The Balbriggan Motor Company Ltd 1932 The next time you are on Railway/Station Street, have a look at the building that houses "Around A Pound". In 1932 it was a thriving motor business and probably one of the busiest in the "Irish Free State" as it was known then. It was run by a Mr Daly who started the business in 1922 and as you will read, there was "garage" for 40 cars. This article appeared in "Town & Country News" in 1932 and was given to us by Joe Curtis. Click on the thumbnail to read this short but very interesting article. 11.05.12
Brian Brannigan RIP The death has occurred of Brian Brannigan of Tara Cove & formerly Yellow Batter, Drogheda. Reposing at his home from 6pm Thursday evening. Removal Saturday morning to Saints Peter and Paul's Church Balbriggan arriving for 10 o'clock Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in S.S. Peter and Paul's cemetery. We here at B.net extend our sympathies to Brian's family and friends. Rest in Peace Brian.
Strictly Come Dancing, Man O'War's Biggest Fundraising Event! Over 1100 members of our terrific community showed their great support by attending Fingals's biggest fundraiser "Strictly Come Dancing" organised by Man O'War GFC. The North County County Cricket Club, Balrothery, was the setting for a fantastic evenings entertainment and fundraising, decked out with dance stage, lighting and sound with video cameras and four full screens. Twenty-four dancers had completed seven weeks of intensive training, under the guidance of professional dance instructor Lynn Jackson, to prepare for the big night. Their commitment endurance, dedication and teamwork payed off with two brilliant group dances and then their coupled dances which were judged and voted on for winning title. The three Dance judges were Lynn Jackson, Ex Dubs legend Barney Rock and local Cricket legend John Mooney. The winning title went to popular couple Siobhan O'Connor, Balrothery and Gary Ryan, Lusk with their fabulous and faultless Tango dance, winning them top scores from judges and highest audience vote. Well done to Man O'War GFC Fundraising Committee, Main Sponsors, Dance Sponsors and dedicated Dancers for all the hard work and professional organisation, a truly memorable night! Pictures courtesy of Lynette(offical Man O'War photographer), many thanks. Click on the thumbnail to view the 205 photos. 10.05.12
Herons, Rock Pipit, Fulmars & Wheatear's "Hi Tony, Well as coincidence would have it I took these shots of the Rock Pipit and these Wheatear's on the very day you issued your challenge .I got both male and female the female is the one with the sandhopper in her bill.On the same evening I got this shot of the Fulmars so I added this one as well .I got this shot of Herons on the Harbour wall early one morning I got the other shot of the Heron on the same day with Sean Daly's lobster pots in the background, all these photos were taken within five minutes of my house isn't that great .Hope you like these as much as I enjoyed taking them. Regards. Martin."Fabulous shots Martin, you certainly exceeded the challenge. Click on the thumbnail to view Martin's images. 10.05.12
Dog Found In Balrothery Here is an email we just received, "A black and white dog was found in Balrothery this afternoon and we are looking for its owner. Please find attached photos of the dog. Please call 0879258607 if you know who to return the dog to his home.. Thanks, Dave"
Beautiful Balbriggan Firstly, Martin McNamara has risen to our challenge and send us some stunning images of a Rock Pipit, Herons and more and all taken within minutes from his house and we'll bring you them tomorrow. We have 3 photos for you today that we took on Sunday. The first shows the Viaduct, the second shows the Lifeguard station and the last is something we called a "Jinny Joe" in Dublin but not sure what it was called in Balbriggan, probably "Our Flower"??? Click on the thumbnail to view. 09.05.12
Names For This Photo Thanks for the emails re this photo, Derek Clark identified his great grandfather, James Clinch. Our Joe was telling us that "That picture is featured in the book “Cry Blood, Cry Erin” and it shows men queuing for assistance money, mainly sent from Philadelphia in support of the workers of Balbriggan". We have added a photo from that book showing men who came from Philadelphia to help those out of work in Balbriggan. Click on the thumbnail to see the names and the extra photo. 09.05.12
New Cemetery For Balbriggan Officially Opened Flemington Burial Ground to give it its proper name was officially opened last week by Fingal Mayor, Gerry McGuire along with The Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Grainne Maguire and representatives from the various Churches in the town. The location of the new Cemerery/Burial Ground is as follows, go to the top of Flemington lane, turn right and it’s about 150 meters down the hill on the right hand side. Click on the thumbnail to view photos. 08.05.12
Another 1920 Balbriggan Photo Here is a great photo that was given to us recently of workmen outside “Smyco” from 1920. On the reverse side of the photo it has “Men out of work in Balbriggan due to the tans sacking the town”. Just when we thought we had seen all the 1920’s photos of the town, up comes this one. Has anyone else seen this photo before? Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 08.05.12
Missing Ferret Here is an email we received, "Hi tony, Jessica here could you please spread the word that my ferret got loose on me This evening and i have heard it was seen running around the estate in craoibhin if anyone sees it can you get them to contact me or even tell theresa in the petshop. She is really friendly but fast! I appreciate your help" 08.05.12
Balbriggan Lighthouse The great thing about living by the coast is that it changes every day, either a different sky, tides, clouds and birds to name but a few. Today, while walking the dogs we got these two photos. Here is a challenge to Martin McNamara, any chance of a photo of the local Rock Pipit and Heron. Go get them Martin, we know you love a challenge. Click on the thumbnail to view todays photos. 07.05.12
RTE Nationwide Visit Balbriggan Community College Some weeks back we told you that RTE Nationwide would be calling to the Community College to show how the students are making Birdboxes for the birds on Rock O'Bill. Well, apparently they had a great time and Martine O'Brien has sent us in some photos of the day. Click on the thumbnail to view. 07.05.12
Dog Found Here is the email we just received, Hi there, attached is a picture of a dog we found today at 1.00pm 7 May at Coney Hill, Bremore, Balbriggan. If the owner of this dog wants to collect him/her contact Gerry at 0851315717.Thanks, Gerry.07.05.12. Update. Dog reunited with owner thanks to B.net, 08.05.12
O'Dwyers U14 A big congratulations to O'Dwyers U14s who won the Feile in Parnell Park on Sunday. The lads played four games (and won all four) to win their group on Saturday and to get thru to the finals where they beat St St Maurs of Rush by a point in the Final on Sunday. Well done to all on a great performance.Click on the thumbnail to view photos by Martin McCurdy. 07.05.12
You Can Lead A Horse To Water........ .........but a pencil must be lead ......or something like that? Here is a grab shot from last evening as we drove through the town. The very time we wanted the lights to be red they were green but luckily enough there was no cars behind us so we could stop and grab the camera. We saw this man and the horse on the beach earlier on and we were surprised to see him on the Square. Just imagine, years ago horses we a common sight about the town. We've no idea who he is, anyone know? Click on the thumbnail to view. 07.05.12
Rapeseed Field We just had to stop the car the other day to get this photo. The Rapeseed is growing in a field between Murtagh's of Ballough and Apple Green service station on the old Dublin road. Click to voew two photos. 06.05.12
Irish Girl Guides For Balbriggan The Irish Girl Guides (I.G.G) are hoping to set up a Guide unit in Balbriggan in September 2012. A Brownie unit has been set up and is proving very popular. The age group for Brownies is 7-11 years old and the age group for Guides is 11-14 years old. The Irish Girl Guides is a uniquely girl-only, youth-driven, active and dynamic organisation. The girls enjoy activities as they can ‘just be girls’ without any pressure, whilst while learning the skills that will one day help them to be responsible citizens and adults. I.G.G are looking for both unit leaders and unit helps to help run the Guide unit. Training is available and new leaders would be supported by a Regional Development Officer until the leaders felt confident in running the group by themselves.It is a great opportunity for potential volunteers to come on board at the beginning and make the Guide unit a huge success.
If you are interested in volunteering, or have a query about your daughter joining Brownies or Guides you can contact Lisa Dunne at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0879763318. You can also get more information on becoming a leader at: http://www.irishgirlguides.ie/index.php/becoming-a-volunteer-2
Waves Hitting Lighthouse Here are a few photos Tom Larkin has sent us of the waves hitting the Lighthouse on 25th April when we had the strong easterly winds. Thanks Tom. Click on the thumbnail to view. 06.05.12
Sum of Money Lost Here is the email we received, "Hello I am wondering could you post this please; my mam lost a large sum of moeny in Millfield Shopping Centre today if anyone has found it could they contact me please!" If you can help, please contact us and we'll forward the information on. Thanks. 06.05.12
Hampton Mills Dinner 1960 Firstly, we now have all the names to yesterdays photo except for two girls, number 7 & 9. Click on the thumbnail below to see the list of names. Today's photo is also from the Creighton collection and it's a 1960, Hampton Mills Christmas Dinner. We've numbered everyone as usual so feel free to submit names for this great photo. Click on the thumbnail to view. 04.05.12
Maureen Potter With Balbriggan Dance Group Here is a great photo that someone dropped into us yesterday for which we are very grateful. The only person we recognise is Maureen Potter and we presume all the girls are locals but that's where we need your help. As usual, we've numbered everyone and lets see if we can get all the names. Thanks again to the anonymous person who supplied his great photo. If you have photos like this and are willing to share on B.net, please call us on 086-8054 275. Thank you. Click on the thumbnail to view. 03.05.12
This Dog Found In Balbriggan Community College We have just received this photo of a dog found in the Community College. Call us on 086-8054 275 for more details. 03.05.12.Update. Dog reunited with owner thanks to a B.net viewer. Thanks
2007 Slide Show Here is a slide show we came across. It's not great but we love the music and if you haven't seen it before you might like it. Because the aspect ratio is now 16:9 some of the photos have parts missing which maybe isn't a bad thing. Anyway, if you wish to see Balbriggan in 2007 click on the thumbnail and sit back for the next 4 minutes. 02.05.12
More Late 1950's Photos The first photograph looks very like yesterdays, with three ladies and a young child at the waters edge, maybe taken around the same time. This time the ladies are Caroline Smith, Geraldine & Matilda Richardson and we think it's the late 1950's when this was taken. The other photo is of Christine Worley. Click on the thumbnail to view and send us any information you have about either photos. Thanks to the Creighton family for allowing us use these gems. 02.05.12
In Loving Memory of Patrick (Patsy) Brogan RIP Patsy Brogan formerly of The New Lane, Darcystown died on Monday 30th April 2012. Patsy will be arriving to St. Peter & Paul’s Church on Wednesday 2nd May @ 6.15pm. Funeral is on Thursday morning after 10.00am mass going to Old Lusk Cemetry. Patsy will be sadly missed by his brothers, sisters and all his family. We at Balbriggan.net extend our deepest sympathies to Patrick's family and friends. Rest In Peace Patrick. 01/05/12
Mary, Mary, Mary & Paddy Two cracking photos for you this the 1st of May. The first shows all the Mary's, Creighton, Richardson & Halligan. The second is of Paddy Creighton outside Tolan's on Hampton street which was replaced by Carey's Supermarket which we brought you some weeks back. Do you have any similar photos that we could show on B.net. If so, please email or ring us. Today's photos kindly supplied to us by the Creighton family. Click on the thumbnails to views these photos. 01.05.12
Balbriggan Sunset Two photographs for you today and they show a recent sunset. The first one taken at Seabanks and the second was taken on Church street. We hope you like. Click on the thumbnail to view. 01.05.12
Blue Tits Nesting In Hampton Green Last year we moved our Bird box when we realised it was located in the wrong place. It should be facing North/North East, 2 meters from the ground, not in direct sunlight during the day( the heat kills the chicks). The other day we just happened to check the bird box but due to its height, we had to use our iPhone to see into it and imagine our surprise when we captured this photo. Chick on the.....Click on the thumbnail to view. 30.04.12
Mystery Photo Here is a photo we came across in the archives, either 2004 or 2005 of a group of people outside the Church. We've no idea what the occasion was so if anyone can let us know, please do. Click on the thumbnail to view. 30.04.12. Update. Here is the email we just received, Hi Tony the mystery photo you put up is of my family (Hogans ) the photo was taken after a mass for my brother Francis who passed away in 1995, Mr Lennihan just happened to come out of the church as the photo was being taken and decided to join us. Regards, Marian Collins
Sand Dunes Because of the strong easterly winds of late, the beach, and more especially the "dunes" have taken a real battering and now resemble the surface of the moon. Sunday morning was like a sand storm with sand been blown up as far as Quay street. Lets hope these easterly winds abate or else we'll have no sand sand left on the beach. Click to see a few photos we took with our phone. 30.04.12
Seascapes Martin McNamara has sent us 4 smashing photos, here is his email,
Hi Tony, Well I couldn't let this rough weather go without getting some seascapes. I took these shots on Saturday evening hope you like them.regards. Fabulous shots Martin, many thanks. Click on the thumbnail to view. 30.04.12
Veronica Kenny Photos Firstly, we have added the names to the Wavin photo from yesterday so check it out. Here are two photographs, courtesy of Veronica Kenny, which we last brought you in 2004. The first is a communion photo of 3 young lads and the second is the one in the thumbnail, 3 young ladies in mini skirts. We've numbered everybody in both photos so please let us know who they are using the Guest Book or on our Face Book page. Click on the thumbnail to view. 27.04.12
Sand Sand Everywhere The strong easterly winds of recent days has caused drifting of sand down by the Harbour. This car was parked by the Harbour wall and it was covered in sand. The Council were there trying to clear the sand from the road but it was a loosing battle and as soon as the cleared it, more sand appeared within minutes. The sand is even accumulating in the park as you will see from the photos. Also, on the beach there was some sort of "creature", hundreds of them with a plastic appearance. We thought it was a plastic molding cut in two. Has anyone any idea what they are. Click on the thumbnail to see what we're talking about. 27.04.12
Anyone For Tennis Balrothery Tennis Club are currently looking to recruit new members. We offer a range of tennis activities for all standards from beginners to advanced. Club nights with the focus on social tennis take place every Wednesday at 7.30pm and are an ideal way for anyone interested in joining to come along and give tennis a go. We also run regular doubles competitions and Adult and Junior coaching is available from our resident coach. Family Membership for 2012 is €70, Adult is €50 and Junior is €15. Anyone interested can get lots more information on our website www.balrotherytennisclub.com or by emailing email@example.com.
