Coyne in Glasgow writes.
John used to visit "Camp"
(Balbriggan) and set up tent near the martello tower. Anybody remember
this. Click on the thumbnail to read more about John Coyne.
fair “Marketplace ’05”
We have been asked
to remind people that the above fair is taking place this thursday
from 5pm to 9pm in the Grand Hotel Malahide. Click on the thumbnail
for more details.
walk down by the beach to the Lowther Lodge of present day.
Brian Howley had a walk
down memory lane recently down by the Delvin bridge to the beach
where he and his family visited most days during the long hot summers
of the 70’s.
There now lies the remains of the building known as Lowther Lodge
about which Balbriggan Historical Society had a very interesting
talk earlier in the year. What has been generating even more interest
is the fact that this building now looks onto what is intended to
become Bremore Port! Some of Brian’s photos are taken through
the porthole windows onto the beach and others are taken inside
the walls and show some of the features of this extraordinary house.
None of the bones that used to lie just inside the walls are there
anymore, long since cleared away!!
A request was made for a picture of Liam O'Carroll's
shop in Bridge St. and our R & D dept. have just found this
image of Liam & Jody Brady standing outside the shop on St Patrick's
day 1983. 21.11.05
received this email from Caith recently "I grew up in Clonard
street and it was facinating to see the house I grew up in was partially
burned during the Sack of Balbriggan. Ours was the old Costello
House. I now live in California with my husband George..."
If anyone knows Caith and would like to read more, click the HERE
was a very good year!
We are really spoiling you today, seeing
as it's a Thursday? 1983 is today's year with photos of BMX racing
where Sonopress is now, Corner of Drogheda Street & Station
Street to name but two. Click on thumbnail to see other photos of
Balbriggan from this year.17.11.05
Roche in Balbriggan.
Here's a nice 'scoop' for B.net, and it's Stephen
Roche winning his last race as an amateur and it's an old trick
question as most people say his last race prior to turning professional
was the Ras or Milk Race. In fact it was a Cyclo-cross at Balbriggan
in 1983 and it comes courtesy of B/C collection. 17.11.05
House Near Delvin Bridge.
Hear's a photo from about 1928, It's Lowertherstown
house, which is just before you come to the mouth of the River Delvin
if you're walking up the beach. Its now a ruin which we will photograph
shortly and bring you. 17.11.05
Tops with Yahoo.
Not only is Balbriggan.net listed by Google as
No. 1 Web site on Balbriggan, it's also listed top of the table
by Yahoo UK & Irl, Yahoo.fr(France) Yahoo.es(Spain) and every
other Yahoo you can think of. It's all down to brilliant photos
by Benton & Curtis, Publicity by Martin Fanning, Specialist
photos by Brian Howley, 1950's Balbriggan by Roger Turner and our
Technical Dept. headed by Tony. Thank you for making us number 1.
Winner is Darragh McLeer from Balbriggan
Well done Darragh on winning € 50.00. We
asked a respectable member of the public to act as independent observer.
Jim Morrison saw all 29 pieces of paper, numbered 1 to 29 and he
picked out number 9. So Darragh, contact us when you can. We thought
we would have more entries, judging by the number of hits every
day, maybe another competition in the coming weeks. Click on the
thumbnail to see photos. 16.11.05
Richardson and Caroline Smith.
Here is another photo give to us by Delores Creighton
and her family in England. In this photo we see 3 ladies enjoying
the sun on the beach. Caroline Smith, Gerry and Matilda Richardson
are those in question. More from the Delores Creighton over the
coming days. 15.11.05
Lorry Crash in Balbriggan.
On the 11th of this month, we brought you a photo
of 3 workmen with the Cairnes Steam Lorry in the background. In
these photos, we show the same lorry, crashed into the bridge opposite
where the Central Pub is now. We think it's a Sentinel steam Lorry
and if anyone out there has any information on the Lorry or Cairnes
Ale, please do contact us. 15.11.05
We had an email through the guest book from a
Megan O'Carroll saying "My grandad used to own the O'CARROLL'S
BUTCHERS.If anyone has any pictures of it i would like to see them".
As usual. Mr Benton and Mr Curtis went looking through their collection
and came up with this. Is there anything they don't have? We hope
you enjoy, Megan. Click on thumbnail to enlarge.
Commons School Photo c1918.
Following on from an email sent by Margaret Cornick
in Canada, our research Dept, Jack & Joe, went delving into
the archives and came up with this photo. Margaret wrote "
ask anyone you know for information on Students at Ring Commons
School from about 1910 to 1920 when my mother would have attended.".
Well, here you are margaret, we hope you enjoy.
When Jack Benton was telling was telling one of
our I. T. guys about the Steam Truck, he thought he was kidding.
But no, it's true. It was like a train, it burnt coal to boil the
water with the steam providing the power to turn the wheels. Apparently
it carried fizzy soft drinks between Drogheda and Dublin. If we
get more info on it, we'll let you know. As usual, click on thumbnail.11.11.05
What a photo. Circa 1940 of the Fire Brigade in
Balbriggan taken on Drogheda St. right where the new development
is going on beside "SuperValue". Isn't it great someone
took this photo, a moment in time, captured forever and with the
advent of the internet, there to share with the millions, ok, the
hundreds. Click on thumbnail to enlarge. 11.11.05
of Balbriggan Photos.
While trawling through the vast internet, we came
across 2 photos of the burning of Balbriggan(The Sack of Balbriggan).
On Sept. 20th 1920, Black and Tans, stationed at Gormanston Camp,
set fire to numerous houses and businesses in the town in retaliation
for the murder of one of their men who was drinking in John D's.
Click on the thumbnail. 10.11.05
Balrothery Lads & Teddy Guildea.
Two photos here, first is Teddy Guildea during
the breakaway festival in 1983 and the second is 4 lads outside
McCormacks in Balrothery in 1982, the two lads in front look like
twins but we are not sure, so if anyone can put names to this
photo please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us know if you have any photos with a local connection, we'll
scan, repair, print you you a free copy and return the original
to you. Click on thumbnail to enlarge. Enjoy. 10.11.05
Here is a most unusual photo give to us by our
friends Benton & Curtis. It's of a mobile home been pulled
by a rig that got stuck on the rocks at Blackrock. Apparently
it was stolen and judging by the position of it, he must have
been traveling at some speed. The year was 1984. Click on thumbnail
of Balbriggan in the 50's...Part 11: Things to do, Places to see...
Our Roger has written another account of 1950's
Balbriggan and in this months part Roger tells of his magical train
trips to Dublin."The waitress brings the soup
and places it down in front of me. I stick me spoon in to try it
and, and ouch! Too hot! 'Mum. This soup is too hot.' Now we have
a saying in Sheffield when something is too hot: 'Well, waft it
with your cap,' Dad tells me, jokingly. So without further ado,
little Roger fishes his school cap from his jacket, hanging on the
back of his chair, and proceeds to waft it over the steaming soup,
much to the disgust of onlookers." Click on thumbnail
to read. 06.11.05
Albert Galbraith, originally from North Strand,
now living in Balbriggan supplied us with two photos, one with his
wife and another in the Boxing ring. Albert is a very skilled artist
who had many paintings on display during the festival. Also looking
for a mention on B.net is Patrick Marry and his son. We have other
photos taken at the exhibition. As usual, click on thumbnail to
Creighton outside Tolans.
Here is a delightful photo given to us by
Delores Creighton. It shows her father-in-law, Paddy, outside Tolans
shop(Careys Supermarket) on Hampton Street. Delores has given us
over a dozen photos which we will be bringing you over the coming
weeks. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.
Now available in Ireland on SKY.
ITV1(UTV) ITV2, 3, and 4 are now available
in Ireland for those with a SKY satellite receiver. Hopefully, Channel
4 will also follow suit when we will be able to take down our aerials.
Our technical department have gone to some trouble to make it as
easy possible to receive these stations. Click on the thumbnail
to see how easy it is.
in Balbriggan.....Fireworks galore.
One our team members, Tony, happens to live
in the town centre and has an attic conversion with a velux window
which provides and ideal vantage point to get photos of fireworks
on Halloween night. Tony tells us he took over 100 photos on the
night and got about 3 or 4 cracking photos.A tripod is needed and
a time exposure of about 20 seconds and a good guess of when the
most fireworks are about to explode. click on the thumbnail, we
hope you enjoy. 31.10.05
County Council Awards.
Sports,Arts & Cultural Awards Ceremony 2005 was held in the
Bracken Court Hotel on Thurs.13th Oct. Today we bring you some of
the photographs taken on the night by one of the members of the
team.Click on thumbnail to view the rest of photos
Railway Station Photos.
As part of the Arts Festival, Trevor Sargent
TD presented "150 years of Railway in Balbriggan 1855- 2005"
and during the presentation Trevor spoke of many aspects of the
Railway Station which we can show you now using photos that are
very rare. We bring you several photos to do with the railway
over the last century and if you have any more information or
photos please do get in touch with us. Click on thumbnail to see
the photos. 31.10.05
Here is a photo of Sean Reilly's shop on
Drogheda Street, presently we are not sure where on Drogheda Street
this shop was, maybe where Corrs is now? Update.
We now know this is where "Campbells Shop was" beside
Corr's. A reminder that if you have any old photos with a Balbriggan
connection, please do contact us by email or Text 086-8054275. On
the 23rd of Sept we asked for names of the three girls in the mini
skirts. We now have the name of the middle girl thanks to Siobhan
Geraghty. Click HERE
to reveal name. Update.
We think we now have all 3 names.
Steam Train to Dublin.
Our special effects dept. have created a
photograph of a stream train crossing The Viaduct on its way to
Dublin. Team member Roger Turner was so inspired by the photograph
that he wrote a beautiful poem about it. Click on the thumbnail
to enlarge and read Rogers Poem. 30.10.05
COUNTY COUNCIL STILL HOPING THAT LIGHTHOUSE AT BALBRIGGAN HARBOUR
CAN BE RESTORED.
T.D. and Green Party Leader, Trevor Sargent, has once again sought
the restoration of the lighthouse at Balbriggan Harbour which has
been without a lantern since 1960." This is part of a press
release, released today. If
there is one thing about the town that people say to us at B.net,
it's "Can the top of the lighthouse not be put back".
If FCC would like to see this happen and it's money that's the problem,
surely, out there, there are some very wealthy Balbrigganers, at
home or abroad whom singularly or collectively could come up with
the finance. If you feel you can help restore the second oldest
working Lighthouse in Ireland, please contact us here. email@example.com
. Click on the thumbnail to read the statement in full. 26.10.05
IN CHARGE OF HARBOURS TELLS GREEN PARTY LEADER THAT A REQUEST
FOR FUNDING FOR BALBRIGGAN AND SKERRIES HARBOURS IS BEING EVALUATED
Local T.D. and Green Party Leader,
Trevor Sargent, raised a question in Dáil Éireann,
following a meeting with Fingal County Manager, Mr John Tierney,
to highlight the need for funding from Government to assist the
Council in carrying out the necessary extensive repairs to Balbriggan
and Skerries Harbours.
your Pets indoors.
have received some emails regarding pets going missing. With Halloween
just around the corner, we have to be aware that our cats and dogs
become very frightened with fireworks going off on a nightly basis.
Please keep your Cats and Dogs indoors for the coming days as at
least 3 cats have gone missing in the town. We only hope its nothing
sinister.For those who love cats and dogs we can only guess at the
pain it causes when our beloved pets go missing. Click on the thumbnail
to read on the latest missing cat.
Balbriggan Photo Group, in conjunction with
Balbriggan Arts Festival are displaying photographs by the group
members. Jack Benton, Pat Costello, Joe Curtis, Martin Fanning,
Brian Howley and others have various photographs on display in the
premises previously occupied by Xtra-Vision so please come along
and see the old photos of the town along with new ones and talk
to Jack and the team who will be only to delighted to answer your
questions on Digital Photography. Talk to Joe about the history
of Balbriggan or Martin about the people of the town. we hope to
see you there.
RNLI Open Day.
The Lifeboat Station is having its Annual Open Day on Sunday,
30th October. This invite goes out to all who might be interested
in visiting the station and seeing how it operates. The photo
attached shows the lifeboat being launched and on the 30th, the
lifeboat will be launched on three separate occasions 12 noon,
2pm and 3.30pm. The station will be open to visitors from 11am
to 4pm. RNLI Christmas Cards will be on sale. Please feel free
to come and visit, we’d love to see you there. 24.10.05
Hammond represents Ireland.
recent photo caption competition winner Adrian Hammond from Fancourt
Heights was unable to receive his prize as he was away in the Isle
of Man last week representing Ireland in the European 8 ball pool
championships. The tournament was held in the Villa Marina complex
in Douglas and it attracted teams from England, Scotland, Wales,
Northern Ireland, France ,Gibraltar, Shetland and hosts Isle Of
Man for both men’s and ladies team events along with singles
and men’s professional event. Click on thumbnail to read more
about this event.
missing Cat.....Please Help.
the Hampton Green area since Saturday night.He is 6 months old,
neutered, shy but with a cheeky, sweet nature. And not used to the
outdoor life.I have posted his Missing posters everywhere - hopefully
someone will spot him.He is a tabby black stripes with brown , white
front and white little paws. He was wearing a black collar with
"I belong to" written on the front, our address inside.
Our mobile numbers (087 621 7507 & 086 33 33 071).landline 841
Harbour in heavy rain......
