good job, Lynnette & Tony were well impressed and looks like they have some competition on their hands for wedding photography. Thanks a million for sharing these photos with us, Eric & Sharon and we wish you both good health and happiness. Many thanks. 26.10.10
Loreto Convent Photo. Hi there, I am number 15(Loreto Convent) in the photo. Susan McAvinue as was then - McNulty now. I think no 17 is Marie Newcomen - now O'Shea. As a Prague resident, I enjoy the website very much.Cheers, Susan McNulty
A Sean Farrell Classic Photo Thanks to everyone who sent in the names for this photo. We have received a few conflicting names for this photo but the names we bring you here are by one of the team whom we have great confidence. See if you agree with their suggestion. 26.10.10
Hagens Butchers Many thanks to everyone who sent in the names for yesterdays photo. They are as follows, 1. Larry Hagen 2. Peter Moore 3. Thomas Murphy 4. Johnny Purfield 5.Tom Hagen. Thansk again. 26.10.10
Balbriggan 1919-1923 Hi, My name is Ross O'Mahony and I am a third-year History student in Trinity College. As part of my studies I am looking to carry out research on Balbriggan and North County Dublin during the period 1919-1923 and any revolutionary activity that may have taken place in the locale. I was wondering would the society have any information on this topic or is there anyone who would have a special interest in this area I could talk to? Hope to hear from you soon and thank you for reading my email. Best regards, Ross O'Mahony. Contact Ross by email omahonro at tcd.ie
Hagen's Butchers& Festival Photo by PJ Cullen Today, Bank Holiday Monday, we bring you not one but two classic photos, never seen before. The first one is of inside Hagen's Butchers from the 1980's. The second photo is a real gem and we are going to make it "Huge" so you can try identify who's who. Apologies for not putting everything on the site we received by email of late but we have become inundated with stuff and we just cant cope. We hope to rectify this in the coming days and watch out for some more classic photos on the site. Click on the thumbnail to see today's photos. Don't forget you can comment on our Facebook Page also. 25.10.10
Here is the email we just received (Sunday 24th Oct 6pm), Hi, could you please include this on your website as soon as possible. Large Golden Lab/Lurcher type dog found in Skerries at kellys Bay. Male, red collar, no id tags. Urgently looking for owner. Please phone 086-8054 275.
John Casey, Curran Park RIP Here is a beautiful story about Johnny Casey. His family have asked that it be put on B.net to show what a wonderful man their Dad was. Here is the email we received, "Recently a group of the Casey family, 10 children of the late John Casey,or Johnny as he was affectionately known made the trip to Cape Town South Africa on the 20st September 2010 for their Fathers first anniversary. Johnny died suddenly on the 14th September 2009 & has since left a massive void in the lives of his large family & many friends, one of Johnny’s wishes was that when he eventually passed away some of his ash’s were to bespread on top of Cape Towns iconic Table mountain. More
Balbriggan Town Council Annual Awards
The annual awards took place last night in The Bracken Court Hotel in front of a packed house. An cathaoirleach, Cllr. Frank Snowe and the members of the Town Council presented a number of awards to individuals and groups in recognition of their contribution to community life in Balbriggan. Our Tony was caught out nicely when his name was called out in recognition for his work with Balbriggan Tidy Towns. We have lots of photos from last night and if you see a photo you would like, you can get it in The Fuji Photo Shop on Railway street from this Saturday 23rd for a nominal fee. Click to see the photos, and well done to Frank, Brian, Margaret, Lorraine, Sylvia and Maureen, thanks again. 22.10.10
A Sean Farrell Classic Photo Here is a great photograph courtesy of the great Sean Farrell. I looks like a scout photograph. We can identify one person, that's Sean himself, Number 12, so if you can help with the other names, please do. Click to enlarge today's photo. 21.10.10
Balbriggan Public Realm Workshop The workshop was well attended last night with about 60 taking part broken down into 10 tables of at least 6 people. The first question was to list the 5 best and 5 worst things about Balbriggan.The general consensus was that the Harbour/Beach was number 1 and that the Square and historical buildings were number 2. The worst things about the town included Graffiti, anti social behaviour, lack of free short term parking. A positive suggestion was to create a Marina using a lock gate to trap the water so the Harbour never empties of water. Loci will now collate the information gathered and come back to us with a presentation on their findings. Well done to all those who attended and lets hope something good comes from it. Click on the thumbnail to see a few photos 20.10.10
Confrey's Bar As promised, today we bring you a few photos from inside the Bar. The photographs are courtesy of Mylene Delahoyde (we think) and you will see how rough and ready the bar was. Apparently it was the place to be for atmosphere and crac and it certainly looks that way in the photos. Also check our Facebook page as lots have left comments there. Click on the thumbnail to today's gems.20.10.10
Confrey's Shop -- More Photos Oh my god, what a reaction to yesterday's photos of Confreys. Phone calls, emails and 14 comments on our Facebook page. Many thanks to all. There was Paddy, Walter and Tubby and Des Darragh was telling us that they had money (2 Shillings and a penny) glued to the counter which caused great confusion when they put your change on top of them. Apparently when Confreys closed, bachelors around the town were devastated as they had got everything there and if they didn't have it, they got it for them. We think one of the brothers is still alive, not sure which one. Today's photographs are again from inside the shop and also one showing the time a truck crashed into it. Tomorrow, we will be showing you a few photos from inside the Bar. Feel free to use our Facebook Page to add comments. Click on the top Thumbnail to see today's photos or the Facebook thumbnail to read and leave a comment on Facebook. 19.10.10
Stephen Mallon 30th Birthday Bash Stephen celebrated in style with a surprise party that was organised by his girlfriend, Rachel Walsh. The party took place in a jam packed McCormack's White Hart on Saturday where there was a great atmosphere. Stephen, who works in the Balbriggan Credit Union, looked shocked when he first saw the large crowd waiting on his arrival. His mother and father, Emer & Austin and his gran Helen Manix were all there to join in the celebration along with the staff from the Credit Union. Stephen & Rachel have asked us to thank everyone for the lovely gifts and for sharing the night with them. Our man was hired for an hour but ended up staying about 3. Click on the thumbnail to see a few photos. 18.10.10
FREE Wildlife Eventsto appeal to the children over the mid-term break in the Gormanstown and Stamullen area, organised by the charity, A Seed of Advancement, supported by The Heritage Council, there is a Woodland Adventure walk, the World of Bats, a Coastal walk along Gormanston Beach, and Bugs are Rubbish! These are each aimed at different age groups from age 5 up to age 8 (accompanied by an Adult). If more information is required, please phone A Seed of Advancement, in Stamullen at (01) 9680265, or on our website. Click on the thumbnail to visit our site. 18.10.10
1950's British Navy Minesweeper in Balbriggan Thomas Levins has sent us in some photos he took of this 1950's Minesweeper. Thanks Thomas, click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 18.10.10
Three Names Suggested for this photo. One person has suggested that No.
4 is Brendan Shortt and Number 6 is Pat McCabe. Would anyone agree with that? 18.10.10
Confrey's Shop---An Institution in The Town A little bit of nostalgia for you this morning. We came across these photos while looking for something else. For those of you new to the town, there was a shop/pub where the Deli Burger is now and to say it was an institution is an understatement. They sold everything from food to bicycle tires, paraffin lamps to batteries. If they didn't have it in the shop, either Walter, or one of the others would go down into the cellar and sure enough would return with whatever you were looking for. We think they were three brothers but we're open to correction on that. Send us your memories on this institution which closed down in the late 1990's. Tom Cullen took the photographs probably in the 1980's and what great foresight he had, especially to take the photos inside the shop. Click to see today's gems. 18.10.10
Cardy Rock Residents look to the Spring
On Saturday morning, 16th October last, the residents of the Cardy Rock View estate came out to plant Spring Bulbs for all to enjoy in the New Year. Fingal County Council kindly donated 2,500 bulbs and their expert staff to assist in the planting. Young and old alike joined together to work on what will hopefully be a spectacular display of colour in the Spring. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 16.10.10
Sam in Balbriggan We have had no names submitted for this photo except someone on our FaceBook page said Number 2 was Hazel Wilson. Maybe they are foreigners from outside the Brig. 15.10.10
Market Green, Dublin Street and Clonard Court Here's another exclusive photograph to B.net courtesy of PJ Cullen. PJ took this photo in the 1980's and he was telling us that before he took any photo from the plane, the pilot had to cut the engine to reduce vibration in order to get a sharp photo. We know from experience how frightening it is up there in a small plane, it's not for the faint hearted. Click on the thumbnail to view. 15.10.10
Can you help Caroline Beggs "To all the readers of Balbriggan.net, My name is Caroline Shaw(nee Beggs), I need your help. Over twenty one years ago, my father did a rope knot of the Cardi Marina, which they had on display throughout the place, I am just wondering if they are available for his family, as he passed on the 8th March 1989, he was well known around the harbour, it would be really nice if we could have them for ourselves and his grandchildren who will never meet him." Thanks Caroline, lets hope you get some feed back. Caroline's email address is beggscaroline at gmail.com
Rope Knot Work
in Cardy Marina
1980's Football Photo Okay, brilliant, thanks for all the emails. We now have all the names except for one. For whatever reason, no one seems to know who number 16 is. If you know, please let us know. Click on the thumbnail 15.10.10
Lordy Lordy But Look Who's 40, Sorry, 50 Stephen Marry celebrated his 50th birthday in style last weekend in The Bracken Court Hotel. It was a great night and a massive crowd. Stephen brought the house down with a song he wrote himself to the air of "My Way". The DJ was James McNally and the photographer hired for the night was Lynnette McNally who made a big impression on everyone. Stephen & Mary would like to thank everyone for sharing their night with them. Click on the thumbnail to see who was there. 13.10.10
1980's Football Photo Here is a photograph that we brought you about two years ago. It's a great photograph and the reason for bringing it to you again is that we received an email from a person, who wishes to remain anonymous, saying they had heard about the photo but couldn't find it on the Balbriggan site. So here it is in all its glory. Feel free to identify the boys, we see Anthony Murphy was the Manager/Sponsor. Click to enlarge. 13.10.10
Happy Birthday, Harriet Fennelly of Bath Road Edelle Fennelly in Leister wants to wish her mother a happy 60th. See her Guest Book entry HERE
Balbriggan Public Realm Workshop A workshop will take place to "Improve Streets and Public Open Spaces" of Balbriggan, this coming Tuesday in The Town Hall. It starts at 6.30pm and finishes at 9pm. For more details, click on the thumbnail. 13.10.10
Sam in Balbriggan Here is another mighty PJ photo from 1980's Balbriggan. The Sam Maguire was in town, It's 1987 we think and this photo was taken in one of the local pubs. There are 6 people in the photo, lets see if we get all the names, come on, get those thinking caps on. Click to view the photo. 12.10.10
Message From PJ Cullen Please, on behalf on my brother Michael and myself, thank everyone for the lovely cards, emails and support during the recent passing of our Dad..Tom Cullen.
Tom Cullen RIP
Looking For Joseph & Isabella Smith of Hampton Street Below is an email, if you can help, contact us. "Hi Tony, I am emailing to ask if any one from Balbriggan might have any remembrance of Joseph and Isabella Smith of 4 Hampton Street; they are my great-great grandparents and both passed away in 1955. Isabella was a native of Balbriggan born in 1875 to William Spencer and Catherine Darcy. She married Joseph Smith in Dublin and his job with the telegraph department of the Post Office took them to Belfast where they raised their 4 children, Peter, my great-grandfather William and their two younger children Joseph jnr and Annabella. they returned to live in Balbriggan around 1939, as my great aunts can remember staying with them in Balbriggan on their holidays. I would love to know if any one knew the Smiths growing up.many thanks. christina" 12.10.10
Joe & Isabella Smith
John Weldon RIP We brought you this great photo a few months back and the other day we received this email, we are witholding their name until we check, "Hi Tony, Just a short message to say pic 75 of the young boy sitting down is that of John Weldon, Who unfortunately died last year of cancer.Please can you fill in his name as it would mean a great deal to his family. Photo of Trip to Lourdes, Johns mother Breda Weldon is also in the pic(52).Thanking you in advance." Click on the thumbnail to see the photo. 12.10.10
Recent Bereavements There has been some bereavements of late, the first we know of was that of Sheila Carolan, (née Reynolds) of Reynold's Shop, Drogheda Street passed away on the 4th of Oct. Click HERE to see Sheila with Sonny Knowles in 2008. The other death was of Laurence (Larry) Jones of Bremore. We extend our sympathy to both families. RIP. 11.10.2010
The Bridgestone Food Festival "On the 1st of October 2010 the inaugural Bridgestone Balbriggan Food Festival was held in the Bracken Court Hotel Balbriggan. The aim of the Festival was to showcase the culinary treats that can be found in the Balbriggan area, either as raw produce or as the finished product in the local restaurants. Bridgestone Ireland sponsored the event as part of their ongoing program to support food excellence in Ireland. more
Firstly, it's great to be back "On Air", hopefully pages will load faster. Thanks for all the emails and Guest Book entries which we hope to get to over the coming days. Secondly, Barry Richardson has sent us some great vintage photos and today we bring you the first. It shows 5 men on a boat down at the Harbour. Barry tells us he has no idea who they are, can you help. We have numbered them as usual. Click to view the photo. 11.10.10
The Bridgestone Food Festival What can we say but well done to Joe English, and all involved in putting together such a wonderful day. Literally hundreds came to the Bracken Court Hotel to sample the local cuisine and they weren't disappointed. Our man was on duty and today we bring you a few photos and we'll bring you more in the coming days. Click on the thumbnail to view a few photos. 02.10.10
Balbriggan Now On Google's Street View
You can now view the town using Google's Street View. Our technical Dept. will show you how to get it and explain how to "drag" your way about the town from the comfort of your office or living room. It looks like the Google cameras were in town June or July 2009. Click on the thumbnail.
