a while since we mentioned this but if you are fed up getting junk,
pornographic or just nuisance emails, one solution is to have a
Balbriggan Email address. If you have an Eircom address you will
notice that you get between 10 and 30 emails a day, all rubbish.
With our email addresses you will receive no such mails. Just let
us know what email address you want and we will set it up, and best
of all, it's FREE.27.06.04
This-Outer Banks, North Carolina USA.
Check this out from Monsignor Patrick Brady and his cousin Pauline
Volz, nee McNamara. "Please say hello to our cousins
Aggie, Eileen and the whole Daly clan". This is our
furthest photo of Balbriggan.net. Can anyone beat this? Click
on photo to enlarge.27.06.04
Following Article is taken from WWW.Politics.ie
Sargent seeks legal advice to have harbours kept in public
Tuesday, June 29
More news from Marine & Natural Resources
On the eve of the proposed sale of Balbriggan and Skerries harbours,
Green Party Leader Trevor Sargent TD, after intensive talks, is
seeking legal advice to have both harbours kept in public ownership.
said today that, “Tomorrow, on 30th June 2004, Balbriggan
and Skerries historic and working harbours are due to be sold
unless Section 88 of the 1996 Harbours Act is put into effect
transferring both harbours from the ownership of Dublin Port to
Fingal County Council.”
TD, who represents the Dublin North constituency, has met with
officials from both the Department of the Environment and the
Department of the Marine, along with Fingal County Council and
Dublin Port and local Dáil representatives, to work out
a transfer arrangement.
regret that the two Departments effectively sat on their hands
and pleaded abject poverty even though Clogherhead port in Minister
Dermot Ahern’s own constituency recently received grants
totalling €8 million.”
am now seeking legal advice in order to have the two harbours
retained in public ownership as the Harbours Act of 1996 envisages.
This is what the people of Balbriggan and Skerries want, and have
asked for by way of more than 1,000 signatures from petitions
and letters to date,” concluded Deputy Sargent.
NewsFlash--Balbriggan Harbour Saved.
The Following was sent to us by Joe Corr of the Green Party on
29th June at 22.20 and it reads as follows:
29 June 2004
breakthrough in campaign to retain Balbriggan and Skerries harbours
in public ownership
Green Party Leader
and Dublin North TD Trevor Sargent has expressed his delight at
hearing in the Dáil from An Tánaiste that the order
under Section 88 of the Harbours Act 1996 to transfer the harbours
of Balbriggan and Skerries to Fingal County Council has been signed
today at the 11th hour. This order will prevent the sale by the
state of these historic and working harbours into private hands.
Deputy Sargent said
today that, “The heated meetings over the last number of
days, in which I was involved, and the loud protests from the
communities affected - which included letters and petitions from
over 1000 individuals - have had their effect at last. I was ready
also with legal advice to challenge this drive to privatise the
harbours every step of the way. Fortunately, common sense has
prevailed and the will of the people and the law have also prevailed.”
Dove spotted in Balbriggan.
thanks to Phil in seapoint who got some great photos of this rare
bird. Obviously the Dove had heard how nice a place Balbriggan was
and wanted to see for himself or herself. These photos were taken
on the 26th April using an SLR camera attached to a telescope. Do
you have any unusual photos of Balbriggan, maybe a Partridge in
a pear tree, let us know and we will publish same. Thanks again
Phil, click on thumbnail to enlarge. 30.06.04
Scoop for the Web Site by far;
have done it again and this time it’s big.
Thanks to a most generous gesture by a local individual we have
received a substantial number of old photographs dating from between
1895 to about 1905, all depicting scenes and people in Balbriggan.
These are Glass Plates and are a unique collection most of which
have not been seen previously by the public. Presently we are in
the process of transferring them to a format which will allow us
to display them on the web.
Keeping checking this page for more details.30.06.04
Balbriggan.net marketing Team.
conquered the land, we are now looking to the sea. Click on the
thumbnail to see enlarged.01.07.04
has been asked to publish the following. Suffice to say that we
have no connection with any political party and we are available
to all other political parties.
All Supporters of the ‘Save the Harbours’ Campaign
On behalf of Cllr. Joe Corr, Fingal County Council, Cllr. Heidi
Bedell, Balbriggan Town council and myself, I write to thank you
all for your support which, much to our relief, has culiminated
with an Order being signed by The Minister for Communications,
Marine & Natural Resources to transfer our local harbours
to Fingal County Council. The petition and letters were compiled
with the help of over 1,000 people including your goodself. The
large volume of correspondence and petitions featured and was
very useful at meetings I spoke at in the Department.
