We have received an email recently from someone trying
to contact Paul Guildea. Does anyone know him or have
contact details.Is there such a person? If so contact
us here at B.net. firstname.lastname@example.org 01.03.2007.
Jack meets Dublins Lord Mayor.........
At the recent launch of a new publication called The A
to Z of Dublin Cinemas in which our Jack Benton has a
couple of photos included.Todays photograph features Jack
along with Mr.George P Kearns,Patrick Maguire and the
Lord Mayor Vincent Jameson.Jack also dropped in to end
of month party ran by Knights of Malta.Click on thumbnail
to view photos......Photos by Jack Benton
Great photos of Locals.
Firstly we bring you a photograph that we first published
in april 2004. It shows eight well known characters. The
second is of "Franco Guildea" and the third
is one of many we received from Kathleen Hammond. More
from her collection in the coming days and weeks.01.03.07
Aerial Photo of Balbriggan & Guest Book updated.
We spotted a very large framed photo of Balbriggan in
the offices of O'Connor Crean. Unfortunately, the photograph
is fading and a fungus has started to eat away at the
print. Tony arranged with Dave O'Connor, to remove the
photograph from the frame and photograph it. We bring
the full picture along with a zoomed in section showing
the hotel area. We may already have this photograph on
the site, we are not sure. We have updated the Guest
Book but a technical problem is preventing us from
bringing you the updated list of nick names which now
stands at 417 names. Click to enlarge.
Scouts Contact Details.
We received the following email recently, Dear Sir,
Please could you advise me of any contact details you
may have for Balbriggan scouts.Thank you in advance.Kind
regards, Ian McCready.Scout Leader, 4th Ellesmere Port
High Tide Recently.
We received the following email recently, Hi Tony,
I know the harbour is one of your favourite places in
the town. I was down there today(22.02.07) and the tide
was really high. In fact, I have not seen it this high
in years. Hope you like the pics, Regards, Eric Campbell.Thanks
for the photo Eric.Click on thumbnail to enlarge.01.03.2007.
on the LDF.
received the following email, "Hi, Balbriggan born
and bred, I love Balbriggan.Net, Im dissappointed every
day to see more and more of our historic town ripped down
in the name of progress and bad planning, and its nice
to visit and keep the memories alive of what it used to
be, but thats another days work.
This time I am emailing you with a request, as a 3 Star
Private of the RDF (Reserve Defence Forces) based in Swords,
(formerly the FCA and before that the LDF or LSF), I was
interested in the few tidbits of information (1 or 2 photos)
that you have implying that there was a Balbriggan Unit
of the LDF during the Emergency..... more
. (and to see a photo of the Balbriggan LDF click
At the moment the Dept of education
have a request for submissions for the new schools.
I , as you know am involved with he ADHD group. I want
and need as many people as possible to submit a request
for a special needs section with in theses schools.
My own daughter is looking at having to go to school
in Dublin ....why is she been excluded within HER community?
So I have put up a request asking for community people
to submit a request for a special needs school. Its
at www.adhd.ie can
you do similar. They don't even have to live in Balbriggan
but care about the people in balbriggan. We have a dead
line? Thanks, Cathy. 01.03.2007
Brothers set for the Road Racing Season
With the 2007 motorcycle road racing
season starting with the Cookstown races at the end of
April, all the local riders have been updating and maintaining
their machines over the winter months ready for another
exciting season. None more so than the three Costello
brothers from Skerries and Balbriggan.Keith, Gareth and
Derek will be racing 600 and 400cc bikes again this year
and for anyone who'll be spectating throughout the season,
the brothers will be racing be racing under usual rider
numbers - Keith #43, Gareth #48 and Derek #73
The three brothers will hold a fundraising Disco and
raffle this friday the 2nd of March in the North County
Cricket Club, Balrothery from 8.30 pm.Costello Racing
would like to thank Eamon Mulligan (Courtlough), Libero's
Pizza and Pasta, Balbriggan, Paul and Fidelma Woodlock
(Laytown), Rio Grande, Parks Village, Derry and Ballinode
Seafood's of Monaghan and all their supporters and look
forward to seeing you on the night. For more information
on Costello Racing, you can contact them on 086 3577628
you oblige me with the phone number of Balbriggan, ICA?