Names For This Photo
We had a very poor reaction to this photo, in fact only one email and we are grateful to Mr. A for his help. Click to see the names we now have. 30.09.10
We Now Have The Names
Thanks for all the emails re this photograph, no one knew everybody except one of the girls herself, here is the email, "
This is a photo of me No. 5 Kathleen (Rogers) Gordon, and my cousins, No 3. Corona Mullen, No 1. Antoinette Mullen, No 2. Richard Mullen & No 4. Patrick Mullen.
Thanks for the memories.
Kathleen (Rogers) Gordon." Kathleen tells us she visits B.net every day. Thanks. 30.09.10
Sami The Dog Reunited With Owner thanks to B.net
It just goes to show the popularity of this site, we got a call at 9am this morning from Lisa to say the missing dog on the web was hers. She was over the moon when she spotted it on the Balbriggan web site this morning. Here is the email we received from Paul who found her, "Thanks again for your help. The little dog has been reunited with her family and made a little boy who missed his pet very happy" If you lose your pet, be sure to contact us immediately and we'll have it here in minutes. A reminder to everyone, get a metal tag engraved with your phone number and put it on the dogs collar. Thanks to everyone who helped here, another happy ending by B.net. 30.09.10
FOUND: White Terrier Dog, Moylaragh Area. Here is the email we just received. "We found a little white dog that had wandered into our garden, the poor thing looked like she had been lost for a couple of days. She devoured the food we gave her. It is a white dog, most likely a Terrier of some sort (possibly a West highland terrier-mix). A Pink collar with a little heart. There was no name on the collar." Thanks to Paul for the email. If you know who owns this dog, please call 086-8054 275 anytime. 29.09.10
Glebe North Supporters
Today we bring you another photograph courtesy of PJ and it looks like the photo was taken at Glebe North. These kids would be in the 30's now so let's know if you recognise anyone. Click to view the photo. 29.09.10
Another Great Sean Farrell Photo Here is the photograph we brought you a few days back but this time the photo isn't blurred. The photo was taken by Sean Farrell at Killiney Castle in the 40's or 50's. Let's hope we can get some names for this photo unlike the ICA photo below. As usual, we've numbered everyone visible so you can email us some names and suggest a year. 28.09.10
Wavin Sports & Social Photo OK, ok, ok, we have all the names now, what are you's like? No emails with the names and then about 20 emails in two days. Thanks. Still no names for the ICA photo. Are they "Briggers" or foreigners? Let us know even if you recognise one person. Click on the thumbnail to see who these hunks are. 28.09.10
Viaduct Car Park in 1978 and 1984
A beautiful sunny morning in Balbriggan and today we have two gems that were particular favorites of Jack Benton. There is only 6 years between each photo but what a difference. Cumisky Coalyard is replaced by a Car Park and Jack took both photos from the same spot. Speaking of our Jack, we say hi to his daughter Pauline in Australia and it was great to see you recently and we hope the move is going smoothly. Click to see both photos. 26.09.10
Anyone for Tennis? Why, we hear you ask. Did you know that tennis was played in the car park opposite the Church. In today's photograph you can see Children playing Tennis on at least two courts and there could have been more. It looks like the 1980's. Also, a reminder that tomorrow evening, Monday, Sean Farrell can be seen again on RTE's Nationwide programme which was first broadcast last year. It was brilliant, so if you didn't see it then, be sure to catch it this time. Click to see today's photo. 26.09.10
Cat Found Here is the email we received, "Hi, found a young black female cat in the Bremore Castle estate in Balbriggan late friday night. She is coal black, four white paws, white tummy and chest and a bit of white under her chin. extremely friendly and very well looked after. Wearing a pink collar with a bell on it. Cat is not chipped. You can E-Mail me or contact Balbriggan Garda station who have my details regarding claiming the cat, thanks!" 25.09.10
Another Great Sean Farrell Photo Here is a great photo taken we believe at Killiney Castle in the 40's or 50's. The younger ones of the team have no idea who the people are but we confident they are all "Briggers". But there's a catch, we have had a very poor response to the two latest photos we brought you, the Wavin Sports and Social photo and the ICA photo from the 1950's and because of that, we have blurred this photo except for one person. So, if you want to see this photo in its entirely, email us the names from the other two photos. Ha ha, two can play at this game. 25.09.10
Tom Cullen R.I.P We have just received a phone call from Michael Cullen to say that his father has passed away. Tom is the father of PJ Cullen who is a regular contributor to B.net. We extend our deepest sympathies to Michael, PJ and the extended family. PJ's email address is pj at balbriggan.net. Tom Cullen, Rest in Peace. 23.09.10
McNally Joinery supplies windows to Balbriggan Lighthouse McNally Joinery are delighted to announce that they will be supplying and fitting windows for Fingal County Council for Balbriggan Harbour lighthouse. This lighthouse is a key monument in the Balbriggan area and will be a welcome addition to the recent tidy up of the harbour area. Speaking exclusively to B.net, McNally Joinery has promised to keep us posted on the work in progress. This is great news and hopefully the dome will be replaced next summer so we look forward to 2011 with gusto. Click on the thumbnail to see how the Lighthouse looked in the 1950's. 23.09.10
The Missing News Items
Here is an email from Brendan Kiernan. "Hi guys love this web site, as a former resident of Balbriggan (out of the town 23 years) I keep an eye on things that’s happening back home and really like going through the old archives as well. Unfortunately the archives pre 15.03.2010 seem to be down at the moment any chance of getting this up and running again. Many thanks and congratulations on running a superb community web site it is very much appreciated. Brendan Kiernan (PERKY . another nickname for your long list of nicknames)" Well, Brendan is correct, we have lost the news items of January to March this year. It's our mistake and we sincerely apologise for this as we know how popular these are to people. Click on the thumbnail to read more emails from Brendan as he is looking for a photo that appeared on B.net early this year. Also, see a photo of himself with his family. 23.09.10
Silliest Thing We Ever Saw
Our man was out for a meal recently, at the Bettystown Court Hotel and due to the location of the hotel he asked for a seat by the window. Wait till you see where they wanted to put him. Silliest thing we ever saw. Send us your funny photos.Click to see for yourself 23.09.10
Jim Brown of Bath Road. Our Sympathy to Rose Marry.Three sons Kenneth, Paul and Eamon. Also Kit Ryan of Chapel Street. Our sympathy to the Ryan Family.
Wavin Sports & Social Photo Here is a great photograph courtesy of PJ Cullen. It looks like it was taken at Craobhain Park but can we put names to the faces. Also, with reagrd to the ICA photo below, we can now confirm that the lady serving the tea is not The Queen. So thanks for everyone for that clarification. Click to see who these lads are. 23.09.10
Olive Morgan's 80th
Eddie Carvan was onto us, here is his email,"Heres a few pictures of Olive Morgans 80th Birthday Party that was held in the Cricket Club on Friday 17th Sept. Olive Celebrated her 80th Birthday Party in the company of her 10 Children, numerous grandchildren and her 2 brothers Jack & Noel Campbell were there along with a host of friends and family and neighbours who came to the celebrations on the night." Thanks Eddie for the photos, click on the thumbnail to view them.23.09.10
Balbriggan Rugby Club V Ardee
Here are a few photos from our Joe. They were taken at the match between Balbriggan and Ardee. Click on the thumbnail to see if you recognise anyone. 23.09.10
Gareth Cannon Looking for Kevin Pemberton
Gareth has emailed us the following,"trying to get in touch with a long lost friend Kevin Pemberton,worked with him in acton walls ice cream factory late 70ths wally rooney,slan."
Parkway Properties Hand over keys to Tesco Supermarket
Representatives from Parkway Properties handed over the keys to Tesco Ireland of their new shopping centre at "Millfield Shopping Centre" Balbriggan. Tesco can now start to fit our their store which they hope to open next march. Invited guests included An Cathaoirleach Frank Snowe, Cllrs Grainne Maguire, Grainne Kilmurry, TD's Michael Kennedy and James Reilly along with Chamber President Joe English and Town Clerk Brian Murray along with Mayor Ken Farrell and Fingal County Council Councillors. Click on the thumbnail to see some photos including an aerial photo taken some months back. 22.09.10
Mary Gilsenan 50th Party
McCormacks of Balscadden was definitely the place to be last weekend as Mary Gilsenan celebrated her 50th birthday. All her family were there as were her work colleagues from the Chemists on Drogheda Street. There was a great atmosphere and our man was hired for an hour to capture as many of the people there as possible. So if you see Mary about the town, tell her she's looking "nifty at fifty". Well done Mary, 'twas a great night we hear. Click on the thumbnail to see the photos. 21.09.10
1950's ICA Photo Here is a great photograph courtesy of Sean Farrell and it was taken in the Silver Beach Ballroom at Gormanston. We have a few names but we need your help. Tony McNulty, Tom Sherridan and a Caffrey are in the photo but who are the others. Is that the Queen serving the tea??? doubtful, but you never know. As usual, we've numbered everyone to make it as easy as possible to put the names to the faces. Click on the thumbnail to view. 21.09.10
Craig English Debs
It's that time of the year again and today we bring you a few photos of Craig English before he headed off to his debs. It was a typical evening of Champaign, family and friends and a Hummer. Craig's friends, Leanne Dwyer and Lauren Clarke were also going to the Debs and we believe they had a great night and everyone got home safely. Click on the photos to see the style. 21.09.10
Balbriggan Girl Marries Belfast John Local girl Colette McLoughlin finally tied the knot recently to Belfast boy, John. It started in Skerries where John was leaving from and from there, It all took place in the Bettystown Court Hotel where Colette looked stunning and John looked stunned. It was a lovely occasion and after the short ceremony it was off to Gormanston Castle for photographs with FingalWeddings photographers Lynnette & Tony. With the sun coming and going it made taking the photos challenging but they turned out great. After that it was back to Bettystown for a group photo and the cake shot. We here at B.net wish Colette & John and family a very happy future together. Thanks guys, lets hope you like the photos, click on the thumbnail to view. 20.09.10
B.net Now on Facebook After much persuasion, we have bowed to the pressure to go on Facebook. All you need to do is search for Balbriggan.net in Facebook and as we become more familiar with it's setup, we hope to avail of the service. Thanks to Niall for getting us up and running. More details shortly and lots of photos to bring you. Make Balbriggan.net your friend on Facebook. Click on the thumbnail to see our Facebook page. 18.09.10
The Sack of Balbriggan--The Anniversary Jimmy Lawless gave us some documents relating to The Sack of Balbriggan including a hand written note by Patrick Lawless (Jimmy's Uncle) on his involvement with the IRA from 1917. The writing has become faded as it was written in 1935 but we have typed it out and we think it makes for some interesting reading. Presently, we are creating a page all about the events of Sept. 1920 and if you would like to contribute, please do. Click on the thumbnail to see what we hope will become the definitive page about the Sack. 19.09.10
Balbriggan Credit Union Car Draw Winners
Congratulations to the latest winners of the Credit Union car draw. They are Alan and Vanessa Harold from Flemington. Darren Lawless presented them with the keys on Saturday morning and wished them well and safe driving. Their daughter, Rebecca was also there to enjoy the occasion. Click on the thumbnail to see the lucky family. 18.09.10
What's this, Another PJ Cullen Photograph We have absolutely no idea who these people are so we are depending on you to help us out. Three people in the photo and with the long hair, it has to be a photo from the 1970's. Names please to the Balbriggan web site, Info at Balbriggan.net. 18.09.10 Update. We now have the names
Calling Michael Horan, Michael, do you know a man by the name of M P Tiernan, he rang us from Wales the other night, if so, see the email below, Hi Tony, Our phone discussion refers. The person I referred to was in a picture with pearl costello presenting a cheque from the credit union to the pilgrimage comimitee in august 2010, If it is the person i know,Michael Horan, he will recognise my name and might like to contact me by e mail.Thanks for your help M P Tiernan.
Loreto Convent School Photo Hello, spot on in terms of David Cross and Lola Cross - I identified them too. And no 14 is definately my late brother, Jim Reilly, we have a similar photo of him here at home. Very best, Miriam O'Reilly 18.09.10
Balbriggan North Youth Club The Balbriggan North Youth Club has reopened in St Molaga's School Hall on the Drogheda Road in Balbriggan. Each Wednesday night there is a group of 30 juniors (10-12 year olds) from 7-8pm and 30 seniors (13 – 18 year olds) from 7-8.30pm. There are places left in each group and anybody interested in joining should contact email@example.com or send them a message on their Facebook Page - Balbriggan North Youth Club. Many thanks & best regards,Caitriona Redmond. Balbriggan North Youth Club
Balbriggan Community College Reunion Hi Tony, I was just wondering if you could mention on the Balbriggan.net website that the Balbriggan community college class of 1990 are holding a school reunion in the Harvest Bar at 8.30pm on Saturday 2nd of October 2010. All past students are very welcome - the more the merrier.Many thanks Tony, keep up the good work! Olive Harford
Can you believe it, another missing cat Here is the email,
"Snaps is a 3 yr old female neutured cat. She went missing on Sunday 12th September from our home on hamlet lane. Much loved pet any information greatly appreciated. 086-8054 275" 17.09.10
Town Council Annual Awards Balbriggan Town Council will hold its Annual Awards Ceremony on the evening of Thursday 21st October 2010 in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan. The Annual Awards afford the Town Council the opportunity of paying tribute to the many people, individuals and groups, who by their actions demonstrate and promote pride and community life in the town. more
Another Missing Dog - Pomeranian
Here is the email we received. "Missing dog on the 9.09.10 If found please call on this number or if you have any info 086-8054 275. He is a house family dog he does not stay outside, he has to have an operation at his teeth on the 29th of this month. please give him back he needs his family. Thank you." We don't know where in Balbriggan the dog went missing but as soon as we do, we'll let you know.