Lurcher found near Ardgillan Here is an email we just received, "I found this dog wondering around last Sunday near Ardgillan. She had a wound on the inside of her back leg which the vet said she probably got jumping over a wall or a fence. She had no collar and wasn’t microchipped. I took her to Dogs Aid in Ballymun where is now (they gave her the name Nancy). She had a lovely temperament and seemed like she was somebody’s pet. Would love to locate the owner." Click on the thumbnail to see other photos of this lovely dog. 26.04.12
Yachts On The Rocks At Skerries Thanks to everyone who contacted our hotline to say several Yachts had broke their moorings last night and that they were trying to save them before more damage was done. Apparently, the big Yacht is the pride of the Skerries fleet so all the stops were pulled out in order to save it. Our Tony got there at about 10am this morning and we bring you his photos now. Click on the thumbnail to view. 26.04.12
Strictly Come Dancing Man O War GFC is swapping their football boots for dancing shoes when they run their biggest ever fundraising Event - "Strictly Come Dancing" has arrived in Fingal!! The Big Event will be held in North County Cricket Club, Balrothery on Bank Holiday Sunday, 6th of May 2012. It will be a full production show, event managed, including big screens, lighting and sound.Production with seating for over 1000 patrons and VIP's. Dancers are representing a large number of sporting clubs with Clann Mhuire GFC, St Maurs GFC, St Patricks Donabate GFC, North County Cricket Club and Man O War GFC all being represented by dancers competing for the winning title. We also have dancers fundraising for a number of charities including Crumlin Childrens Hospital.more or Photos HERE
1979 Wavin Photo Firstly, we now have all the names for yesterdays photo, The North County Cricket Club so click on it to see who's who. This mornings photo was taken in 1979, days before the Pope was due to visit Ireland. Vincent Donnelly, who supplied this photo, has given us all the names and we'll bring them to you tomorrow but in the meantime see if you can recognise anyone. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 26.04.12
North County Cricket Club Here is a great photograph we came across recently, The North County Cricket Club team photo from the year 2000 when they played in the Leinster Cup Final. We've no idea if they won or not but its a great photo. If you know their names, please let us know. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 25.04.12
Business Of The Week - The Brick Room In order to help local business, Balbriggan.net does a weekly feature to promote a local business. Our featured Business of the week this week is "The Brick Room" on Railway Street, right next to the train station. As well as offering, Coffees, Homemade Cakes, Soups, and Scones it becomes a Wine & Tapas Bar after 5pm Thursday to Saturday. They also cater for those who require a Gluten-Free meal and free Wi-Fi is also available. Tell them that Balbriggan.net sent you along. We wish The Brick Room all the best in their new venture. Click on the thumbnail for more information and photos of inside. 25.04.12
New Pooper Scooper, Could The Council Do With One Of These? Here is a new device that we spotted in one of the local pet shops, it's a spring loaded pooper scooper. It's not something you'd bring with you while walking the dogs but its ideal for picking up the mess in the back garden etc. Our suggestion is that the council could get something like this to pick up the dog dirt that irresponsible dog owners have left behind. Its ideal and its spring loaded which makes removing the dirt from the grass very simple. The situation is terrible and calls for drastic action. We bought this device in Millfield and it cost € 20. Click on the thumbnail to see it in action. 24.04.12
New Dog Pooh Posters But Do We Need Cameras? We see Fingal County Council have placed new posters near the Harbour reminding dog owners to clean up after their dog. We have to say it's disgusting the amount of dog dirt that's still about the place but yet, the dog pooh bins are always well used and the bins in Ardgillan are also well used by dog owners. So who is doing this and what can be done. Are far as we are aware, no one in Balbriggan has ever been prosecuted for not cleaning up after their dog. The only solution we think is to have cameras about the town and especially around the beach area. The cameras would also help with anti-social behavior and we think they'd pay for themselves by reducing such carry on. Your comments welcome. 24.04.12
St. Georges Church & Bearnageara Three photographs for you this beautiful morning. The first is a Black & White of St. George's Church and the others were taken at Bearnageara, one looking towards Balbriggan and the other looking over at Skerries. Click on the thumbnail, we hope you enjoy. 24.04.12
ACROSS' Music Marathon in Balrothery Inn on Sat 14th April 2012 Just to say a big thank you to all who performed or supported the Music Night in the Inn. It was a great success with a great array of Talent and good Craic ! , We raised over €640 for this worthy Charity, Thank you to the Balrothery Inn for their help, to the sponsors of the Raffle, Sean Browne, Super Valu, The Medical Hall, JJ Walls, The Bracken Court Hotel and Your Gorgeous Hair Salon, and of course to Lynnette (McNally) for the Photographs - Jim Casey. Click on the thumbnail to view Lynnette's photos
Another Vincent Donnelly Classic Today we bring you another classic from the Vincent Donnelly Collection. This time it a gang of locals on the "Naomh Iud" probably in the early 1970's. We have some of the names but we'll wait till we see what names come in through our Face Book page. Click on the thumbnail to view this photo. 24.04.12
Local Lad (14) Releases EP Sean Carey is only 14 and already music is in his blood and recently he released an EP. So impressed by his music, Dublin station, SPIN 1038 played one of his songs, "Last on the Scene" and Sean had the pleasure of introducing the song which you can hear now via You Tube. Well done Sean, we wish you all the luck in the world. Click on the thumbnail to hear Sean introducing his song. 24.04.12
1936 Balbriggan Photo, We Need Your Help Here is a fantastic photograph given to us by Vincent Donnelly. It was taken in 1936 at the official opening of "The New Town Hall", oficially opened by Dublin Lord Mayor Alfie Byrne. The photograph has over 200 people in it and we have numbered 143 of them to see can we get as many names as possible. We are calling on all Briggan people all over the world to help. Our technical department have enlarged the photo and panned the camera across the photo to see if you recognise anyone. Please show this video to your parents or grandparents as they are the ones who have a better chance of spotting familar faces. Here are some of the names we have already,Mrs Hamley PO, Mag Gosson, -McGilverary, Joe Larkin, Paddy Larkin, Tommy Larkin, Munchie Gaynor “Jack”, Big Billy Rooney, Nicholas Heeney, Paddy Fogarty TD, Paddy Levins, Andy McKenna, Mrs McGilverary, , Mrs Kay, Kathleen Hyland, Willie Corry, Mrs Hanley, Wally Danigan, Lily Canning, Michael Morkey “Dykes”, Jimmy Walsh (Builder), Paddy Hurley, Kathleen Markey, Miss Murphy.When watching the 3 minute video, you will need to select HD first and then select Full Screen. If you don't, you won't be able to make out the numbers we have placed on everyones forehead. Click on the thumbnail to view the video. We hope you enjoy this photo, courtesy of Vincent Donnelly. 23.04.12, Update 69-- Jack Gaynor, 86 --Joe Larkin, 97 --Andrew McKenna, 95-- Brendan McGarry, 77-- Billy Rooney, 102-- Sonny Carton,
123-- Eva Gilsenan, 122-- Mick Cannon, 141-- Margaret Gosson, 136-- Molly Donnegan, 131-- Lilly Canning, 118-- Nickolas Heeney, 116-- Alfie Byrne,105-- James Walsh, 133-- a Connor girl from Bremore, 137-- Kathleen Markey, 124-- Mrs Hanley, 134-- Miss Murphy, 119-- Paddy Fogarty T.D.
Sean Whelan meets Balbriggan Celebrity! Following the success of his “Half Shot” video intro, Johnny Monks was gracious to one small star struck fan this week out at the Ring Commons. Sean Whelan asked for Johnny’s autograph, and Johnny kindly also agreed to pose for a photo. Real celebs are never afraid to share the magic with the fans!! Thanks Johnny!Click on the thumbnail to enlarge this photo.
Balbriggan Community College and Rockabill RTE nationwide are due to call to Balbriggan Community College this Tuesday to do a report on the schools long association with the wildlife on the Rockabill, especially the Roseate Tern and the next boxes they have made over the years. The school has been involved since 1995. Click on the thumbnail to see the photos and information the school has sent us. 23.04.12
O'Dwyers U13 in Dublin Trials A panel of ten players from the O'Dwyers U13 football team took part in trials for the Dublin U13s in Clontarf on Sunday 22nd April. The lads played three games and won all three in impressive form making a fine impression on the selectors. The players were James Keenan, Sam McCurdy, Peter Lawless, Marco Gildha, Owen Morrissey, Jack Ryan, Ross O'Carroll, Ben Graham, Michael Corcoran and Donal Boyle. The lads now have to wait a few weeks to see if they make it to the next stage of selection for the Dublin team. Click on the thumbnail to see photos by Martin McCurdy. 23.04.12
Balbriggan & District Historical Society talk: Title: 'An Avoidable Accident: The Loss of the Princess Victoria, January 1953' Speaker: James Scannell Day: Wednesday, 25th April 2012 Time: 8 p.m. Venue: Town Hall, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.
B.net Hits 2100 Likes on Face Book We see we have hit a new high in terms of Face Book "Likes" and we are now just 11 likes behind the North County Leader and this confirms that B.net is the most popular community web site in Ireland and we thank you sincerely for that. We've lots to bring you this week including a 1936 photo featuring lots of locals and to help identify people we will be putting it on You Tube and panning across the photo and we'll bring you that at 8 am tomorrow morning. 22.04.12
Communion & Confirmations Photos Can we remind everyone that our Tony will have a Studio set up for Communion/Confirmation photographs in the Town Hall over the coming days and weeks. Each session is 15 minutes long so he is limited to 4 families per hour. To see if a session is available for your day, call 086-8054 275 anytime, makes an ideal gift. To see what you get, click on the thumbnail. Thanks. 21.04.12
Skerries Couple Wed in Balbriggan Madeline & Jack of Skerries had a civil ceremony in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan yesterday, in the company of over 100 family and friends. It was a very emotional day especially for Madeline who looked stunning. The reception was also in the hotel where they were joined by even more friends and even Sam Maguire and the fantastic Ciaran Houlihan as Elvis Presley brought the house down. Click on the thumbnail to view 3 photos. 20.04.12
Finnegan to cycle 100KM “Ride for Life” followed by a fun filled fundraiser A courageous man from Balbriggan is hosting a charity cycle and fundraiser night on Saturday April 21st all in aid of Suicide or Survive (S.O.S). Tony Finnegan is no stranger to fundraising for charity but this year he decided to step it up and organise three events in the one day. Cyclists from all around Ireland will be travelling up to this north county for these events.
The aim of these three events is to raise awareness for the shocking increase in suicide in Ireland and also raise funds for the Dublin based charity S.O.S. The first part of the event is a 100KM ride for life which involves all participants cycling a single loop of the north county area.more
The last of "Balbriggan With a Difference" Today, we bring you the last of this batch of photos. The first shows St. Georges Church, the second is of thunder clouds over Balbriggan last night and the third is a view of the Beach from the Convent Lane underpass. We hope you like them. Click on the thumbnail to view. 20.04.12
Vote For Sharon This Sunday Local girl, Sharon Gaynor need your support once again this Sunday night in order to get into the final. Here is what Eric has said "Hi everyone, I just can't stress enough how much we need your votes on Sunday For Sharon. I'm sincerely asking each and every one of you to please support her and help her reach the final. We all need a boost and some good news and this would be the perfect tonic for everyone. Let's get Sharon to the final. She has the talent to compete with the best of them. All she needs is our support to make it a reality :) Thanks folks.. On that note, here is my latest little video. I hope you all like it and please SHARE!!!! Click HERE So please , please, please vote for Sharon.20.04.12
Garda Kate Daly Ní Bhroin and Garda David Sheeran liaised with Paul Keogh, FAI development officer for the district in the running of a football tournament, on the 12th of April for youth’s aged between 13-21 years within the district. The tournament was held in Glebe North football club, Balbriggan, between 12pm-3pm with the focus on engaging local youths in a socially inclusive and crime preventative programme during there Easter holidays from school. The initiative was very well attended by local youths of the town.more
Balbriggan Lighthouse Firstly, thanks to everyone who suggested names for the 1988 Confirmation photo and a particular thanks to Melanie Devine who has supplied all the names so revisit that page and the names are there. We've a busy day today so we've a quick photo who took the other day of the Lighthouse. Click to enlarge. 19.04.12
Funeral Arrangements For Paddy Gorman Mr Patrick (Paddy) Gorman will be reposing at his residence from 7pm this Wednesday evening and removal will take place on Friday morning leaving his home at 9.30 to S.S. Peter and Paul's Church arriving for 10am Funeral Mass followed by burial in S.S. Peter and Paul's Cemetery.