The listed number is out of service (8411148) Thank you
Adrienne Coogan Ellis email@example.com
Nick Names by Ross Magee
There are 3 Beezer Gormans in the same family! and their
cousin The Staf Gorman (Stephen Gorman), The Rosco McGee
(me), The Muttley Weldon (My uncle martin weldon, high
The Tufty (andrew) McIntyre, The Tucker Doyle, The Tucker
O Brien, The Duke Weldon (My grandad Frank Weldon high
street - deceased), The Pudners Brady (great singer at
mass ;o) RIP) if i think of more, ill send them on! Thanks
visits Balbriggan to capture the world’s first Seal
AM’s Aidan Cooney and Paddy Power joined forces
on Wednesday as two seals- ‘Boris’ from Cork
and ‘Viscount’ from Dublin were released into
the sea at the site of the planned Marine Conservation
and Education Centre. Money changed hands as the seals
came down the slipway near the Martello tower but thankfully
it was all going to the Seal Sanctuary charity. Brendan
Price invited the local schoolchildren from St Mologa’s
to view this unique occasion and Brian Howley was on hand
for Balbriggan.net to capture what was a very unique afternoon-
seagulls, cormorants, seals , speed boat, Bremore Castle,
trains, judo practice on clifftop and a full tv crew !
Watch Ireland AM this week to see the full coverage.
Click on thumbnail to view pictures.
in the World will Balbriggan Darts Ace be in 2007?
Ok so we all know that Mick ‘The Magnet’ McGowan
from Balbriggan set a blistering pace in Professional
Darts world over the last few years. And anyone with a
keen eye on Skysports saw Mick move from ranking of 75th
in the World to 35th when the PDC was played over Christmas
and New Year in Surrey, England.
Up against the famous defending champion Phil Taylor in
the second round our Mick racked up no less than 10 maximums
…that’s 180 !! more.
Committee from late 1970’s.
Here is a great photograph the Brian
came across. It shows the Balbriggan Horticultural Committee
from the late 1970's and name like Pat Gilsenan, Bill
Chase and Barbara Curtis to name but three. Click on the
thumbnail to enlarge. 28.02.07
structure on roundabout.
A new structure has been erected on the roundabout, we
are not sure what it's supposed to represent but when
we get more details, we'll bring it to you. Click on the
thumbnail to see some photos taken by Brian Howley. 28.2.07
Update. Press Release from
Balbriggan Town Council.
Carey hits the BIG 40.
On Friday Night, 16th of February 2007,Alan Carey celebrated
his 40th birthday in O'Dwyers GAA Clubhouse.A great
time was had by all. Alan will be well know to many
in the town through his family business "Careys
Supermarket" which closed in recent years. This
has not stopped Alan's community spirit though as he
is still on call to protect us with our local fire brigade,
and of course continues his life long involvement in
Many were there for Al on Friday, including, Wife, daughters,
Mam, Dad, brothers, sisters, nieces, uncles, aunts and
cousins. Not to mention many friends old and new. Heres
looking forward to your 50th Al. Some great photos here.
Enjoy. Click on thumbnail to view. 28.02.07
Its well over 130 years since the Bell Hill succumbed
to the mountainous seas that forced her on the rocky
shore off the Balbriggan coast. When I was growing up
in the 50s, there were still locals alive who, as children,
must have stood watching the tragedy unfold and their
stories kept children like me enthralled. For many years
I have wanted to do something to mark the event and
for the past few months have been working on this epic
poem. Roger Turner. Click to the thumbnail to read Rogers
County Council Balbriggan local office now open
The Fingal County
Council local office is now open to the public on the
first floor of the Town Hall & Library Building at
Georges Square. The office which is open from 9.00 a.m.
to 5.00 p.m. (4.30 p.m. Fridays) provides information
on all council services.Planning applications can be viewed
and information leaflets are available at the offices.