It was vital to demonstrate that the political fallout of Balbriggan
and Skerries harbours being privatised would have had far reaching
knock-on effects, and any private owners would have met huge resistance
to any plans they might have had to take away these vital local
The issue is now to look anew at the harbours and draw up plans
for repair and improvements which will ensure that these amenities
are a source of pride for the community. We would be delighted
to discuss this matter with you at your convenience if you can
write or phone the Constituency Office (8900360) to arrange a
time and place.
Le gach dea-ghui,
TREVOR SARGENT T.D.
has arrived. DVD Audio Visual Slide Show-Now available.
At last the day has come for the escape of "Balbriggan,
the way things used to be" and its available from two
shops in the town, Vision Radio on Dublin Street
and Around a Pound on Station Street. The price
is € 10.95 and for that you get about 20 minutes of photos,
old and new to music by the welsh composer Medwyn Goodall. The
DVD will play in most domestic players manufactured after 2001.
It will also play in all computers regardless if you only have
a cd drive. We think you will enjoy and
we welcome your reviews. 02.07.04
new DVD showing Balbriggan past & present has temporarily sold
out in the shops. A spokesperson has informed the Balbriggan Bugle
that the team are working hard to ensure new stocks will be available
on Monday morning.
This shortage in stock has come about due to the unexpected level
of demand. The Balbriggan.net Marketing team say this is due to
the high quality of the DVD, coupled with it's very competitive
to the Benton/Curtis Collection we have another gem, Malones Forge
on Dublin Street which was between Dominic Rafter's and the old
Garda Barracks. Click on thumbnail to enlarge 04.07.04
Photos of Balbriggan.---Thanks to David Brangan.
Finally we can reveal that David Brangan is the man who has made
these photos available to us. In a statement issued to Balbriggan.net,
it reads as follows: "These photographs of Balbriggan were
taken by my late father, Thomas J. Brangan, of St. Benen's Gormanston.
He was born in November 1903 and died in December 1989. He used
to go around on his bicycle to take photos and while we do not have
dates, are presuming they are taken circa. 1920's. If you recognise
any of the faces, do not hesitate to contact us. They are original
glass slides in their original box. Copyright belongs to David Brangan."
The sequence of events is as follows, Team member, Martin Fanning,
came into contact with David Brangan during the Special Olympics
but it was on a recent meeting that David mentioned to Martin that
he had some very old photos and within a few days he gave Martin
12 to see for himself. Martin contacted Tony who couldn't believe
what he was seeing. Because the photos are on glass you can't scan
them onto a computer unless you have specialist equipment
and this is where our photographic expert comes in. Team member
Joe Curtis has seen other photos on glass before so he knew what
to do and how. Tony cleaned each of the 12 glass slides with a damp
cloth and Joe scanned them. This took several hours and when we
were finished we carefully wrapped each glass and returned them
to Martin who in turn returned them to David along with a DVD of
the images. David then gave Martin a further 30 glasses and then
a final batch of about 58. It took Tony and Joe two full days to
clean and scan the final batch and we have to thank Joe's wife,
Margaret, for feeding Tony for the two days and allowing her kitchen
to be taken over with glass slides everywhere. On Monday 5th July
in a meeting with Martin and Tony, David has agreed to allow Balbriggan.net
to publish the photos on site at a low resolution and as an added
security feature has requested a watermark on each. On behalf of
Jack Benton, Joe Curtis, Martin Fanning and Tony Healy we sincerely
thank David and his wife Colette for their cooperation. Click on
thumbnail to see the first of the slides along with photos of David
with Martin and Tony. 06.07.04
update and another Glass Photo.
for the four day delay in updating the site. The primary reason
is our DVD on Balbriggan of which we are struggling to keep up
with the demand. We had some technical problems at the start where
some wouldn't play in the domestic DVD player but this has been
sorted and if you purchased one of these simply return it to the
shop for a replacement. Its available in McGoverns and Around
a pound priced € 10.95. Our Guest book is filling up at an
alarming rate, so much so that it takes a while to open. To rectify
this we are going to remove some of the earlier messages and ones
that have little or no comment. Next is another photo from the
David Brangan collection and this is truly a fantastic photo,
again not seen before but available exclusively to B.net. There
are four adults and three children standing on the corner of Clonard
street and Drogheda street, it was then Derhams Pub but today
it is the Medical Centre. Click on thumbnail to enlarge 10.07.04
Races---By Keith Sherwin.
thanks to Keith for submitting two excellent photos of the Skerries
races last week. Well done keith you must let us know what camera
and lens you used for these shots.11.07.04
Opening New Playrooms.
Today 14th July 2004
The President, Mrs McAleese, officially opened a new playrooms
area at Sunshine House. Despite an unfavourable weather forecast
the Sunshine did win out and all attendees had a wonderful few
hours celebrating the opening of this most needed extension to
the facilities at Sunshine House. The President obviously enjoyed
the opportunity to address her (mostly) young audience and she
spoke with great warmth and affection for the work carried out
by the organisers of the week long breaks. She spoke about the
wonderful support received from the ESB and how the partnership
worked between the voluntary and corporate groups to the advantage
of all the 120,000 or so children who have been on holiday in
Sunshine House during the past 70 years.