Philip Richardson's 21st Party
The place to be last Friday was definitely The Milestone as it was here that Philip had his first, and only, 21st party. Philip is a movie buff and he works part time in Extra Vision. All the Richardson's were there along with lots of friends. It was a great night and Philip would like to thank his Mam & Dad for arranging everything and to thank everyone for coming and for all the presents. Click on the thumbnail to see the photos. 13.09.10
Chapel Gate Missing
Missing from Chapel Gate since last night, (Sunday) Millie, white and tan cross breed. She is a cross between a Jack Russell and a Tibetan Terrier so she is small. Very friendly but does tend to jump up to try to lick your face. Contact us here, 086-8054 275 or 6911 647.Update. Dog now reunited with owner
Shirley Casey Marries Eoin Shirley and Eoin, from Balrothery, got married yesterday, Thursday, in Lusk Church and local wedding photographers Lynnette and Tony were there to record the big day. Talk about fashion and style, wow, and we are going to bring you a selection of photographs very soon on B.net. Just wait till you see how stunning Shirley looked and what a handsome man she has just married. No recession or gloom here. Okay, we think we kept you waiting long enough to see the photos of this beautiful couples wedding day. Father Michael Murtagh was the celebrant in Lusk Church. From there it was straight to The Boyne Valley Hotel in Drogheda and with the sun shining, it made for some lovely photographs by Lynnette and Tony. Over the next few days, we will be bringing you some of the evening photos so come back to us soon. FingalWeddings.com would like to thank Shirley & Eoin for their co-operation on the day and we wish them good health and happiness for many years to come. Click to view the photos and use the Guest Book to send greetings to them. Thanks. 12.09.10
1960's School Photo
We brought you this photograph in August and initially we had no takers for the names. But today, Brendan Guildea in Skerries has given us a few names like John Gallen, Eamonn Copeland, Barry McGovern etc. Have another look and see if you agree with those suggested by Brendan. 11.09.10
Ginger Cat Found. It looks like B.net has reunited another pet with its owner. We got a call this morning from a lady who is almost certain she knows who owns the missing cat. We are just waiting on another call to confirm this. How many cats and dogs have we helped trace their owners, we reckon its over 20 now. We'll keep you posted
Gerry Coary from Balbriggan on OZ TV to remember his daughter Hannah. Here is Gerry's email, Hi Tony, Attached is the TV coverage we got on Channel 10 News Sydney on Wednesday 6 September 2010 for our Try for Hannah Fun Run/Walk on Sunday 12 September 2010. This news broadcast would be similar to Irelands 6 One News. We have already signed up over 1,200 walkers and they will all be wearing our Try for Hannah T-Shirts and Caps" Thanks Gerry, you came across as a wonderful father whose love for his daughter is as strong as ever. Can we ask Balbriggan folk to leave a message of support for Gerry and Aine on Youtube. Please click on the thumbnail to watch 3 minutes of a Balbriggan man trying to help others on the other side of the world. 10.09.10
Bridgestone Balbriggan Food Festival
The first annual Bridgestone Balbriggan Food Festival will be held on Friday 1st October 2010, between 12.30 and 14.30 in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan. All are welcome to this free event, which will consist of food demonstrations, tastings and displays of locally grown produce. John Mckeena the author of the Bridgestone Food guides will give a presentation on locally available food. Please come along to see what Balbriggan has to offer the discerning culinary pallet ! Click on the thumbnail. 09.09.10
Josephine Cannon Here is an email we received , "Good Morning, I am researching my family tree and managed to find details of my relatives on the 1901 and 1911 census. They lived in Balbriggan and my grandmother was a mill worker in 1901 at the age of 14. I was wondering whether there are any local records of mill workers and birth and marriage certificates of her parents held locally. Your help or advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks, Caroline Watson." Caroline has sent us an attachment from the 1901 census in case it might help. Her email address is Caroline.Watson at osborne.co.uk if you can help 08.09.10
"The Convent Lane Tunnel Gang"
It's thumbs up from 5 lads as they show PJ all is well and that they all have two thumbs. We have to find out who these lads are, lets see how quick we can find out who they are. It looks like a seventies photo to us but it could be later. Also, we now have all the names for the photograph below, it's The John D's Darts Club Dinner Dance c1976. Update, thanks to Colin, Grace and Gerry we have all the names, It's Colin and not Andrew Carvin. Click to see who's who. What year would it be???
Yes, Another PJ Photograph
Today's offering looks like a good photo, let's hope they are locals. It could be a Wavin party, hopefully we'll have more information in a few hours. There are 8 people in the photo and we have numbered them as usual. Names and information about this photo to info at Balbriggan.net. 07.09.10 Update, we now have all the names thanks to Tommy Geraghty
Try for Hannah We received a call from Australia the other night from a Gerry Coary. Gerry is originally from Dublin street and he told us of his losing his daughter to Brain Cancer in March. Gerry has set up "Try for Hannah" (After her love of Rugby) which is a committee founded in Hannah’s memory to raise money for the George Gregan Foundation so it can continue its work building playgrounds of hope around Australia. There is a Fun Run taking place in Sydney but can we direct you to "Try for Hannah" web site which will give you all the information required. Thanks for the call Gerry, we hope the fun run goes well and that you raise lots of money. What a beautiful looking little girl, so sad she is no longer with us. Click on Hannah to visit her web site. Thank you. 06.09.10
Aerial View of Balbriggan 15th March 1942 This is a real gem of a photograph given to us by PJ Cullen (Balbriggan Photographer during the 1980's). There is great clarity in the photo and our technical dept have enhanced it even more. All you have to do is download it (11mb) and then view it as our camera goes across the entire photograph. Wait till you see the "Canal" or Mill Pond and you can even see 2 Swans and see the ruins of the Coastguards Station at the end of Bath's Road. Please use the Guest book to point out anything of interest that you spot. If anyone is using a "mac" email us and we'll create a special show for you. Don't forget, you can pause the camera by pressing the space bar. Click on the thumbnail and enjoy over 8 minutes of video. If you're at work, you may be blocked from downloading it but be sure to try on your home PC, it's well worth it. 05.09.10 Update, in 5 hours almost 300 people downloaded this video.
Declan Richardson Motorbike Run "Richie", a close friend to us here, sadly passed away in January of this year. Biker friends of Richie organised a bike run for charity in June and they raised almost € 5000.00 for Spina Bifida. Richie's wife and daughter, Nancy and Kayleigh would like to thank everybody who organised and took part in the Bike Run. Click on the thumbnail to see the cheque presentation. 05.09.10
Two Benton/Curtis Photos Today, we bring you two photographs from this now famous collection. The first photo of Paddy Dowling and others on the Square in about the 1940's. The second photo is of Joe Canning and John Purfield. If you have recently sent us items for the site, we hope to get it up this weekend. Click to enjoy. 04.09.10
Happy 11th Wedding Anniversary Deirdre & Richie Vickers Isn't this nice, we received the email last night and just had to get it up on the web this morning......"Hi There, I was wondering if you would put up the attached picture of myself and my gorgeous wife on your web site..I want to wish her very happy 11th wedding anniversary( 3rd September) and tell her how much I love her..And to tell her thanks for marrying me ! Lots of love from your husband..Richie." Ahhhhh, what a lovely thought, thanks for the photo Richie and can we here at B.net wish you both a very Happy Wedding Anniversary. 03.10.10
We have the wrong names for this photo Here is the email we received, "Definitely Jimmy Clarke and not Paddy, not David Minnie Russell, No idea who the kid with the ice POP is Not Robbie Lawless"Can anyone help us here. Names to info at balbriggan.net
1976 Balbriggan Rugby Club Another classic PJ Cullen photograph and this time it's the Rugby Club. Let's see how quickly we can name everyone and so move on to our next photo. Click to enlarge the photo and email us with as many names as you can. 01.09.10. Ok. Thanks to Colm Lawless we have all the names now. Click on the thumbnail.
Eoin Murphy's 21st Party Photos There seems to be a glut of 21st recently and this time it was the turn of Eoin Murphy. Eoin is the son of Tony & Geraldine Murphy who run Goldsmith Jewellers on Drogheda Street. The was a large crowd there and they were entertained by "Martin The Magician" who did a great disappearing act, he actually just went home. The band was "The Lols" from Moate and they were terrific. Professional photographer Tony Healy was hired for an hour and thanks to him we have about 50 photos from Eoin's party. Thanks Eoin for a smashing night. Click to see the photos. 01.09.10
Old Footbridge Closed
1st of September. The old footbridge at the Train Station seems to have been permanently closed and you have to use the new one. The "Old Bridge" was originally wooden and replaced by the concrete one sometime in the 1970's, we think. Recently, the old footbridge at Lusk/Rush station was removed due to rusting, which doesn't really apply to our bridge. We bring you some photos from 1984 when the shelter was removed. Click to view the photos. 01.09.10
Over 10,000 Hits Yesterday, Tuesday 31st Aug At this stage we are going to have to ask people not to Log onto B.net as it could end up costing costing us money for bandwidth. Over 10,000 hits yesterday, is one of our higest ever. We bring you the proof here and we have even added a description of which were the most popular pages. Many thanks to everyone who log on every day, we know how much it means to you all. Click on the thumbnail to see what pages were clicked on yesterday. 01.09.10
c1928 School Photo Here is a photo that we received recently, it may already be on the site but sure, it's a good one and you were so good supplying the names to the recent PJ Cullen shots. We have also split the photo in two to help identification. Names please to Info at Balbriggan.net. Stand by for Eoin Murphy's 21st party photos. Click to see today's photo. 31.08.10
Margaret Kelly Marries Richard Moylan There was a beautiful wedding on Saturday last when Margaret Kelly married a Richard Moylan from Newport, south Wales. Margaret looked stunning when she arrived at St. Peter & Paul's Church. The Celebrant was Fr. Eugene and after a few photos outside the Church, it was off to McCormack's of Balscadden for the food. Local wedding photographers, "Fingal Weddings" were on duty to capture the day and they, along with the permission of Margaret & Richard, we bring you a selection of photos taken. We wish Margaret & Richard lots of happiness together in the future. Click on the thumbnail to view the photos. 31.08.10
We now have all the names of "The Beach Boys"
Thanks to everyone who sent in various names for this photo but we have to thank Dec Hammond who seems to have all the names. Lets hope he's right. Two news items below this, we were also looking for names but apparently one of the names is incorrect, it's now Robert Lawless, can Dec Hammond help us here. Thanks again Dec. 31.08.10Update, the boy in the other photo (Glebe) is not Robert Lawless but it's Murt Walsh.
"Thank You' from Balbriggan Tidy Towns
The Balbriggan Tidy Towns team would like to send a sincere 'Thank you' to all who contributed to the church gate collection conducted on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of August 2010. The total of the collection was 650 euro which will provide valuable resources for the Tidy Towns 2011 campaign, which we be planning shortly. All Tidy towns activity is based on volunteers giving their time and energy so we guarantee all donations will go in their entirety into making Balbriggan an inspiring place to live and visit. more
We now have the names of these guys. Thanks to everybody who emailed us and rang us with suggested names. Photos like this one, are precious to family members especially when loved ones are lost in tragic circumstances. We hope to supply a copy of this photo to the relatives very shortly thanks to PJ Cullen. 30.08.10 Update. We are now told it's not Robert Lawless
Balbriggan Youth Service Movie Project Here is the email we received from John Fitzgerald,"Dear Balbriggan.net, J here from the Balbriggan youth Service here. Hope all is wonderful. Just wanted to send you a piece on a movie project with young people we did with a particular Balbriggan historical interest. any coverage would be mighty.
Kind Regards". No problem John, click on the thumbnail. 29.08.10
Balbriggan Youth Service- Volunteers needed The Balbriggan Youth Service is a Foróige managed project offering young people in Balbriggan an opportunity to participate in their community and develop life skills.The youth service is currently seeking volunteers to help run their youth cafés on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights from 7.30pm-9pm for young people aged 13+.more
The Beach Boys - Another PJ Cullen Classic Photo Of course it's not the real Beach Boys but who the hell are these guys? We have been looking at this photo for the past few days to see if we could recognise any of them but to no avail. It looks like a '70's photo to us. If you can help with the names, please do. We have some of the names to the photo, two news items down, have a look there also. Lots to bring you over the coming days including another wedding, a 21st, and never before seen photos of this wonderful town we call Balbriggan. Click to view today's gem. 29.08.10
Harley Davidson brings a touch of class to the Harbour The Harbour looked even better yesterday when it was graced by a Harley Davidson. We think its a Harley Davidson and Joe Carvin was trying it out for size when our man came on the scene. With all the wrecks gone courtesy of FCC and Balbriggan Town Council, the Harbour is the place to be when the sun shines. Also trying out the machine was the Birdie Creighton. Thanks guys for the photos.28.08.10
Who are these guys? Today, we bring you a photo from the 1980's. This photo looks like it was taken at Glebe North. Lets see if we can put names to the faces, remember these children are now adults and they would be about 30 to 35 years old. The photograph is courtesy of PJ Cullen who was the town's photographer in the late 70's and 80's. Click to enlarge and email us on INFO at Balbriggan.net. 29.08.10
The Cockatiel is back behind bars We hear that the missing Cockatiel is back behind bars. They placed its mate in a cage near the Harbour where the missing bird was last spotted and low and behold, the missing bird heard it's mate call and was duly captured. They are now back together in the Pet Shop at Tesco. 27.08.10
Missing Cat from High Street We have been asked to let you know that a Cat with 3 legs has gone missing from the High Street area of the town. One of front legs was amputated some time ago and Imelda Pesce is missing her pet terribly. The Cat is described as "Tiger" coloured. Call 086-8054 275 if you can help.