Another "Balbriggan With A Difference" Photo Today we bring you another Balbriggan Photo. This time it's a goods train leaving the station on its way to Dublin. Click on the thumbnail to view. 18.04.12
1980's St. Teresa's Confirmation Photo Here is a great photograph that was dropped into us the other day. We think it's the mid to late '80's and it's great quality, professionally taken. Can you help us identify those in the photo. Do you have any school photos like these? If so, please contact us. Click on the thumbnail to view. 18.04.12
Paddy Gorman RIP It’s with deepest regret that my Uncle Paddy Gorman from 19 Chapel street has passed away today much loved uncle and he will be missed always in my heart uncle Paddy heaven has gained a true gentleman and I know yourself and Martin will be looking down on us. RIP, Received from Alan Whelan. We here at B.net would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Paddy's family and friends. Our Tony took this photo of Paddy at the 50th Wedding Anniversary party of Gussie & Frances Downes on the 20th August 2010 in Whytes of Stamullen. Rest in peace Paddy. 17.04.12
Two More "Balbriggan With a Difference" Photos Today we bring you two more photos to show what a beautiful town we live in. The first shows the Harbour and the second shows the Boathouse which we hope you like. Click on the thumbnail to view. 17.04.12
Graffiti "Cover Up" We see Irish rail have put their hands in their pocket to clean up the Graffiti in the Seapoint underpass. They've done a great job and the place looks so clean and tidy and we just hope its not used as a clean canvas by some. We've heard mention that there are hidden cameras in certain locations to see who are the culprits but we can't be sure how true it is. On another note, we see two windows on the old AIB band have been broken and boarded up. This is all we need now when the town is struggling through this recession, it makes the town look shabby and uninviting and doesn't help the situation. Click on the thumbnail to see how well the underpass looks and lets hope it stays that way for a long time. 17.04.12
Mamma Mia, Tonight & Wednesday Night Balbriggan Community College are staging "Mamma Mia" in the Bracken Court Hotel tonight and tomorrow night starting at 8pm. We were invited along to their dress rehearsal yesterday. A lot of work has gone into this production so we hope lots of you go along to support them. They are a great gang of kids and something like this is great bonding between them all. Our Tony took a few photos during rehearsals and we thank them for their co-operation and we bring them to you now so have a look and see who you recognise. Break a leg everyone. Click on the thumbnail to view. 17.04.12
McNally Funeral Home Official Opening Patrick & Monica Hickey officially opened their new premises with the help of Vincent Donnelly & Sean McNally. Saturday was 11years to the day when Patrick & Monica purchased the business from Sean, they had hoped to open the premises on the 2nd of March which is the 40th anniversary of Patrick's father. Vincent Donnelly spoke highly of his nephew, Pat and Sean said he couldn't think of anyone better to take over the business. Fr. Eugene blessed the premises and commented on what Sean had said earlier about it been "a hell of a place" which was received by laughter and applause. Fr. Eugene also quipped by saying "this was a great place to be in, Standing" and finally he said he was asked to exorcise the old Manager's room but declined when he realised it's still a Manager's room. Anyway, it was a great day, very well attended with over 150 invited guests there and all catered for with tea and sandwiches and wine. We here at B.net wish Patrick & Monica and all the staff well in their new venture and we just hope that we don't have to avail of their service in the near future. Click on the thumbnail to view the photos take by our Tony. 16.04.12
Town Photos With a Difference Our Tony was out this weekend taking more photos of this beautiful seaside town. The great thing about the coast is that its constantly changing, be it the tides, the light, the cloud formation and more. Click on the thumbnail to view several photos. 16.04.12
Classic 1990 World Cup Photo As promised, we bring you this classic 1990 photo. It was taken at Fancourt and they all have their faces painted but we still think they can be recognised. Do you have any photos like this that you are willing to share here, if so email it to us or give us a call, 086-8054 275. Keep an eye on our Face Book page today to see who's who in this photo. We are almost at 2100 "Likes" on Face Book. We sincerely thank Charlie Curtis for this photo. Click on the thumbnail to view. 16.04.12
McNally Funeral Home Officially Opens The McNally Funeral home was officially opened on Saturday by Vincent Donnelly watched by a crowd of about 150 including Sean McNally who originally ran the business. We'll bring you a full report of the day along with the photographs. We are in the process of putting the names with each photo so if we took your, it will be here later today or tomorrow morning at the latest. 16.04.12
Classic 1990 World Cup Photo We have a brilliant photo to bring you tomorrow morning at 8am. It's 11 local kids, all face painted with the Ireland
colours. We think it's Fancourt and lets see how long it takes to get all the names but you have to wait till 8am tomorrow. Isn't this exciting????. Also, keep an eye on our "Likes" on face Book, we've almost caught up the North County Leader in terms of popularity. See you at 8am. Click on the thumbnail to view. 15.04.12
Mamma Mia This Tuesday & Wednesday, Bracken Court Hotel Ladies and Gentlemen,
You are in for a treat. Here’s your opportunity for a good ole sing song and a boogie in your seat whilst you’re at it – audience participation is encouraged!
The amazing, dedicated and energetic students of Balbriggan Community College, utilising their unique and infectious musical stylings, are delighted to bring to you the world famous musical Mamma Mia!
The students have really enjoyed working together and have been praised by their teachers Ciara Grant, Orlagh O’Neill, Sarah Guilfoyle and Barbara Healy for their commitment and enthusiasm. Rehearsals have been in full swing during the Easter holidays and despite the short preparation time and limited budget an upbeat, feel good night’s entertainment will once again be enjoyed by lucky audiences. more
PUBLIC MEETING, Balbriggan Community Policing Forum Monday 23rd April 8pm Hamilton Hall Town Hall George’s Square Balbriggan(above library) This meeting is an opportunity for all people living in Balbriggan and Balrothery to bring to light any issues that they may have regarding community safety. This can range from drug and alcohol related issues/crime to anti-social behaviour within the local community. Members of Balbriggan Garda Siochana and Fingal County Council will attend these meetings to listen to all the issues that are concerning the residents of Balbriggan and Balrothery. Free parking under Town Hall, tickets validated at Town Hall desk. For further information contact Louise Butler Balbriggan Community Policing Forum on 086-7716811 or firstname.lastname@example.org If you want to be heard you have to be there
Frank Carson & Balbriggan Fights Back Frank Carson's son, Tony and his wife Edna, were in town the other day to be presented with the Book of Condolence by Balbriggan Town Council. On the same day, the Irish Star were in town to see what Balbriggan businesses are doing to fight the recession so that paper might be worth buying today, Friday. Click on the thumbnail to view both photos. 13.04.12
Harbour Photo Here's a question, does anyone know the purpose of the circled item in this photo and also note how well "Home" looked when painted white. Click on the thumbnail and see what we are talking about. 13.04.12
Barney Greene Hits 80 Born on March 26th, 1932, Barney Greene has lived most of his life in the Man-O-
War, a quiet townland only a stone's throw from Lusk, Skerries and Balbriggan in
North County Dublin. Barney started to work on the land when he was eleven years old, being taught to plough with horses by a local man named Johnny Kelly from Quickpenny Comer. As a young man Barney spent some time in London, as did many Irish people at that time, because that's where the work was. Some years later he returned to Ireland and worked for Kelly's of Portlaoise, building haybarns through-out Ireland. He travelled all over the country, and as a result there are few places in Ireland that he doesn't know to this day. He also worked in Technicon in Swords, and later as store man for the county council in the Balbriggan depot. more
Get That Job Workshops 2 Evenings of Practical Workshops by an experienced HR and Recruitment Professional, detailed handouts and exercises to help you get the job or promotion that you want. There are 2 x 2 hour sessions, which cover:
- Effective CV & cover email writing
- Individual Feedback on your final CV
- Interview preparation and practice
- Commonly asked questions and answers
- How to present yourself professionally & with confidence. more
Another Carey's Supermarket Photo Elaine Lawless has very kindly sent us this 1990, World Cup photo taken in the shop. Do you have any photographs from the 1980's or '90's that would interest others. We won't publish your name if that's what you wish. Thanks Elaine for this great photo. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge it and see the names. 12.04.12.
Balbriggan Pipe Band c1950 Here is a great photo, last brought to you some years back but this time we have all the names plus some background information on many of them. It was taken on Market Green, about 1950 by a professional photographer, so the quality is excellent. There is only about 3 of them still alive. Click on the thumbnail to view and feel free to comment on our Face Book page or the Guest Book. 12.04.12
Mrs Murtagh's Shop Following on from yesterdays phenomenal response to The Carey's Shop photos, Mrs Murtagh shop was mentioned on our Face Book page. Mrs Murtagh was a lovely woman who loved her dog and one thing we remembered about this shop was the faded, boxes of Corn Flakes in the shop window on Hampton street. We were never in the shop and we think it closed in the late 1990's. Feel free to tell us your memories of this shop. Click on the thumbnail to view this classic photo. 12.04.12
Darth Vader Wants Everyone to Vote For Sharon Eric Campbell has put together a short video which apparently shows Star War's Darth Vader requesting everyone should vote for Sharon. More excellent work by the "hubbie" of Sharon, Eric Campbell. Click on the thumbnail to view. 11.04.12
Sharon Gaynor, This Sunday With our help, Sharon can go through to the Semi Finals this weekend where she will get the chance to record a single that will be released into the Irish charts! Each download the single gets counts towards a vote for the final! She has a brilliant song if she gets through. Kian chose the last song for her and he tried to change it but fair play to Sharon, she poured her heart and soul into it! Let's get behind Sharon and show her that Balbriggan supports her all the way. 11.04.12
B.net V North County Leader on Face Book Balbriggan.net is now almost as popular as The North County Leader when it comes to "Likes"on Face Book. We are at 2061 "Likes" whereas they are at 2084 so we hope to overtake them in the coming week. It's not bad when you consider the circulation they have and we only started last year on FB. Thank you all so much, only for you we'd never see the "Likes"....ha ha ha. 11.04.12
Beautiful Balbriggan Two photographs for you taken yesterday, April is a great month for great cloud formations. Both photographs were taken lying on the ground to get a better angle. Click on the thumbnail to view both. 11.04.12
1991 View From Railway Station
Looking south from Balbriggan railway station we see the spire of St. George's church. The church was completed in 1816 without the spire we see today and, to much regret was lost to a fire in 1835. The church was immediately rebuilt and during the intervening period church services were held in a school classroom. St. George's stands in what we call Church St., however the original name was George's St. and it ran all the way to the sea from Hampton St. until the railway opened in 1844.Click on the thumbnail to view. 11.04.12
Charity Fund Raising Saturday week, 21st April in Ring Commons Sport Centre there is 2 massive fund raising events taking place for Suicide Awareness (Suicide or Survive) in the area!! 100km Ride For Life is kicking off at 11am with registration open at 10am. Then later on at 2:30pm we have the 7km Fun Run/Walk happening with registration open from 1pm!! This is going to be a massive day out, there is tea/coffee/sandwiches & chocolate available all day long, with a live DJ and bouncy castles for the kids make sure you come out and support all of our athletes taking part in both our challenging events!!! With over 130 people signed up already I expect to see a large crowd supporting them. Registration is available on the day so no excuses!! €15 for the cycle & €10 for the walk!! more
"Hunt The Punt" From Monday 16th April, Hodgins Furniture & Nursery, Convent Lane will be accepting Irish Punt notes in payment for goods. The Central Bank still change about £10,000 per day and there is still approximately £265 million "out there"
We would love to see some of it, hence our 'Hunt the Punt' Promotion. 'Hunt The Punt' Spend your old Irish Punts at Hodgins Furniture & Nursery, Convent Lane, Balbriggan. You can now use your old Irish Punts in exchange for goods in our shop. IRL £1.00 = €1.20 If you don't spend all your punts in one go, we will give you your change in vouchers which you can spend at a later date so get ready, it's time to search the back of the sofa!
