Photos from Balbriggan.
Check out these names, Joe & Angela
McInnerney,Lil Creighton, Stephney Lawless, Bridgie Cannon
& Mary Lawless,M.Creighton, Pattie Carvan, Ann Dowling,
Bridie Grant .Christine Woreley,Ann Creighton, Mick Dunne
and Anna Guildea, these are just some of the names
that are appearing in today's offering. The photos were
very kindly given to us by Delores Creighton. If you have
photos that you would like to show on B.net, please contact
us by email and we will print you a copy of every photo
you give us. Your original photos are returned to you within
of the boats.
Two photos for you today, the first is
an enlarged section of the photo that we brought you earlier
on today, see below, and the second is of Fr. Hassett onboard
a boat with Phil Curtis at the controls. Click on thumbnail.29.12.05
Here is brilliant photo taken in Lourdes
in the 80's by Fr Michael Hassett. Most of the group are
from Balbriggan and sadly some are no longer with us. We
have made the photo as large as we could to make it easier
to identify people. If you don't have broadband, it will
take a few seconds for the photograph to appear. Click on
Groveling mode again today. Apologies
to all for the lack of activity on the web of late but as
usual, we generally make up with a glut of photos and today
is one of those days. The first is a 1950's shot of Quay
St, followed by an ICA group shot, Glebe North, Mr Kinsella,
Tony Healy, Mrs McGoldrick, Kieron Corrigan with Jack Benton
and Gus Kennedy. All today's photos are courtesy of Martin
Fanning. Click on the thumbnail to view all.
Accident at the Christmas
On Christmas Day Jack Benton went to the
Front Strand, Balbriggan, to support the Charity Swim and
take photographs of the occasion. Unfortunately he was knocked
over by one of the swimmers as the group rushed towards
the water. Resulting from this Jack sustained a broken hip
and was removed by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital where
he underwent surgery yesterday (26th Dec). His hip has been
fitted with a special screw to hold the break in place.
This evening (27th) Jack is out of bed and sitting in a
chair. He can walk with some difficulty and with the aid
of a frame; however the prognosis for his recovery is very
positive. The nursing staff on the 4th floor say they are
astounded by his progress and cannot believe he is making
such a rapid recovery. The staff said he is an example to
all in that his level of fitness makes his prospects for
a full recovery very high. We at Balbriggan.net are not
too surprised at Jack's tenacity and grit; he is one tough
character and we wish him all the best. Click on thumbnail
to view more photos of our Jack.
Christmas Day has long been the day for
the charity swim in Balbriggan. A mild, sunny day made it
a bit easier for those taking part. There were two
swims, one at 11 and then one at 12 noon. Great fun seemed
to be had by all and Jack, Brian and Tony were there to
capture the occasion. There was a collision between two
people which we will have more on in the coming days. To
view the photos click on the wording appropriate to you.
1978 Balbriggan Community Games.
Thanks to Gerry Guildea in London for
these newspaper cuttings."Here are some Photo's from
May 1978 Balbriggan Community Games held down in O'Dwyer's.
Derham Park were the overall winners of the Noth Dublin
People Trophy for the best area. Included in that Photo
are: Frank Whelan, Christy Maypotter, David Tolan, Gerard
Maypotter, Gerry Guildea, Martin Gilbert, Peter Maypotter,
Liam Gaffney, Mary Baxter, Tony Healy, ? Healy, Brian Baxter,
Susan Guildea, Elaine Maypotter and Elizabeth Gilbert".Click
on thumbnail to view.
of Balbriggan in the 50's By Roger Turner Part 12: All Good
Today we bring you part 12 in Roger Turner series of memories
of Balbriggan in the 1950's. Rogers power of recall are
amazing and his love of the town has never left him. Click
on the thumbnail to read more. 25.12.05
Town Council holds its first meeting in new Town Hall.
Team members Jack & Tony were invited
along to capture the moment and also take the first photos
of inside the magnificent new building. Jack & Tony
were very impressed and agreed that it's exactly what the
town needed. We sincerely thank Brian Murray(Town Clerk)for
allowing B.net to be the first to get photos of inside.
Click on the thumbnail to see more photos and read the press
Here are the second and third in
a series of photos given to us by Gerry Hamilton. The first
photo shows the Sea Scouts parading past what is now "The
Central" but was "Walls" then and the second
is the scouts at the train station. Thanks Gerry for the
photos. As usual, click on the thumbnail to view. 12.12.05
Night-Fighter Lands at Gormanston 1945.
Most know this story but we were anxious
to find out a little more and the background to it all.