Our technical dept. have been on to us today
with something they are quite happy about. Apparently, they believe
that we only show the town at its best, i.e., beautiful sunshine,
blue sky's etc, but here we bring you a photo of the Harbour during
heavy rain but with a difference. Have a look 19.10.05
of Balbriggan in the 50's. Part 10: Sing as we go........
Team member Roger
Turner has penned another account of 1950's Balbrigan. He recalls
as a young lad "We would catch the Drogheda Bus outside
the post office and ride to Gormanston, then had to walk up this
long and winding road... ". Roger now lives in Sheffield
and anyone wanting to contact him are very welcome to do so. Click
on the thumbnail to read more. Enjoy. 16.10.05
Following a recent email from Pat Macken, our
research department(Jack & Joe) went down to the dungeons and
found this photograph. Its "Mr. Macken from Naul outside
the old Post Office in Naul circa 1900 which is now the Seamus Ennis
centre". Pat, we hope you enjoy this photo. 15.10.05
Photos of the Square, and Georges Hill.
The work on the Square is eventually coming to
an end and it's looking splendid. They have extended the Hotel and
built an underground car park, built Civic Offices and extended
the Library. We also bring you photos of the apartments on Georges
Hill, and the new buildings on Drogheda street. 15.10.05
Thanks to our friends, Benton/Curtis, we
bring you a cracking photo of Balbriggan station, track side with
several employees posing for the camera. We then bring you an up
to date photo with today's employees standing in the same place
as their predecessors. Click on thumbnail to view both photos. 14.10.05
After the disappointment of Ireland been
knocked out of the World Cup, the following day was tremendous and
helped to revive the souls. Cloudless blue sky and our intrepid
photographer, Mr T. went to Ardgillan to make the most of the beautiful
day. Generally not liking Flower/Bird photographs, he decided to
go against his grain and he seemed quite pleased with his efforts.
Click on the thumbnail to see the photos. 13.10.05
Lifeboat......We are looking for Information on this photo.
"On a recent visit to the Lifeboat College
in Poole, I was asked by the Film and Image Manager if I could get
some information on the attached photo. It is the only old photo
they have on file associated with Skerries and the only information
they have on it is that it probably dates form ca. 1924 and was
taken by W W Blood-Smyth, Dublin. Any additional info on name of
Lifeboat & photographer much appreciated. I wonder if any of
your site visitors would be able to shed any further light?"
Mary Courtney. Click on thumbnail to see photo and more details.
For those new to the town, Smyco (Smith &
Co) was the main employer in the town for 200 years and had its
premises on Station street and were famous for making undergarments.
It started in 1780 and closed in 1980 and today we bring you two
photos of some of its employees. Click on the thumbnail and see
if you recognise anyone. We hope you enjoy. 06.10.05
hits since so far & Canal photo.
That's right, 50,000 hits to balbriggan.net
in the 2 years we've been on-line. We never envisaged the site would
become so popular, long may it continue. Here's a photo we brought
you before of Pauline & Fergus Benton(Jack's Kids) feeding the
Swans at the Canal and a photo taken recently from the same spot,
see the changes. We are experimenting here, when you click on thumbnail
both photos should appear in quick succession.06.10.05
to rent in Balbriggan over Christmas.
"My husband, Sam and I would like
to come home and rent a home/apartment in Balbriggan over the
Christmas week - actually Dec. 27th through January 2nd. Can you
direct me to any websites or provide me with any phone numbers
for people who let their homes? We'd prefer at least 2 bedrooms
but could possibly get by with one." If anyone can help,
here is the necessary email address Terrycallanan@aol.com
previously unseen Balbriggan Photo.
photo is number 54 in David Brangan's glass plate collection.. It's
now the National Irish Bank at the junction of Station/Drogheda
street. The year of the photo is unknown but we reckon 1920's. We
have published several photographs from the Brangan Collection and
today we will bring you most of them on a single page along with
a recap of the whole sequence of events. click on the thumbnail
to see and learn more.
Winner and updates.
In July we received a photo of a man walking
on the Beach. It was such an unusual photo that we asked you send
in an appropriate caption. We had over 20 entries and have asked
our technical dept to pick a winner and the winning caption is “he
should have gone to specsavers” sent in by Adrian
Hammond in Santry. Adrian wins a Balbriggan photo Key Ring. The
other question we posed awhile back is about the two trees that
have grown into one and we requested the location of these. Well,
they are on Market Green almost beside the Scout Hall. Click on
the appropriate thumbnail to refresh your memory. 04.10.05
on Restoration of Roof of Balbriggan Church.
Here we see the slates have now been fully
removed, the crane defines the skyline above the church, Sister
Anna from the Parish Team keeps a close eye on the work and yes
one of the men working on the roof IS REALLY DOING A HANDSTAND ESPECIALLY
FOR Balbriggan.net Recently it emerged that when the last major
work was done on the church roof on 1937 two men placed a bottle
with their names in the roof and one of them is still alive ….one
lives quite close to the church ,…….does anyone know
their name? We’ll let you know if the bottle is found……..Remember
if you want to dedicate a slate to the memory of a loved one then
just contact us for details on firstname.lastname@example.org
03.10.05 BH Click
on thumbnail to see photos
Teresa's School is celebrating its 30th anniversary
this month, and the Parents' Association have organised an anniversary
disco in the Bracken Court Hotel on Friday 14th October (Over 18's
only) Tickets are only €10.00 each and are available in the
school each morning between 9 and 10am from the Parents Association.
We will also be selling tickets on Thursday 6th October between
7.30 and 8.30pm to facilitate as many people as possible.
Turner's . Memories
of Balbriggan in the 50's. Part 9.............
Once again, it's time to bring you another
fascinating account of Balbriggan in the 1950's by team member Roger
Turner. Roger lives in Sheffield but holidayed in Balbriggan for
many years in the 50's. Roger has many photos taken in Balbriggan
over the years and has sent us this one of 3 girls standing on the
front beach but we don't know who they are. He recognises them but
naming them is a different story. Can anyone name these?.
Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the photo and click HERE
to read part 9 of Rogers memories of Balbriggan. 23.09.05
Local artists performed
an acoustic night in Trax beside Balbriggan train station.They hope
to continue this gig on a monthly basis. Contact Trax for date of
next gig.Click on thumbnail to view more photos. 23.09.05
classes in Balbriggan.
The classes will
take place in AURA Beauty Clinic, 22 Bridge St. Balbriggan on:Tue
11th Oct at 8.30-9.30pm and Wed 12th Oct at 8-9pm.The cost for
these 8 week courses is EUR 85. Contact Paula on 087 9889103 or
see www.pkyoga.com Places
roadraces at the weekend - Balbriggan riders
I was at the racing
on Saturday - an amazing days action. I've caught a couple of
Balbriggan riders in action.... Dec Lynch(76), Keith Costello(43),
Neil Nugent(81) (All Balbriggan) and Gareth Costello(48) (Barnageera).
The event could not have happened without the great organization
and dedication of Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club and it's
members/ volunteers. If anyone is interested in Roadracing and
would like to support it please visit loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com
and even just sign the guestbook. Click on thumbnail to view photos
Sinead Monaghan is Balbriggan's
latest shining star in the performing arts. One of the new breed
of young stage performers Sinead will be taking part in The Dublin
Theatre Festival (Fringe) in the highly acclaimed production of
"Womb" by Rachel Rogers. Click on thumbnail to learn more
about Balbriggan's newest star.14.09.05
& Co, (Smyco) Broucher from 1945.
In June last year, we brought you the first
few pages from the 1945 broucher which was kindly given to us by
messers Benton & Curtis. Today we bring you pages 9 to 14 of
this 32 page publication where there are some great photos showing
what it was like inside this world famous factory. Click on thumbnail
to view. 12.09.05
Beach Photos and Butlin's Mosney Photographs..
Beautiful weather on sunday saw Tony head
off on a long walk. A quick drive to the Delvin Bridge and then
a walk up past Mosney.
So we bring you some photos taken from around that area. Talking
of Butlin's Mosney, we have come across some more photos of this
famous holiday camp. Team member Tony spent a week there in the
mid 70's so he has fond memories of the place.Click HERE
to see the Butlins photographs or click the thumbnail to see the
Gormanston photos. Please enjoy. 12.09.05
Received this email from Barry Geraghty some
time back. "Came across these two from early 1990 I think.
The boat was owned by one of the Baxters or crewed by them, it lost
power and was washed aground on the back beach. The skerries lifeboat
crew and the aircorp helicopter had to rescue the crew. In the process
of launching the rescue boat from the beach it was also upturned
by the verocity of the storm. You can just about see in one of the
photos a crew man being winched to safety." Thanks Barry
for the photos. Dont forget, if you have have photos with any Balbriggan
connection, please email them to us. Update.
We have received two more photos of the "Budding Rose"
running aground thanks to the Benton/Curtis collection
Click on thumbnail to see 4 enlarged photos.11.09.05
We received this email some time back. It
reads as follows. "Dear Balbriggan,
Your site mentions a company "Smyth & Co" in Balbriggan.
Two of the following tokens, dated 1884, are believed to come from
this company. Does anyone know anything about them? The Bradley
Nottingham token (3 types), counterstamped S&Co Ltd were found
at the same company premises in Balbriggan. Again, does anyone know
anything about them?, I hope some of your readers can help.
Regards Barry Woodside (Stafford, UK, ex Belfast)" can
anyone shed any light on this? Update.
thanks to Joe Curtis we have some
information on these tokens. It also gives us a
reason to show another photograph from the David Brangan Collection
of the Reading Rooms belonging to Smyco which were on Convent Lane.
Click on the thumbnail to read and see enlarged tokens. 11.09.05
No, we haven't abandoned the web site but
work must come first. Anyway, a reminder of a photographic exhibition
in Ardgillan Castle is on all this week, amazing photographs from
the town of St Wendal in Germany. Huge photographs with vibrant
colours make this exhibitation a must see.Our resident photographer,
Tony, was out and about today and we have put together a few photos
for your enjoyment. 06.09.05
and Refurbishment of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church to begin.
We have previously
brought reports to you of the much needed major renovation and refurbishment
of the local Parish Catholic church. Stage 1 of this very challenging
project commenced on Monday 22nd August when the scaffolding arrived
to begin the repairs to the roof of the Parish church on Dublin
St. This Stage will run up to Christmas but the church will remain
open while the roof is being renewed. Click on thumbnail to read
Shop Opens in Balbriggan.
Bridal opened it's doors in fine style on Saturday 20th August.
Bride and Groom, along with bridesmaids posed outside the shop for
photographers before the ceremonial cutting the ribbon to officially
open the shop. The bridal party were then taken to the penthouse
apartment overlooking the town with a spectacular view of Balbriggans
beaches and Wedding Photographers Lynnette McNally & Tony Healy
were there to capture the Bridal Shots. Brigid Murphy & Margaret
McCord are the people behind the venture and we at B.net wish them
well. Team member Martin was there representing B.net. Click on
the thumbnail to see the photos.
Sargent TD looking for Photos.
politician Trevor Sargent has sent us a mail "I'm on the
lookout for stills from films made on location in Balbriggan, such
as 'Sweetie Barrett' with Brendan Gleeson and 'Some Mother's Son'.
Suggestions welcome. Trevor ". If anyone can help click
to mail Trevor and B.net. 19.8.05
100---Local man Dec Lynch.
Keith Sherwin has sent us some photos of
local man, Dec Lynch taking part in the Skerries 100 road race.
Dec is doing very well and recently got a 1st and 2nd place at Walderstown
road races. We wish Dec best of luck and continued success.18.08.05
hits Santa Ponsa.Mallorca Aug 05.............
Balbriggan.net has left it's mark in Santa Ponsa when Martin presented
Seans Bar with a framed photograph of Balbriggan Harbour by Tony
with our website www.balbriggan.net clearly visible for all to see.While
there Martin also met up with Eric Cantona.Not missing an opportunity
Eric was delighted to pose for some photographs for Martin, who
in turn signed his autograph for Eric.Funny old world folks. 18.08.05
With the proposed development around Balbriggan,
Seal Sanctuary, Bremore Harbour etc, money could surely be found
to bring back the Lighthouse to it's former glory. Harry Tuite Snr,
who was involved in the domes removal, admitted to B.net that it
should never have been taken down in 1960. We have received encouragement
from Trevor Sargent TD and Clr May McKoen on this subject with the
former sending a letter to the relevant authorities. Let us know
why you would like the Lighthouse restored. We need all our regular
visitors to B.net to lend a hand and send us an email of encouragement.
We at B.net make no apologies for trying to better the visual impact
of the town. Send those emails to email@example.com
Roger Turner's .
Memories of Balbriggan in the 50's. Part 8.
This man has the memory of an elephant,
and the resemblance doesn't end there either, we jest. Part 8: Little
Boy Fishing... is a splendid account of 1950's Balbriggan where
team member Roger holidayed each year. Isaac's Hole, the Bower,
The Devlin Bridge,Jim Hagan, Cardy Rocks are just some of the names
that feature in this months Memories of Balbriggan in the 50's.
Click on either thumbnail to read. 18.08.05
Photos---We are looking for names.
is a photo we came across in the Benton/Curtis collection and it's
the pioneers. Unfortunately there's no date on the reverse or do
we know where it was taken. We recognise some but contact us if
you spot anyone you know. Click to enlarge.18.08.05
Works in Balbriggan---Latest News from Fingal C.C.
Balbriggan---New Web site.
We have been asked to bring to your attention
the launch of a new web site in the town. Apparently the is huge
interest in the town of having children educated through Irish.