Who Remembers "Carey's Supermarket" It stood at the junction of Hampton Street & Pump Lane and it closed, can you believe, in 2003, where have those 9 years gone. It was run by Martin Carey who now enjoys his retirement playing golf. We also bring you a photo of Alan Carey outside the shop shortly before it closed. It's now a paint shop. Click on the thumbnail to view. 11.04.12
QUALITY PRINT DIRECT LIMITED Richard from Quick Print Digital has just been in touch to say they the have re-opened and it's business as usual under a new trading name of QUALITY PRINT DIRECT LIMITED. Best of luck Richard. 10.04.12
QUALITY PRINT DIRECT LIMITED
Landmark Estates Have Not Closed, But Relocated Our apologies, Landmark Estates have relocated to Balrothery and not closed as we previously stated. 10.04.12
1991 View of The Cooley Mountains From Balbriggan How peaceful the scene looks on a calm day; the view of the Cooley Mountains. The Cooley's are the Mountains on the Louth side of Carlingford Lough while the Mourne Mountains are just beyond them in County Down. The highest point in the Cooley's is Slieve Foye or in Gaelic, Sliabh Feá which stands at 589 metres or 1930 feet. Click on the thumbnail to view. 10.04.12
Some weeks back we published a photograph of Sally Brennan, her daughter June and Jack Benton. June, saw the photo from her home in England and has sent us the following email and photo of her Mam, "Hello Tony, It was great to see the photo of mum with Jack and myself. I expect quite a few people in Balbriggan wonder what has happened to mum. I can tell you that she is very well and this is a photo of her on Mother's Day. She is in St Mary's in Phoenix Park. It is a beautiful place and she is getting the best of care. We still have long chats about Balbriggan and she remembers the old days really well. Thought you would like to see this and maybe you can put it on your site. Regards, June (Ashby) nee Moran." Thanks for the photo June, your Mam looks great. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the photo. 10.04.12
Hoare's Pitch & Putt Who remembers this wonderful Pitch & Putt course at Balrothery? It was run by Willie Hoare and we used to play here a couple of times a year. These photos were taken in August 2003 and it really was a great place to go and play and enjoy the scenery. Unfortunately, it closed some years back but at least we have a few photos to remind us how beautiful it was. There are some lads in the photos and if you recognise anyone, please let us know. Click on the thumbnail to view. 06.04.12
Mobile Media Store - Statement - 5th April 2012 It is with deep sadness and regret that the family owned business Mobile Media Store, established over three years and well-known in Balbriggan is to cease trading.The company could not continue to trade in light of its current financial constraints the store has closed with immediate effect. While we traded very successfully since opening in 2009, from the middle of 2011 we suffered a steep decline, the level of footfall on Balbriggan’s main streets has all but dissipated since March 2011. Untidy streets, parking restrictions & aggressive imposition of parking fines and a rising bad element of loitering and criminal activity on the streets are seriously prohibitive to trading.More
Our Sharon Needs You This Sunday Local girl,
Sharon Gaynor is on this Sunday on the Voice and if she can get through this round she will be in the Quarter Finals! Everyone has been brilliant with their support and votes so far and it's amazing to see the community getting behind a local girl who can genuinely win this competition. Sharon has been really overwhelmed by the good wishes, messages and comments from all the people of Balbriggan and please God with their support, she will go all the way! She is actually on twice, opening the show with her fellow Team Kian contestants and the man himself as well as her individual performance later on. So please Balbriggan, be sure to watch this Sunday and vote for Sharon who must be one of the favourites but it's now she need your help most. Best of Luck "Our" this Sunday evening. 05.04.12
Veronica Kenny Photo Firstly, we now have all the names of the 1976 Pioneers Photo which we brought to you on the 31st of Jan, HERE. Today's photo was sent into us in Feb. 2005 by Veronica Kenny. It's a real glamour photo and we'd love to identify those in the photo. Great legs on view in this photo and the girls's aren't bad either. Sincere thanks to Veronica for this photo. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 05.04.12
Who Remembers This Practice? Following very severe damage by fire the business of Economy Wallpapers moved temporarily next door. Years ago the pole on the pavement outside the shop was a favourite landing spot for Starlings. The Starling droppings did little to endear them to the locals and at regular intervals Mr McDonnell would come out and beat the base of the pole with a large stick to frighten the birds away. As school children we found this practice hilarious. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 05.04.12
Balbriggan Drama Photo Over the coming weeks we are going to go back through the archives to 2003. This photo was taken in 2005 and it features one of Balbriggan Drama Groups longest members, the late Monica Cullen, with Grainne Maguire and Yvonne Healy. A reminder that the Drama Group are staging their latest production, "Wedding Of The Year" a comedy, in the Bracken Court Hotel starting tonight at 8.30pm. Tickets at the door. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge this photo. 04.04.12
Spicers John Spicer opened his bakery for business in 1904 and it was announced as follows on 2nd April in the Drogheda Independent; " We have only space today to direct attention to the announcement elsewhere in our columns of the founding by Mr. John Spicer of Navan, of a new model bakery in Balbriggan, the opening of which is to take place on Tuesday next, the 5th inst. The bakery just about lasted 100 years in business in Balbriggan.Click on thumbnail to enlarge photo. 04.04.12
Balbriggan Chess Wins Promotion The first team of Balbriggan Chess Club won promotion from the 2nd to the 1st Leinster division this Sunday. They beat Rathmines Chess Club 7 - 1 in the final round to come 2nd ahead of Malahide in 3rd place in a league of 12 teams (the first two teams win promotion). This will be their first time in the top division in the history of the club, which was founded in 2004, a great achievement! Congratulations to all players involved. Click on the thumbnail to view photos. 04.04.12
Impressive Performance by Balbriggan Man at Local History Forum Balbriggan & District Historical Society are delighted to announce that local man Michael McMahon recently represented the Society at the Dublin City Library and Archive Local History Society Day in the Gilbert Library.more
Training Course In The BEaT Centre
I was wondering if you could put a piece in your website about an upcoming training course that we are delivering in the BEaT Centre, Balbriggan? Start date is 16th April, for 30 weeks, full time. The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to practical skills required for employment in administrative, customer service or retail sectors, or to progress onto further and higher levels of training or education.more
Eircom Advert with Ronnie Drew Someone asked the other day on our Face Book page, did we have any photos of the time Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners was in Balbriggan to shoot an advert. Well, we went searching through the archives and in January of 2005 we first brought you this photo. We think the ad was for Eircom but we're not sure so if you can add any information, please do. Click on the thumbnail to view this photo. 03.04.12
Beautiful "John Hinde" Style Picture Postcard Here is a great photo from about 1969 and when we first saw it, it looked like a John Hinde postcard. At first we thought it was mid 60's but then we noticed that the Lighthouse Dome is not there, so that dates it to maybe the early 1970's. Speaking about John Hinde, does anyone know if he ever published any Balbriggan postcards. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 03.04.12. Update, the Dome was removed in 1960 and this photo is c1966
Wedding of The Year - A Comedy Play If you want a great laugh this week you really ought to go and see the latest play by Balbriggan Dramatic Society. It's a comedy and It's called "Wedding of The Year" and it starts this Wednesday night and finishes on Saturday and its in the Bracken Court Hotel at 8.30pm each night. It's a very enjoyable play and you can enjoy all the comforts of the hotel, have a drink or check out the Hotel's special 2 course dinner as part of your night. Tickets available from The Bracken Court Hotel or at the door. Click on the thumbnail to see photos of the entire cast. Break a leg guys. 02.04.12
Business Of The Week " The Doggy Man" Our featured "Business of The Week" this week is local Dog groomer and Trainer, Joe Robinson, otherwise known as The Doggy Man. Joe has been in business for many years, as he says himself, for more years than he cares to remember and he now has his studio in Garristown but he collects locally if that suits. Click on the thumbnail to see what "The Doggyman" has to offer. 02.04.12
Local Band Record Video Down By The Harbour Anita O'Brien has been onto us to say that local lad, Ben O'Brien and his band "Halfshot" have just made a great video for their latest song. We have to say its a great song and a great video and well worth a look, here is her email, "Hi! Just thought i'd draw your attention to a new music video that has been released today which was shot on balbriggan harbour! Great band and brilliant song the base player is a local lad Ben O'Brien! There is also two fishermen in the video if anyone knows them maybe they could let them know I'm sure they would love to see it too! Well here is the video.." Thanks Anita, click on the thumbnail to view the video. 02.04.12
Submarine Story Was an April Fool Judging by our Face Book page, you really enjoyed our April Fool this year. It caught out a few people, even just for a few minutes which was the intention. We hope Jimmy Hamilton didn't mind us including his name in the story. We must go through the archives and put together all the April Fool's we've done over the past 10 years. Thanks. 02.04.12
Submarine Spotted In Balbriggan Harbour Yesterday, saw one of the strangest sights in Balbriggan for many a year when a medium sized Submarine limped into Balbriggan Harbour obviously with engine trouble. One of the officers was seen leaving the Sub and spoke to local man Jimmy Hamilton. The officer then proceeded up the town only to return to the Sub a short while later. We asked Jimmy what the officer had said to him and Jimmy replied that they needed some WD40 and some cheese and as Jimmy said, "I directed them to Charlie Corr's on Drogheda street." It was all over in less than 30 minutes and the Submarine quietly made its way back out to sea and then submerged. If anyone else got pictures of the Sub, email them to us. Click on the thumbnail to see the Sub. 01.04.12
Storm Damages Harbour Wall Today we bring you some photographs from January 1979 when a storm badly damaged the Harbour Wall near the Lighthouse. We've never seen these photographs before and the quality of the first two in particular is brilliant, probably slides. We see there was also snow about which is especially visible in the last photo taken from the Viaduct. Do you remember this happening and if so feel free to share your memories on our face book page or through the Guest Book page. Click on the thumbnail to view todays photos. 30.03.12
National Spring Clean
The Junior Committee of the Foróige managed Balbriggan Youth Service take to the streets from 11am - 2pm April 2nd to participate in the An Taisce National Spring Clean in an effort to show how young people can make a difference in their community. “We the committee are aiming to make Balbriggan a cleaner, brighter place to live this spring and are inviting members of the community to follow the beat to the beach and join us in cleaning up our seaside town!” Further details available by calling Zita on 086-7710791 or 01-8496708." Click on the thumbnail to enlarge this photo. 29.03.12
Update On Recent Burglaries In Balbriggan We have received some correspondence from Louise Butler in the Policing Form on the recent spate of burglaries in the town. Basically, arrests have been made and vehicles seized which is great to hear but we still ask people to be vigilant and advise elderly neighbours of the good news but emphasize that they need to still exercise caution. Click on the thumbnail to read Louise Butler email in full. 29.03.12
c1988 Balbriggan Horse & Cart Photo Firstly, check out yesterdays photo of the parade, we have received a few names. Todays photo is of a different way of life and something you never see now, a horse and cart in Balbriggan. We think this photo was taken in late 1980's and it was taken at Lawless Tce. We presume they are locals, anyone recognise them? Click on the thumbnail to view another classic photo from the Benton/Curtis Collection. 29.03.12
Calling all Past Pupils & Friends of St Teresa’s Primary School Balbriggan! St Teresa’s Parents Association, Balbriggan, have launched “Tile-a-Thon 2012”. This is to raise funds to replace the school’s sports hall floor. The exisiting floor is still the original ‘blue tiled’ floor that was laid nearly 40 years ago! You all remember it! It is a testament to all the people who have looked after it, that it has lasted so well all these years! more
Balbriggan Sunset & Silhouette We were out with the dogs last night (with pooper scooper) down by the Lighthouse and we bring you two photos. The first was two young girls having great fun at the waters edge and we think it has great atmosphere. We spoke to the parent to show the type photograph we were taking of the girls and that they couldn't be identified and she was happy with that. Unfortunately, you have to be very careful photographing children and its good to get permission and identify yourself. The second photo we got was of a Lighthouse with a great reflection on the Lighthouse in the water. The Lighthouse also gave us permission to take its photo. Click on the thumbnail to view the photos. 29.03.12
Summer Hits Balbriggan in March Can you believe it, we saw people on the Beach, almost sunbathing, yesterday, 27th March. We've had this good weather for the past few days and it's set to last another few. The beach looks fab when the sun is out. Click on the thumbnail to view these photos. 28.03.12
1978 Balbriggan Parade Photo We last brought you one of these photos some months back and Olly Murray told us it was all part of a football tournament and he has promised to give us more details at a later date. Today's photo shows some Irish Dancers marching past the Scouts Den on Market Green. We have no idea if they are locals or not but just in case, we've numbered as many as we can. We've zoomed in on the photo to help with identification. Click on the thumbnail and let us know if you spot anyone. 28.03.12
The Sound Of Music -Loreto Convent The TY Students of Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan present the
Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic 'The Sound of Music'. Tickets for the show, which runs from March 27th to 30th in LoretoSecondary School, Balbriggan are 8 euro each and 20 euro for a family ticket(5 euro concessions)and are available by contacting the school on 086-8404 992.