An ‘all inclusive’ society where want and hardship
is unknown to our children would be her wish and we still have
some work to do to achieve this. She spent some time after the
official opening meeting the children and made many admirers for
the seamless manner with which she addressed both children and
adults alike, and indeed made all ‘inclusive’ in the
events of the day.
Balbriggan.net were delighted to be invited to the official opening
and to the refreshments served, to the usual high standard, afterwards
at the nearby Bracken Court Hotel.
Balbriggan.net also adds the request for supporters to remember
to add a few Euros to The Sunshine Fund when the Advocate paper
is on sale. All the funds go towards bringing children for a one
week holiday each year to Sunshine House, Balbriggan. These children
are all from families who have fallen on hard times so otherwise
could never provide their children with a holiday. Click on thumbnail
to see some photos of the day. 14.07.04
Brangan's--The Bath House
latest photograph from the David Brangan collection is a firm favourite
of the team at Balbriggan.net, in particular Martin & Tony.
It shows the Bath House in all its glory and what a fine building
it was in its day. The building is still standing but is in a terrible
state of repair, as we can all see when walking our beautiful coastline
at Black Rock, also know as Kings Strand. How
about restoration & preservation? Let us know what you think
Click on thumbnail to enlarge 20.07.04
Unfortunately, over the past few weeks we have
been unable to keep the site updated as often as we would like.
This is due to work commitments, the Balbriggan DVD and some Spanish
students who are addicted to MSN messenger and so its difficult
to get at the computer. This situation should improve in the coming
days, please God. Today's picture is taken by PJ Cullen in the
70's of a Mr Richardson looking across a misty harbour. We think
you will like this. 22.07.04
Us Meet With President McAleese.
Sunday 18th July 2004.
Sunday last the Remember Us group from Balbriggan attended the
special “Blessing of the Fleet” ceremony at Howth
Harbour, near Dublin.
President McAleese was in attendance and took part in a musical
demonstration to the delight of a huge audience. She entered fully
into the spirit of the occasion by assisting the Samba Band to
the great delight of the Remember Us children who had worked hard
to have their section “word perfect” on the day.
Members of the Irish Navy happily posed for photographs with members
of the Remember Us group and the children particularly appreciated
At the end of a tiring but satisfying day the volunteers and children
returned to Balbriggan both as spectators and participants in
a wonderful day. Well
done Martin. Click on thumbnail to see the rest of the photos
Balbriggan Boxing Champion
"Looking for something else I found this photo
this morning. Being aware that Anthony McMahon is in Balbriggan
at present I guess this might prompt a few memories for him. He
is at left of seccond row from back. He went on to win Irish titles
as did Greg Kenny, Jimmy McIntyre & Niall Guildea. If my memory
is correct Dave Hanna is the trainer. Can anybody let me know the
year this was taken? " JC.25.07.04
"Car Park" circa 1895.
once again for another photo from the David Brangan collection and
this is another treasure. It shows a Jaunting car obviously waiting
to pick up passengers from the train. Look closely at the Smyco
building on the left at the highest point and you will notice that
the plaque is not there.27.07.04
No.85 passes through Balbriggan.
Enterprise Express passed through Balbriggan Saturday morning belching
smoke like the dragon of olden times. Interestingly she is passing
over the street originally called George's St. (now called Church
St.) and I waited in vain to see St.George slew this dragon. I guess
the train was speeding at about 60 miles per hour and she looked
awesome in the early morning.
Steam had a magical charm and I regret it's passing. Well done to
the enthusiasts who keep the old trains running. JC
Small Boat Sea Angling Championship Also 5th & 6th. Leg of the
24th & 25 July 2004
This weekend saw the fishing of the final leg
in the Championship and unfortunately the elements did not make
for pleasant fishing. After a hectic time at sea on Saturday where
sea-sickness pills would not go amiss, it proved necessary to cancel
the Sunday leg in the interest of safety due to an awkward wind.
Kieron Rice, Frank Baxter, Hugh Donnelly and the rest of the organisers
were disappointed but happy to cancel one day rather than take the
risk of a boating mishap in the inclement conditions.
The prize giving ceremony was brought forward to ensure a large
attendance were there to show appreciation to the fantastic array
of prizes supplied by the various sponsors. This event must surely
rank at the very top of the league for the generosity of it's sponsors.
The Chairman expressed his wish to see all the anglers return to
try their luck again next year, in fairer weather of course.
Just a few of the lucky (or just talented?) prizewinners are shown
so click on thumbnail to view.(J.C. 25.07.04)
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