Spaces are limited but to find out more, click on the logo. We wish
gaelscoil Bhaile Brigin the very best. 17.08.05
two become one?????
of the team here are heavily into Wedding Photography and excellent
at it too!
But this one is of two trees that seem to have ‘tied the knot’
some years ago and now look like they are really the one. No it
is not something our technical department have produced, it is reality……………………but
where is it ?? Answer soon…..15.08.05
you remember when the beach was full and the weather was great ?
……….it was the summer of 2005 !
A good summer certainly
brings the crowds to the beach. Here are two photos by Brian Howley
showing the people enjoying themselves. The beach looks great when
the sun shines. click on thumbnail to view. 15.08.05
Today we bring you
a slide show of Balbriggan. This is aimed at those who have Broadband
so be warned if you are using Dial-up it could take several minutes
to load. We hope you enjoy. As usual click on thumbnail. 13.08.05
Photos of Balbriggan.
These photos are primarily aimed at our surfers
abroad . We started off taking a photo up by the sailors Grave,
and then of Blackrock Beach along with the rock where the diving
board used to go out to and one or two others. Click on the thumbnail
to view all. 11.08.05
National School Photo 1950's
do we do it. Again your local web site brings you another classic
photo. This time its an 1950's photo of Balrothery National School
with a good percentage of the names thanks to Anthony McMahon who
also supplied the photo. We've made the photo as big as we could
keeping in mind that not everybody has broadband. Any names or corrections,
do please let us know. Click on thumbnail to enlarge. 11.08.05
Some weeks ago the around Ireland Ras Tailteann
cycle race travelled through Balbriggan as it does most years. Brian
Howley caught some shots viewed from Drogheda St (Milestone Inn
/ Harvest Inn area) of the Stage 1 which started in Dublin and finished
in Emyvale. Overall winner after the eight stages around Ireland
was Chris Newton from the GB Recycling.co.uk team. It is always
great to see this race coming through the town given our historical
attachment to the sport ( Harry Reynolds and all that ) and presumably
the question might be asked is it better to see it in the town or
should it now follow the Harry Reynolds Memorial Road route? We
think it is far more interesting to see it in the town environment.
Monica runs two beauty Clinics in the town,
Hampton and Vauxhall Street. They regularly visit B.net and so thought
if fitting to submit a photo. Monica is the daughter of Mona &
Jim Murphy, married to Frances Tolan of Coney hill, Balbriggan.
B.net are always looking for photographs with a Balbriggan connection,
so if you have some please do contact us or Text us on 086-8054275.
Click on thumbnail to enlarge.
is this Man, He left Balbriggan 40 years ago.
That's right, almost 40 years ago. Team member
Tony was out taking photos on Sunday evening when he was approached
by this man who asked would it be possible to have his photo taken
with his wife and his mother. B.net are always willing to oblige
and at present, photos are in the post to this man. We'll give his
name in a day or two. Hint Lawless & Gibbons Terrace 09.08.05
Lighthouse with Dome---Let's have it back......
new to the town may not be aware that there was originally a dome
on the lighthouse up until about 1960. It was removed when the Lighthouse
was electrified and we can only presume it was removed due to corrosion.
If there's one thing that we at Balbriggan.net are asked about more
than anything else, it's about replacing the dome. We asked our
technical dept to show us what it would look like and they have
come up with what you can see. We are aware that the harbour is
in need of major repair but wouldn't it be lovely to have the Lighthouse
back as it was. Let us know what you think to firstname.lastname@example.org.
to email us your views. We will place all messages about the lighthouse
on a special page. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge and to read
what others have to say about our Lighthouse. Get those comments
coming in.. 06.08.05.
Lord Mayor, Alfie Byrne with Balbriggan Boy Scouts 1932.
Is there no stopping this web site at all,
we bring you another Gem of a photo. This time it's the Balbriggan
Scouts with Dublin's Lord Mayor, Alfie Byrne. Alfie was Lord Mayor
for 9 consecutive years from 1930 to 1939 which helps date this
photo which appears to have been taken outside St.Peters & Pauls
Church.. We sincerely thank Harry Tuite Snr for this masterpiece.
Click to enlarge. 05.08.05 Update, we now
know the year was 1932. Eucharist Congrest.
Lady Stairs Damaged.
We heard a report on the radio that the
"Lady Stairs" footbridge had been badly damaged. So we
sent one of the team to investigate and right enough the section
over the road has been taken down possibly due to been hit by a
large vehicle. Pipe-laying is currently going on at this section.
We will keep you posted. 03.08.05
Dip in Balbriggan...........
what you think. Apparently, a pet sheep pulled the wool over over
its owners eyes and managed to escape for a time. Barry Geraghty
has kindly sent us 3 photos of the event which happened Sunday morning.
1900's Photo---David Brangan. 2 Photos, then and now.
Today's photos is No.1 in David's collection
of Lantern Glass Slides of Balbriggan. This photo was taken in the
early 1900's and its a view from the viaduct of Cumiskey's
Coal Yard with Kincora House(Then the RIC Barracks) in the top right
of the photo. We sent Tony out to take a photo from the same angle
to compare how things have changed over the century. We sincerely
thank David Brangan for allowing us to use his photos. Click on
the thumbnail to view both photos. 31.07.05
comes to Wavin in 1972.
It's been a few months since we brought you
some photos from our Wavin collection. Apparently some 240 children
in the town got to see Santa in '72 and had lots of minerals, Ice
cream, cakes and then a film. No mobile phones, computer games etc,
different era. Click on the thumbnail to see if you recognise anyone.
Here is a photo given to us by Harry Tuite
snr and he has supplied about 9 names. So anyone out there who can
fill in the missing names or suggest a year the photo was taken,
please do contact us. As usual, click on thumbnail to enlarge.
7: Where The Sun Always Shines...
Roger Turner has penned part 7, Memories of Balbriggan
in the 50s and this one is well worth a read. Click on the link
to learn more of Balbriggan in the 50's. Thanks Roger.26.07.05
popular is Balbriggan.net.............138 hits in 24 hours, that's
From 11am on Monday to 11am on Tuesday we noted
that the hits went from 29192 to 29330, that's 138 hits in 24 hours.
Jack, Joe, Martin and Tony, take a bow for a job well done.
Doyle, Tuite, Morrison, Gough.
Tony decided to make full
use of the continued good weather today and seeing it was his birthday
he was in jubilant form. Harry Tuite was his first encounter when
Harry called to the house. No sooner had Harry arrived, when along
came Jim Morrison, so a great photo of the two was got. Next we
meet Des Gough who runs a small shop on the beach and was doing
a roaring trade, so we got 2 photos of Des. Next Tony bumps into
Pat & Dolores Doyle who inform him that their daughter regularly
checks B.net for the latest photos so he had to get a photo of them
to surprise her. Next our reporter was informed of the problem of
the Jelly fish on the beach and right enough, as far as the eye
could see, jelly fish were everywhere. And finally, showing off
that he has a remote control camera, Tony includes himself and his
dogs to finish off a pleasant day shooting. Click on thumbnail to
view photos. 26.07.05
Here is a lovely photo that Des Darragh Sr has
sent us that means a lot to him. It's his son, Des with his daughters,
Kim and Katie on Balbriggan beach taken about 5 years ago. Enjoy.
wave gone big waves back.
The great weather we've been having the past few
weeks came to an end on Sunday and was captured by Johnny McLeer.
If you have any photos with a Balbriggan connection, send them to
us by email and we'll put them on the site. Click on thumbnail.
Special Olympics Final.
Today we bring you some photographs taken by Martin
during the finals at DCU in June. We also have some photos of the
festival of Howth in July. Click on thumbnail to view. 21.07.05
Can anyone tell us where the source of the Bracken
River is? Looking on the latest OS map there seems to be several
rivers/streams flowing into the town. Suggestions welcome.
Harbour from 1970 and Balrothery 1966.
Thanks to our friends, Benton & Curtis, they
have kindly sent us two photographs for your pleasure. The first
is of the harbour showing what was there before the "Laurels,
Quayside" was built and the second is McCormack's Pub in Balrothery
in 1966 after a fall of snow. Click on thumbnail to view.
We received this photo taken recently on the
main beach. We think it's brilliant. We need a caption to go with
it and the winner of the best caption wins a Balbriggan Key ring.
Send those entries to email@example.com
We sincerely thank Dr. Franck Kerhervé for sending
it in. 15.07.05 We
have added your captions under the photo, keep them coming.
Woods.Charlie Mc Dermott.Martin Fanning.......Competition wins by
two of the team........Following photographic competitions
in Rush and Howth we are delighted to announce that our very own
Jack Benton was a winner in the Rush Arts Festival photographic
competition and Martin Fanning was the overall winner in theSpirit
of Howth competition run in association with the Howth Festival
2005 where the judge was well known professional photographer Tom
Lawlor.Click here for photos.15.07.05
It's been a while since
we published a David Brangan glass plate photo. For those new to
the site, we have about 100 photos of Balbriggan which were given
to us on glass by David. All the photos are taken around 1900 and
David have allowed us to publish certain photographs on B.net. Today's
photo is of the salt works of Balbriggan which is now O'Sheas Bar
down at the harbour. We've also included a photo of one of
the glass plates to show what they look like Click HERE
to see other David Brangan photos. 14.07.05
D's Darts Club hits the Bullseye..c1977.
These photos will cause a stir if only for the
hair-do's. Did people really dress like that in the 70's. Tommy
Geraghty very kindly sent us these photos of the Darts team which
drank and trained in John D's. Check out these photos and see who
you can spot. 14.07.05
Choir Photo c1968.
Pictures like this don't come around every
day and we sincerely thank Tommy Geraghty for this
gem. Tommy has made a great effort to put names to all the faces
but there are one or two exceptions where he cant remember their
christian names. So if you know any of the missing names, please
email us by clicking HERE.
Drama Group Photos.
bring you about 10 photos today of the Balbriggan Drama Group. Gus
Kennedy, Robert Cullen, Monica Cullen, Yvonne Healy, Phyllis Monaghan,
Tommy Monaghan are just some of the people featured in these shots.
We sincerely thank Gus & Yvonne Kennedy for supplying us with
same. We hope you enjoy.
on Dublin Street---Is there a photo out there of this?
For those of you who haven't read Roger Turners
memories of 1950's Balbriggan, may we remind you to do so. So far
Roger(now lives in Sheffield) has written 6 accounts of the times
he spent in Balbriggan and is currently writing part 9. Roger used
to come to Balbriggan on Holidays from England and he describes
wonderfully how things were so good here compared to war torn Sheffield.
Rogers writes exclusively for Balbriggan.net and in one of his recent
articles he talks about the cattle on market day."Now I
don't need to tell you about cattle markets, for, like me, I bet
you have many memories (both good and bad) of Balbriggan Cattle
Market. But whatever else, Market Day for this little English lad
in the fifties was memorable. One dog and its farmer set off at
first light with a line of walking cattle heading for the market.
(I bet that doesn't happen now!) Soon, other farmers would join
them, and from early in the morning the lanes and byways leading
to Balbriggan would become jammed.
Yes, I know all about the shite they left rotting in the street,
but that was part of the process.
"What are you doing with that old bucket?"
"Ah, sure, aren't I just going to shovel some up to put on
"Well, you're welcome to it. I would rather have custard on
mine!" So does anyone have any photos of cattle on Market
Day. If so please contact us.
Rogers First Article Click HERE
Rogers Second Article. Clich HERE.
Rogers Third Article Click HERE.
the Guest Book.
reminder to regularly check the Guest Book. Here is a question that
Estelle Scott has posted recently.
"Does anyone remember or have photos of a hosiery factory
with the name 'SCOTT' written on the roof? My husband's ancestors
came from Balbriggan to Nottingham and were all Frame Work Knitters.
We think Walter Scott probably returned to his family in 1891. Joseph
Scott born about 1836 and his father James came from there.I know
the factory was there in the 1960's. Thank you if you can help at
the dog brings home the catch from the sea !!
One of the team from our technical department,
Mr T, has a very soft spot for small dogs, so soft in fact that
he has 2 himself. Anyway, this is Roxy retrieving the stick that
Brian has thrown. Two great photos here which we hope you enjoy.
TRAX for your coffee by the railway!
Here we see the former
site of Sunlight Studios and the wall which proudly commemorates
some of the famous award winning medals which were won by Smyco
for their fine hosiery. It has now become a haunt for the coffee
drinking public whether they are bleary eyed commuters on the nearby
trains or just visiting for a leisurely lunch.
high rising behind the Station Masters House !
walking around Balbriggan Brian Howley decided that the view through
the garden gate of the Station Masters house was curious and would
become even more and more curious as time moved on! The following
is a progression of photos taken from EXACTLY the same spot starting
in early 2003 and progressing right up to present date…..obviously
the building referred to is the high rise apartment building which
now dominates the view around the Railway station. Also shown is
view from High St Hill.
type of bells will ring in the Chapel Street apartments?
The recent development of apartments in Chapel
Street is on the site of some very historic buildings all of which
have had various kinds of bells ringing down through the years.
Firstly the church bell pealed as the original building started
off as the Roman Catholic Church from 1780 approx up to 1842. The
shape of this building was Cruciform (like a cross). After this
the building served as the local National School up to the 1930’s
when SS Peter & Paul’s was completed. The residents of
Chapel St were by now used to listening to the school bell ringing
out. Next the building was used as an abattoir and the ringing bells
around the necks of the cattle approaching the famous gates didn't’t
spell out a positive message for them! Around this time the Fire
Brigade station was started and again the residents began to hear
a different bell, that of alarm when the fire tender was called
into action! Time was called on both of these buildings last summer
and the new apartments have been built in double quick time and
one now wonders what kind of bells the residents of Chapel St will
be listening to in the coming months………perhaps
early morning alarm calls for commuters???