McNally Joinery open day – Press Release McNally Joinery will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 31st March from 10am to 4pm. This will be an interactive day where more can be learned about the Award Winning Irish Made joinery products. The Managing Director Joe McNally enthused that this open day will be of interest to anyone with an interest in refurbishing or extending their existing house or building a new house. Samples of windows, doors and staircases can be viewed and it will be possible to discuss how they are manufactured. Advice will be offered on types of timber, glazing, energy ratings, designs, hardware, sealing systems and protective coatings. To RSVP or for any more information, please contact any of the McNally Joinery team on 01 8433 022 or at email@example.com
1998 Balbriggan Film Set Who remembers the film, Sweety Barrett, starring Brendan Gleeson. Did you know a lot of the scenes were shot in and around Balbriggan Harbour. They certainly went to a lot of trouble to make the harbour look like a scrap yard. They even painted the Lighthouse a mustard colour, which when they repainted it white, still managed to be visible for several years until it repainted properly about 3 years ago. Click on the thumbnail to view todays photos. 27.03.12
Dog Found Here is the email we received about this lovely dog
"hi, I was wondering if you could post up on the net the finding of a little jack russell. He was found near the Garda station." If you know who owns this dog, call us here, 086-8054 275. Thanks. 27.03.12
98 Year Old Balbriggan Man in Canada, Stan Sharpe
On the 19th of this month we brought you a photo of Stan Sharpe on his 98th birthday and we asked his family did they have any other photos and bigger? Well we received this email the other day. ".....additional Photos of Mr Stanley Sharpe at his Birthday parties (yes - he had two). As you probably know, Stanley is the brother of Mrs Nellie Richardson. Please feel free to alter, resize, slim us all down, etc. Marion Vandertorn asked me to forward larger photos of our favourite Uncle Stan to you. Thank you so much for your interest in our favourite Uncle. He really is marvellous and keeps us on our toes! Caroline Orban (Another niece in Toronto, Ontario, Canada)" Click on the thumbnail to see Stan and his family in Canada. 26.03.12
Balbriggan Cycle Race Series Weekend Balbriggan Cycling Club holds its annual race weekend on Friday 30th, Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April 2012. Friday’s race, the Jim (Jazzer) Wherity Memorial Race, which was to have taken place in the town centre, has had to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond the Club’s control. The rest of the weekend’s race programme will take place as planned. The Wherity trophy will now be awarded to the winner of the A4 race on Sunday 1st April. more
Balbriggan.net Tops 2000 in Face Book "Likes" Thank you to those who have emailed us to say that B.net's Face Book page has topped the 2000 "Likes" which means we have almost caught up with the North County Leader in terms of popularity. Have a look at other web sites and see how far behind us they are. Thanks
Garda Crime Prevention Information Louise Butler from the Policing Forum has asked us to make these PDF's available as we all know there has been a lot of break ins recently so the attached is advice that the GARDA give re home security. It includes door, alarms, gardens, windows and lighting. Also attached is a checklist that people can go down through to audit their own home.Click on the thumbnail to see a list of PDF's as published by An Garda Siocana. 26.03.12
Grafitti in Balbriggan
Balbriggan Community Policing Forum will promote different aspects of safety and crime over the next few weeks. This week they would like to raise awareness of the issue of Graffiti. Graffiti on walls in our estates and town is a serious problem for the community. Graffiti is a crime under the Criminal Damage Act, 1991. Offenses can be reported to the Garda for investigation. Graffiti impacts negatively the value of community space and property. Graffiti makes people fearful of their own neighbourhoods. more
Happy 40th Susan Richardson Can we wish Susan Richardson a Happy 40th for today, Saturday from her sister in Australia, here is the email we received "Hi Tony i would be extremely grateful if u cud wish my sister Susan richardson a very special happy 40th birthday Wishing we cud be there to celebrate alas will be home with the kidaroo's in August, Have a great day sis love u lots n lots LAURA ADAM CAELAN AND RUBY, cheers Laura Hagan." Have a great day Susan from all of us here at B.net. 24.03.12
Huge Turn Out Against Burglaries We reckon between 200 and 300 people turned out tonight in the Bracken Court Hotel to see what can be done to bring those responsible to justice. If you wish to register to help by being the eyes and ears of your area, please email your details to the following address, "firstname.lastname@example.org". Unfortunately there were no local TD's or Councillors or Garda at the meeting but its hoped they will be at the next meeting. As a concerned resident, myself, Tony Healy, I was there and I am going to make representations to my local TD's and keep contacting them until something is done. There is a lot of fear out there and it needs to be addressed ASAP. We purposefully didn't take any photographs tonight. So please email the above address so they can guide you on what can legally be done so people can live in Balbriggan in peace and harmony. Please, please, remind your elderly neighbours not to open their doors unless they know who's there. Well done to the three lads who organised the meeting, professionally and making sure everyone keep within the law. Our TD's should be bombarded with emails, texts and visits to their clinics to put pressure on them to get the resources into Balbriggan to stop this carry on once and for all. Thank You. 23.13.12
Town Council Art, Essay & Poetry Awards It was standing room only last night in the Town Hall where the Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Grainne Maguire presented the winners in The Art, Essay & Poetry Competition. Grainne was ably assisted by fellow Councillors, Peadar O'Kelly, Frank Snowe and Monica Harford. The overall winners in the Art award was Helga's Pre School and the overall winner in the poetry and essay category was Ardgillan College. We have all the photographs here and if you would a copy of any print, email us here, "news at balbriggan.net" and we'll email you your photo at print quality, FREE. Click on the thumbnail to view all the photos. 23.03.12
Sharon Needs Your Help This Sunday Can we remind people that Sharon is on this Sunday Night (March 25th) on THE VOICE OF IRELAND. She is on 1st so make sure to tune in early at 6:30. She has a brilliant performance in store for everyone. Come on Balbriggan and vote for Sharon this Sunday evening. With all the bad news going around the town at the moment, we need a lift and what better than helping a local to win The Voice of Ireland. Click on the thumbnail to see a list of videos of celebrities who are supporting Sharon. Good Luck Sharon. 23.03.12
Blessing Of The Boats 1965 We're going back to 1965 for today's photo and it shows the annual "Blessing of the Boats" which attracted huge crowds as you will see. We've enlarged it as much as possible to see if we could identify anyone. Click on the thumbnail to view 23.03.12
Meeting in Bracken Court about house robberies Here is the email we received "I am running a Balbriggan residents meeting in the Bracken Court Hotel function room tomorrow (Friday) night at 7.30pm.
We will be discussing option to help stop the recent robberies."
Triple 21st For Naul Locals The was triple celebrations in the City North Hotel last week as 3 Naul locals jointly celebrated their
21st. Here is the spiel, "We're all from the Naul, and are in the same group of friends. Danielle is in college in Dundalk studying pharmaceutical science, Kevin is working as a farmer and Jennifer is studying athletic therapy in DCU. They've asked to say a big thank to everyone who joined in the celebration, "we had a brilliant night with everyone there." Our Lynnette was on duty that night and she got over 200 photographs. Don't forget, if you're having a party, hire a professional photographer for an hour. Makes an ideal gift. Call Tony on 086-8054 275 for more details. Click on the thumbnail to view the photos and unfortunately we've no names as there was just too many there. 22.03.12
More House Break-Ins & a Silver Saab Can we ask every to be very vigilant and on the lookout for a Silver Saab. For those of you not on Face Book, the following two messages are taken from there, here is the first one "More robberies in Balbriggan tonight, Keep ur doors locked, alarm on and baseball bat ready!! They're knocking first to check if you're home so if u get a dodgy looking fella knocking on your door pretending to look for someone ring the guards!! These lads have been robbing houses around Skerries & Balbriggan for the last few weeks and need to be caught! Keep an eye out on your elderly neighbours too." and here is the second entry from our Face Book page, "Heard of an attempted robbery in tara court, 3 in fulham terrace, and one supposedly in craoibhin park, all tonight!!! There's 3 or 4 men driving a silver saab, They're knocking the doors and if nobody answers they will attempt to break in through the back of the house and then make off in the saab."
Jack Doyle Pictured With Bertie Dunne In case you don't know who Jack Doyle was he was a contender for the British Boxing Championship, a Hollywood actor and an accomplished tenor and he stayed in Balbriggan
hence the name of the bar in the Bracken Court Hotel, The Jack Doyle Bar". Here is the email we received with this photograph, "Hi Tony, thought you would like this. Taken outside the Gresham hotel in 1933. The late great boxer Jack Doyle and the bell boy was my Dad, Bertie Dunne. He was very proud of this photo Thanks Tony brill site Liz Fanning." Thank you Liz, a great photo and great to share with everyone. Click on the thumbnail to view this photo. 22.03.12
1996 Loreto's "Oklahoma" Backstage Today we bring you a great video from 1996 when Loreto Balbriggan staged "Oklahoma" and we take a look at what happened backstage. It makes for fascinating viewing and we hope it brings back memories for many. Don't forget, if you have any video with a Balbriggan connection, we will convert it to DVD for FREE if you allow us show some of it on this web site. For more details, call 086-8054 275 anytime. A reminder that your videos tapes lose quality as time goes by so get them transferred to DVD as soon as you can. Click on the thumbnail to view 6 minutes of Loreto Balbriggan. 21.03.12
Sally Brennan Here is a great photograph of our Jack with Sally Brennan and her daughter who we know lives in England and is a big fan of this site but her names escapes us. No doubt she'll be on to us today to enlighten us but for the moment let us just enjoy this lovely photograph. Click on the thumbnail to view. 21.03.12. Update. Her name is June.
Joan & John McKenna Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary
Joan and John Mckenna celebrate their 40th Wedding anniversary today. Wishing them a happy anniversary from Stephen, Margarete, Laura and Mark. They'll be celebrating their anniversary with a break to the Isle of Skye with son and daughter Stephen and Laura and Stephens girlfriend Margarete. As an aside: John's side of the family (McKenna) originally came from Skye and moved to Balbriggan in the late 1800's - they apparently had the first motor powered fishing boats in Balbriggan Harbour. John and Joan have previously worked in Wavin and Cronins Pharmacy in the town and are well known in Balbriggan. John and Joan celebrated their joint 60th Birthdays last June with a surprise party in the Milestone which was captured excellently by Balbriggan.Net Wishing them a happy 40th Anniversary from Stephen, Margarete, Laura and Mark" And from us here at B.net we wish Joan & John and Happy 40th with many more years together. 20.03.12
Balbriggan's Town Crier We hope you all had a lovely weekend, we were in Prague for the week, if you've never been there, put it on your list, it's unbelievable. Anyway, back to normality and today we bring you an unusual photo of a Town Crier. It was taken during an Arts week festival and we have no idea who he is. A town crier is a person who is employed by a town council to make public announcements in the streets. The crier can also be used in court or official announcements. Criers often dress elaborately, a tradition known from the 18th century, in a red and gold robe, white breeches, black boots and a tricorne hat. Click on the thumbnail to see if you can identify him. 20.03.12
98 Year Old Stan Sharpe Here is an email we received from Marion Vandertorn in Toronto showing Stan enjoying St. Patrick's Day, here is the short email, "Here's a photo of Stan Sharpe celebrating St. Patrick's Day in his home in Toronto. Originally from Balbriggan, Stan turned 98 years old on March 4 and is a sister of Nellie Richardson." Thank you Marion, is there any way you can send us this or other photos of Stan maybe a bit bigger. Thanks for the email, we hope lots see it and good to know he is keeping well. 19.03.12
Grow It Yourself Open meeting for Balbriggan GIY to launch the 2012 growing season.
It will take place in Balbriggan Town Hall (library entrance and up stairs) on Wednesday the 21st March at 8 pm.
Topics will include What grows well in Balbriggan? and Seed Sowing by Caroline Fitzpatrick Horticulturalist and manger of Woodies plant centre Swords. All Welcome. For more information Tel 087 7520506.
Grow It Yourself
Heartsaver AED (Defibrillation) and Basic First Aid Course. Saturday 24th March starting from 9.30am until 13.30pm approx. Venue Town Council Hamilton Room Balbriggan entrance at Balbriggan Library. Lift to 2nd floor. Cost is € 95.00 for the Heartsaver course only and € 120.00 for both the Heartsaver and Basic First Aid. Participants will receive a Heartsaver Irish Heart Foundation Certification Card valid for 2 years after successful completion of a skill test. Course material will be given on the day. For further details please contact email: email@example.com or mobile number0868565535. Book early.
Bringing Back The Potato Here is part of Amy's Email, "My name is Amy and I am a TY business student in Loreto Balbriggan. As part of my business class project, we are doing a project in conjuction with Country Crest (Lusk) on "Bringing back the potato". As there is a strong association between Ireland and the potato we are hoping to help Country Crest reinvent the Potato and encourage more consumption." Amy has put together a short piece about the potato for Balbriggan.net, Click on the thumbnail to view.
Confrey's Cheese Here is an email we received, "Hi All,Here's one for the older generation. Does anyone know what cheese Confrey Brothers sold, (Connlleys or Tubbies as we call it), the hard chedar that came in the cheese cloth with the mould on it. I think is was Mitchelstown but I am not sure. Would'nt mind a lump of it with a pint bottle now and then!! Keith Rankin" Thanks Keith, let's see if we find an answer.
Remember Us Fundraising Table Quiz Remember Us social group for young people/adults with special needs will be holding a Table Quiz in the Bracken Court Hotel on Thursday 22nd March. All funds raised are in aid of the club’s planned trip to Euro Disney in 2013 to mark the 15 Year Anniversary of Remember Us. The quiz takes place at 8pm sharp and will cost €5 per person, so come along and lend your support!
Remember Us caters for young people and vulnerable adults age 4 plus, their families and friends. The club currently provides an invaluable service to 175 families in the North Fingal and surrounding areas and appreciates the ongoing support that it receives from the local community.
It’s that time of year again and the Women’s Mini Marathon is coming up in June and Remember Us would be very grateful to anyone who would like to participate in aid of the club. Please contact Nora on 086 0457003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or for a sponsorship form.