What's This, Another PJ Cullen Photo Todays photograph is an early 1980's one and we need your help. It's oviously a Christmas party. The sooner we get the names the quicker we can move onto our next classic photo. We sincerely thank PJ Cullen for allowing us use his collection. Click to enlarge. 27.08.10
Irish Countrywomen's Association Thanks to May McKeon we now have all the names for this photograph, we still don't know the year or where it was taken. Thanks May, click on the thumbnail to see who's who. 26.08.10
Bracelet Found A bracelet was handed into a shop in Balbriggan recently. It has the name Grainne and a date of birth **/07/83. The owner can call 086-8054 275 and just confirm the date of birth that is on the bracelet?? 26.08.10
Another "Vintage Photo" Here is another photo from the recent envelope that was dropped into the office. We have no information about this photo, maybe a Christmas party? There are 12 ladies in the photo, can you help us name them? Answers to info at Balbriggan.net. Click to view the photo. 25.08.10
Back To School and Car Loans With Balbriggan Credit Union The credit union are offering a new 1 year deposit rate of 2% and they have also launched a big lending drive for back to school, home improvements and car loans. Also, a reminder that Laser cards are accepted at Balbriggan Credit Union. Click on the thumbnail for more details. 25.08.10
Ciara Gibbons Graduates Local girl Ciara Gibbons recently joined a long line of T.C.R.G. Grdauates from Scoil Rince Cualann Balbriggan under the tuition and guidance of teacher Breda Mc Hugh Gibbons. Ciara recently travelled to Glasgow along with her mother and teacher Breda and four sisters Niamh , Aisling , Doireann and Cliona to be presented with her Diploma. Ciara will now teach at S.R.C..
Also in attendance was Damien O Shaughnessy who recieved his A.D.C.R.G who is a past pupil of S.R.C.
Cheque Presentation to RNLI Gary Tolan and Eddie Carvin presented a cheque to the skerries RNLI for 200 euro from the sale of the balloons that were released at the blessing of the boats. They also gave them a cheque for 150 euro from Harry Reynolds of Clonard Street who won the 150 euro in the Duck Derby who kindly donated his prize to them as well. Big thanks to Harry. The RNLI crew are all volunteers who don't get paid for their work and rely totally on fundraising to cover their costs for their boat equipment station and everything else they need for them to look after all of us. Click to see Gary's photos. 25.08.10
Hamlet Lane Improvements welcomed by Balbriggan Town Council The members of Balbriggan Town Council were informed recently that the Transportation Department of Fingal County Council have appointed a contractor to carry out improvement works at Hamlet Lane which will commence in the coming week. An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Frank Snowe who stated the Town Council has made repeated representations on the condition of Hamlet Lane to Fingal County Council thanked Director of Service, Mr Michael Lorigan and his staff for their assistance.more
11,500 Pages Viewed Monday 23rd August Wow, you were busy checking Balbriggan.net yesterday with over 11,000 page views in one day, can you believe it?. Other web sites don't get that in a year. Click on the thumbnail to see for yourself. 23.08.10
Membership Offer To Balbriggan Golf Club "MEMBERSHIP OFFER, Discounted Entrance Fee offer only €3000 (Limited to the first 30 applicants). Are you interested in becoming a member at this prestigous Golf Club. For more information, click on the thumbnail. 23.08.10
Gussie & Frances 50th Wedding Anniversary White's of Stamullen was the venue for Gussie & Frances Downes's 50th Wedding anniversary. Gussie, originally from Naul and Frances from Sheffield in Yorkshire and eventually they moved to Craobhin Park in the late 60's. Their 5 daughters and one son were their to join in the celebration along with their extended family and friends. We are asked to say a special "Hello" to Colin Young (Valerie's husband) in Bosnia who couldn't be there. The venue was packed and there was a great atmosphere with Joe Costello and his band playing until the early hours. Professional Photographer, our Tony was hired to capture the night. We wish Gussie & Frances many more happy years together. Click on the thumbnail to see 2 pages of photos. 22.08.10
1960's School Photo
This photo, along with another and some paper cuttings was dropped into the office the other day. This photo looks like it was taken in the late 60's or early 70's and it was taken on the steps of Loreto Convent. Please let us know if you recognise anyone and suggest a year it was taken. Click to enlarge. 22.08.10
Patrick "Sid" Bentley's Book Patrick, originally from Skerries but now living in Balbriggan has written a book called "The Jagged Halo" and we have been asked to give it a mention. It's a harrowing story of his life as an abused child and then an earley life of crime and eventually in a reform school run by the Christrian Brothers. It's a journey through the world of drugs and beyond to the painful journey of The Jagged Halo. The book is on sale in Fax & Fiction or on-line HERE
The road re-Surfacing work has started with gusto with most of Drogheda Street is finished, just waiting to be painted with double yellow lines etc. Today, Friday, they are working on Dublin Street so as not to interfere with the Friday market. Click to see the photos. 20.08.10
New M1 Services Signs Appear Has anyone noticed the new signs on the Motorway outside the town for the new Service Stations. These are huge signs and they are to direct traffic to either the north or southbound service areas. We believe both will be open in a few weeks. Click on the thumbnail to see the latest photos of the southbound service station. 20.08.10
‘Spec’tactular urban woodland set to transform Balbriggan! Local community group, Cardy Rock Residents Association, is celebrating after winning the Specsavers urban community woodland competition. Caitriona Redmond from Cardy Rock Crescent, submitted the winning entry and was on site today (Monday 16 August) with judge and gardener Paul Doyle plus Specsavers store director Paul O’Boyle to cut the sod at the site. Click on the thumbnail for more details. 20.08.10
Well done to all the members of the Balbriggan TaeKwon-Do club who were promoted during their recent grading under Mr. James Faulkner 5th Degree and Mr Paul Carroll 2nd Degree. Although they are taking a well earned break during August it’s back to training hard, starting on the 06th September, in preparation for next year’s various competitions. The club are hoping to compete in the ITF Aragon International Championships, which is being held in Zaragoza, Spain next March. more
Bunnie & Kathleen Casey 80th Party
It was a double celebration last friday night at the North County Cricket Club. The 'Bunnie' Casey and his lovely wife Kathleen were born the same week and were celebrating their 80th birthday!!!Close friends and family gathered to share in the celebrations with them. The 'Bunnie' who is well known in the community for his happy go lucky attitude to life and not to mention his amazing golfing skills and Kathleen for her kindness, love of her family and not to mention her amazing cooking skills. We at Balbriggan.net wish them both a happy birthday.Lynnette was there to capture a few moments!! Click on the thumbnail 19.08.10
Balbriggan Scouts taking part in the phoenix
This weekend sees one of the biggest events in the scouting ca lender. the phoenix challenge is a four day event which tests patrols of eight in every aspect of their scouting knowledge. areas such as building a full working home to house their patrol, building a full kitchen and dinning areas all to an extremely high standard. More 19.08.10
Road Closures from 19th August
Road resurfacing takes place this week from Thursday 19th to Friday 27th weather permitting. We have all the details for you but to simplify things we have coloured coded the sections of the road with the dates they will be closed. Click on the thumbnail. 13.08.10
Rita Gilbert's 50th Party
Rita had the party to end all parties in McCormack's of Balscadden on Saturday night. A huge crowd were there to share in her celebration and one of the highlights of the night was local impersonator of Tina Turner & Katherine Lynch, Brian Howard who was this years winner of Balbriggan's got talent. Rita was great fun and she even joined Tina on the dance floor. It was a great night and our man was hired for an hour to take as many photographs as possible. Click on the thumbnail to see Rita and Tina Turner along with about 50 photos. Happy birthday Rita, looking fine at 50. 17.08.10
Balbriggan Rugby Club Fun Club Photos We are now convinced that the Rugby Club have direct contacts with the man above. Glorious sunshine meant huge crowds turned up for the Fun Day and all had a great time. The club hired our Tony for an hour and we bring you the photos along with a few words from club member Ian Lawless. Over to you Ian, "While back I came up with the idea for the Fun Day for 2 reasons, to give the Club's members, players young and old and their families a great day out and also to raise awareness of the Club's existence. In showing newer members of our Community what a fantastic facility we at Balbriggan RFC have the aim is that it will result in new players of all ages joining the Club. Of course there may people who do not want to play rugby but may be interested in joining to meet new people and to help out with the general running of the Club including the social events like the Fun Day which requires a lot of help to make it run smoothly". More
Imelda Cross (Moreland)
Last week we brought you the story about how Imelda Cross had passed away and that her daughter, Alison, was bringing her ashes home to spread on Balbriggan Beach. Well, we received this lovely photograph of her, here is Alison's latest email "just wondered if you would like to use this picture of my mum, Imelda Cross (nee Moorland) in your news letter, who's ashes we are bringing back to Balbriggan over 70 years on" Thanks Alison for the lovely photo which might help people identify your mum. 16.08.10
Young and Old Celebrate Balbriggan Golf Club’s New Course In a small ceremony, in between the morning and afternoon shotgun starts of the Captains’ Annual Charity Golf Tournament, the remaining founder member of Balbriggan Golf Club, Kathleen Markey, assisted by the youngest Cadet members, unveiled a plaque to mark a most successful first year’s operations for the club’s major course redevelopment.The large rock holding the plaque was discovered during excavations on the original course, 65 years ago. It lay forgotten in a distant corner until last week when it was given new life by Kathleen, who was one of the first to join the fledgling club while still a young teenager. “This Club has been a big part of my life all these years” says Kathleen. “It has given me so much fun and friendship and memories and I am proud to be able to see it into another chapter of its life”, she said as she performed the unveiling. Also proudly attending on the day was Captain, Eamonn Copeland, who has been on more course development committees “than I care to remember and often wondering would anything ever come out of all those meetings”, he said. More
1955 Photo-We have all the names We now have all the names, even first names to this magical photograph. Thanks for all the emails and a special thanks to Sean Carton who rang the office to give us the missing names. Sean, we will see if we can get you a copy of this photo. The last name we were looking for was Denis Cleary. Click to see
Lighthouse Plaque Cleaned
When the Lighthouse was been painted a few months back, we noticed the top plaque had splashes of paint on it making it difficult to read. Well, a few weeks back we got an email from the painter, Michael Ryan from Ballyboughal to say he got back to the Lighthouse and cleaned and repainted the plaque and it's now readable. Thanks Michael, much appreciated. Click to view and read the plaque. 14.08.10
Very Tame Bird of Prey
It looks like a young Kestrel to us, these photographs were sent into us by Brigid Dervan and this is what she said,
"Bank Holiday Monday met this young Bird on Gormanston Beach, a fledgling with no fear of humans I was able to stand next to her and take a selection of photos. I hope that he/she is safe I was wondering if there were any other sightings......anyone know what he is , he had no fear of humans and posed like a model!!!" It's all birds this week, makes a change from the dogs. Click to see Brigid's photos. 14.08.10 Update. We believe there was a young Kestrel with only one leg on Baltray Beach about 2 weeks ago. It could be the same bird. Our Joe has sent us a great photo he took of the Bird. Click to view
"Parrot" is a Cockatiel
An update on the colourful bird spotted in Balbriggan. Joe Corcoran of Balbriggan Pet Shop tells us it's one of his birds, it's a cockatiel that escaped on Wednesday. It has been seen down at the Harbour. Ordinarily you wouldn't be able to catch this bird but if he gets hungry or thirsty, you have a chance. If you spot the bird, please ring 086-8054 275
46 teams compete in Balbriggan Golf Club Pro-am Members from Balbriggan Golf Club joined 46 professional golfers last Friday only for the third time in the clubs history to host a Pro-am. This was made extra special as it was held on the day the club was founded in 1945.The newly redesigned course proved a challenge for both the professional golfers and amateurs alike.The winning professional was Damien Mooney with a course record of 68. The winning team with Professional Gary Wardlow from Edenderry Golf Academy his team Andrew O’Loughlin (Rush Golf Club) John Mc Inerney (Skerries Golf Club) and Gerry Mc Inerney (Sutton Golf Club) had a great score of 92 points. The presentation on Friday evening was by the clubs Captain Eamonn Copeland and Lady Captain Barbara Kenny both who expressed their delight with the success of the Pro am. Saying “today’s Pro-am was another great event held in the club this year. In July the club hosted the Leinster Girls Championship for the I.L.G.U. and just two weeks later the club hosted the Senior Cup for the G.U.I.”They thanked all who participated on the day and especially the PGA for selecting Balbriggan Golf Club to host this event. Click to view photos. 13.08.10
Update..Balbriggan Credit Union Sponsor Two Tickets to Pilgrimage
Two days ago we reported that the Balbriggan Summerfest had presented a cheque for € 2000.00 to Balbriggan Pilgrimage but we forgot to also tell you the Balbriggan Credit Union sponsor two tickets to Lourdes. Click to see the extra photo of Pearl Costello with Michael Horan. 13.08.10
c1974 Lourdes Pilgrimage Photo
We now have lots of the names for this photo, thanks to everyone who helped especially Jane Crowe. It was taken around '74 or '75 and the reason we are missing a few names is because the priest, Fr. O'Brien had moved to Dalkey and he brought several parishioners from there on the pilgrimage. Click on the thumbnail to see who we have named. 13.08.10
Wild Parrot Spotted in Balbriggan
Here is a photograph we received this morning of, what looks like a Parrot to us. It was seen near Seapoint before it headed off towards the Harbour yesterday lunchtime. Let us know if you see it. Click to enlarge the photo. 12.08.10