Sure enough, the minute we ask for photos
of the recent concerts at Ardgillan, Brian Howley springs into action
with some great photos of the said concerts. The first night saw
Mel C, Status Quo, and Meat Loaf in action and the next night was
the Devlins, Zutons and Moby. Brilliant weather added to the occasion
and the view was supposed to be spectacular with Quo apologising
for the view in jest. We sincerely thank Brian Howley for the brilliant
photos he got and we bring you a selection of them, we hope you
has had his chips !
Where once we all had our Friday night ‘chippie’
meal (in Drogheda Street between the Supervalu complex and the Milestone
Inn).has now been all changed.
In these photos one day we see the ‘Bag of Bargains’
shop and also the aforementioned DJ’s chipper and the next
day we see it no more. All making way for an enlarged Supervalu
store and other business premises in the near future. Watch this
Gig at Ardgillan-photos.
John Maguire has very kindly sent us some
photos from the gig of the year. A great time was had by all. If
anyone has other photos especially of the stage, do contact us.
Ariel Skyvova--Fingallian Holy Wells.
Petra has written this book and it is published
by Fingal County Council Libraries. We recently received a
copy and our initial reaction is very positive, we had no idea there
were so many Holy wells in Fingal. For those living in Balbriggan,
the book is available in McGovers's(Vision Radio). We wish petra
well(no pun intended) in her venture. Click on the icon to learn
more about this publication. 10.07.09 Item
Arts Festival Website.
Pauline o'Hare has requested that we place
a link to Arts Festival web site which we are only too delighted
to do. Click HERE.
Teresa's Parents Association.
I am writing on behalf of St. Teresa's Parents
Our school will celebrate its 30th Anniversary this coming October,
and we would like to appeal for any old photos or funny stories
regarding the school. If anybody can help will they please contact
the school direct.
Many thanks. Patricia McGarrigle.
Through Rose-Tinted Specs Memories of Balbriggan in the Fifties.
By Roger Turner.
Roger has now written
part 6 of his memories of Balbriggan. Click HERE
to read his account.
Guildea on Live 8, 2012 Olympics and London Bombings.
Gerry and Amanda have sent us a photo of
themselves at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park enjoying the biggest
& best gig ever!. Thanks guys.Update.
09.07.05. Item 101-05
Here are two gems showing the inside of this
once famous Shop/Pub. It stood where the Deli Burger stands now
and was run by 3 brothers, their names we will have shortly. The
pint was apparently the best in the town and no matter what you
were looking for in the shop, they had it, even if it ment going
down the cellar. It's sad that its gone and we believe the brothers
are living in the Drogheda area..We sincerely thank Tom Cullen,
Fancourt Heights for allowing us to use these shots. 09.07.05
Workers Enjoy a drink in De Bruns.
One of the team was taking some photos in
DeBruns to launch the fact they now boast wireless Broadband. While
there, Tony was threatened with physical injury if he didn't take
a photo of the girls. Isn't fear a wonderful thing. We hope you
all had a good time. Click on thumbnail to see photo enlarged.99-05
and District Historical Society Annual Field Trip 2005
Sat.11th June saw the society head off to
the hill county of North Roscommon.First port of call was Edgeworthstown
Co. Longford.Next we headed to visit the Arigna Mining Experience
in Roscommon.Coal mining was carried out in Arigna for 400yrs.The
last mine closed in 1990 and it has now been converted to a visitor
center.Our guide on the day was ex miner Michael who filled us in
on the life and times in the mining business.The next part of the
trip took us to Kilronan churchyard to visit the grave of Turlough
O Carolin the last of the great Irish Bards.Tony Mc Namara who organised
the trip gave us a short talk on Carolan and Jimmy Clery then played
a beautiful Irish air to round off our visit to the graveside of
Turlough O Carolan.Back on the bus we made our way to the Glen Royal
hotel in Maynooth for dinner and where we supped beer before we
made our way home to Balbriggan.Well done to Tony and Mary Mc Namara
for a great day.Special word of thanks to our driver from Fingal
Coaches Danny, you played a blinder.14.06.05
1945 to 2005
On Sunday 5th of June
Glebe North FC celebrated 60yrs. of football in Balbriggan.During
a mass held in their clubhouse all passed members were remembered
for their long and loyal service to the club down the years.In the
clubhouse that evening the team of 1966 were honoured when chairman
Pat Doyle presented each player with a piece of crystal glass.The
evening continued late into the night with music by Tandum.Well
done to all concerned for a wonderful evening.Click on thumbnail
for photos........Photos by Jack Benton and Martin Fanning 13.06.05
School Photo, names please.
Not a very good copy of Balbriggan National
School boys in about 1948. I recognise Michael Sheridan, Charlie
Heron, Johnny Knight among the group .... help .... somebody must
know more of these guys. 06.06.05 Item 96-05
Updated with names by Jim
Collage Awards 2005..........
The awards at the
cermony were presented to the students with outstanding talents
in many different areas.A selected number of teachers including
principal Pat Halpin and deputy principal Christine Dunne had the
honour of presenting the certificates and awards in various categories.Also
present on the day was Jimmy Purcell from Balbriggan Credit Union.The
winner of the Student of the year award was Christopher Coates.This
perpetual trophy is in memory of the late Paddy Conway and was presented
by his daughter Kathleen Fanning.Click on thumbnail to see photos.06.06.05
Nazeer, who works
locally with An Post, was Man of the Match in the All Ireland Cricket
Cup match between Rush and Downpatrick. Nazeer was to the fore both
bowling and later in the day when batting. A player of great competitive
instinct who 'reads' the game well, Nazeer is a team captain's delight
and a model for young players. Rush were victorious in the match
and now we await the clash between The Hills and North County on
the Bank Holiday Monday at Milverton. 06.05.05
Irish International – Tommy Caffrey
Today we bring you local
sporting legend Tommy Caffrey. Tommy is the most capped Irish international
in any sport with 151 senior caps for table tennis. We meet up with
Tommy and his two amigo’s Oliver Adamson and Brian Finn during
a training session in Gormanston college. One of his many great
tournaments was the Irish Opens in 1963 which was held in the Town
Hall, Balbriggan. Tommy recalls……Click on thumbnail
Draft Heritage Plan.
The Draft Heritage Plan for Fingal is now
on public display. You are invited to comment on the Draft Plan
from now until Tuesday 21st June2005. You can download the Draft
Plan from the Council's website at www.fingalcoco.ie
or you can request a copy by contacting Gerry Clabby, Heritage Officer
on 8905697; or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
simply not cricket
Joe attended the 45 Over League Semi Final
today at The Hills where the home side were hosts to Malahide. In
weather more reminiscent of January a nail biting finish saw The
Hills victorious by 1 wicket. The game was exciting although very
low scoring which might have been as a result of the biting wind
and cold conditions. Matt Dwyer ensured the photographer was refreshed
(and warmed) by tea and sandwiches which were gratefully accepted.
Joe looks forward to a return to The Hills for the match with North
Dublin on the Bank Holiday Monday. 31.05.05
Butterfly House in Fingal.
"Harap Farm", is located in the
heart of Fingal, not far from Blake's Cross on the old Dublin/Belfast
road. Here, in a huge glasshouse, complete with waterfalls, trees,
tropical plants you ramble around a tropical environment with hundreds
of large Butterflies and Moths flying all round you. A unique experience
to see these truly beautiful creatures up close. At times they even
land on one's head and its a photographers paradise. For €
5.00, you are treated to a magical experience which children would
love. Martin and Tony were there and haven't shut up about it since,
Martin in particular. They have their own web site with directions
on how to get there. Click
HERE to see their
site. Tell them you saw the photos on B.net. Click on thumbnail
to see the butterflies. 22.05.05 Item 91-05
House, Biodiversity Day.
Tony & Martin headed to Newbridge House
where various events were going on. The Falconry was one of the
big attractions where Paul Fogarty of the Irish Hawking Club and
his staff let the visiting children pose with various birds perched
on their arm. Our team members were asked by some to take photographs
of the children which they willingly obliged. Heavy showers were
the only disappointment of the day. Click on the thumbnail to see
the photos.22.05.05 Item 90-05
County Cricket Club.
On Saturday 21st. May 2005, Joe, one of the
Balbriggan.net team, paid a visit to the new Cricket Academy at
Balrothery which lies 2 Km. south of Balbriggan. Click on Thumbnail
for more. 22.05.05 Item 89-05
What was there in the 1950's. Well, thanks
to this photo we have some idea of how it looked half a century
ago. The sign above the 4 men seems to say "Turf Accountant"
and the shop with the lady standing in the door way has either the
name "Wogan" or "Hogan" and is a drapery shop.
We love these type of photos so if you have any at home, please
do get in touch with us. We thank Martin Fanning for this photo.
20.05.05 Item 88-05
Club Photo from 1954.
North Co. Dublin Racing Pigeon Club,
to give it, its full name as it was then. Manson, Wright,
Guildea,Gafney and Griffin are just some of the names of
those that appear in this photo. The Photo was taken in
1954 in the CYMS hall which is now the entrance to Tesco.
We thank Martin Fanning and Noel Gaffney for these photos.20.05.05
Joe, out and about.
Now fed up with pictures of Balbriggan
lighthouse you went further afield to see what might lie
outside Balbriggan. Martin followed and even went so far
as Malahide Castle. When I left Balbriggan for the surrounding
countryside I noticed less people and more wildlife; therefore
allow me to show you the 'local characters' I met in my
travels.20.05.05 Item 86-05
In responce to an email from Sinead,
we bring you the latest photo of the work been caried out
on the old Spicers site. As you will see, everything has
been demolished from Supervalue all the way up to the Milestone
Pub. We also bring you a photo of the Hotel which has had
another storey added. Also a photo of the square. We hope
those of you abroad will appreciate these. Click on thumbnail.
16.05.05 Item 85-05
out and about chasing squirrels and listening to the dawn
chorus at five am,Martin headed off in the other direction
to Malahide Castle and took a few shots.Worried about Tony
he made his way to the grounds of Ardgillan Castle and found
him stuck up a tree.Helping him down and feeding him some
fruit which Tony had brought to use for bait for the squirrels.On
returning to Balbriggan they finished up with a couple of
photographs of local characters. MF
15.05.05 Item 84-05
Morning Ardgillan Photos.
One of the team got up early on sunday,
6 am in fact, to get some shots around the town. That's
dedication to our site. Anyway, part of his travels included
Ardgillan Castle and while there Tony couldn't help noticing
the amount of Squirrels. These guys don't stay still for
more than a second at a time but fair play, he returned
to base, tired but satisfied with what he captured on camera.
Click on thumbnail to view.15.05.05
from Surrounding areas.
A glorious sunny day was enough to
get Tony out and about. Tony is banned from taking any more
photos of Balbriggan Harbour and especially the lighthouse
so after taking a photo of Tankerville he ventured further
a field. His ports of call included Naul, Bellewstown and
Skerries. Click on the thumbnail to view same. 14.05.05
Laurels Quayside and Harbour Maintenance.
On one of our rambles we noticed
that the council are busy with repairs to the wall beside
the lighthouse and the building of railings at the end of
the pier and at various other locations along the harbour.
Work has not started on the wall that collapsed but when
it does we'll keep you posted. The new apartments, "The
Laurels, Quayside" are almost complete and look very
well. Click on the thumbnail to view several photos. 13.05.05
North Football Club
Playing against Crumlin Utd. in the
Leinster League Premier Div.Glebe North secured another
season in the top flight.Final score in the match was one
each with other matches finishing in Glebe's favour.Click
on thumbnail for photo's. MF 13.05.05
celebrations in Scotland........
7th. May saw the wedding of Graham and Joanne in the beautiful
Hilton Castle in Dunblane Scotland.Joanne is the daughter
of John and Carmel Roberts nee Fanning a native of Balbriggan
and sister of our very own Martin at balbriggan.net We are
delighted to bring you some of the photographs taken by
Martin of the happy couple,family and friends on their special
day.To view click on photo 11.05.05
Moreland, Soldiers cottages the Skerries road--Can anyone
received an email through our guestbook from Mre Greenfield
in England saying that Jim Moreland used to stay with her
in the 1950's. Click HERE
to read her mail. 08.05.05 Item 78-05
Apologies to all for the lack of
material on the site. Work commitments by team members are
the sole cause so please bear with us. Our Helicopter sojourn
for saturday 7th May had been cancelled due to weather conditions
but should happen on either Tues or Saturday of the coming
week(s). 07.05.05 Item 78-05.
- Waste Water Treatment Scheme
Project Update No. 4 – May 2005
Fingal County Council have issued
an update on the current work been carried out. Click on
thumbnail. 07.05.05 Item 77-05
Fire Brigade Charity Car-Wash
Balbriggan Fire Brigade under Station
Officer Dermot Murray had all the cars in Balbriggan gleaming
when they did a car wash in Super Value car park in aid
of St. Peter and Paul's restoration fund.Well done to all
concerned. Click on thumbnail for more photo's of event.
Photos courtesy of Martin Fanning.
30.04.05 Item 76-05
Photographs latest update.