St. Patrick's Day Parade Photos Today we bring you over 100 photos of the parade through Balbriggan. We were away and its only now we see how bad the weather was. You don't mind the cold but when you get wet, it's terrible, so fair play to everyone who took part in such awful conditions. our Lynnette was on duty, poor girl, and we think she got some great photos considering the conditions she was working under, trying to hold a brolly and a camera at the same time. If you see a picture you like, email us, give us the reference number and we'll email it to you at print quality so you can get it printed in one of the local shops. We see Sharon Gaynor in the photos along with Eric so keep an out for some YouTube footage of Sharon singing at the Parade. The photos are courtesy of Balbriggan Town Council and photographer was Lynnette McNally. Click on the thumbnail to view the parade photos, we've no names due to the adverse conditions. 19.03.12
B.net Back In Action Just to let you know we are back in action from tomorrow, the 19th. We were away for a few days in Prague. We hope you all had a lovely St. Patrick's Day. Lots to bring you this week. Stay tuned. 18.03.12
Jack Benton & Mr McNulty Our Benton/Curtis photograph for today is a lovely memory of our Jack Benton on Drogheda Street some years back. The caption with the photograph reads "Two well known photographers meet in Drogheda St. Mr McNulty from Gormanston on the left and Jack Benton on the right. When asked by Mr. McNulty how he was Jack, in his usual jovial way, said, 'I'm just going out of focus'." Click on the thumbnail to see todays photo. 13.03.12
More House Break-Ins Here is an email we received last night and the sender wishes to remain anonymous, "Just to alert people that a house was broken into in Fancourt Heights this evening at 1930. If you could mention it on the site to bring awareness, there has been many break ins in the past weeks and there doesn't seem to be any Garda presence at all around?? What are they doing about this as it is obviously the same people. My parents are here most of the day but would be quite helpless if someone was to break in, as they obviously have no quams about doing so in broad daylight." Can we all be vigilant and keep an extra eye on our elderly neighbours. Thank You. 13.03.12
Business Of The Week --- Bridge Turf Lawns Our Business of the week this week is Bridge Turf Lawns of Courtlough. " We are a small family run business, established in 2001, situated just out side balrothery at The Bridge Courtlough Balbriggan. We specialise in roll out lawns with a grade 2 lawn to suit all needs from family gardens to goal mouths of football pitches. Our turf lawns are cut fresh on the day of delivery or collection, to ensure the freshest lawn gets to the customer." To learn more about this local Business, please click on the thumbnail. 13.03.12
Brian Howard Celebrates His 30th Birthday The Waterside Hotel in Donabate was the place to be on Saturday night where ex-Credit Union employee, Brian Howard held his party. Brian now works in Guinness and it looked like half of The Guinness Empire were there. Brian is a talented singer and mimic and has been known to dress up as Tina Turner and he won "Balbriggan's Got Talent" some years back as Tina. Brian certainly seemed to enjoy the night and never seemed to leave the dance floor. Brian is a good friend of us here at B.net and we thank him for inviting us along to share in the celebration. Thanks for a great night Brian. Click on the thumbnail to see the photos, no names as as it was a social night us us too. 13.03.12
Celebrations at Drive In Balbriggan Golf Club Captains’ Drive In was held on Sunday 11th March. The Spring Sunday morning started with 120 members teeing off at 8am for the first shot gun scramble of the day. Following the morning’s golf the Captain Peter Sullivan, Lady Captain Maureen Walsh and the Junior Captain Kian Gilbert carried out the “Drive in “ceremony. First the Junior Captain Kian Gilbert put pressure on both the Captains with a magnificent drive. Both Captains’ then followed suit with their own great drives. The clubhouse was packed for the event with members and family joining in the celebrations. Following the Drive In another 90 members played golf in the second shot gun scramble of the day.
The celebration carried on in the clubhouse with the presentation of prizes at the evening ceremony for the winners of the day. The members of Balbriggan Golf Club wish the Captains all the best for the coming year. Click on the thumbnail to see some photos. 13.03.12
Flashback Local project band "Flashback" are playing the Bracken Court on Friday 16th March 2012. Gig kicks off at 10:00pm. It would be great to see old friends from the 70's when growing up in the town was so much fun and live music was at the heart of going out and enjoying the teenage years. We will be playing mainly rock and pop standards from this era. Please come out and support the band as they only play a very select few gigs locally, this is an opportunity to see us perform as a band together. A great start to the St. Patrick's Weekend!
Conor Costello's 21st Party Photos Bremore Drive's very own Conor Costello celebrated his 21st in the Bracken Court Hotel last weekend. A large crowd joined Conor and his family including members of Glebe North & Clan Mhuire GAA in the Naul for whom Conor plays. The only regret Conor had on the night was that Newcastle United's Alan Shearer wasn't there. Conor would like to thank his family, Hazel, Tommy & Mark, his girlfriend Leanne and the staff in the Hotel for all their help and a special thank you to Patricia O'Neil who baked the fabulous cake. Click on the thumbnail to see the photos. 12.03.12
Balbriggan Harbour Wildlife Martin McNamara has sent us in some stunning images he captured last week in our beautiful Harbour. Seagulls & Seals as you have never seen them before and brilliantly captured by Martin. Here's a challenge Martin, there is a small bird we always see down by the harbour whose name escapes me at the moment bit see if you can get a photo on one them. They are sparrow-like in size and never more than a few meters from the harbour wall. Click on the thumbnail to view Martin's photos. 12.03.12 Update. The Bird in question is a Rock Pipit
1970 Charity Walk Firstly, didn't Sharon do well on last nights "The Voice", glowing comments by the judges on Sharon's voice. Fingers crossed over the coming weeks. Today, we bring you a photo from a 1970 Charity Walk which we think went from Balbriggan to Skerries and back. This photo was taken at a refreshment tent along the way. We've numbered everybody in case you recognise anyone. Click on the thumbnail to view. 12.03.12
Message From The Cathaoirleach
An Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Councillor Grainne Maguire wishes to extend congratulations and best wishes to Sharon Gaynor on reaching the live shows of “The Voice”.
Cllr Maguire also stated that all the people of Balbriggan are extremely proud of Sharon’s achivements and all are backing her to go all the way in the competition and as Kian Egan has said “this is her time”.
She certainly deserves all the attention and credit and is a true professional,so I would encourage all the people of Balbriggan to tune in on Sunday evening at 6.30p.m on RTE 1 and show your support for this amazing singer by voting for Sharon. Cllr Grainne Maguire. 10.03.12
Balbriggan Community College’s Advanced Learning Programme Races onto national stage with F1 in schools competition. Balbriggan Community College’s drive for excellence through its Advanced Learning Programme has reached an exciting new level with two groups of second years competing to make it to national finals in the F1 in schools Competition.more
O'Dwyers GAA Host Ladies Minor Championship
O'Dwyers GAA are proud to host the round two fixture of the Ladies Lenister Minor Championship.
The game between Dublin and Louth throws in at 15:00 on Saturday 10th March 2012 in O'Dwyers GAA, Bremore, Balbriggan.Entrance fee into the game is €5 per person. Hosting a fixture like this is fantastic for O'Dwyers GAA. Please come out and support the girls. Link to article HERE Regards, Seán O'Dwyers GAA
Monica Tolan's First Beauty Saloon Today we bring you a few photos showing Monica Tolan's first beauty saloon being off loaded at her house in Fancourt. We have no idea of the year but at a guess it the 1990's. No doubt we'll find out the exact year on our Face Book page. Monica Tolan Beauty Saloon is now situated just off The Square on Vauxhall street. Click on the thumbnail to view. 09.03.12
A Host of Golden Daffodils While driving through Gormanston yesterday we could only think of one poem as the clouds passed over and we passed this beautiful sight. We just had to stop and take a few photos of the Sea of yellow, Daffodils everywhere. As we were photographing the flowers we heard a cry ....."get off the F***ing Daffodils" and so we made a hasty departure. This field of yellow is opposite the AppleGreen Service Station in Gormanston. Click on the thumbnail to view. 09.03.12
8th March is International Woman's Day Can we remind everyone that today is International Woman's Day. Can we wish all the women who visit this site a "Happy International Woman's Day" or maybe "Happy IWD". What would the world be without women??? Very dull and drab. We're big fans of women here at B.net, we even married one and my mother happens to be a women, strange that. Have a great day all the ladies out there. 08.03.12
Nellie Hamilton Here is a great photograph, from the Benton/Curtis Collection of Nellie Hamilton who sadly passed away last year. This photo was taken in the late 1980's on Bridge Street. We hope it brings back some happy memories to her family and friends. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 08.03.12
House Break Ins There seems to be a real problem in Balbriggan/Skerries with break ins and general vandalism and arson. Yesterdays comments on our Face Book page made for chilling reading but we believe the same 4 names have been suggested. Here is part of another email, " ....had her front house windows broken in the last three weeks some teenagers with catapults etc are doing it, the Gardai say that they have also targeted some shop fronts in the town. Perhaps you should enlighten the people of this also and see if anyone knows anything or what can be done, to perhaps prevent it from happening again, she now has to claim off her Insurance to get them repaired, This is scandalous behaviors the culprits should be caught named and shamed.." All we can suggest is to be vigilant, keep an eye on elderly neighbours and ring the Garda if you suspect anything. 08.03.12
Local Business Of The Week Is Back Have you recently started a business in Balbriggan or would like to promote your business? Would you like your business featured on this site? Oh, by the way, it's FREE. You also get professional photographs taken of your business. From Monday 26th March we are bringing back this service to help promote local businesses. We are especially calling on businesses along the main and adjoining streets and it doesn't have to be a NEW business. If interested, start typing up some information about your business and contact us over the coming days. Click Here to see an example.07.03.12
Wildlife Photography In Your Garden Balbriggan Horticultural Society are presenting a Talk "Wild Life Photography in your Garden" by Mr. Joe Curtis, in the Scout Den, Market Green, on Thursday March 15 2012, at 8.30 p.m. Raffle; light refreshments served.Adm €3.
Balbriggan House Break Ins
Hello Tony, I wonder if you are aware of the amount of house break ins going on across the town these last few months. There have houses been broken into in Fancourt Heights where the window has been removed (people asleep up stairs). A few houses in Hampton Cove have been targeted also. One such house was broken into while the owners and elderly couple where dealing with the fact that the wife was terminally ill in hospital. If you could bring peoples attention to this on your site fine. Maybe a town wide neighbourhood watch alert! Some one knows some thing, its not just Fancourt and Hampton cove either. I myself am putting out a €1000 bounty across facebook for one of the names, I won't say who told me if I get a name. There would be quite a few people happy just to have 1 name! I think it would do a lot towards stopping this spate of house break ins..
Table Quiz Scoil Rince Cualann are hosting a Table Quiz on Friday 23rd March in the Balrothery Inn @ 8pm. There will be spot prizes on the night. Tickets are only €40 for a team of 5 people and are available by contacting 086-3692069
High Street Senior Citizens Here is a great photograph we came across while looking for something else. It looks like a Benton/Curtis Slide Show for Balbriggan Senior Citizens. We can see Jack's wife, Chriss but we need your help in identifying the others. As usual we've numbered them. Do you have any "Old Balbriggan" like these that you would be willing to share. If so please contact us by email or phone, 086-8054 275. Click on the thumbnail to view todays photo.06.03.12
Balbriggan Allotments Balbriggan Allotment Association was formed last Tuesday night following a meeting in the Town Hall. Under the expert guidance of Hans Visser from Fingal County Council a constitution for Balbriggan Allotments Association was agreed and an inaugural committee was elected. Caitriona Redmond takes on the role of Chairperson, Secretary Julie Halpin, Treasurer Mark Mooney and Frank Snowe as P.R.O. Having set up the association it is now possible for Hans to proceed with our application for funding through Fingal Leader Partnership. Closing date for funding applications is March 16th and subject to a successful application the Balbriggan Allotments should open in early spring.Currently Fingal County Council have 58 applications for the proposed 250 allotments, applications forms are still available from Balbriggan Town Hall. The association are in the process of setting up web pages and Twitter accounts but we can be contacted at Balbrigganallotments@gmail.com
Vote For Sharon This Sunday This Sunday Local girl, Sharon Gaynor, needs your help. This time it's "You Decide" meaning Sharon needs you to vote for her by text. So make sure you're watching it live and not a few hours later on Sky+. Her husband, Eric, has put together a 1 minute promotion to remind everyone how good Sharon is but she needs Balbriggan to get behind her. Vote early, Vote Often. Click on the thumbnail to see Eric's promo video. Come on Sharon.06.03.12
Meals on Wheels Thank Tory MP Balbriggan Meals on Wheels benefited to the tune of € 100.00 thanks to Michael Portillo BBC program, "Great Railway Journeys of Britain & Ireland". The program was aired some weeks back and not everybody got to see it so we here at B.net, put the show on DVD and offered it FREE courtesy of Wishes Gifts. €87.00 was collected by the shop and we rounded it off to €100. Jack Benton was involved with Meals on Wheels so we thought it appropriate to give them the proceeds. Coordinator Helen Davis accepted the cheque on behalf of the Charity and sincerely thanked everyone who donated. Click on the thumbnail to see Helen and the volunteers accept the cheque. 05.03.12.
Guides & Scouts With Frank Carson Thanks to everyone who used our face Book page to suggest names for this great photo. We have collated all the names and put them in numerical order to help show which ones we are still missing. Click on the thumbnail to view. 05.0312
Pat Dowling's Shave or Dye Radio station, Today FM have a charity drive on at the moment to raise money to fight cancer and local man, Pat Dowling decided to take up the challenge. We've no idea how much Pat hopes to collect, maybe he'll let us know, but it was all a great bit fun. Well done Pat, we hope you raise lots for this worthy cause. Click on the thumbnail to see a few photos. 05.02.12
Corcoran's on The Hill Where Economy Wallpapers is situated was well known as 'Corcoran's of the hill' and Whelan's was Halls. Both were etched in Balbriggan folklore as providers of Ice Cream. The big difference being that Halls sold hard, 'block' ice cream in wafer form whereas Corcoran's sold soft, homemade ice cream. Just thinking about makes the mouth water; for a special treat you could have homemade ice cream with strawberry sauce in a glass bowl; or maybe with raspberry instead. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge this photo. 05.03.12
GET-THAT-JOB Workshops Practical Workshops by an experienced HR and Recruitment Professional, detailed handouts and excercises to help you get the job you want. Skills that you can use forlife. Interviews Workshop This will cover: Interview preparation and practice, commonly asked questions and answers, how to present yourself professionally, building your confidence & selling yourself. When: Wednesday 7th March Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm Location: Bracken Court Hotel How much: Discount - €10 for the evening.