Citzens can be put in contact with relevant staff in Swords
or Blanchardstown if required.The local office can be
contacted at 01 – 8704411/2/3. 28.02.07
Show with Music.
Today we bring you another slide show, this was created
by one of the team who has a relation over from the states
and is loving Ireland. This weekend, the weather was so
good that our Tony, his wife Yvonne, his cousin Eileen
and the dogs headed for Dublin, Stephens Green, Grafton
Street and the following day to Powerscourt Waterfall
and Glendalough. This show has very little to do with
Balbriggan but we think you might like it. You must have
Broadband and it'll take about 3 minutes to download,
we hope you enjoy. Click on the thumbnail to start downloading.
more "Harbour Inn" Photographs.
Judging by the guest book,
updated today, these photographs along with the Nick
Names, have been our most popular articles. We have
now used all the photographs that Colin had sent us, so
if you've any more Colin, get scanning and emailing. Click
on the thumbnail to the right. 14.02.07
batch of Nick Names.
now have 329 names after receiving a glut more from Colm
and The 'Scunner' Campbell. To see the latest batch click
HERE and to see the
full list click HERE. This
topic has really got people thinking. 07.02.07
Photos from "The Harbour Inn".
More today from the "Colin
Whelan Collection" with Tommy Byrne, Ray Farrell,
Glick and Robbie Lawless to name but a few. Also some
more nicknames have been submitted, keep them coming,
we are heading for the 300 mark. Click on thumbnail to
see photos and nicknames. 06.02.07
Heritage Centre at Night.
Clear skies at night recently made for great photo opportunities.
We particularly like the way the Balrothery Heritage Centre
is lit up and yesterday as we passed it on our way home
from a photo shoot in Lusk, we noticed the moon was in
a perfect position for the ideal shot. We have added the
EXIF data at the request of several surfers.Click on thumbnail
is with great sadness that we report the death of Harry
Tuite Sr. Harry was a great friend of ours and contributed
many photographs to the site. We believe he was 83 and
he was in great health up until recently. He passed away
yesterday evening(Thursday 1st Feb 07). On behalf of all
us here at B.net, we extend our sincere sympathy to his
wife Ester and all the family. A lovely man, a great character
who will be sadly missed about the town. 02.02.07
it is hard to believe that it was 20 years ago... by Colin
Harbour Inn was situated on the corner opposite Deli Burger
where the new Balbriggan Pharmacy is.We used to have a
great laugh in that place. I was never out of it. If I
was not working in it, I was drinking in it, If I was
not drinking in it, I was playing music in it!
Everyone will remember Fran Carroll, Denis Gay, and Tommy
Byrne running the place and the great job they did.Live
Music, remember the bands? The Posers, The Carter Brothers,
Carl Marry, Middle East. Paul Toal, PJ Cullen, Ray Carter.
Great. Well Fran always made some great posters and artwork
for different theme nights and events they would put on,
one such night was Halloween 1987! What a laugh. Do not
look at these pictures if you are easily upset. If you
were there that night, click in and stroll down memory
lane! Colin Whelan.Click
on thumbnail to view. 03.02.07
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web site developers out there willing to help B.net, preferably
living in Balbriggan. We have the above programme but
we have a few questions to ask.Click Here
to contact us.
few pics for you here. Firstly we show another boat that
seems to have been abandoned directly below our beloved
lighthouse. We wonder can it be dismantled and taken away.
Secondly, we show how the repair of the harbour is progressing.
Finally, we show some local fishermen, Ken Griffin and
friends. Ken, we hope your PC is working fine now.
Doyle and James Mc Dowell-Doyle of Main Street, Balbriggan.