Because we have to book the helicopter,
check availability, weather conditions etc, our next target
date is the Saturday 7th May. Fingers crossed that the weather
will be suitable on that day. For those who have ordered
a framed photo and Cd, can you make sure we have we have
your mobile phone number so we can text you before we arrive
over the town as some people want to be photographed waving
up at the chopper. If you havn't already applied for a framed
photo of your house along with a CD there is still time,
simply email email@example.com letting him know your exact
address. 27.04.05 Item 75-05
Lynnette McNally and Tony Healy have teamed up to bring
you the latest technology in Digital Photography. They specialise
in Wedding Photography incorporating the latest innovation
where along with 24 prints you get your photos on DVD to
view on your TV. They also provide Portrait Photography,
Communions, Confirmations, Parties, you name it, any occasion.Personalised
Photo keyrings, old or damaged photos can be repaired, persons
added or removed from photographs, Montages of numerous
photos printed, mounted and framed very large. They can
do anything with a photograph. Click on the thumbnail for
more details. 27.04.05 Item
Moreland, Soldiers cottages the Skerries road--Can anyone
We received the following email,
if anyone can help John Moreland we'll pass it on
"Hi Tony my father was born in balbriggan in 1929 his
name is james(jim) Moreland, he lived in the old soldiers
cottages on the skerries road and later as a young man he
went to work for the richardson family (as a young boy really),his
father was Patrick Moreland and he left the family when
my father was about 10 years old,we do not know any thing
about him only he may have been in the army and he may have
been a cobbler, if you can point me in the right direction
,to find out more information on his father I would be very
yours john Moreland 25.04.05 Item
Key Rings now available.
One of the team has decided to release
key rings with various views of Balbriggan. 12 different
views including the Lighthouse, The Bath House, The library
and the Harbour are now available with two views in each
key ring. They are priced about €4 each and are available
from the gift shops in the town. 20.04.05
Waste Water Treatment Update No. 3
Council have issued an update on the Waste Water Treatment
presently been carried out in the town. Click on thumbnail
to read. 15.04.05 Item 72-05
Photos of Balbriggan----Over 100 years old.
of you new to the site, these are photographs given to us
by local man, David Brangan. Some of them were taken by
his father, Tom Brangan but others are even earlier, maybe
back to 1895. Over the past few months we have published
about 15 of these Glass Plate photos and today we bring
you these on the one page. We thank David for allowing us
publish same. 15.04.05 Item 71-05
Photos of Balbriggan---Update.
We now have 7 definite takers of
people who want an aerial photograph of their house, so
we need 3 more. For € 50.00 you get a 10 inch by 8
inch framed photograph of your house PLUS a CD containing
10 High resolution photographs of the town including a shot
of Balbriggan taken from over the sea with the Harbour in
the foreground and the town in the background. So the first
3 to email firstname.lastname@example.org
will secure this deal. We are hoping to take the pictures
within the next two weeks weather permitting. For those
who have already put their name forward, please make sure
we have your exact address, we don't want to take a picture
of the wrong house.15.04.05 Item 70-05.
Reynolds Road Official Opening.
For those abroad, this new road is
an inner relief road bypassing the town centre. Coming from
Dublin, just past Wavin you turn left and it takes you to
the new Garda station at Bremore at the Drogheda side of
the town. Harry Reynolds was a world class cyclist who was
born on Hampton Street Balbriggan in 1874. The road was
officially opened this week and we bring you several photos
courtesy of Benton/Curtis.Click on thumbnail to view 15.04.05
has the fastest postman in Ireland.Mick Tray nor.........
Congratulations to local man Mick Traynor who won two gold
and a bronze medal representing Ireland at the European
Masters Athletics in Swedan.Next on the agenda for Mick
is the World Masters Road Championships in Portugal.The
team at balbriggan.net wish Mick well in the forthcoming
competions.Click on Thumbnail to see more photos of Mick.
09.04.05 Item 68-05
Rose-Tinted Specs Memories of Balbriggan in the fifties
Roger Turner has penned another
account of the times he spent in Balbriggan. Roger has put
his memories on his own web site and we are only too delighted
to place a link to it. Click HERE
to read. 09.04.05 Item 67-05
Following on from Barry's email and
photo we decided to take a look ourselves. There is quite
a bit of damage and our only hope is that they repair it
using the original rocks and not the unsightly mass concrete.
They wouldn't do that.....09.04.05
A well known character about the town.
This photo was taken in 1998 with Gary Brown in the background
in whats now, De Brun's. Thank to Colin for this shot.
09.04.05 Item 65.05
Thanks to Des, one of the sites biggest
fans, we have two photos going back a while. One was taken
in "Red Island" Skerries, we are unsure as to
where the other one was shot. Spot a well known Pub owner.
09.04.05 Item 64.05
For those of you that keep an eye
on the guest Book, some have commented that no entries have
been added for a while. May we remind you that there are
in effect, two guest books. To view the latest entries click
"Guest Book" at the top of this page and not the
one in the left column. The latter is for those wanting
to sign the book and while on this page if you click "Entries"
you are viewing the old book. 09.04.05
Here is a photo of the house that
used to be where Exile are now on Dublin Street. Many
thanks to John for this photo. It's amazing, how in such
a short time, you forget what was originally there. Or
is it just us. 09.04.05 Item 62-05
It seems that one of the boats reved
it's engine too high and it undermined the foundation causing
this collapse. Well done to Barry Geraghty for spotting
this one. We will keep you posted on any developments. 09.04.05
Here's a photo given to us today
of Glebe North. We are are looking for names of the players.
So get cracking and mail us with any names.27.03.05
Here is a great photo by Jack of well
known town character, Johnny Richardson along with his beloved
dogs. Is this the original "How much is that doggie in
the window" shot. 26.03.05 Item
Another photo from the Benton/Curtis collection.
Back row; Sean Benton, Oliver Heeney, Richard Levins. Front
Row; Peter Faulkner, Freddie Harper.
26.03.05 Item 58.05.
Hardware in Old Boathouse.
Of course there was never such a shop, we
were just playing games. This photo was taken when the boathouse
was been used during a film shoot. We think the film was Sweetie
Barrett although some thought it was for the RTE drama
"The Ambassador". Sorry for
any confusion caused, we like to keep you on your toes. 26.03.05
Back at the turn of the year we featured
Keeling's shop and bar in Bridge St. Balbriggan and we had several
positive comments but most especially from a niece of Joe &
Christo Keeling. She is Rachel Aspinall from Queensland, Australia.
At that time one of the B.net team commented on the fact that Christo
was an accomplished jockey and could be seen exercising their racehorse
on the streets of the town. Christo decided to enter into the spirit
of things and recorded a lovely story about one eventful day in
the life of his racing career. We are delighted to share his story
with you.Click on thumbnail .26.03.05 Item
Thanks again to our friends Benton/Curtis,
they have given us this unusual photo of the hardware that used
to be in the old Lifeboat House under the arches. We never knew
such a shop existed. 23.03.05 Item
and New Hampshire Photos.
We have to admit that we were disappointed with
the response we made in looking for photos from around the world
of St. Patrick's Day parades. Only two were received, Carol Geary
in Chicago and Brian Coffey and Stephen Spellman in manchester,
New Hampshire. As usual, click on thumbnail to see the results.
22.03.05 Item 54.05
St Patrick's Day Photos.
A warm day
with plenty of sunshine made this years parade most enjoyable.
Unfortunately the sun was in the wrong position to facilitate
our intrepid photographers. Tony and Ronan were there on
behalf of the team and we bring you about 30 photographs.
Click on thumbnail to view these. 17.03.05
Item 53.05 Update.
Martin from site team hit Dublin's
parade and we bring you 6 photos of same. Click HERE
to see these.
Everybody has a digital camera these days
and so this year we want you to take a Patrick's day photo from
wherever you are in the world. Anything Irish, a parade, a green
river, get those digitals clicking and we guarantee to publish at
least one photo from anyone who emails us one. The Balbriggan parade
is also fair game so get those photos to us telling us where they
were taken. 15.03.05 Item 52-05
on the square.
Two photos today, first is of local characters
on the square in 1988 and the second is Derham's the Grocer with
the delivery bike outside. This photo was taken in 1960 and is from
the Benton/Curtis collection. A reminder that we are always on the
lookout for photos of Balbriggan or Balbriggan people, if you have
some, please contact us. 15.03.05 Item 51-05.
St. Peter's & Paul's Church.
For those of you overseas,
you may not be aware that the roof of the church is to be replaced
along with some structural changes. The removal of the Gallery,
changes to the alter and outside the front of the premises. To record
the way the church looks at present, Martin Fanning arranged for
the camera club to be allowed to record the church as it is now.
Today we bring you 5 photographs.15.03.05
Derailment at Balbriggan.
August 1989 was the year that this incident
happened. We are not aware if there were any fatalities or injuries.
If anyone can shed any light as to why it happened, let us know.
These photos are courtesy of our friends Benton and Curtis. 13.03.05
|Balbriggan Girl gets
Sinead has been onto
us to say that Ms. Sandra McAleer of 40 Bath Road has been called
for the Irish Women's Rugby team for the match on Saturday against
France. Well done Sandra, hopefully you will have some photos of
the big day and we can post on the web site. 11.03.05
O'Hara Celebrates her 70th.
Nora celebrated her
70th year with a bash in the Milestone Inn last friday(4th March).
A big crowd were treated to fine food and great music. Tony from
B.net was an invited guest with his wife and as usual brought
his camera and we bring you eleven photos of the night.11.03.05
Here is a great photo
courtesy of Declan Maguire. It's the Pioneers, the photo was taken
in 1935 and Declan has all the names and we will bring same as soon
as they arrive. The original is a very large framed photograph hanging
on a wall but Declan did a great job in photographing it. Don't
forget, we are always on the lookout for old photos. Contact Tony
if you have some that would interest our viewers. 10.03.05
Cathy from the above
group has asked that we place the attached on the site. It's the
North Fingal support group for those suffering with Attention
Deficit Disorder and they are holding a seminar in the Bracken
Court Hotel. Click on thumbnail for further details. 10.030.5
Park Work--Message from Fingal CC.
We have received the following statement
from Fingal County Council in relation to the work been carried
out at the car park. Click on thumbnail to read. 08.03.05
Following on from our previous item on the
new roundabout on the Dublin road, Barry Geraghty has very kindly
sent us this aerial photo. The two new roads can be clearly seen
with the topmost one eventually to join up with the Skerries road
near the county bridge. The other road, bottom right, sweeps around
the front of Sonopress. 07.03.05 Item 43-05
on Dublin Road.
new Roundabout has appeared midway between Wavin and the Church.
Off it are two new roads, one leading up to a new housing estate
near Pinewood and in the opposite direction a road over the Bracken
river to the left of Sonopress. Hopefully we will get some aerial
photos of this part of the town in the coming months. 06.03.05
Unfortunately, this was demolished several
years ago for whatever reason. If anyone has any close-ups of it
maybe they could contact us. John Maguire found this photo on the
net which we hope you enjoy. 04.03.05 item
41-05 Update, Item 38-05 V kenny has some
Photos from Veronica Kenny.
Thanks again to Veronica
for taking the trouble to climb into attics and go searching for
photos. Today we bring you 5 photos. Because the photos were dropped
through the letterbox, we don't have details but will add when
we receive. The third photo down, is of particular interest to
us here at B.net. We are still looking for names on the previous
photos Veronica has given us so check down this page and see if
you can help. 04.03.05 Item 40-05
O'Hanlon meets Martin.
Father Ted's Dougal, was at the Huntsman recently
and was heard asking staff if Martin from the towns web site was
in the audience. Before long, the staff found Martin propping up
the bar so they carried him to Ardal and Martin duly signed his
autograph. Funny old world. 03.03.05 Item
Veronica is definitely in the good books with
the team. Here is a photo with Veronica nearest the camera and
a certain PJ Cullen in the centre. Other than those two names
we are not sure who the rest are and that's why we are looking
for your help. As we get the names we will add them. 02.03.05
Photo number 69 from this collection is an unusual
one. It looks like a group of bakers or maybe workers from one of
the mills in the town. If anyone has any suggestions of who these
gentlemen can be, please let us know. 26.02.05
Kenny---2 more photos.
Yesterday we gave you a photo that was kindly
given to us by Veronica Kenny and within hours we had all the names.
So, lets see how good you are on with today's offering. The first
person with all the names wins a personalised email address like
joesoap@Balbriggan.net. So get cracking. 26.02.05
4: Light a Candle and Say a Prayer.
Roger Turner, from
Sheffield, but who holidayed in balbriggan for several years in
the 50's and 60's has written another account of life in Balbriggan
all those years ago. Roger has a real talent for writing and this
account is no exception. Roger used to stay with Eileen and Raymond
Mckenna in Craobin Park for six weeks at a time. To read his story
click on the thumbnail of himself and enjoy. 25.02.05
Thanks to Veronica Kenny who kindly dropped in
several photos. The first one is late sixties early 70's. We don't
have names at the moment so if anyone can help, please do.
25.02.05 Item34-05 Update We now have the
We feel it's time to go back to the David Brangan
collection and as it's the 200th anniversary of this famous company,
we bring you a photo taken inside the factory. 25.02.05
Due to the reaction of the Aerial photos that
we published earlier this month, we bring you 3 more. These photos
were given to us by photo enthusiast, Barry Geraghty and pilot Barry
Christie. We have "Zoomed in" on the photos so you can
see more detail. Check out the web site MrBullBar.com
if you are interested in aerial photography. Click on thumbnail.