School Exchange Visit by Students of Balbriggan Community College to St.Wendel, Germany Students of Balbriggan Community College have been busy preparing for a return visit to St. Wendel, Germany on a school exchange visit. Fourteen students accompanied by two teachers are heading away on Monday 5th March 2012 for a four day visit to stay with host families and attend school during their stay.
Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Councillor Grainne Maguire called into Balbriggan Community College on Thursday last to wish the students well on their journey. more
Kevin Tolan, New Chamber President Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce now have a new President, Kevin Tolan. We here at Balbriggan.net would like to thank retiring President, Joe English for all his co-operation over the past two years and we look forward to working with Kevin whenever our paths cross. Below is a press release from the Chamber.
Balbriggan and District Chamber of Commerce held their AGM on Thursday the 1st of March 2012. The meeting was well attended by members wishing to hear about the Chambers performance in 2011 and the future plans for the 2012. The financial accounts for 2011 were reviewed and accepted by the members as were the minutes of the 2011 AGM. A new Executive Council was elected along with Executive Officers. Joseph English the outgoing President thanked all who had helped him during his tenure. He stated ‘I am very proud of the achievements of the Chamber over the last two years and in particular the fact that we have set up a permanent office that can support our members in their business activities. We have been able to achieve our goals through team work and having the protection of Balbriggan’s economic future as our shared aim.’ Click on the thumbnail for photos of last night and more of the press release. 02.03.12
1991 George's Square History Lesson
Looking from the George's Square towards Bridge St. the prominent buildings at the near end of the scene are the Hotel on the right hand side, at that time owned by the White Family from Balbriggan, and on the left side by the AIB bank. The bank building was in 1920 the home of Mr. O'Neill. Mr. O'Neill owned substantial property in Balbriggan and many of his tenants had their homes torched in the infamous 'Burning of Balbriggan'. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge this photo. 02.03.12
Balbriggan Community College Student Wins National Digital Competition to compete in Europe. Balbriggan Community College second year Student David Ajayi has won a much sought after National Schools Digital Animation competition run by Smart Futures. The category he succeeded in was the ‘Best Animation Category’. The prize was sponsored by Ericsson. His work was considered to be of such a high standard he was also awarded a ‘Special Merit Prize for Best Innovation.’ This prize was sponsored by Microsoft. David entered a short piece of animation called ‘Molecular Incessant Container Cool.’ The animation prize was an ‘Xperia Arc S,’ phone and a site visit to the Sony Ericsson Company during summer. The special merit prize is an exciting week site visit to Microsoft X-box during the summer. He has also subsequently been placed into an international Digital competition as a result of his Irish win.David has already attracted attention on an international scale by selling his Youtube account to a company from France. A big future in creative technology seems to lie in wait for this very talented student. See the website details of his win http://smartfutures.ie/2012/02/17/smart-futures-competition-winners/
S.S Peter & Paul JNS celebrates World Book Day S.S. Peter & Paul Junior School in Balbriggan celebrated World Book Day in style on the 1st of March. There was a school wide competition held to mark the special day. Each pupil could draw their favourite book character or write a book review. The standard was very high and judging proved very difficult. There was great excitement throughout the school as the winners were announced. Each winner got to choose a new book. Other classes visited Balbriggan library, brought in their favourite book to share with their classmates, enjoyed book quizzes and other reading activities. Remember one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a passion for reading. That passion is clear to see in S.S. Peter & Paul's! Click on the thumbnail to see photos of the winners. Thanks to Katie Adderley Class Teacher. 02.03.12
Guides & Scouts With Frank Carson Here is a great photo from the late 1980's as sent to us by Charlie Curtis, here is his email, "Tony this is a shot taken in Frank Carson home of him with local guides and scout going through the song he penned for the TV show." There are about 38 people in the photo along with Frank and we've numbered them best we can in case anyone would like to email us with any names. Thanks a million Charlie for the photo. Click on the thumbnail to see the photo, with and without numbers. 02.03.12
Local Girl On X-Factor Local girl, Kala Whelan is heading to Liverpool this weekend to audition for X-Factor. Here is Alan's email, "Alan Whelan here just wondering if you could put a little message up for my daughter. Herself, Name Kala and myself are heading over to Liverpool at the weekend, she’s going to have a shot at the Xfactor auditions this Saturday. Sooooo come on Kala show Simon Cowell that Ireland have talent and specially someone from Balbriggan." Can we wish Kala well and that if she is interviewed for TV to be sure she mentions Beautiful Balbriggan by the sea. Come on Kala. 01.03.12
North County Cricket Club JUVENILLE TRAINING. Pre-Season Indoor Training at North County Indoor Training Area, Balrothery commencing the 6th March for Girls and the 8th of March for Boys. New members welcome. Click on the thumbnail for more information.
Beautiful Dog Spotted on Balbriggan Beach No, before you say anything, its not lost, the owner was there but we just had to take a photograph of this beautiful dog. The lady asked us could she get the photo and we gave her our email address but we just had to publish it. We think the owner was from Eastern Europe so communication was a little difficult but we did manage to make out that its only 3 months old and Red Setter was mentioned. Doesn't really look like a Red Setter to us. We hope his paw is better today as he was limping when we saw him. Anyway, click on the thumbnail to see how beautiful he is. 01.03.12
Ashling Dry Cleaners/Berney -- History Lesson The building which houses Ashling Dry Cleaners has seen very many changes of use: Bank, Police Station, Offices, CYMS Snooker Rooms to name a few. This building played a major part in Television coming to Balbriggan as it was here that Berney had their offices. Berney supplied a very large number of locals with their first tele. Who remembers "Berney" in Balbriggan and has anyone any stories about Television coming to the town. Email us "news at balbriggan.net" or use our Face Book page or Guest Book. Click on the thumbnail to view the building in question as seen in 1991. 03.03.12
Garage Fire at Seabanks Only last week, a house down by the Harbour was set on fire and yesterday, a garage was also set alight. Luckily no one was injured and it was mainly wood that was stored in the garage that was destroyed but whoever is responsible for these actions should be warned that loss of life is always a possibility. The local Fire Brigade were there in a matter of minutes to bring the blaze under control. Lets hope this is the end of this type of carry on before something more serious happens. Click on the thumbnail to see the garage in question. 01.03.12.
Balbriggan iPhone Sunsets We were backing up our iPhone earlier today and we came across these Balbriggan images. It just goes to show how good the quality is now on all smart phones. These were taken with an iPhone 3 and the quality is probably even better on the iPhone 4s. We have three photographs for you here which we hope you enjoy. Click on the thumbnail to view. 29.02.12
Truck Crash Outside Grand Hotel & Cumisky's House
The last day of February, can you believe it? Two photographs for you this morning, the first is probably from the late 1980's, it shows the Cumisky house on Drogheda Street where Supervalu is now. The second shows a traffic accident where s truck crashed into a mini outside the Grand Hotel. Judging by the hair style of one of the ladies, it looks like the 1960's but we suspect it is probably the 1970's. We have an interesting entry on the Guest Book which is worth reading. Click on the thumbnail to view today's photos. 29.02.12
Lovely Balbriggan Sung by Frank Carson in The Gaiety You have to watch this, thanks to Mark McInerney, its on YouTube and its Frank Carson, Sunday Night at the Gaiety from the 1980's singing about lovely Balbriggan with a Choir from the town. Click on the thumbnail to watch it. Thanks Mark, keep an eye on the YouTube Hits. 28.02.12
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind are looking for local volunteers!
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind are calling people from North County Dublin and surrounding areas to 'Get Going for Guide Dogs' and volunteer in 2012. The Balbriggan -North County Dublin Branch of Guide Dogs are hosting a‘Volunteer Information-Cheese and Wine’ evening in the Martello Room, Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan from 8pm to 10pm on Friday 2nd March, kindly sponsored by Supervalu Balbriggan, to highlight the many ways volunteers can get involved in support of their work locally. The evening is open to individuals, clubs or businesses interested in supporting Guide Dogs.more
Balbriggan Gas Works Here is a great photograph from the Benton/Curtis Collection showing the Gas Works before it was demolished in the late 1980's. It's now the Car Park area beside the Viaduct. We've never seen this photo before and don't remember the Gas Works at all as we didn't get here till 1988. Click on the thumbnail to view this great photo. 28.02.12
Watch Irish TV On-Line Some weeks back we told you about "FilmOn", where you can watch all the BBC's, ITV's etc on your iPhone, iPad, Tablet etc but it didn't have the Irish stations. Well now you can, Aertv.ie is a new service that allows you watch RTE, TV3, TG4 and more and again it's free. Click on the thumbnail to visit their web site. 28.02.12
McCanns Bar Balbriggan It's a wet Monday morning in Balbriggan and todays photo is a real gem. It was taken in McCann's Bar, (click HERE to see where this pub once stood). We know who two of the men are but we have no idea who the man on the left is. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge this photo and email us "names at balbriggan.net if you can help. 27.02.12.Update. We now have all the names for this photo.
Dog Hit By Car On Hampton Street
Here is the email we just received, "This lady was knocked down in Hampton st outside shop ...is ..i have brought her to vets and she was sent to Lissen Hall in Swords where she is now" If you recognise this dog, contact Lissen Hall Vets. 24.02.12. Update. Owner on her way to Lissen Hall to collect her dog. Thanks to everyone who helped.
Book Of Condolence For Frank Carson It was all happening in Balbriggan Town Hall last evening when Balbriggan Town Council opened a Book of Condolence for Frank Carson. The Cathaoirleach, Grainne Maguire was the first to sign it followed by Cllrs Monica Harford, Frank Snowe and May McKeon. BBC Northern Ireland were also there to do a live link at 6.30pm on the Newsline program which you can see on Balbriggan.net HERE. We also bring to a message from Enda Carson and we have been asked do we have the words of the song written by Frank, "Lovely Balbriggan" and we do. We also bring you the press realease from Balbriggan Town Council. Click on the thumbnail to view it all. 24.02.12
Rings Photo We now have most of the names for this photograph. Click on the thumbnail to view. 23.02.12
Frank Carson RIP Sad to report the death of Frank Carson at his his in Blackpool, yesterday, age 85. Balbriggan people will remember that Frank lived here for several years and was, we believe, the Lord Mayor of the town. We had the pleasure of his company one night in John D's and it was great craic. We extend our sympathies to Franks family and friends and may he rest in peace. Feel free to share your memories of Frank in Balbriggan. 23.02.12
Mystery Photo Here is a great photo we just came across as part of the Benton/Curtis Collection. Has anyone and idea what sport they played? Can anyone supply names and any idea of the year. We've never seen this photo before so we need your help. Click on the thumbnail to view. 22.02.12 Update. We now know some of the names and that they were players of "Rings"
Two Martin McNamara Photos Everytime we receive an email from Martin, we are reminded of a photo he took of a Hawk Moth in Ardgillan, see it HERE. Today, Martin has sent us two unusual photos he took looking towards the Cardy, here is his email, I went out this morning to see if I could shoot a nice sunrise but it was too dull .However, I got these pretty interesting looking shots towards Cardy Rock. Hope you like these.
Regards Martin." Thanks Martin, click on the thumbnail to view. 22.02.12
Train Derailed We think the year was 1989 when a trained derailed near Bath Road. Shane McAleer has very kindly sent us this email with some photos, "Hi All, Here is a few pictures I found on the train derailed at the Bath rd end of the train station. In one of the picture's is Robert Haligan and Shane Mc Aleer and Trixie Our Jack Russel Dog. Regards S Mc Aleer." Thanks Shane, click on the thumbnail to view photos. 22.02.12
Balbriggan Community Policing Forum. Wednesday 29th Feb 7.30pm Hamilton Hall Town Hall. George’s Square Balbriggan. More
Laytown Car Boot Sale Re opens on Sunday 26th February 2012 Cars Only Time 9am - 4pm
In Aid of Church Funds. Ring 01 8413206 or 0419827992.
The Recession Has Ended We here, honestly think the recession is over or, at the very least, is ending. Personally speaking here, photography business is booming again, companies we deal with are all saying things are definitely getting better. Companies like HP, SKY, Google, PayPal, are taking on hundreds of people, how many years is it now since we heard of companies taking on this amount of people. Farmers are doing great, land prices for farmers is on the up again. Houses are beginning to sell again although still nothing like what it was before. Great to see a deal signed with the Chinese vice-president to help improve our exports to this massive country. Don’t get us wrong here, we do know business in Balbriggan are struggling but we do think things will get better as the entire country improves. We just want to get our views out there that we think things are on the turn and that if we all try to look on the positive, put the last few years behind us and learn from it and look forward to a prosperous Balbriggan in the future. Your views welcome, especially if you agree. Onwards and upwards. 21.02.12
Superintendent Joe Kelly Retirement Party Balbriggan's Superintendent, Joe Kelly is hanging up his uniform and hat to sail of into the sunshine. Last week a party was held in the Bracken Court Hotel to mark the occasion. Local politicians, Councillors, business men and women all turned out to wish Joe well in his retirement. Also there was the well known Meath manager from years back, Sean Boylan, who narrated some great stories to the large audience. Joe started off his career in 1974 when stationed in Navan and then to Bunbeag in Donegal, Carlingford, Ashbourne and then in 1996 be arrived in Balbriggan. We here at B.net wish Joe well, our Tony has photographed Joe regularly over the years and always found him a pleasure to deal with. Enjoy your retirement Joe. Click on the thumbnail to see photos of the party with names. 21.02.12
Another Dog Found
Can you please put this pic up on Balbriggan.net. We found this lovely dog outside our shop this morning - Hodgins Furniture- Beside Balbriggan train station. He is such a placid friendly dog. We have given him food and water but someone I hope is missing him. If anyone knows who this dog belongs to can they please get in touch with any of the staff at the shop or call 086-8054 275. Thank you. 20.02.12 Update,dog and owner have been reunited thanks to a B.net viewer. Well done everyone.