We received this
email today, "Good morning, I was thrilled to come
across your website during my search for information regarding
my late father's family.According to his birth certificate
his father was from Balbriggan! My husband and I have
booked a week in Dublin this coming July and I can't wait
to visit your beautiful town and look around where my
grandfather lived.My father's past has always been a mystery
as he was abandoned at the age of two and left with the
neighbours, who changed his name and brought him up as
their own. more
UNDERWAY TO CONSTRUCT LOOK ALIKE ORIGINAL LANTERN FOR
BALBRIGGAN HARBOUR LIGHTHOUSE
Local T.D. and Green Party Leader,
Trevor Sargent, is continuing to campaign for the restoration
of the Balbriggan Harbour lighthouse.“I had hoped
that a discarded lantern could be found elsewhere in
the country. After checking out this possibility, however,
a helpful architect has found that the redundant lantern
house would be too big for the Balbriggan lighthouse
and therefore there is no point in pursuing its acquisition.Thanks
to the dedication of officials ain Fingal County Council
and the generosity of a local architect, plans are now
being drawn up to reconstruct a lantern house in the
original style and the correct size to fit Balbriggan
Harbour lighthouse.”ends.Information: Trevor Sargent,
T.D.Office: 890 0360 PRESS STATEMENT
Swords, 31st January 2007
regulars from "The Harbour Inn" 1987.
Today we bring you the second installment from The Colin
Whelan Collection. 5 photographs for your amusement, click
on the thumbnail to enlarge. Thanks Colin, keep them coming.
Carroll, Brian Carey, PJ Cullen & Paul Toal.
Colin Whelan has been in contact to say he has a collection
of photographs of locals. Colin used to work in the Harbour
Bar and regurarly took him camera along to "shoot"
the locals and recently he came upon a batch that he feels
will be appreciated by B.net viewers. Click on the thumbnail
to see Colin's first installments. 29.01.07
Good news to report here, this famous footbridge was lifted
back into place at midnight last night. The road was closed
for several hours with diversions at Bearnageara. Although
it looks as if the repairs are nearing completion, it
will take several weeks before its open to the public
bringing to almost 18 months, the time taken to repair
it. Click to see latest photos. 28.01.07
Tony set up by RTE's "Naked Camera".
Our Tony was set up by his ex friend,
Martin (Bootsie) Fanning. It all happened in The Bracken
Court Hotel today at 4.30pm. Tony thought he was meeting
a client to discuss wedding photography. Hidden cameras
in the hotel caught out Tony, big time. More details soon.
Web Site. The show will be broadcast
sometime in March. Click
on the thumbnail to enlarge.
Car in Balbriggan.
photos for you consideration today, the first is a real
classic, probably the first car in Balbriggan(sounds like
an advert). The car was owned by the "Dennis"
family and is c1907. We hope to have more details as to
the names of those in the photo. The other two photos
were taken in 1979 during the Breakaway Festival. We thank
our friends, "Benton & Curtis" for today's
collection. click on thumbnail to view. 22.01.07
those of you wondering why the Lady's Stairs has not been
repaired as promised by Irish Rail. The date given for
repair was Sunday 3rd December 2006, but as you will see
from the letter we received from Trevor Sargent TD, the
new date is Sunday 28th of January 2007. The person looking
after the project is Mr Liam Meagher and anyone wishing
to contact him can do so by email. Many thanks to Trevor
Sargent for this. PS. Trevor, any word on the Lighthouse?
luck to Andrew on "You're a Star", always next
year. Our friend, Roger Turner has put pen to paper again,
this time about 1950's radio. Click HERE
to read his account. The guest
book has been updated as has the Nick
Hall, Civic Offices, Library & Refurbishment of George’s
Ahern, T.D. Minister for Foreign Affairs officially opened
the Town Hall, Civic Offices, Library & George’s
Square on Saturday 20th January 2007. In the presence
of An Cathaoirleach, Balbriggan Town Council, Councillor
Monica Harford and the members of Balbriggan Town Council;
An Cathaoirleach, Fingal County Council, Councillor Joe
Corr and the members of Fingal County Council and invited
guests. There to capture the day were local photographers
Jack Benton, Martin Fanning, Brian Howley and Tony Healy
and we have over 50 photographs for you here. The reason
for so many photos is because those we photograph now
expect to see it on the web. Click on the thumbnail to
view 50 photos.21.01.07
RELEASE Town Council call Public Meeting to discuss St.