1955 Photo, Who is Number 17?
Many many thanks for all the emails, Guest Book entries with regard this photo. We now have all the names except one, number 17. Someone out there must know who he is. Come on, put those thinking caps on and if you know who he is, let us know. 12.08.10
Balbriggan Lourdes Pilgrimage Committee Receive € 2000.00
It's all thanks to the Balbriggan Summer Festival and Rhona Tolan with Rachel Cawley presented them with the cheque in the Glebe North Clubhouse recently. B.net was invited along to capture the moment and we bring it to you today. We've also been asked to thank Roger Cannon who climbed Croagh Patrick in his bare feet to raise much needed funds for the committee. Also present were members of the Naul committee. Click on the thumbnail to see the photos. 11.08.10
Balbriggan Tidy Towns, Paint the grotto's,
Balbriggan Tidy Towns were in action again last night down in the Beach and Harbour area. Nine volunteers painted the entrance to the beach from the harbour known as the 'Grotto's. These had become very run down since they were used as props in a film that was recorded in Balbriggan over ten years ago. They are now sparkling and in their new magnolia colour make a fine entrance to the beach. A litter pick was also undertaken on the beach and we are disappointed to report that the amount of litter on the beach seems to be increasing so please use the bins provided if you or your family visit our fine beach. Tidy Towns work continues every Monday evening between 7pm and 9pm meeting in the harbour carpark or on the beach, watch out for the people in the fluorescent yellow jackets ! or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Zoe on 087 1330809. Click the thumbnail to see the photos
Balbriggan RFC Astro Turf Pitches As part of their ongoing development Balbriggan RFC has lodged an application for four state of the art Astro Turf pitches on their grounds at Inch Road Balrothery. All going to plan the pitches should be open sometime in mid January 2011. This is another step in the Clubs strategic five year plan to develop a centre of field sports excellence with Rugby at its core. To date they have developed three all weather rugby pitches on their twenty two acre site and their intention is to use this revenue stream to prime pump future developments. Enquiries concerning the Astro Turf Pitches can be made to Ian Lawless who is heading up the project at 086 8253500.
Catch the Pigeon Just to let you know, our garden in Bremore Drive seems to have been adopted by a beautiful pigeon. I assume it belongs to someone as it's got a ring around one leg. Pale coloured, with lovely markings around the neck. It's not injured as far as we can see. Anybody missing a racing pigeon or is he just having a rest?!!.Regards, Roisin Halligan
1955 School Photo Wow, lots of emails with names, number 27 is spotted by lots of people, the Late Ricky Mullens. We have added more names but there are still a few missing. Don't worry about number 11, there is none, our mistake. Click on the thumbnail to see if you can help. 10.08.10
Gary English 21st Party Photos This HUGE party took place in a marquee near Balscadden on Saturday night. Our man was hired and he got some great photos and at the moment he is putting the names to the faces. There must have been nearly 200 people and as man was leaving, people were still arriving. The set up was fantastic, huge Marquee and a field for parking, it was like a staged event. We'll have more information on the party later but for now, let's see almost 50 photos. Click on the thumbnail to view. 09.08.10
32,000 Hits Last Week
The figures speak for themselves, 32 thousand hits from last Monday to yesterday. Fantastic hits but little feedback through the Guest Book and emails. Anyway, lots to bring you this week and a reminder that if you are having a party in the coming weeks, why not hire a professional photographer for an hour. Call Tony 086-8054-275 anytime but bear in mind he is heavily booked for the next few weeks. Click to see last weeks hits.09.08.10
c1955 School Photo Here is a great photo that was dropped into the office the other day in an envelope with no name as to who owns it. We think it's about 1955 and we can spot about 4 people we know, Pat Dowling, Sean Daly, Eugene Callaghan and Pat Curtis. We are very disappointed at the response lately to old photographs where we were looking for names, thousands of hits per week and no emails or Guest Book entries, what's happening? If we don't get a good response to this photo, that's it, no more classic old photos on the towns biggest web site. Good bye. 08.08.10
Scoil Rince Cualann
Balbriggan's very own Scoil Rince Cualann recently travelled to Bitburg in Germany to represent Ireland in an International Folkdance Festival. The group of 30 dancers, musicians , along with 14 other countries including New Zealand, Russia, Germany Slovenia, attend the festival which took place in July. All classes will resume in September for details go to email@example.com. Click on the thumbnail to view a few photos. 08.08.10
Deirdre Hickey Ties The Knot Thanks to our friends in Fingal Weddings.com, we have been asked to show this lovely couples wedding photo. It's a local girl now living in Drogheda, Deirdre Hickey and she married Pat Bryant from Birmingham in the City North Hotel in April this year. We wish to congratulate herself and Pat on the birth of their 3rd son, Alex who was born on the 2nd June weighing in at 7lb 6oz. Click on the thumbnail to see the happy couple. 05.08.10
A Nervous Wreck We talk of course about The Mary Christina, D484 the last wreck in Balbriggan Harbour, beside the Disco Bar. Thanks to everybody who rang or texted us the other day to say that The Harbour Master, Neil Roche and a crew from Fingal County Council had started to dismantle this huge wreck. Unlike the previous wrecks, this is a big boat with lots of metal in the upper structure so welding and angle grinders were also necessary. This is great to see and it will help Balbriggan in this years Tidy Towns competition. Many thanks to Neil, Fingal CC and Balbriggan Town Council. Click on the thumbnail to see some recent photos. 05.04.10
Dealing with Revenue Obligations (FREE INFORMATION SESSIONS) BEDG Ltd, the Training provider based in Balbriggan, are pleased to announce that they have arranged a series of informal sessions to assist all small business people in the Fingal Area, either currently in business or intending to start a business to a series of talks/discussions on dealing with Revenue Obligations.More
Balbriggan Cricket Club
Balbriggan Cricket Club won the Senior 2 Cup at the weekend by 199 runs. We sent along our Joe for a few hours and he captured some great shots. Balbriggan reached the final of this tournament in 1989 but went the whole hog this time and defeated Phoenix in the final at North County on Saturday. Click on the thumbnail to see about 40 photos. Well done Joe, the cheque is in the post, ha ha. If Tommy Geraghty wants to add to this please feel free to contact us. 04.08.10
The Wedding of Marguerite & John
Love is certainly in the air at this time of the year in Balbriggan and Marguerite & John are the living proof. The happy couple tied the knot last Saturday in Balscadden Church where the Celebrant was Fr. Carey. Marguerite looked stunning as did Emma & Lauren Melia. After the Church it was then a short journey to Gormanston Castle where the local photographers, Lynnette and Tony got some lovely photos of the Bridal Parties in between the showers. It was then the red carpet for Mr & Mrs Melia as they arrived at The Bracken Court Hotel. Wait till you see the way the Hamilton Room was laid out, full credit to the hotel staff. We wish Marguerite and John much health and happiness in the coming years. Click on the thumbnail to see a few photos. 04.08.10
Niamh Doyle's Hen Night
Niamh Doyle, a long-standing employee of the Passport Office and a board member of 'Friends of Autism / ADHD' was joined by a multitude of friends for her 'last night of freedom', also known as her Hen’s Party. Niamh, who ties the knot in mid-August, donned the now-customary 'fun veil' and 'L' plates. Meantime, husband-to-be Tony Plunkett remained blissfully unaware of the planned celebrations. After dining at Castellina Chianti, Naimh and some 30 friends moved to the Millrace for a comedy event organised by her charity shop friends, culminating with dancing and "Fun & Games". Niamh was thrilled to share this special evening with her family and friends from both work and her charity involvement. Click to see the photos.
1947 Aerial Photograph of Balbriggan
These photographs are courtesy of Colin O'Riordan and over the past few days and weeks we have "knitted" together the 8 photographs that Colin has sent us. We have put them together and they will fill your screen for best enjoyment. Don't forget that you can pause the camera by pressing the Space Bar. We sincerely thank Colin for this marvelous collection of photos. Click on the thumbnail to download the file. Enjoy. 03.08.10
The Wedding of Kathleen & Martin
This beautiful couple got married recently in Balbriggan and Lynnette & Tony have very kindly send us over some photos if BIG day. Kathleen looked stunning as she arrived at the church with her proud dad, Martin. The Bridesmaids were also stunning, Rosie, Catherine and Gina.The Groom, from Galway was the picture of smartness as were the Groomsmen. The celebrant was Fr. Paddy Kelly and after a few family photos at the church is was off to Kettles Hotel in Rolestown. We wish the newly weds much happiness in their lives together. 03.08.10
Ian Lawless Surprise 40th Bash
Here are some great photographs of the surprise 40th party for Ian Lawless. Ian had no idea what was in store as he and Elaine were in Skerries for a meal. Unbeknownst to him, his family and friends were in The Harvest eagerly waiting his arrival. Elaine had hoped to get Ian to the party by 9.30pm but he was enjoying himself so much in Skerries, it was nearly 10.30 before he arrived in Balbriggan. As he walked in the pub, a huge cheer rang out for the birthday boy. Ian's workmates from the Fire service, ex colleagues from Wavin and half the Rugby club were there. Congratulations Ian, looked like you had a ball. We hope you like the photos, click on the thumbnail to view. 02.08.10
We believe that
Eileen Corcoran of Clonard Street has died and that removal is this evening (Thursday) to S.S. Peter and Paul's Church, for 6.15pm. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Friday morning, at 10am, followed by Burial in S.S. Peter and Paul's Cemetery. Also, The death has occurred suddenly of Joe Hand of Birmingham and formerly Fullam Tce. We extend our sympathy to both families. 29.07.10
Balbriggan Lads in Australia say hello
Platinum Labour Hire held Christmas in July the other night in the Cock'n Bull Bondi. You might know some of these guys? Dermot Fox, Joe Baxter,Gerry Prout and David Comerford. Qustion from B.net.Hey guys, a serious question, with unemployment in a bad way at the moment, are there jobs in Australia and would you advise people in Balbriggan looking for work, to travel out ??? If so, can you help them, back to you Gerry. 29.07.10 Reply from Gerry. Hi Tony, Yes there is plenty of work in Sydney at the moment not necessarily with us and only if you have a valid working visa. Not sure as to how long its going to last as most of the Jobs are government stimulus packages ( Schools, affordable housing and roads ) in the building industry. Before coming out to Australia you need to ensure if you are trade qualified, is your trade recognised in Australia??. I know electricians are not recognised in Australia. I have to say we have had some great Balbriggan lads working for us not mentioning any names but thanks lads. Gerry.
Eric Campbell's Best Ever Video-A must watch
Eric has asked us to give a mention to his latest video which can only be described as "Brilliant, Unbelievable and as professional as any trailer you will see in the cinema." You have to watch this and leave a comment. Click on the thumbnail. 28.07.10
Balbriggan Pioneers Abroad- Let's See if We Can Name Everyone
Here is a great photograph, we have no details yet so feel free to contact us. It's the Pioneers and we have enlarged both sides of the photograph to help you identify the people. We have numbered everybody, we hope, and we already have some names, so get cracking and see if we can name everyone. Click to see the enlarge photo. More details when we get it. 28.07.10
Balbriggan Public Realm Meeting
A meeting took place in the Town Hall last night(Tuesday) to give the locals a say on how Balbriggan will look in the years ahead. The project is shared between Balbriggan Town Council, Fingal County Council, Chamber of Commerce together with The Heritage Council. The aim of this project to to ensure that Balbriggan Town centre retains it unique vibrancy and so supports local businesses. A large crowd turned up to listen to, and to question members of FCC and the Chamber of Commerce. Rob Merriman of The Heritage Council spoke about the "Health Check" study of the town to help identify where improvements can be made especially when the new superstore, Tesco opens in a few months. Alison Harvey, also spoke about infrastructure and how well placed Balbriggan is with a train station in the town centre and a motorway less than a mile away. Click on the thumbnail to see some photographs of the night. 28.07.10
1984 Balbriggan Viaduct We have received information about this photograph from John Gallen,
"The walkway on the harbour side of the viaduct was always known as the wooden prom and was not a good place to be if you were afraid of heights. It was a board walk and you could look down between the gaps in the boards as you walked along. Some of the gaps were wide enough for the wheel of your bike to get stuck in, as well I know. At some stage the boards began to rot and access was closed off with the boards being eventually replaced by the concrete we have now. Unfortunately I can't remember the time line for when this happened." We know know that the walk way on the Harbour side of the
Viaduct was closed for a considerable time before it was replaced with concrete hence the wall in the photo. We have updated the page and included a photo we have taken this evening. Thanks to everyone for the emails and phone calls. 27.07.10
Tommy Murphy & Seamus Mathews in Wavin
Todays photograph was taken in the engineering stores and in it we see Tommy Murphy and Seamus Mathews. We don't know anything about these gentlemen so if you can help, please do let us know. The photograph is courtesy of The Benton/Curtis Collection. 27.07.10
1984 Balbriggan Viaduct
Here are two great photographs from The Benton/Curtis Collection and we bring the first one to show you that the arches under the Viaduct were not always "open". As you can see from this photograph, there was a wall of about 25 feet and the reason, coal was stored here ready to be turned into gas and other materials. So the next time you walk under the Viaduct, take a close look at what was once there. The second photograph shows the Viaduct looking south, notice a wall blocking pedestrians from walking across on the Harbour side. 27.07.10
Foroige "Gaeltacht Week" We are running a Gaeltacht week beginning August 2nd down at the youth club and we are trying to drum up numbers of participants. We would be so greatful if you could give it a quick mention before then as it could be really effective. Click on the thumbnail for more details. 26.07.10
Molly's Coffee Gallery
Eric Campbell has put together an excellent promotional video for Molly's Coffee Gallery on Quay street and he asked us could we give him a mention. No problem Eric, and we wish JJ the best of luck with this venture. Click on the thumbnail to see the YouTube clip. 26.07.10
O'Dwyers GAA Music & Dance Dancing & music with Liam Carter in O'Dwyers GAA Clubhouse, Bremore, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin on Sunday 1st August. Dancing from 9.30pm. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.