This photograph shows Olive McNally cycling down
Dublin Street in 1942, in the background we think is where the Bank
of Ireland is now. The photograph was kindly given to us by Sean
McNally. 15.02.2005 Item 30.05
Message from Pete St John. Due to unforseen circumstances
it is necessary for me to cancel my concert in the Draiocht Theatre
in Blanchardstown on 19th Mar.05 and I wish to apologize for any
inconvenience caused. Pete St John.
Murtagh. Looking for relatives.
Mrs Murtagh had a shop on Hampton street, just
beside St. Georges national School. A few years back, the shop was
sold, Mrs Murtagh went to a nursing home in Limerick where she subsequently
passed away. Tony, from B.net was given over 150 negatives by the
builder who was renovating the shop and he is now trying to find
and relatives so he can give them their treasured memories. We have
scanned 3 of the negatives and bring them to you in case anybody
recognise anyone. They are all taken in the early '50's in either
Dublin or London. If anyone can give us any information, please
do so as we we want to return them to family members. Photographs
are precious.07.02.05 Item 29-05
really out of the ordinary with this selection of photos. One of
the team took some shots on the way to Ardgillan and one of Skerries
from the car park with Rock a Bill also visible.07.02.05
kathleen lonergan signed the guest book and says
she remembers going to Red Island in Skerries and would love to
hear from anyone who remembers her. As a little treat to Kathleen,
we bring you a post card showing Red Island and one showing the
harbour in Skerries. A reminder to all to check the Guest Book regurarly.06.02.05
dies in balbriggan Blaze.
details click HERE
on car park work.
Thanks for the emails, apparently the working
going on is sewage related and not a multi-Storey.
Photographs of Balbriggan.
Barry Geraghty, well known photo enthusiast in
the town has kindly given us several aerial photos of Balbriggan.
They were taken in January, and because of time allocations, Barry
said it turned into a "Rush Job". The flight was organised
through Barry Cristie of "Mr Bull Bar" who can be contacted
through their web site. MrBullBar.com
We bring you two photos today, and more will follow in the coming
days. 04.02.05 Item26-05
park- What's happening?
Can anyone shed any light on what's happening
at the car park beside the Viaduct. We can only surmise that a multi-storey
is being built. If so, parking spaces over the coming months will
be a real problem. If you know whats happening, let us know.04.02.05Item
of Balbriggan in the 50’s.
Roger Turner has penned another account of his
times in balbriggan in the 50's. The way things are going we will
have to start up RogerTurner.com. We jest of course and are only
too delighted to publish his fascinating accounts of summers in
the town. Feel free to contact Roger, his email address is at
the end of his account. Click on thumbnail. 02.02.05Item24-05
STROKE RACING SUPPORTERS CLUB CHAT SHOW.
Formerly known as the Gary Dynes Foundation, the
re-named '2 Stroke Racing Supporters Club' are holding a Chat Show
and Disco in the North County Cricket Club, Balrothery on Friday
the 11th of February from 8.30 P.M. Click on thumbnail for
more details. 01.02.05 Item23-05.
McAleese Visits St Georges School.
Last week, following a letter sent by the pupils,
President McAleese visited St Georges School, Balbriggan. The president
spent an hour talking and listening to the pupils and was even treated
to a song in Spanish. A fun time was had by all and and we have
some photos of the occasion taken by Tony. 01.02.05
are some more photos we took at the photographic Exhibition in Oct.
Eddie Guildea, Sean McNally, Kevin Lenehan, and Guss Thompson are
here along with Tony from B.net. A reminder that if you have photos
with a Balbriggan connection, please contact us.01.02.05
Because of our relative inactivity over the past
few days we have here a selection of photos courtesy of the Benton/Curtis
collection. The first is of a storm hitting the harbour at high
tide, the second is of Ronnie Drew(The Dubliner's) with some locals
and the final one is of Laragh, the big house that once stood in
the corner of Hampton St and Church street. 30.01.05
Following on from our article by Roger Turner,
Messers Benton/Cutis have come us with this gem of a shot. For those
new to the town, a Mill Pond existed behind where John D's to the
Credit Union are now. This was known locally as the canal and today's
photo shows Fergus & Pauline Benton taken in the early 60's.
26.01.05 Item 19-05
Release--- After months
of care at the Irish Sanctuary in Garristown, 2 young seals were
released back to the wild. A huge crowd turned out to witness the
occasion. A sunny but cold day swelled the crowds somewhat to a
few hundred making it difficult to have a corridor of people down
to the water. Tony, Martin and young Ronan were there on behalf
of B.net and we bring you some photos today and maybe some more
over the coming days. Click on the thumbnail to see the photos and
check out the Seal Sanctuary web Site www.irishsealsanctuary.ie
23.01.05 Item 18-05.
North Fingal Forum in partnership with the Fingal
Volunteer Centre and Co-operation Fingal are please to announce
the launch of their joint project “The Volunteer Recruitment
Fair” which will take place on Sunday the 30th January in
the Sunshine House, Click on thumbnail for more details. 21.01.05
Jack has asked that this photo be placed on the
site. Click on it to enlarge and see if you recognize anyone. The
women were either training for the Marathon or the Mini Marathon
and the year was either 2003 or 2004. 21.01.05
Rose-Tinted Specs Memories of Balbriggan in the 50’s
the 6th of January, Roger Turner sent us a detailed account of his
annual trips to Balbriggan from Sheffield. This was a very enjoyable
account and it left many eagerly awaiting part two. So it gives
us great pleasure to bring you part 2. We
have added Rogers email address at the end of his article so feel
free to contact and maybe jog his memory so as to provide more memories
of Balbriggan. Roger is writing these exclusively for Balbriggan.net.The
team sincerely thank Roger for taking the time to share his fond
memories of this lovely, friendly little town! We have included
Rogers email address at the end of his article so feel free to send
your thoughts to Roger. Click
HERE to read.
Convent Balbriggan Class Reunion-Coming soon.
Past pupils of Loreto are currently in the process
of arranging a reunion for this summer. Bernie Bisset is seeking
help with this venture so anyone willing to help can contact us
and we will forward on your details to Bernie. Keep an eye on B.net
for more details of the reunion.14.01.05 Item
Dress code c1900 close up.
This photo is part of the David Brangan Collection
and this time we have zoomed in 300% on photo number 43 to show
the dress that the locals wore. This is definitely early 20th century
and if anyone would like to suggest a decade, please do. This photos
was taken on the walkway below the train station with sea banks
visible in the background.14.01.05 Item 12-05
Phil from Balbriggan has sent us a photo of himself
along with some friends. Paddy Roberts, Oliver Pickett worked with
Phil for many years in George Watts, Engineers, Bridgefoot St. Dublin.13.01.05
St John and Friends. An Evening with Pete St John.
One for your diary 2005. Pete St John and Friends
will be performing in the Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown on
March 19th 2005 at 8pm. A limited number of tickets will be available
for the night. In Oct 2003 Pete and Friends performed in the Bracken
Court Hotel Balbriggan to a packed house and a brilliant night was
had by all. If you would like to book tickets for the night in advance
please contact Martin at 8413134 or Martin@balbriggan.net for details.
13.01.05 Item 10-05
could these be and where were the photos taken?
don't know either, but we have several similar photos to these from
the David Brangan Collection. David has over a 100 photos in his
collection dating back to 1900 with about 15 portraits similar to
these. We are almost certain that they are locals so if anyone thinks
they can put a names to these two, let us know. We will bring you
others in the coming days. 12.01.05 Item 9-05
Photos of Balbriggan from Roger Turner of Sheffield.
Another scoop for B.net, this is becoming a bit
of a habit. Anyway, Roger has sent us several photos taken in the
town in the 1950's. Roger was a regular visitor to the town every
summer and has written an account of his yearly sojourn. Click HERE
to read part 1. Well done Roger, these are truly great photos.
Any additional information on the photos would be appreciated. Click
on thumbnail to see his photos. 09.01.05 Item
Club Photo from 1966.
A blast from the past.We've got to thank Johnn.y
Kenny for this wonderful photo of Balbriggan Youth Club members
in 1966 approx Johnny is a native of Balbriggan, now living in Drogheda.
We also bring you a photo of Greg and Bernie on their wedding day.
07.01.05 Item 7-05
Sheffield to Balbriggan. Part 1---by Roger Turner.
Roger has penned a fascinating account of how
he, his sister and mother made the annual trip to Balbriggan in
the 50's and 60's. Writing exclusively for Balbriggan.net, Roger
has a real talent for writing and we think you will enjoy his account.
Can't wait for part 2. Well done Roger. 6/01.05
Years Eve in Balbriggan.
One of the team happened to be out, on the town
new years eve and as usual, Martin had his camera with him. We have
three photos here of some of the people Martin met that night. 4.01.05
DVD--Interview on LMFM Radio.
(Louth, Meath FM) contacted Tony from B.net to ask why we decided
to bring out the DVD, "Balbriggan, Faces & Places".
To listen to the 3 minute interview, click on the thumbnail which
should open your Windows Media Player. 03.01.05
We are not sure how this will look on the web,
but here goes. One of the team got a nice photo of the boats this
summer and over the christmas he changed it so as to give it a watercolour
effect. If you can do something similar, send them to us. 01.01.05
is a nice photo of 3 girls taken on Quay street some years back.
We don't have any names but if anyone can put names to the faces
please let us know. 01.01.05 Item 2-05
you all know, we are always on the lookout for photos to do with
Balbriggan and surrounding areas and we came across this photo on
the internet of Rockabill Lighthouse. To learn more about this lighthouse,
click on thumbnail. 01.01.05 Item1-05
Sri Lanka Flood Appeal
Management at Super Value have asked if we at
balbriggan.net can let people know an appeal to collect €10,000
has started at their shop in Balbriggan. We have all been touched
by this terrible happening. All donations will be sent to GOAL
in Dun Laoire when the target is reached. Please Help and Support
in this massive relief effort. Thank You.31.12.2004
photo of Blackrock.
Here is a photo that maybe of interest. It was
taken in the early 1900s and shows the Diving board at Blackrock,
The Bathhouse, The Coastgard's Station and the Martello tower along
with spectators sitting on the diving board. A great photo obviously
taken from a boat.28.12.04 Item 79
Apparently this is a regular occurrence but yours
truly has never witnessed it. Thanks to our intrepid photographer,
Martin Fanning, we bring you 4 photos from this Christmas morning.
All proceeds go to charity so well done to all for braving such
a freezing cold morning. Click on thumbnail to view. 27.12.04
Some people don't realize the trouble the team
go to in order to keep the site bang-up-to-date!. This photo of
Tony, was taken from the other chopper,
with Martin, Joe and Jack on-board.(No animals or team member
were hurt during the photo-shoot.! )25.12.04
We received this photo by email from one of our
regular visitors and they thought it would be appreciated by others,
and we agree. Its a great photo. Click on thumbnail to enlarge.21.12.04
Roger has contacted us from Sheffield and has
emailed us some photos of Balbriggan. "We spent every summer
in the 50s & 60's in good old Balbriggan with our friends"
he says. Thanks for the photos and it's our pleasure to place them
on the site. Click on thumbnail. 19.12.04
Pub & Grocery Shop---Photo taken 1928.
Thanks to team member, Martin, for this photo.
This pub is now gone but it stood on the banks of the Bracken
river, beside the Central Lounge where the commemorative plaque
to Lawless and Gibbons is. We have all the names and we even have
photos taken recently of those featured in the original. Click
on thumbnail to see all. 19.12.04 Item 74
you a regular visitor to Balbriggan.net?
receive between 100 to 200 hits a day and we are very interested
to know where our "Regulars" are located around the world.
Are there more people in Balbriggan viewing the site than abroad?
Help by sending us an email telling us how often you check B.net,
and what country you're in, that's all. Click HERE
to email us or email to email@example.com give us your first name,
country and how often you check the site, example, Pat, USA, check
weekly. 16.12.04 Item 73
couldn't help noticing how well the christmas lights look this year.
There seems to be more of them especially going from one side of
the street to another. Has anyone else noticed this? One of the
team, Tony, headed out on wednesday night with his camera &
tripod and took some shots for our surfers approval. Click on thumbnail
to see 3 photos. 16.12.04 Item 72.
Drogheda Port in Balbriggan?
Believe it or not, this is a definite possibility.
Bremore, is the ideal location for a port with the M1 motorway nearby,
the Dublin/Belfast rail line, deepwater and low residential density.
This project could go ahead sooner rather than later with finance
already secured, all its waiting for is the green light from the
government. 15.12.04 Item 71.
This is for the Balbrigganers living abroad. It
shows how the construction work is progressing. The town is suffering
with building work going on all over the town. A new roundabout
is been built just past the church, work on the square, work on
Chapel street and apartments been built down by the harbour. Consequently
there is muck everywhere but that's the price of progress. Those
of you abroad, let us know what up-to date photos you would like
us to show. 15.12.04 Item 70
sent to us by Email.
have received this email and photo. "Hi guys I was going thru
some photos that i brought to america with me and i came across
liam Bleary Collins, this was him having a half down in the glebe,
hope to see it on your site thanks guys and keep the flag flying,
Brian Halligan". Thanks Brian. Keep the photos coming.14.12.04
of Balbriggan from Wavin Silo.
to Joe Curtis for these marvelous views. Joe stood on top of the
silo and took several photos looking north, south east and west.
We have made the photos physically big for your enjoyment. Click
on the thumbnail to see 6 photos. 14.12.04
Historical Society--Revamped Web Site.
The Historical Society have relaunched and renamed
their web site. Well done to Richard Corr and his team. Their new
address is www.balbrigganhistory.net. Check it out and sign their
guestbook. Click on the thumbnail to go to their site.