Patrick’s Day Parade
Council have arranged a public meeting in the Town Hall,
Georges Square at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 25th January 2007
to discuss the 2007 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.The
members are inviting the local community to come to the
meeting to express their ideas and become more involved
in the organisation of the Parade.The Town Council would
like to hear new ideas regarding all aspects of the parade
such as the timing of the parade, the route and other
entertainment activities to run in conjunction with the
parade. An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Monica Harford stated
“the Town Council is seeking input from the people
of Balbriggan to improve participation in the parade from
all sectors of the community”. Further details available
from Brian Murray, Town Clerk at 01-8412178
34th Scout Troop.
Earlier this month, we brought you some photos courtesy
of Oliver & Maureen Heeney and time didn't permit
us to show all the photos, so here they are with names.
We hope you enjoy. Don't forget, if you have photos of
Balbriggan many years back and would like they displayed
on the town's No.1 web site, please do contact us. .......Click
on the thumbnail to view Photographs from The Martin Fanning
Retirement Party for Nuala Guildea.....
A great night was had by all when
the family of Nuala organised a surprise birthday and
retirement party in Balrothery C.Club on Sat 13th Jan..Her
sister Esther and husband Tom was in hiding in Balbriggan
from Thursday to surprise her on the night.Well done to
all who put the night together.Click an thumbnail to view
photos......Photos by Martin Fanning and Brian Howley
this email from a friend of the team, it reads "Hello
! I'd be grateful if you could display the following ad
on your website: An OAP Dublin-man who is presently living
in a council house in Cork City at Ballyphehane, seeks
a transfer / swap back to the Dublin area. Attached is
a recent photo of the bungalow in Cork City. A bungalow
in Balbriggan area preferred but other
type accomodation and areas will be considered. All enquiries
to firstname.lastname@example.org, and will be dealt with in strict
confidence. Thank you. - - -Hopeful. - - -
‘You’re A Star’ Andrew says ‘Thanks’
and ‘please give me your support again!!’
Balbriggan man Andrew successfully negotiated
the first week of the Live Finals and performs again this
So whatever you are doing on Sunday evening make sure
you text VOTE ANDREW to 53600 (that is VOTE, a space,
and then ANDREW ) and help Andrew to reach his dream!
man in final stages of RTE’s ‘You’re
C ome on let’s give him all our support!!Whatever
you are doing on Sunday evening make sure you text VOTE
ANDREW to 53600 (that is VOTE, a space, and then ANDREW
) and help one of the locals singing career scale to greater
in all its glory........
Today we bring you photographs from Maureen Heeney and
Sean Farrell.The photographs taken in the 1950 to early
1960 aprox capture the canal as it use to be and also
photos of the great days in the history of the Balbriggan
34th Scout Troop. Ah what memories. Also a couple of Maureen
and her husband Oliver from their family album. Many thanks
again to Maureen and Sean .Click on thumbnail to view
the collection.......Photographs from The Martin Fanning
Square, Then & Now.
"The Martin Fanning Collection" is whom we have
to thank for today's photos. The first shows the Square
looking from Dublin Street and the second shows a Corpus
Christi mass. Both photos are from the 40's or 50's. The
old photos will swap to how the area looks today so it
may take a few seconds to download, if you're on Dial-up,
give it a few minutes. Enjoy. Click HERE
Thanks to everyone who helped out here, Martin Fanning,
Gerry Guildea, Kevin Hammond, Sandra McGrath, Sinead Quinlan
and all the others who have stopped us on the streets
and given us names. We have put them into alphabetical
order and will add to this list as we receive them. There
are some spelling errors, but eventually we will get it
right. We have removed the real names because when we
sorted them alphabetically, we couldn't match them up
and it would take ages to do manually. Thanks again. List
photos for you today.
Thanks to our team members Benton/Curtis, we have two
photos. First is Peter Campbell & family seated in
the doorstep of their house on Clonard Streetin the 1940's.
The second shows some scouts preparing a meal. Click on
thumbnail to view. 04.01.07