Meals on Wheels Balbriggan Meals on Wheels are holding a Coffee/Tea, Cake and Bric and Brac Sale of Work on Saturday next July 31st at 12noon in Meals on Wheels Kitchen, Hampton Street. Please be so kind to let us have any unwanted items in good condition and/or bake, etc for this event. They can be left into the kitchen in Hampton Street any morning during the week commencing July 26th or we can organise to collect the items from you. We would also welcome volunteers to help on the day. Please contact Helen Davis at 8416743. Many thanks. Freda
Balrothery Tennis Club Balrothery Tennis club is the happening place to be these days!!! We have three full sized recently surfaced tennis courts with flood lights. Every day the courts are being used - whether it be for junior tennis with professional tennis coach Ciaran Cunningham or just a good run around between family and friends!. Yesterday our 'Hut' got an overhaul with the help of a few club members. We painted the inside and outside and in the near future we will be able to run tournaments with our new facilities. Check our website. www.balrotherytennisclub.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.Click to enlarge photo. 26.07.10
The Wedding of Locals, Derek Grehan & Caragh McGuffin
Derek & Caragh, of Curran Park, married on Thursday 22nd July in St. Peter & Paul's Church, Balbriggan. The celebrant was Rev Aloysius Zuribo and during the celebration, the couple looked like they were enjoying every moment. After the group photo was taken, it was time to head to Trim Castle where the family photos were taken by Lynnette & Tony. The Best Man, Derek's brother Paul, did sterling work throughout the day as did Crystal McGuffin (née Hoar) as Chief Bridesmaid. Derek's other brother Robert gave one of the best and funniest speechs ever, followed by both sets of parents welcoming the new additions to the family circles. Heavy showers meant outdoor photographs were completed in super quick time and one photo which challenged our photographers was a late night shot of Derek & Caragh on the roof of the hotel with the floodlit castle visible in the background. Derek & Caragh, Lynnette and Tony tell us you were a total joy to photograph and that both families were so mannerly and attentive to them. We wish the happy couple many years of joy together. Click on the thumbnail to see some of the photographs. 24.07.10
Fantasy Football with Gormanston Anglers We have been soccer deprived now since the 11th of July but life will be back to normal on 14th of August when the Premiership is back. Our club The Gormanston & District Anglers have been running a Barclays Fantasy league for the last 4 years and many of you have participated, which has been a great help to us in maintaining and stocking our lake. more
Missing Dog Found at Newhaven
Mary Rogers would like to thank everyone who helped find Sam. More anon
Balbriggan & Skerries Convents
Two old postcards for you today, the first is of The Gymnasium at Loreto Convent and the second postcard is of The Convent in Skerries which was built in 1883 and was demolished sometime in the 70's or 80's to make way for the Kybe housing estate. It was a beautiful building as you will see. Click on the thumbnail to see today's cards. 23.07.10
John Cullen of Pinewood RIP
We believe he died last Thursday. We extend our sympathies to his family. If you have more information or a photograph, please contact us. Thank You. 20.07.10
Mystery Milestone Location
We won't keep you in suspense any longer, last week we brought you a photo of a Milestone with Swords, Man of War 8 etc carved on it. We said that it was in the Balbriggan area and we asked you where exactly it was. Only two correct answers and about 8 wrong. Obviously, the Milestone was originally near Swords, probably at Lissenhall and maybe during the building of the motorway it was moved to, wait for it.........Ardgillan Castle. So well done to Orla. Click to see where it is. 20.07.10
31,000 Hits to Balbriggan.net Last Week
That's the number of pages looked at last week. The number of people logging in/on is about 800 per day. Lots to bring you over the coming days and weeks. Click to see the proof. 20.07.10
Painting the town Magnolia !
Balbriggan Tidy towns Team were out again in force last evening (19th July 2010). Thirteen volunteers turned out to complete various task on the beach an promenade area. The highlight of the evening was the painting over of the graffiti on the beach life guard hut and the entrance of the tunnel leading up to Convent lane from the beach. This graffiti has been an eyesore for sometime and it gave the team great satisfaction to see it finally covered over. A team of six completed a litter pick along the beach and went all the way up to the Martello tower area and the far beach. An old moped engine was one of the most unusual finds last evening. Also a couch was spotted on the far beach, the mind set of people who dump such items is very hard to understand. Finally a team of four, including Trevor Sargent TD of the Green Party, undertook weed removal along the eastern path over the viaducts. This is the second time this weeding has been completed this year the results so far are Tidy Towns Team (2) Weeds (0). Remember we are always looking for new volunteers so why not join in next week...contact email@example.com or call Zoe on 087 1330809.
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Another 1947 Aerial Photograph
Here is another great 1947 aerial photograph of Balbriggan and this one shows the Viaduct, Cumisk's Yard, Kincora House and High Street. We have numbered a few "Landmarks" to help identify them. This photograph is courtesy of Colin O'Riordan. Have a look at the photograph and if you have any information about it, please let us know. Click to view. 19.07.010
Laura's 21 Party Photos
Laura McKenna had a night to remember last night in the Bracken Court Hotel as she celebrated her 21st birthday party. Her parents, John & Joan and her brother Stephen were also there to wish her well. Laura went to Loreto Convent but now she is in DCU studying and she also works part time in Spar. Her grandfather was the well known Franco Guildea. We have put together and Audio Visual of last night with some 90's music. Click on the thumbnail to download 30 MB which should only take a minute or two. 18.07.10
Another Missing Dog
Mary Rogers needs your help. Her dog has been missing since Friday evening, 16 July. He ran out of her house in Westbrook at 8pm. He was seen by a few kids in Westbrook on Friday night but hasn't been seen since. He's a small black mixed terrier dog and his name is Sam. Apparently two kids were looking for a lead in Supervalu on Saturday and told somebody that they had found a dog. If anyone has seen the dog or knows anything about him, contact us here 086-8054 275. The dog in the photo is similar to Sam
Ian Lawless Collection Photo
Here is another great photograph courtesy of Ian & Jimmy Lawless. We have no information at the moment but it looks like the early 1950's. When we get more information we will bring it to you. Click to view.17.07.10
A Wavin Photograph
Here is a photograph, courtesy of Vivienne Traynor and Eamonn Maguire. We may have brought you this before but it would have been a long time ago. We see Tosh Murphy front left but we are looking for the other names. See if you can help. Click to view. 17.07.10
Missing Dog has Been Found
Daisy went missing last Thursday and was spotted around Dun Saithne. The owner, an elderly lady was devastated to have lost her dog but the good news is that the dog was handed into the dog pound and they contacted the owner. Thanks to those who rang us with helpful information over the last week and a reminder to all dog owners, put your phone number on the dogs collar.
The Martin Mullen Training Room
Balbriggan Credit Union celebrated last night the official renaming of the Board Room as The Martin Mullen Training Room. Martin was the manager at the Credit Union until his untimely death last year. Apparently Martin had a great saying "onwards and upwards and this is on the plaque outside the room. Martin's wife, Claire and family were there to share in the occasion. Our man was there with his camera and we bring you a few photos of the night. Click to view.
Theresa Ethna Harris (O'Donnell) RIP
The death has occurred of Theresa Ethna HARRIS, (née O'Donnell) of England and formerly of Balbriggan, Dublin. In West Middlesex Hospital. Daughter of Ellen and Richard (formerly of the Irish Lights). Funeral on July 21, 2010 at 11.30am at Our Lady of Sorrow and St Bridget, Twickenham Rd, Isleworth, Middlesex. We extend our sympathies to her family. 16.07.10
1947 Photo Dublin Street
Today's photograph, part of a collection by Colin O'Riordan, shows The Square, Dublin Street and Hampton Street. Again, we have numbered a few spots to make it easier for people to help us identify things. We will update the previous photographs shortly whereby people have given us information. Click to enlarge today's gem. 16.07.10
Bernie & Proud Mary Hit Balbriggan
Two local girls are hitting the gig scene BIG time. Bernie & Proud Mary (aka Brian Howard, winner of Balbriggan's got talent) are available for weddings, 21st, Christmas parties, you name it, they cover it. Bernie is best know from the RTE series Katherine Lynch show and well, Proud Mary looks like Tina Turner to us. To contact either of these girls call Brian, their manager on 086-893 1191. Also available for corporate events. Click on the thumbnail to see photos and more details and the YouTube and facebook pages.
Richard McCauley Looking for help
Here is the Guestbook entry, " G,day I now live in australia but was born in scarborough yorkshire, in 1945 my father was Richard McCauley and his family came from Balbriggan. Can you give me any information at all on the whereabouts of any family living or dead, my daughter is trying to compile a family tree. My mother was ADA McCauley by marriage. Thanks R A McCauley" Richard's second email is as follows, "The fact is my mother and father parted in 1945 -46 as far as I know he returned to Ireland, my mother could not trace him and they were divorced around 1957 citing desertion. So if you would put an entry on the guest page that would be great. thanks for your help Richard McCauley. If anyone can help Richard, his email is as follows janmacsataapt.net.au Change the at to @. 14.07.10
Two recent deaths in Balbriggan, the first is Ellen (Nellie) Hamilton of Derham Park, and the second is of George O'Reilly of Westbrook Rise. We extend our deepest sympathy to their familys. We are going to try a new service whereby we hope to show a recent photo of the deceased person as this is what people tell us "I know so-and-so – but until I see a photo". So we ask anyone who can help supply a photo to contact us or has a suggestion.
Another 1947 Aerial Photograph
Today's aerial photograph shows Mill St, Clonard St and Quay St. If you spot anything unusual about the photo, please let us know. Eventually we hope to "knit" all the photographs to give us one big photo of the town. Click to view. 14.07.10
All Ireland Digital Postcode Launched
Here is something that will interest many in and around the town. A new company called Loc8Code in association with Ordnance Survey, Garmin and others have launched this week. Using their web site, you zoom into any part of the country, for example the Balbriggan Lighthouse and it gives you the Digital Postcode. The code for the Lighthouse is NML-70-RD9. This is ideal for anyone living in the countryside and receiving deliveries by courier. Click on the thumbnail to learn more. Their web site is http://www.myloc8ion.com/
1947 Aerial Photographs of Balbriggan
How about this, 1947 aerial photographs of Balbriggan. We received this one late last night from Colin O'Riordan in Balbriggan and he tells us he has more of the town and we hope to bring them to you over the coming days and weeks. The first photograph shows Bridge Street and the Square. We have numbered some of the premises so you can let us know the name of the shop at that time. Click to enlarge this classic photo. 13.07.10
Another Milestone Found in Balbriggan
Can you believe it, we have found another Milestone that we didn't know existed. The inscriptions on it are as follows, Man of War 5, Swords 1, and the middle inscription is 8. Has anyone any idea where it is, and just to let you know it's very definitely in the Balbriggan area and we are surprised no one else has spotted it. Answers to info at Balbriggan.net. 12.07.10
Tristar TravelWindow Boxes
Last week we brought you some photographs of the new window boxes about the town. Tom from Tristar Travel spotted that we hadn't put in a photo of his premises so we are correcting that now. Click to view the floral display. 12.07.10
B.net's Number 1 Fan One of the team was out and about today with his camera when be bumped into Stephen Cashell. Stephen, by his own admission, is B.net's biggest fan and as such, he us would we put his photo on the news page. So it's our pleasure to oblige, we hope you like the photo. Click to enlarge. 12.07.10
1980's Railway Street
Today's photograph is a great one thanks to Carl Ford. Costello Doors were on the corner where TRAX is now. You can also see the old connecting bridge across Railway street. Carl has lots of similar photographs that he took in the 70's and 80's and he has very kindly made them available to B.net. Click to enlarge today's photo. 12.07.10
The Green Mile(Stone) by Carl Ford
Today we have an unusual photograph taken in the '80's and it shows the Milestone when it was painted a unusual shade of green. Does anyone remember it like that?. The photograph is courtesy of The Carl Ford Collection. Click to view. 11.07.10
Today's Postcard, The Band, Loreto Convent Balbriggan
It was printed by Gerrard Brothers in Dublin and we guess it was it was taken in the early 1900's so we don't expect to be able to identify any of them. It has also been pointed out that a lot of them could have been boarders from all over the country. Anyway, it's a great photo and we are delighted so many of you are enjoying this collection courtesy of The Benton/Curtis Collection. click to enlarge. 09.07.10
Balbriggan Hosts Leinster Girls Championship
Balbriggan Golf Club hosted this three day event and the overall winner was Anna Courtney (St Anne's). Balbriggan pulled out all the stops to make this an enjoyable time for the 95 or so girls. Lady GOSH, Leigh Arnold (well known for her role in the RTE production ‘The Clinic’) came to present the trophies to the winners. Speaking at the presentations, President Ann Gallen spoke about how proud she was to have had Balbriggan chosen to stage this huge event. Lady Captain, Barbara Kenny congratulated everyone in the club who pulled together to make it such a successful occasion. We have lots of photographs to bring you so click on the thumbnail to view. Well done BGC. 08.07.10
Bracken boxing club Graffiti Mural
Anybody who has travelled to or from the train station in the last week will have found it impossible not to notice the fantastic new graffiti mural that now adorns the sizeable walls of the Bracken boxing club. In a joint initiative between Balbriggan Youth Service, The town council and The boxing club, a team of aspiring young spray can artists collaborated to compose this “boxing themed” art piece. Under the watchful eye of Drogheda graffiti hero Darren Finnegan, the young people aged between 13 and 16 spent two days on the piece and many in the town feel it is a wonderful and colourful display of the artistic talent that exists within the area. The mural is still under construction and is due to be finished shortly. The young artists taking part are members of the Foroige summer project, which aims to engage young people during the sometimes boring summer months and involve themselves in youth citizenship. For more information on Foroige’s Summer Project contact Derval Cumiskey on 086-7710790
Death Notice of Gerry Berger
I would like to inform you of the death of my ex-husband, Gerry Berger, late of Pinewood. He moved to Indiana USA 10 years ago, but his family still lived here in Balbriggan. He passed on July 2nd 2010. I would greatly apreciate if you could put up a small announcement on the website please. Thank you, Vera Berger.