14.12.2004 Item 67
Jim works for the Council and would be well known
around the town. One of Jim's hobbies is writing poems and we bring
you one called Memories. Click HERE
to read it. 14.12.04 Item 66
We have received some very sad news, William Bennett,
has passed away this evening, Monday 13th Dec. "Billy"
came to Balbriggan in 1947 and eventually became the Stationmaster
until he retired in 1974. Jack Benton, Joe Curtis, Martin Fanning
and Tony Healy have fond memories of Billy and extend our condolences
to his family. 13.12.04 Item 65
Today's photos come from
the Benton/Curtis Collection and it shows Jack Larkin, Des &
Ann Darragh and Vincent Donnolly.
Balbriggan Cycling Club.
Another remarkable photograph courtesy of David
Brangan. This one shows the Balbriggan Cycling Club c1900. As you
can very clearly see the photo is taken outside the St. Laurence
Hotel in Howth. The writing beneath this reads "E. Costello,
Propriator". Who knows, maybe the famous Harry Reynolds is
in this shot. We have another 80 photographs relating to Balbriggan
to come over the coming weeks all taken around 1900. 06.12.04
Tidy Towns---Helpers required.
This group of people have asked u to give them
a mention. "We meet at 11.00am every Saturday morning at the
Train Station. We're always looking for addtional helpers. Fhor
more information people can contact Ciaran Wiseman at 086 8241292".
04.12.04 Item 62
Drogheda Linen Company.
is the name clearly visible on this photo(arrowed) of Gallens Mills
which is surprising as Charles Gallen bought the factory in 1887.
There are two possible reasons for this, either this photo was taken
before 1887 which is unlikely or maybe they just hadn't changed
the lettering for whatever reason. This photo is another one from
the David Brangan Collection and we thank him for allowing us use
them. 04.12.04 Item 61
Laurels Quayside and DVD.
photo is primarily for our ex pats so you can keep up to date
with the huge developments going on in the town. Our DVD is proving
extremely popular. Tony and Martin are delighted with the response
to the photographs on the DVD. Some copies are still available
but are not expected to be there long after the Fingal Independent(Click
HERE to read) gave it a very favourable review.
We have also received several emails from people saying how much
they have enjoyed it. Makes all the hard work in putting it together
seem worthwhile. A reminder to check out the guest
book as we have added some new entries.
03.12.04 Item 60
Courthouse Photo c1900.
Today we bring you another classic photo from
the David Brangan Collection. To recap, these photos are so old
that they were given to B.net on Glass by David Brangan. 98 of them
in total and most never seen before. This one of the Courthouse
was in bad condition as a fungus had started to eat away at the
image. Thankfully we now have it stored electronically so it can't
deteriorate any more. We also include a recent photo taken from
a similar angle. Can anyone spot the major alteration to the building?03.12.04
is a photograph that was emailed to us by Pat Lyons. It's a smashing
photo taken in 1971 and it shows the hotel along with Crilly's Chemist
and Maloccas takeaway. Pictures like these are especially great
for those new to the town where they can see what it once looked
like. Once again, we remind anyone who has photos of the town to
contact us, we would love to hear from you. 22.11.04
you can see, the team have been busy putting together our latest
DVD. This means that all our time is taken up with this. Don't despair,
we will be back to updating the site at least 3 to 4 times a week
very shortly. Keep an eye on the guest book, we have recently added
so more comments. Send us any photos in connection with Balbriggan,
or if you're from the town but are living abroad, send us a photo
of yourself and family. 22.10.04 Item 57
DVD for Christmas.
Due to the overwhelming
success of our last DVD, "Balbriggan, the way things
used to be", two of the team have decided to
bring out another DVD and a limited number of copies will be available
from "McGovern's"(Formally Vision Radio) gift shop. Our
target date for launch is Saturday 27th Nov. An American version
will be available for those wanting to send to friends there. Martin
& Tony are busy gathering photos of people and places of Balbriggan
and McGoverns shop are now accepting advance bookings, so get your
name in early. This price is € 19.99. Only 100 copies will
be replicated, so order yours now. Click on thumbnail for more details.11.11.04
Apologies to all for the relative inactivity of
the site over the past week. All the team were busy working, Martin
is missing, presumed drinking, Joe is as busy as ever and Jack &
Tony are dossing. Anyway, todays offering is a gem from the David
Brangan Collection. This picture, again from the turn of the century,
shows Hampton Gates which led up to Hampton Hall. The Gates were
at the top of Hampton Street(Skerries Street) at the road junction
where the memorial park is now..09.11.04 Item
Sale-Top of the range Digital Camera.
of the team has upgraded to a professional Camera and so the camera
that used to take most of the new pictures you see on this site,
has to go. The price for this camera new is between € 600
and € 700. We are also including a Camera bag, three memory
cards, 128mb, 32mb and a 16mb all for € 350.00.
If interested contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on thumbnail to see the actual
camera. 04.11.04 Item 53.SOLD
The Balbriggan Chess Club Championship
is starting on the 14th of November.
Participating players are divided into two groups. Every player
in each group will play all the others in his/her group. Each player
is allocated a time of 1 hour and 15 minutes per game. The tournament
is open to all. Further dates for the following rounds are 28th
November, 12th December, 9th and 23rd January, 6th and 20th February,
6th and 20th March.These dates are flexible and if a player can't
make it on some of those dates he/she will be accomodated. There
is no tournament entry fee! 03.11.04 Item
Inn garage closes.
well known garage on Drogheda street closed its doors for the last
time today. Although expected to be closed for several months, Shell
are expected to rebuild a larger premises here. We bring you two
photos, one of the premises and one of the staff along with a regular
customer. 29.10.04 Item 51
Night in Community College.
Balbriggan Community College invites all 5th and
6th class students and their parents to our OPEN NIGHT on Thursday
the 4th November 2004 from 7.00pm------9.00om.
All students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Also upcoming is our school production of "Muppets Uncut(e)"
in the school gym on the 9th and 10th of November commencing at
8pm. 28.10.04 Item 50
Trip down memory Lane.
is an unusual email we received and we bring it to you in its entirety.
Click HERE to contuinue.26.10.04
Arts Festival 2004"
their contribution to this years Arts Festival the Balbriggan Photographic
Club held a three day exhibition of photographs, mostly of Balbriggan
in former times. A total of almost 1,000 people passed through the
doors and many returned later for a second and third look. The small
team worked hard to make the exhibition a success and were delighted
by the many positive comments received from people of all ages who
Should you wish to join the Balbriggan Photographic Club just drop
along to Ardgillan Castle at 2.30 next Saturday, Oct 31st, or check
Balbriggan.net for information . Our meetings are informal and there
is no fee for membership.25.10.04 Item 48
Night at Balrothery.
This event was held in the Balrothery Heritage
Centre and a truly wonderful night was had by all. Colourful costumes,
plenty of food, wine and crac made this one of the highlights of
the festival. Two of the team were there, Martin and Tony, and we
bring you Tony's photos here. There are a lot of photos, broken
down into two pages. Hopefully they will download fairly quickly.
Martin & Tony would like to sincerely thank those involved for
their co-operation and hospitality. Our lads thoroughly enjoyed
the night. Click on thumbnail to see 35 photos.24.10.04
Exhibition beside Bank of Ireland.
This exhibition continues all weekend in the old
Garda station. Come along and see some great photos of Balbriggan
over the years. Joe Curtis has also produced an excellent Audio
Visual on Balbriggan using old photos never seen before and this
can be viewed at the exhibition . We have some photos here of the
opening night. Click on the thumbnail to view same. 23.010.04
Union on the square?
We received this email the other day and we really
enjoyed it. Johnny McLeer from Fancourt Heights sent us some lovely
shots that he has taken from his attic room. What a view he has,
looking down at the harbour. We bring you 4 photos by Johnny. Well
done again, excellent. 18.10.04 Item 46
the Balbriggan.net team.
part of the Arts Festival, Balbriggan Camera Club will be displaying
numerous photos in the Old Garda Station on Dublin street. Jack,
Joe, Martin and Tony(also B.net) will be there and would love to
see you there. Bring along any old photos that you think might interest
others and we will copy them there on the spot. We have also added
more photos to our article on the post office and to awards night.17.10.04
Post Office on Dublin Street has closed its doors for the last time.
The present owner is retiring and a new premises is opening
on Monday beside the Credit Union. Martin found an old photo of
the front of the post office going back to about 1920 to 1930. We
already had it on the site but for handiness sake, here it is again.
Click on Thumbnail. 15.10.04 Item 44.
wins Town Council Award.
are thrilled out of their little skins to have won this award. The
award, in the "Arts & Culture" section was in recognition
of the site's role in promoting the town at home and abroad. There
to accept the award from Cllr May McKeown and An Cathaoirleach,
Monica Harford, were Tony Healy, Jack Benton & Martin Fanning.
Joe Curtis was away and so unable to attend. The site has gone from
strength to strength and it was a fitting time to receive the award
as its the sites first birthday. Congratulations to the No.1 web
team in Ireland. Click on thumbnail to see the photos and more will
follow soon.15.10.04 Item 43
was there before it became a Car Park?
will interest those new to the town. The Car Park beneath the
Viaduct was originally "Cumiskey's Coal Yard". We bring
you two photos, the first is part of the David Brangan Collection
taken c1900 and the second is the same view over a hundred years
later. Compare both and see what buildings are still standing.
Click on thumbnail to view. 12.10.04 Item
LOOKING FOR SOME INFORMATION ON MY FATHERS FAMILY. HIS NAME WAS
JOHN CLINCH. I BELIEVE HIS FAMILY LIVED ON CONVENT LANE. MY FATHER
DIED IN 1967 AT THE AGE OF 74. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY INFORMATION
YOU MIGHT HAVE. MICHAEL CLINCH 12.10.04 Item
Required. Patrick Beirne.
currently researching a soldier of the Royal Irish Fusiliers who
died in the Great War and wondered if anyone would have any information
about a local man who was killed in 1917. Patrick Beirne was born
and lived in Balbriggan, he enlisted in the 1st Battalion Royal
Irish Fusiliers in Dublin and served with the regiment in France
and Flanders until he was killed in action on the 11th April 1917.
Patrick was one of 26 men born in Balbriggan who were killed in
the First World War. Any assistance would be gratefully received.
Best regards. Andy Shaw. If you can help email us and we will forward
on the details.11.10.04 Item 40.
& Reed Band.
we have two photos going back to the early 80's or late 70's. They
show the towns Brass & Reed Band. Click the thumbnail to see
the photos. Our IT department have received two emails saying that
their Internet Explorer freezes when they try open the "News"
page(this page). If anyone else is is experiencing this please contact
us at email@example.com
We have removed the scrolling text at the top of the page to see
if that was the problem. 10.10.04 Item 39
Celebrate their 75th Anniversary
34th Balbriggan scout troop celebrated their 75th anniversary
on Sunday the 26th Sept 04 in style which got under way with a
parade to a packed St Peter and Paul's church.Balbriggan Scout
Leader Eddie Darcy welcomed everyone who was connected with scouting
down the years and all the many friends associated with the 34th
troop.To Eddie, Charley, Angela well done on a fantastic day in
the history of our scout troop in Balbriggan.Also thanks to the
ladys committee who feed us so well at end of a wonderful day.
All photos By Martin Fanning. 10.10.04 Item
of Arts 2004.
that time again where the Balbriggan Arts Festival committee bring
the Arts to the Town. We at Balbriggan.net are only too happy to
lend our support and we bring you the entire events timetable. Click
on the logo.09.10.04 Item 37
we bring you a photo of a Peace march going through the town. The
photo shows what's now the Medical Centre and the Pub beside it
which is now a Chemist. Our I.T. dept. will be carrying out essential
maintenance on the site over the coming days but we hope to be back
"Live" by Thursday. 2.10.04 Item
comes to Balbriggan?
is rife that Dublin's Tram system, LUAS, is coming to Balbriggan
and one of the team got this photo of engineers testing the Trams
on Dublin street to see how they would cope with the steep incline
from the square towards Dublin.29.09.04 Item
from this street asked one of the team if there was a photo of Church
Street from early 1900's and its our pleasure to bring you such
a photo from the David Brangan collection. PO'H, we hope you enjoy.
29.09.04 Item 34
Chess demontration by Kieran English of Phibsboro
Chess Club on Sunday, 3rd October in Order of Malta Hall, Hampton
Street, Balbriggan at 2pm.
Fee Euro 3.50 for adults and Euro 2.50 for kids (just like on a
normal club day). All welcome! For more info phone Thomas 087/6985329
28.09.04 Item 33
a week since our last photo courtesy of David Brangan. This photo
has been seen before, in a Smyco catalogue if our memory serves
us correctly. The one we have is obviously the original and it shows
7 workers sitting by their machines. 26.09.04
Antiquarian Cycle Run--by Joe Curtis. Tuesday. 28th Sept.
is an absolute must to see. Joe is presenting this Audio Visual
tour on behalf of Balbriggan
Historical Society. Years ago, cycle runs were a popular pastime
for many and Joe is reinacting one of these using old postcards
and photos of towns between Dublin and Drogheda. Joe tells us he
will be using the latest technology for this presentation. The Bracken
Court Hotel is the venue and 8.30pm is the time. Arrive early to
avoid disappointment. Jack Benton will also be there to answer any
questions.24.09.04 Item 31.