Mr McGovern had given us the photos and we did a little
research on the web and came up with the following. It's
a intriguing tale of defection, near misses and then the
safety of "neutral" Ireland. Click on the thumbnail
to see more photos and read the short account that we have
put together. 10.12.05
Year Celebration of 1916 Rising.
For those who are not good at maths, the
year is 1966 and because we have been "Off The Air"
for the past 10 days, we are really spoiling you today with
no less than 11 photos of the celebrations as it passed
the square. Some of the names that we have spotted include,
Andy Gilsenan, Munchy Gaynor, Bob Monks, Paddy Reid and
Willie Reilly. See how many you can spot. Photos courtesy
of Benton/Curtis Collection. 10.12.05
Board 1966 & Snow at Castlelands.
Two cracking photos for you today. The
first was taken on the Dublin road looking back towards
Castlelands, almost outside the Golf Club, and there has
been a heavy fall of snow, c 1983, and in the background
is Joe Wade's house. The second photo shows the Christmas
swim at Blackrock in 1966. We have also added two photos
taken today from similar angles. 10.12.05
Georges Square, almost complete.
Work is nearing completion on the Hotel
and Civic Offices. The area has been a virtual building
site for over 2 years now, but it looks like it was worth
the wait. The hotel has added another level, underground
car park and the Civic Offices look great, another month
or so should do it. Click on thumbnail to see photos taken
Here are some photos we came across of
the Pigeon Club from 1984. The photos are courtesy of The
Benton/Curtis Collection. Click on the thumbnail and see
who you recognise. 07.12.05.
it's nearly killed us, divorce has been mentioned but
then I realised I wasn't even married to Martin. Anyway,
the DVD is finished, we are very pleased with it considering
the time we had to produce it. The DVD is 23 minutes long
and has about 300 photos, 200 of people and the balance
from around the town. It's a must see if you live or lived
in Balbriggan. For those abroad, ring your relatives in
Balbriggan, and tell them them to get down quick to Supervalu
where it's at the Checkout or McGoverns Gift shop
on Dublin st. Only 200 have been
made so they will disappear fast. We will update the web
site tomorrow, Tuesday.
Maguire in John D's
Today we bring you a great photo,
given to us by Roger Cannon and it shows 7 locals having
some fun with "Sam" but there is one problem,
we only have 6 names. Can anyone help? Click on the thumbnail
to enlarge. Get cracking. 22.11.05
Update. We now have the name
thanks to JOHNER GUILDEA.
Here is a photo given to us by Gerry Hamilton.
It's a great photo showing the late Stationmaster, Mr Bennett,
It's photos like this that make B.net so popular. If you
have an old photo with a Balbriggan connection, please do
contact us, we'll copy it for you free of charge. Click
on thumbnail to enjoy. 22.11.05
The past few days have been extremely cold with very hard
frosts at night, which is unusual for a coastal town. In
this months slide show, we bring you 9 photographs, taken
early on Monday morning as the sun was rising. We have also
included 2 shots to show the progress on the square. Click
on thumbnail and we hope you enjoy. All photos courtesy
of Tony Healy.
Bus Service for the town of Balbriggan
As part of the implementation of the Balbriggan
Parking Management Scheme, Fingal County Council in conjunction
with Balbriggan Town Council and Bus Eireann are introducing
a commuter bus service for the town of Balbriggan and its
environs starting shortly.To facilitate this bus service
a ONE-WAY TRAFFIC SYSTEM will come into operation in the
area of the railway station as follows:On
Railway St.,Back Hill (Station Road) and Convent Lane.
Appropriate road markings are in position and signage will
be provided in advance of the implementation of the ONE-WAY
TRAFFIC SYSTEM which will be implemented with effect from
Thursday, 24th November, 2005. Peter Caulfield Senior Executive
Officer Transportation Department
OF BALBRIGGAN RAILWAY STATION – TREVOR SARGENT T.D.
gave a talk "150 years of Railway in Balbriggan"
during the Arts Festival week and following a discussion
with one of the team, has very kindly typed it out and made
it available to B.net. Click on the thumbnail to read this
fascinating account. Well done. 21.11.05.
photos from 1983.
Here are more photos from that year, ranging
from the Square, the new cement prom, a cycle race through
the town. Click on thumbnail to view all. 21.11.05
In June 1969 Benton's house next door to Spicer's Shop in
Drogheda St was being knocked down and when the 'rubble'
was dumped in a field in Flemington Lane children found
Gold Sovereigns in the piles of dumped material. It is not
known how many coins were involved but numbers of up to
700 were mentioned. It seems the coins were hidden in the
roof of the house which was a thatched structure which was
later covered with corrugated zinc sheet. Among those included
in the pictures are; Sean Benton, Jackie Dunne, James Crane
and Sil Halligan. JC 21.11.05