Red Island Postcard
As promised, here is another "Vintage" postcard and this time we travel to Skerries. Red Island was a Holiday Camp run similar to Butlins and catered for mostly English and Northern Ireland visitors. It was built in 1947 and had 250 bedrooms and it closed sometime in the 1970's partly due to the troubles in the north and the rise in popularity of Spain as a destination. This postcard is courtesy of The Benton/Curtis Collection. Click to enlarge.
Charlie Nally, Dinnie Marry, Garret Cannon & Larry Kenny
We were reminded of this photograph by a recent Guest Book entry from G Cannon in Stamford, USA. It's a great photograph courtesy of The Benton/Curtis Collection. Click to enlarge. 08.07.10
Scoil Chormaic Community National School Castlelands, Balbriggan.
Will be open on the following dates for enrolments for September 2010,
August: Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th. Wednesdays 4th, 11th, 18th. between 10am and 3pm. Limited number of places available.
Enrolment forms may be: downloaded from www.codubvec.ie also available at the school. Completed enrolment forms & supporting documents may also be posted to the school at the above address during July and August. Enquiries also to:Principal: Deirdre Corcoran. Ph: 087 1789896
Old Balbriggan Postcards
Here is something we hope to bring you over the coming weeks, vintage postcards of Balbriggan, Skerries, Stamullen and Dublin. The collection has been very kindly given to us by messers Benton/Curtis and we guarantee to show you postcards you have never seen before. On a different note, B.net came second in the SummerFest Duck Derby and part of the prize was € 100.00 to a charity and we chose Meals on Wheels as we reckon this is the charity the late Jack Benton would have suggested. Click on the thumbnail to see today's postcard. 07.07.10
The Lawless Collection
Here is another great photograph sent to us by Ian Lawless. We don't have any information, names, year or where the photograph was taken. So if anyone out there can help, and maybe Ian himself could shed some light on this photo, we'd be very grateful. Click to enlarge same. 06.07.10 Update. We now have some of the names and the year is 1946
Lost & Found
A peppa pig bag was handed in at the Sandcastle Competion during the Summer Fest, it contains childrens clothes. If anyone has misplaced the bag, I know have it and they can give me a call on 086 1741809. Many thanks. Rachel Balbriggan Summer Fest. Also, a bunch of keys were found on the beach last night, we think they were left in the Garda station. 06.07.10. Update. Bag has been claimed.
“GOSH!! – Cosmetics 'nd Golf in Balbriggan”
Who says girls can forget make-up if they want to play golf in Irish weather? For many of today’s young fashionistas, this is just not an option. To prove it, drop in to Balbriggan Golf Club from Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th July and you can watch top class golf, played by 66 of the most talented and trendy young golfers from all over Ireland. more
Local Defence Force Photo
Here is a great photograph from about 1941 of the LDF on Market Green. We have the names of the 3 men nearest the camera but there are others that can be identified with the help of B.net. This photograph is courtesy of The Jimmy Donnelly Collection for which we are eternally grateful. Click to enlarge the photo and see if you can help us. 04.07.10
1946/7 School Photo
Today we bring you a great photograph courtesy of Jimmy Donnelly. We may have brought you this photograph before but it's a good one , so worth a second view. It's St. Peter & Paul's school photo and Jimmy has supplied all the names. We have made the photograph as big as possible and even divided the photo in two to help you identify the people. many thanks Jimmy. Click on the thumbnail to view. 03.07.10
Bernie Russell -- Car Draw Winner
The Car Draw took place last night in the Combined Clubs and we are delighted to announce that Bernie Russell of Bremore is the winner. Bernie tells us that she got the call last night but thought it was a hoax and it's only sinking in now. Bernie doesn't drive but her husband, John, is looking forward to driving a 10 car. Bernie's daughters, Paula and Susan were also there to to share in the excitement. Well done Bernie. You too could be a winner. Join the car draw for just 63 cent a week. Click to view the photos. 03.07.10
Advertise on Balbriggan Credit Union New Plasma Screen
Here is a great opportunity to advertise your business on the new Plasma screen in the Credit Union. With a captive audience of several hundred people a day, get your message across with impact. To give you an idea of the quality of the adverts we have a few examples for you to view. If you like what you see and want more information, call Tony on 086-8054 275 anytime. Click on the thumbnail to view. 02.07.10
Invasion of flowers Has anyone else noticed the amount of flowers and particularly window boxes about the town? It's especially noticeable on DroghedaStreet from the corner of George's Hill up to Supervalu. They look really well in the good weather, maybe they were there last year but we didn't notice. Click on the thumbnail to see for yourself. 01.07.10
Shop Artwork on the square
Following on from the Boxing Club artwork, here is some more great creative artwork by Alison O'Grady. It's in the window of the old gift shop which then became a hairdressers beside the The Millrace pub. Wouldn't it be great if they did this with all the vacant shopfronts. Click to view. 01.07.10
Nifti Timetable Balbriggan to Ardgillan and Balbriggan to Ballyboughal Click on the thumbnail to view the Timetable.
New Bus Service to Ardgillan, very nifty Nifti, the North Fingal Rural Transport Company officially launched two new routes as part of its Summer Service. The two routes are Ballyboughal to Balbriggan and Balbriggan to Ardgillian and will operate from 1st July to 31st August 2010.
The Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Councillor Frank Snowe in the company of the Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Ken Farrell formally launched the two new services in the Town Hall, Balbriggan on Thursday last, 24th June 2010.
Nifti operates a fleet of five buses and employs seven people from its base in Ballyboughal. It is funded by the Dept of Transport through the Rural Transport Programme, and the Dept of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs through the Community Services Programme. Both funding streams are administered by POBAL.more.
Bracken Boxing Club Sean Garvan spotted this the other day, "Looks like Bracken Boxing Club got a street artist to do some street art on the wall at the back of their clubhouse". . Click to view. 30.06.10
Aimee Guildea 21st
Saturday night last was a big occasion for Aimee Guildea of Dun Saithne. Aimee looked absolutely stunning on the night at the Ring Commons Centre. Aimee's Aunt Edna was traveling home from Spain and got delayed but made it for the party straight from the airport. Aimee was joined by her many friends, her mam Trish, her dad Cyril, brothers Gary & James and sister Lesley-ann. We believe it was a great night and that it went on into the early hours of the morning. We hope to add names to the photos as soon as we can. Click to view them. 30.06.10
Any Self Catering Apartments in Balbriggan?
Here is the email we received, "Hi could you suggest a few self catering apartments etc. I hope to come and see Hot House Flowers gig at McCoramacks in Aug. Please advise. Kind regards Janine"
Summerfest Photo Competition Winner
The judges this year were Tom Levins and Tony Healy and this photo caught their attention straight away. It was taken by Sandra McGrath and talking exclusively to B.net she said "I was thrilled to win the Summerfest Photo Comp. I didn't know who was doing the judging I am chuffed you and Tom picked mine." The photograph is beautifully composed, big aperture with the boy just going out of focus. The puppy gives it the aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahh. factor. Well done Sandra, smashing photo. Click to enlarge. 29.06.10
Drum Mics Stolen During Festival
Gary Tolan has asked us for help, here is his email, I was also wondering if you could put a piece on your site about a set of audix drum mics that were stolen from the livestage trailer on sat evening. There very rare in ireland and are worth a few pound and belong to marc halligan it would be great if he got them back so its just to warn anyone in the music business if they are offered these mic's to contact the guards the summerfest or marc halligan from icon sound on 0868311851
Eric Campbell Summerfest Video
Eric Campbell has been onto us to see if we could give his latest video a mention and we are only too delighted to do so. Eric has captured the weekend with great skill as usual. Well done Eric. To see the video, click on the thumbnail. 29.06.10
Huge Hits to B.net yesterday
We had a huge amount of hits to the site yesterday with over 1200 hits on the News Page alone and 529 people downloaded the Dog Slide Show. 6700 pages viewed in total. We must be doing something right to be getting hits like that. We have lots to bring you over the next day or so, so if you asked us to put something on the web, we will be doing that today and tomorrow. 4 weddings over the past few days has put us under real pressure. Click on the thumbnail to see the proof of how popular Balbriggan.net is. Many thanks. 29.06.10
Blessing of the boats
The blessing of the boats took place in glorious sunshine yesterday as part of the summerfest. Fr. Eugene Taaffe preformed the blessing watched on by An Cathaoirleach Frank Snowe and acting Fingal Mayor Cllr. May McKeon. It was great to see such a large crowd and we were there to take a few snaps. Click to view. 28.06.10
Pet Show as a Slide Showwith Music
The Summerfest Pet Show took place on the penultimate day of the festival and we sent along our senior photographer to capture the moment. Something like this needs music to accompany it rather than just looking a few photos, so our technical department have put together a 5 minute Audio Visual Slide Show which we hope you like. If we took your picture, we guarantee it's in the show. Most of the photographs have names included for your further enjoyment. Press the space bar to pause the show and use the arrow keys to navigate back and forward. The show was sponsored by The Doggy Man and The Pet Shop. Click on the thumbnail to download the show. 28.06.10
Our Brian Wins Balbriggan's Got Talent
Brian Howard, a good friend of ours here at B.net has won the talent competition last night. More anon
Balbriggan Summer Fest Parade
The Summerfest got off to a fine start last night and our Lynnette was on duty to cover the event. So to everybody who said to her, "will they be on Balbriggan.net", here are almost 100 photos. The festival was launched by Brian Ormond, we must be getting old as we have no idea who he is. We now know he is a TV presenter We have kept the photographs BIG so you can copy them onto your computer. Click and see if your photo is on Balbriggans BIGGEST web site. 26.06.10
Lawless & Gibbons Funeral
Thanks for all the emails re the Pathe News on "Lawless Balbriggan". Can we remind you that we here at B.net have made available a photograph of the funeral cortege of Lawless & Gibbons as it made it's way down Dublin street. We have also added a narrative of the events that took place in September 1920. The photograph is available framed or unframed direct from us at Info at Balbriggan.net or in the local shops including McGoverns Gift shop and the Fuji Shop on Railway street and will also be on view in Mollys Coffee shop soon. Click on the thumbnail to view. 26.06.10
Aerial Photograph of Balbriggan
We are really spoiling you today with a terrific aerial shot of the town taken only a few weeks ago. What's very noticable in it is how much the new Tesco shopping center has come on. We sincerely thank Tommy Geraghty for this photograph, wait till you see the detail in it. Click on the thumbnail to download it and see Balbriggan from about 1000 feet, you can use the space bar to pause the show. 24.06.10
"Lawless Balbriggan" on Pathe News
Pathe News was the "Sky News" of it's time and most people would have seen this news clip in the 1920's in the Cinema before the film. It's almost 2 minutes long, silent but it's a great record of a very difficult time in Balbriggan and in Ireland in general. Feel free to comment on this any other thing we bring you on B.net. Click on the thumbnail to view and by coinsidence, we will have more info on these events shortly thanks to Ian lawless. 23.06.10
New Indian Restaurant Opens
When any new business opens in Balbriggan, we always like to give them a free mention. Today, it's a new Indian restaurant, Moti Mahal at Linen Court, George's Hill, beside the Italian restaurant. Deepak is very excited about the business and he tells us he even caters for those of us with food allergies.They are open 7 days a week from 4pm to 11pm and their phone number is 690 4714/5. Click on the thumbnail to see inside and outside and tell Deepak that you heard about him on B.net. Best of luck with the business Deepak. 22.06.10
Longest Day ends with Tidy Towns Beach Clean Up
Last night (21/June2010) was the longest day of the year and we were blessed in balbriggan to enjoy some of the warmest and sunniest weather of the year so far. The tidy towns team meet again at 7pm behind the harbour and started their regular weekly work in the warm evening sunshine. The first viaduct was again cleared of glass and weeds, this is proving along and difficult job but we are making progress. Weeds were removed from the lamp-post at the entrance to the harbour and along the top of the viaduct/habour wall. Grass and rubbish was removed from behind and down both sides of the old RNLI life boat hut (currently use by Fingal CoCo as a store). Weeds and rubbish were removed from under the viaduct leading to the beach. In the second half of the evening a litter pick was done by the 14 strong team of the whole beach and both carparks. It was amazing what was found, a single old shoe, rope, old sanwiches, cans, bottles & carrotts !!!! If you would like to help out contact Zoe on 087 1330809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to meet new volunteers. Click on the thumbnail to see a few photos from last night. 22.06.10
839 Visitors Yesterday
We had 839 visitors to the news page yesterday and they visited 5057 pages, that's in one day, can you believe it. No other similar web site in Ireland comes even close to this. Click on the thumbnail to see the proof. 22.06.10
Here is a photograph we took yesterday and we have two questions about it. If you answer BOTH correctly you could win € 250.00. Answers to INFO at Balbriggan.net. Good luck. 21.06.10
A Gem of a photo
Just when we think we have seen all the old Balbriggan photographs, a gem is sent to us thanks to The Lawless Collection. We have several to bring you over the coming weeks along with a hand written account of "Operations" in and around Balbriggan in the 1920's. That's all to come but today's photo takes the biscuit (it's a cookery class). We have a fair idea of the year but we are asking you to suggest judging by the hair styles and shoes etc. We hope you enjoy today's photo as much as we do. Click to enlarge. 21.06.10
1987 PJ Cullen PhotographNames
We brought you this photograph last week and said we were looking for names. Again a very poor response, usually we'd get 30 to 40 emails suggesting names but this time, only one email from Eric Campbell. Thanks Eric for taking the trouble to contact us. Click to see Eric's names. 20.06.10
Here is a great photograph that we brought to you before but this time we are going to see if we can get as many names as possible.It was taken in the old Town Hall and we are led to believe it could be from the early 1930's. We have zoomed in on the bottom left section of the photo and put numbers on each person. If you spot anyone at all, please contact us Info at Balbriggan.net. Click to see the full photo and the enlarged section. 19.06.10
View of Balbriggan from Ardgillan
Today we bring you a wide angle photograph of Balbriggan and it's hinterland from out towards the Naul, Stamullen and Platten and over towards Hampton Cove with Carlingford in the distance. Click on the thumbnail to download it.