Photos of work on square.
have received several photos taken from the hotel and it graphically
shows the progress that is been made. The Civic Offices, Extension
to Library and extension to Bracken Court Hotel has been on going
since last October and are due to be completed late next year. 23.09.04
Spider Web Site Awards.
may have heard the ads on the radio for this. Several people have
suggested that Balbriggan.net would have as good a chance as any
in the category for community web site. If you think we are good
enough, please go to their web site and see category 9. Fingers
crossed. Click on thumbnail to go to site. 23.09.04
O Connor Russell.
an email sent to us through the guestbook, our research department
have come up with the following photo taken about the early '90s.
showing Jim and Marie O'Connor. 21.09.2004
Exhibition Of Art By Alan Sloey, Emmets House, Quay Street Balbriggan
Friday 1st October 2004
Doors open 2pm 21.09.04 Item 27
think its time for another photo in the David Brangan Collection.
In case you are new to the site, several weeks ago we came into
possession of 98 photos on glass, all of them showing either people
or places in Balbriggan. Its a unique collection with most of the
photos never seen before. Today's photo is of the Coastguard's station
which used to stand almost beside the martello tower before it was
gutted in the early 1920's. 16.09.04 Item
corner of Church/Hampton Street.
we bring you 3 photos. 2 are of Laragh on Church Street from the
1980's with the Dairy visible where Hampton Court is now. The other
photo is of Confry's with the Ivory coast in the background.
15.09.04 Item 25.
we go again with a moving picture where you control the camera with
your mouse. Zoom in, zoom out, whatever you want. This photo was
taken today 15th Sept. and the location is down by the lighthouse.
Broadband is probably required to view this but if you succeed with
a dial-up let us know. Click thumbnail to view.15.09.04
College Class of '66.
is a photo taken recently by Jack. It's the Community College from
1966. We have all the names and will be placing them on the site
soon. 14.09.04. Item 23
Walk in 1970.
Walk took place in 1970 and in several subsequent years. These walks
were from Balbriggan to Skerries, Loughshinny, Rush, Lusk, Quickpenny,
Man-O-War, Balrothery, Balbriggan; say about 20 miles.13.09.04
to one and all, it was only the other day we realised that the guest
book had become overloaded, subsequently taking an age to open.
We have rectified this situation now. To view the Guest Book, go
to bottom of the Home page. Again we ask you to regularly check
the guest book for messages left by others.
13.09.04 Item 21
team were due to play Navan in the Jenkenson Cup today sunday but
unfortunately the visitors weren't able to provide a full team so
the match was cancelled. Two of the Balbriggan.net team were there
hoping to get some action shots but instead they had to settle for
photos of a training session. Balbriggan Rugby Club have a web site
that has just started and we wish them well on that venture. Their
web address is www.balbrigganrfc.com.
12.09.04 Item 20.
of the railway, Christy kiernan, Joe Gilbert, a recent dusk photo
and a view of the new building on Mill street. All created for your
pleasure by the hardest working web team in Ireland. Click the thumbnail
to see all photos.
12.09.04 Item 19
Railway Station 1963.
is a great photo of the station over 40 years ago. Top left is the
Signal Box and notice the large shelter area of the platform and
the extra building attached to the factory. 10.09.04
this photo, taken c1984, we bring you Paddy ally with Seamus Smith.
Seamus was the Barber on Mill street. 10.09.04
anyone help here.
My name is María, I am from Spain, but I will be in Balbriggan
the next Octuber. So I would like to know if you could provide me
with information about accomodation (I´m 24) and also about
job demand. Although I will be working at St George´s School
as a language assistant, I would appreciate if you give me information
about part time jobs in Balbriggan.
Thank you very much. María José Sánchez. 10.09.04
Scare at Sunshine House.
weeks back there was a bomb scare at Sunshine House where a device
was found and was "ticking". As you will see, the Army
Bomb Disposal team arrived to make the devise safe. From what we
know there was no explosives but it was an elaborate hoax. The whole
saga lasted about 5 hours with many of the houses on Church Street
evacuated. We got some photos and we bring you 2. 05.09.04
of the cross-over between Balbriggan.net and Balbriggan Camera Club,
we thought it a good idea to create a site for the club. We have
replaced the button "View Book" with a new one, "Camera
Club". We hope to display photos by the members of the club
in the coming weeks. Click HERE
to see site.05.09.04 Item 14
if you could tell me what bus I would get from Dublin Airport to
Balbriggan or direct me to the appropriate website .I am from Glasgow
,Scotland and am visiting in December . By the way the website gets
better everyday some great pics on it I was interested by one in
particular ,it showed the lighthouse being struck by lightning and
was by Adrian Mc Mahon the reason it interested me was because if
its the same guy (has he a Twin named Aiden? he was a childhood
friend when I visited with my family aged about 6 to 10 yrs old
I think they stayed in DerhamPark so say hello for me .
Keep up the Great work .ANTHONY SLOEY. Click HERE
to see replies 05.09.04 Item 13
Balbriggan.net always looking out for good stories
sent a cup reporter to Celbridge on the river Liffey and he brought
back the following images to prove he actually went as instructed.
Click on thumbnail to read report and see the photos. 05.09.04
have been asked to give this new club a mention. One of the team
went along to one of their sessions and took some photos. We now
have contact details. Click on thumbnail to learn more about this
club and to see more photos.04.09.04 Item
One of the team on a recent visit to Santa Ponsa,
Majorca, met up with fellow holiday makers and entertainers. Never
missing an opportunity, Martin introduced them to Balbriggan.net
and with camera on hand, took some photos which we are delighted
to put on our site to record the occasion. So hello Mikey &
Danny, Ell-Marie & Andrea, & Carmel, Ray & Kathleen.04.09.04
No85. The Original Enterprise passes through town.
Thank god that one of the team happened to be finishing on nights
and so was able to stay up and watch this 72 year old engine pass
through the station. A 45 minute delay meant she didn't leave Dublin
until 08.30 and it was about 09.00 when she sped through. Conditions
weren't great for photographs when the "Merlin" passed,
it was dull and overcast and she traveling quite fast but we got
two shots of reasonable quality. 02.09.04
No85. The Original Enterprise passes through town.
Thank god that one of the team happened to be finishing on nights
and so was able to stay up and watch this 72 year old engine pass
through the station. A 45 minute delay meant she didn't leave Dublin
until 08.30 and it was about 09.00 when she sped through. Conditions
weren't great for photographs when the "Merlin" passed,
it was dull and overcast and she traveling quite fast but we got
two shots of reasonable quality. 02.09.04
more Harbour photos!
what one of the team said to another after our latest batch of photos
was put on site on the 31st of August. So to right this wrong we
have another batch from around the town minus the Harbour. Click
on the thumbnail to view. 02.09.04 Item 8.
saw a magnificent day in Balbriggan weather wise, so, as usual one
of the team headed out to capture as many shots as possible for
you(especially those abroad) to enjoy. 31.08.04
people refer to it as a castle, in fact the castle no longer stands.
Baldongan Church and Tower to give it's correct title, was built
in the 14th Century as a parish church with the Tower added at a
later date to protect the priests who lived there, as it lay within
the Pale and so subject to attack. 31.08.04
Square from the mid 90's.
is a photo we came across by one of the team. We reckon it was taken
around 1997, give or take a couple of years. The shot was taken
on a Sunday morning from outside the Bank looking up towards Hampton
Street. The Public toilets are there along with the parking spaces
for wheelchair users. 30.08.04. Item 5.
Photos time again.
again, a photo from the David Brangan collection and this is an
unusual photograph. The guys with the guns are almost certainly
the Coastguards. The Coastguards were an armed force and when they
used the Martello Tower had even a cannon mounted on a rail on the
top of the Tower which allowed the gun to cover a large area around
the Tower. Oddly enough both the Market House and Martello were
built within a period of only a few years. The Martello being just
a few years older. Question. On another
topic, anyone know how "Market Green" got its name as
several people have pointed out there was never a market there?
Answer. Market Green comes from the
Market House which was built in circa 1810 and to one of five or
six designs set down by the British Government. Most reasonable
sized towns in Ireland were provided with a Market House during
that period. The original street was named Manchester St, which
was a Cul de Sac, and later became Market Green; the locals in our
area always referred to it as 'The Green'.
received the following email today, "Hi I wonder if you
could tell me where I could find a painting of Balbriggan to buy,
Many thanks, Niamh Barlow". If anyone can help, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And now for something entirely
different, if you missed steam engine No. 85 when it last passed
through the town, you have another chance to catch a glimpse this
Thursday morning at about 08.15. to 08.30 as she makes her way from
Dublin to Belfast. Get
those digital cameras out, 30.08.04 Item3
Banks-1916 and 1983.
more photos today both depicting the same spot. The first is from
about 1916 and a close look reveals a structure, almost hanging
over the cliff, no wonder it's gone. The second shot is from 1983
and in this shot a shelter can be seen that's no longer there. Probably
demolished to discourage loitering. 29.08.04
Photos from June 1984.
We bring you two photos today, the first
is a group of children on Drogheda street. Can anyone put
names to the faces? They would be in their mid-thirties now.
The second is of a horse and cart on mill street, can anyone
name the horse? 29.08.04 Item1
Well done to Martin who has spotted that several news items have
gone missing. We think we know why its happening and have made
the necessary technical changes to stop it. We will also number
each article so it will be easier to spot if it happens again.
The lost news items are now available near the bottom of this
you can see, our technical team are at it again. Firstly they have
added a scrolling text at the top of this page.
From 1984 and immediately prior to the destruction
of the Church we show an image of the interior of the Loreto. The
loss of this building in favour of a modern, 'easy to maintain'
and rather mundane building, is still voiced today.22.08.04
We show the Wavin Engineering team from September
1963. From left: Paddy Mathews, Michael Maloney, Peter O'Hare, Denis
Reynolds, Kevin King, Con Conway, Joe Russell & Jack Morgan.22.08.04
Great Northern Railway men meet in Balbriggan
Mr Billy Bennet and Mr Arthur Healy, both worked
for the GNR (I)...Arthur in the Goods Dept. in Sherrif Street Dublin
and Billy in Cavan and Dundalk, ending his career as Stationmaster
in Balbriggan. Billy is in his early 90's and Arthur(father of one
of the team) is a youngster of 68 years! We bring you two photos
of Billy Bennet... the first with Arthur and the second with Tony
for another photo from the David Brangan Collection. This one is
of the Parochial Hall at the back St Georges Church. Some may remember
it more as the Table Tennis Club. We have also included an up to
date photo of the same scene, you will see that where the gentlemen
is sitting on the window ledge is now a Porch that was obviously
added on in later years.12.08.04
Counter goes haywire.
For wherever reason, our Hit counter started to
give unreliable readings. To rectify this situation we have started
another one. Apologies to all who thought our site was the most
popular on the web.12.08.04
Photo from David Brangan.
This photo was taken in the station about 100
years ago of a station worker. He is standing outside, what was
then a water tank. We went to the exact same spot and took a similar
photo and by the magic of computer wizardry, have placed this
worker in our photo. We intend to take pictures from similar angles
to those of the David Brangan collection so you can see how things
have changed over a century later. 08.08.04
is a photo of a Paddy McDonnell from Gormanston. Our team member
who took this photo is not in the office at the moment so we don't
have details at the moment. 07.08.04
Holiday Camp, Mosney.
down memory lane here thanks to Richard Corr of BHSIreland(Historical
Society) and messers Benton & Curtis. These have brought back
some nice memories for one of the team in particular who frequented
Mosney in the mid seventies. We hope you enjoy these images, we
have made them big for your enjoyment. We have come across a web
site that has photos from all the Butlins, including Mosney. So
to see a great selection of postcards and photos.07.08.04
of Balbriggan's lost characters and better known by his nickname
than his Christian name;
"Diddler" McInerney from Clonard St. Recently we featured
a photograph of his brother, Paddy (known as The Dozer) sitting
on the same steps at the entrance to the Town Commissioner's Rooms
on the Square. Obviously a favourite place to sit in the sun. Although
taken just a few years ago every trace of the building is now demolished
in the reconstruction of the town centre. Sadly both the McInerney
brothers have passed to their just reward. 06.08.04
must be the nearest photo from Balbriggan but we include it because
of who it is, non other than Groucho Marx apparently alive and
well and living in Cork. Well done Groucho.
this---Auckland, New Zealand.
those of you new to the site, we have a thing going where we ask
those of you abroad to take a picture of yourself with your computer
beside you and Balbriggan.net clearly visible. Up until now the
furthest distance from Balbriggan was North Carolina USA. But today,
thanks to Jack Weir in Auckland New Zealand, he has taken the lead,
Well done Jack.0208.04
image of Convent Lane, Balbriggan taken by one of the team in 1984,
so only twenty years ago. How this street has changed from a quiet
backwater into a very busy area, both with business activity and
car parking. Most of the car parking is carried out by commuters
travelling by train daily who have little space to park in the vicinity
of the station. JC 29.07.04
Who are these guys?........
Our last few photos from the David Brangan collection
have all depicted scenes from Balbriggan with people in the distance.
Today's offering is a close-up of two gentlemen standing in the
porch of what's now the National Irish Bank but at the time of the
photo was called "Northern Banking Co Limited". We are
at a loss to who these people are, maybe the Bank Manager and his
assistant. Any suggestions on how we could put names to these faces,
please let us know. We have about another 30 close ups of people
in the town which we will be bringing to you over the coming weeks
and months. Click on the thumbnail and see if you can see any resemblance
to anyone now living in the town, maybe there is a Richardson there,
or a Guildea or even a Corcoran. Maybe the present Bank Manager
could help us on this one.28.07.04
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