Debs Dresses at Balbriggan Bridal
Our good friends at Balbriggan Bridal on the square have asked us to let you know that they have a huge range of Debs dresses now in stock and just one of each dress. Balbriggan Bridal is located on Georges Square and Margaret, Bridget and Anne would be delighted to look after you. Click on the thumbnail to see the Debs Dresses and other photographs of inside their huge shop.18.06.10
Niamh Wins Gold Medal Local girl, Niamh Kirby-Sullivan has won the gold medal in the Dublin Community Games Finals in Skerries. The games took place at Skerries Mills and Niamh had tough competition from cyclists all over Dublin. Well done Niamh, we hope you like your photograph. Click on it to enlarge. 18.06.10
Two Great Photographs
We bring you two great photographs today courtesy of the late Monica Cullen RIP. The first is of 4 guys outside Hampton Mills, we think we brought you this photo about 2 years ago but the second photo is having it's first airing, we think. It's of Doris O'Connor and Rita Barlow. Any information on these photos would be greatly appreciated. Click to view. 18.06.10
Ardgillan Community College
We have come to the end of our very first year in Ardgillan Community College.
This has been a great year for the college. We have received a fabulous welcome into Balbriggan from the whole Balbriggan community. We would like to thank everyone for their support and we look forward to being a part of this community from now on. Click on the thumbnail to see photos from our first year. 17.06.10
St Francis Hospice Golf Classic. Following on from last years classic which thanks to you all was a great success, we are at it again.This years classic is taking place on Friday 6th August. Christy O Connor junior has kindly agreed to play on the day and present the prizes again. As a result of this we are holding a raffle on 31st July. There is a prize of a spot in Christy's team on the day as well as a prize of a full days pampering at RoganstownHotel and Country Club also a third prize of 2 tickets to Old Trafford to watch a Man Utd game (see attached poster).Click on thumbnail for more details
Balbriggan Meals LTD
Balbriggan Meals Limited would like to acknowledge and thank recent donation of €3,000 received from O'Dwyers GAA club from the Christmas Swimmers towards Meals on Wheels. Many thanks to all who took part, collected and supported this event. Click to see two photos. 17.06.10
Local Lad gets Gold in Special Olympics
David Richardson of Craoibhin Park, Balbriggan took part in the Special Olympics Ireland in Limerick on June 13 in the Ten Pin Bowling event. He did very well and came home with a GOLD and SILVER medals. We here at B.net and his family and friends just want to say congrats and well done to David, we are all very proud of you. Click to see David and his proud family. 17.06.10
Here is a great photograph given to us by Genevieve Moore (nee Whyte) in Stamullen. She is looking for information about this photo like where was it taken, when and if anyone knows who is in it. She is especially interested to know if James Whyte, her Grandfather is in it. Click to enlarge the photo. 17.06.10
Pandora Charm Bracelet Lost
This bracelet is actually a Baigi but most people would think it's a Pandora and it was lost this morning (Wednesday) between the Garda station, SuperValu and St. Peter & Paul's School. It has huge sentimental and there is a reward. You can contact us here if you can help, 086-8054 275. Thanks
Another PJ Cullen Photograph
We think the year is about 1987, it's of some students outside the "Tech" or Balbriggan Community College as we know it today. Do you recognise anyone in it, if so please let us know. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 06.08.10
Balbriggan Tidy Towns The Tidy Towns have been onto us to say they had another great turnout last night when 15 volunteers turned up to help. Among the work carried out was sand removed at the entrance to the beach, weeds removed from the walls, litter removed from beach. Don't forget, you don't have to commit yourself to every Monday, come along any Monday evening at 7pm. Click on the thumbnail to see a few pics from last night. 15.06.10
Summerfest Art & Short Story Competition Click on thumbnail for more details.
Hampton Hall Following on from our visit to Hampton Hall, we went searching through our archives and came across two great photograps of this fine house from the 1940's and '50's. Click on the thumbnail to view. 14.06.10
Balbriggan Tidy Towns
Don't forget, Balbriggan Tidy Towns are out and about tonight at 7pm. Feel free to come along and help. We meet at the Harbour Car Park and we have all the equipment necessary, gloves, bibs grabbers to pick up litter. If you would like any further information please call Zoe on 087 133 08090 or email email@example.com
Balbriggan 150 Slide Show For those of you who couldn't download the Video Postcard of Beautiful Balbriggan by the Sea, here is your chance to see it albeit at very low quality. Click on the thumbnail to watch. 14.06.10
Niamh Dunne (McKeon) 40th Party Photos Talk about a great night and Niamh looking fab at 40. A big crowd was in McCormack's Lounge Balscadden to share the night with Niamh, her husband Ciaran and her sisters Grainne & Fiona. Also there was her Brother Diarmuid and naturally her parents May & Pat. Grainne & Fiona read out a great poem about Niamh which had everyone in stitches. Our Tony was on duty and an invited guest and we apologise in advance for him been in so many of the pictures but he rarely gets a look in. Niamh looked stunning as ever but what comes across most in the pictures is her fantastic sense of humour and she is one that enjoys a laugh. All of Niamh's friends were there including the gang involved with the Summerfest. Niamh, many thanks for a great night, we loved every minute of it and we wish you and Ciaran lots of happiness together, you're a fantastic couple. Click on the thumbnail to see lots of photos by our man and some by his lady wife. 13.06.10
As part of the Balbriggan 150 celebrations, Hazel & David Pratt very kindly invited the Town Councillors, the Historical Society and Chamber of Commerce to Hampton Hall. Hampton Hall was the home to George Alaxander Hamilton who was so instrumental in setting up the Town Commissioners. Our man was hired to cover the event and we bring you some external and internal photos. We sincerely thank David & Hazel for their wonderful hospitality. Click on the thumbnail to view. 11.06.10
Town Council Meeting in Courthouse
As part of the Balbriggan 150 celebrations, the Town Council held a meeting in the Courthouse where the original meeting was held in 1860. Our man was there to photograph the occasion but due to technical problems with the web casting cameras, our man was asked could he help. Tony had to run home to get Jack Benton's Video camera and with seconds to spare, our man had the video camera working. Isn't is ironic, even though our Jack is no longer with us, his presence was still felt in more ways than one. This video is 20 minutes long, about 40MB so give it a few minutes to download. Click to start download. 11.06.10
CAR BOOT SALES There will be car boot sales in St George's School Naul Rd on Saturdays 12, 19 & 26 June.All welcome - Cars €10, Vans €15.This is part of the fundrasing activities to raise funds to restore the Spire on St George's Church the top of which has recently fallen off.
Maura Corcoran RIP
It is with sadness that we report the death of Maura Corcoran.Well known in the town and a life long supporter of Glebe North. The town has lost a great personality and a lovely lady. She lived in Craoibhin Park and she would have been 83 this year and these last few years she was confined to a wheelchair – but she still kept abreast of all that was going on in the town. She had a constant stream of visitors almost every day and she was never without some company. May she rest in peace.
Frank Snowe is the new Cathaoirleach
Balbriggan Town Council held its annual meeting on Tuesday 8th June 2010 at the Town Hall in Georges Square, where the elected representatives chose a new Cathaoirleach and Leas Cathaoirleach. Councillor Frank Snowe was elected Cathaoirleach, succeeding Councillor Monica Harford, while Councillor Grainne Kilmurry was elected Leas Cathaoirleach succeeding Councillor Larry Dunne. We at B.net wish Frank and Grainne well in their new roles. Click on the thumbnail to see the new and outgoing cathaoirleachs. 10.06.10
Another Missing Dog
Here is the email we received,"hi my name's louise guildea, contact number 0860583065. today my 6 month old jack russell dog escaped from our house in Tara Cove just before 9am. I heard from some kids he was in Balbriggan community college today but i still cant find him.
His name is sparky, he is white with a black ring around the base of his tail and has black on his face and ears. I would really appreciate it if you could post the information on the website in hope of someone seeing it and returning him."
Kevin Lenehan's 80th Birthday Party
Well it wasn't really a party but a meal for the immediate family. You would need to book Croke Park to cope with the crowds such is the popularity of this GAA man. It was a great occassion for Kevin as it meant all his brothers and sisters but one were there to share in his big day. Unfortunately, his sister, Margaret Lund was in Holland at the time and so couldn't attend. Young Sean Carey entertained the crowd with some fine singing and guitar playing. Click on the thumbnail to see a few photos of the night. 08.06.10
The Balbriggan 150 DVD Slide Show Some weeks back we brought you a full screen version of the Balbriggan 150 Slide Show and we asked for comments on how we could improve it. To be honest, we had a very poor response but we had some good suggestions and after discussing the suggested changes with The Town Council, we can now bring you the final version. This was shown on the big screen in the Bracken Court Hotel (although we had to borrow a projector) as part of the 150 celebrations and everyone was given a free copy. We will be putting it on YouTube but the quality there is very poor so to get the full benefit of this full screen, you need to download it. One of our favourite comments about it was that it was "the slide show to end all other slide shows". Would you show this to friends to encourage them to holiday in Balbriggan. Send us your comments on the slide show by using the Guest book. We think it portrays Balbriggan as a beautiful town which it is, especially when the sun shines. Click on the thumbnail to download it which could take about 5 minutes. We hope you enjoy it. 08.06.10
John Carroll and Catherine Carroll Here is an email we received the other day, "Hi,I wonder if you can help me. I believe my gt gt grandparents may be buried in the local churchyard in Balbriggan. In the irish 1901 census they were 75 years of age and lived in Chapel Lane Balriggan. So i'm guessing they ended their days there and wouldn't be buried in Glasnevin with the rest of their family. Would you know if the church has it's own records and if so who would i get in touch with.
I live in England and have just got back from Dublin but visit twice a year. These people i speak of are my mums gt grandparents and she is now 88yrs old and is very interested as she is the only gt grandchild left. Their names were John Carroll and Catherine Carroll they lived at 43 Chapel Lane. He's down as keeping a lodging house. He was born in Meath, she was born in Wexford.
I would be delighted if you were able to help or point me in the right direction. Unfortunately i have only one relative left in Dublin now as the rest have all passed on. God Bless them.Waiting in anticipation of your kind reply.Regards Jacqui".If you think you can help Jacqui, email us and we'll pass it on.
John Carroll of Chapel Lane
Another Photo courtesy of the Hagens
This is a great photograph, it looks like 1956 judging by the calendar on the wall. The lady is Mags Reilly and she ran the hotel in the town for years and the man on the extreme right is James Hagen, but who are the others? Someone must know and if you do please do let us know. Click to enlarge. 15.03.10