Balrothery NS Photo c1952 We have received a good few names for this photo but we are still missing a few. If you can help, please call 086-8054 275 or email us "names at balbriggan.net" . We can see Monica Tolan in this photo, maybe Monica might be able to help. Click on the thumbnail to view. 20.02.12
Balbriggan Harbour 1988 Here is a photo, which shows the house that caught fire, in better times. This part of the Harbour has changed so much with the "Laurel Apartments" now where "Balbriggan Marine" once stood. Can anyone tell us anything about this photo, if so call or email us. Click on the thumbnail to view. 20.12.12
Harbour House Fire Fire broke out in a house down by the Harbour on Saturday afternoon. The house, we believe has been unoccupied for several years now, seems to have caught fire in the attic and it could have been more serious if it spread to the adjacent house. Click on the thumbnail to view the photos. 20.02.12
Sharon Gaynor Makes It To Live Finals Well did you see that? Talk about bringing the house down. What a battle or two beautiful ladies with voices to die for and there could only be one winner and we are glad to say that local girl, Sharon Gaynor has made it through to the live finals. Fabulous to watch tonight, we are still shaking here. Well done Sharon, roll on the live finals. Click on the thumbnail to watch sharon sing her heart out. 19.02.12
Gormanston Beach, Bremore Castle & the Lighthouse Our man was on Gormanston Beach today with his dogs and he took a few shots which we have for you now. Also included are Bremore Castle and the Lighthouse which we hope you like. Click on the thumbnail to view. 18.02.12
New 2 You Arrives in Balbriggan
This shop has recently opened on Market Green, just past LIDL. Here is the blurb, "New 2 You is a second hand shop new to Balbriggan. It is located on Market Green, Balbriggan. New 2 You is open monday to saturday 10am-5pm. It is a second hand vintage shop where you can get your labels for less such as Diesel, Warehouse, Topshop and Armani to name a few!! We also take in items to sell on your behalf on a commission basis." Drop in and see what they have today and tell them Balbriggan.net sent you. Best of luck ladies with the new venture. Click on the thumbnail to view a few photos. 18.02.12
The Balbriggan and Surrounding Area Book Club. The First Tuesday of every Month, in the bracken Court Hotel at 7 ‘clock. All ages all welcome the book for this month is the sealed letter by Emma Donoghue.If you like to get more information on our group and our meeting’s you can join our Meetup group ( which is free of Charge ) www.meetup.com/balbriggan-book-club or come find us on facebook. For all you technophobes out there just give me a call on 086-049-0705.
1980's Balbriggan Scouts Photo Firstly see the update on the item below. Secondly, here is a great scouts photo from the late 1980's. Who can you identify? let us know on Face Book or by email, "names at balbriggan.net" Click on the thumbnail to view. 17.02.12.
Michael Portillo Disc Back in Wishes Gifts We left in 30 of this disc in Wishes Gifts last week and we believe the ran out within a few days. Later today, we'll drop in another 20 and please, only disc per person and please make a donation to Balbriggan Meals on Wheels when you get your copy. 16.02.12. Update. There is € 40.00 collected so far for Meals on Wheels, if you can make it € 50.00, we'll match it to make it € 100.00
Golf Ladies We brought you this photo on the 16th of Jan and we were looking for names and thanks to Gerald Gallen we now have them all, thanks Gerald. We also brought you a school photo on the 9th of this month but not one person has commented on it, will we remove it or do you want more time to figure out who's who. Click on the thumbnail to see the Golf ladies photo with names. 16.02.12
Don Kelly & Cag Richardson Havin a Laugh Here is a great photo from 1988 taken at the corner of Chapel Street and it shows Don kelly & Cag Richardson having a great laugh. Isn't is just wonderful to see people having a laugh and a smile. It really is one of the great characteristics of the Irish, a laugh, the craic and a "Hello" or a nod to those who we see around. It's one of the things that has been pointed out to us when visitors from abroad are with us and we are walking down near the Beach, most people say hello or "our" when passing a local. Tourists love to see that friendliness among people. Comments welcome on this topic, are Balbriggan people a friendly lot?. Click on the thumbnail to see these lads having a laugh. 16.02.12
Diving Board Shelter
Here is an email we received about the Diving Board Shelter, "Just looking at the photo from 1991 the question about the diving board shelters the lower shelter was the original changing room and a new changing shelter was built above that, as for the shelter under the Martello Tower was just a refuge shelter from bad weather as were the ones in the park beside the old factory.Many a summers day we would swim and change in the shelters down there and the Lee family from Dublin owned the old boat house beside it . cheers, Francis Loughrey. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge this photo. 16.02.12
Youth Service Band Night
Just sending you a newspiece about a very successful band night we had last Friday in the Milestone pub in Balbriggan. It's part of our integration project The Link and any coverage would be wonderful. Please find attached the article and 3 photographs that could go well alongside it.. One with guitars (138) is the band The Legs, one with two rappers (297) is the band Young Money and the last one is two young people Herbert Innocent and Ali Aydin. Click on the thumbnail to view. 16.02.12
Calling all Musicians/Entertainers I am organising a Music Marathon in TheBalrothery Inn on Sat 14th April 2012 from 6pm to Midnight in aid of ACROSS in Ireland ( A Charity who take Adults with special needs away on a weeks holiday as respite for their families). If anyone can sing, play music, dance or tell a story and would like to take part, I would be delighted to slot you in on the day. It should be great fun and anyone who just wants to listen and enjoy, it's free in and maybe just throw some change in the charity bucket. I can be contacted by email (email@example.com) or text (0872631541) - Jim Casey
c1965 Scouts Photograph We hope you all had a lovely St. Valentines Day, today we bring you a photo from the mid 60's and it shows the Scouts marching under the Viaduct. Let us know if you recognise anyone or if you spot anything unusual about the photo. Click on the thumbnail to view. 15.02.12. Update. We have some names for this photo now
Balbriggan Tidy Towns plant over 1,000 hedge plants in only 3 weeks ! Balbriggan Tidy Towns team have had a third successive Saturday of planting. This week (11th Feb) the team were on the verge across from the round-about on the Harry Reynolds Road, planting 300 Pyracantha bushes up against a wall prone to graffiti. It is hoped this famously thorny species will put a stop to this terrible scourge senseless vandalism. A team of approx 12 Tidy towns members and local residents worked systematically to plant a hedge that will produce wonderful foliage and glowing red flowers later in the growing season which are attractive to a wide variety of wild bee species and butterflies. Again thanks are due to Balbriggan Town council and in-particular Town Clerk Brian Murray for the support given to this significant planting project.more
Volunteers Urgently Required Remember Us is an integrated social youth group for young people/adults with special needs and caters for members aged 4 upwards (we have 4 different groups) from the North Fingal and surrounding areas. The club is mainly based in Balbriggan & some club nights are based in Swords.more
Fundraiser For Cricket Club
North County Cricket Club are holding a fundraiser event in the Balrothery Inn on Friday 24th of February. There will be live music.Tickets are €10 and also include entry into a raffle for cash prizes. Click on the thumbnail for more details. 14.02.12
Sharon Gaynor on The Voice of Ireland This Sunday, local lass, Sharon Gaynor goes into battle in The Voice of Ireland and her husband has put together this lovely video of Sharon singing "Over The rainbow". We wish Sharon all the best on Sunday Night at 6.30pm RTE1. Click on the thumbnail to view the video. 14.02.12
Happy St. Valentine's Day Can we wish everyone a Happy St. Valentine's Day and remind people to show you partner how much you love them and appreciate them. Lads, flowers are a great way to show your girl how much you love them and if you can afford it, get her a nice big bouquet from a local florist. Also bring her out for a meal tonight or tomorrow or cook a meal yourself for her. We know it can also be a sad time for those who's partner may have passed away or separated. Love will get us all through these tough times which we believe is on the turn for the better. Thank you. 14.02.12
Watch BBC iPlayer In Ireland & Abroad Have you ever missed a program on the BBC and you tried to watch it on the BBC iPlayer only to receive the following message, "The program you wish to view is not available in your terratory...." Well now you can, thanks to a web site called expatshield.com, it gives you a UK ip address which you can turn on or off as required. We've tested it out for the past few days and it works a treat. It also works on the ITV player. When installing it, don't let it install the Toolbar. We suggest you google this software for more information and see if it's for you. It's all part of the service brought to you by Balbriggan.net. 14.02.12
Aleco Farrell, Ann Heeney & Eileen Farrell As a follow on from yesterdays photos of the house on Bridge street, which had a few interesting comments on our face Book page, our Joe has come up with the following photos. The first is a real gem of a photo, taken c1960 of Aleco Farrell outside the premises and the second photo is a Balbriggan Golf Club photo which has Ann Heeney and Aleco's sister, Eileen Farrell, all of which worked in the shop. Click on the thumbnail to view both photos. 14.02.12
Communion/Confirmation Photography It's that time of the year again, time to book that all important photo session. The venue is the same this year, The Town Hall, beside the Library and this year is even better value. You get 3 Large photos (10x8) 3 Small (7x5) and two photo key-rings with other options available also like canvas prints and montages. To book your time slot, call 086-8054 275 to avoid disappointment. Click on the thumbnail for more details.13.02.12.
Is There A Table Tennis Club In Balbriggan?
Hi Tony, I was feeling very inspired by the maritime exhibition while snowbound in the UK, would love to see a permanent maritime museum in the town. My childhood Lego collection is in my Mams house in Fancourt, so I thought I would have a go at digital Lego for the laugh.Enjoy the picture, I hope it can find its way to the Website. PS to Joanna May, maybe I will get to build a real one for you in the future!! Regards, Kevin. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.13.02.12
Where Was This Photo Taken This is a simple question for most of you but for those new to the town it might not be that obvious. It was taken in July 1988. We've lots to bring you this week including photos of a retirement party for Joe Kelly, Superintendent in Balbriggan Garda Station, more photos and information from the 1978 festival thanks to Olly Murray and lots more Benton/Curtis gems. Click on the thumbnail to view this mornings photo. 13.02.12
Local Flower Arrangers Raise Funds For Charity
A Group of Flower Arrangers, from both North & South, decided to raise funds for charity and to celebrate the life of 80 year old World Renowned Flower Arranger, Very Reverend William McMillan, MBE. The group took the name ‘Celebrations’ and under the chairmanship of Co. Dublin man, Christopher White, raised a total of €6,000. The money was divided between 3 worthy causes; €3,000 to the Association of Irish Flower Artists charity which is Cystic Fibrosis this term. The remaining €3,000 was divided into €1,500 each to Multiple Sclerosis in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. At a presentation on Friday 10th February at City North Hotel, who by the way were an advertisement for hospitality over the course of the whole 2 year project, the cheques were presented to representatives of the various groups. The Celebrations Committee comprised Flower Arrangers from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and included some of the best names in the business. All the meetings took place at City North Hotel and all those involved looked after their own expenses in order to swell the charity fund.Click on the thumbnail to view some photos. 13.02.12
Dog Found Now In Lissen Hall This Male, Bassett 1 year old dog has been seen wandering the town the past few days. He is now in Lissen Hall until the owner comes forward. If this is your dog, call 01-8900375 or 086-8054 275. Thank you
Brownish male cat went missing on Saturday, 14th of Jan 2012, somewhere on road between Dallyhasey Crossroads and Balrickard Hill, he may have ventured to Balbriggan or Naul at this stage. Friendly cat but shy, unfortunately his owner has no photo of him. His owner is desperate to get him back. Please contact Ned Lindsay on 8414006 or Karen on 086 6082527. Karen.
A Thank You Message From Joe English
As President of the Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce I would like to sincerely ‘Thank’ all those who contributed to making the 9th of February a Day to remember in Balbriggan. Of course I am talking about the fantastic Balbriggan Maritime Museum Exhibition which was attended by 990 visitor between the hours of 9am and 9pm in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan. We had an inspiring opening by Minister Deenihan and very many distinguished guests attended, all of whom expressed their admiration for the artefacts and marine displays so well presented by the Maritime Museum Committee.more
Pop Up Maritime Museum is Great Success Full marks to Johnny Woodlock, John Daly, Frank Duffy, Trevor Sargent and all involved in this worthwhile project. Over 1000 visitors on the day including Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs. The Minister spoke of how great it would to be have a permanent Maritime Museum in Balbriggan with 1.5 million people on its doorstep and easy access from those travelling from Belfast. He has promised to speak to Transport and Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar on the issue. It was a long day for those involved, Joe English, Zoe Nelson and Sean Crosson and we congratulate them all on a brilliant and interesting display. The Minister was presented with a canvas print of Balbriggan Harbour to mark its 250th year. Our Tony was on duty to record the event and we bring you the photos with names. Click on the thumbnail to view.
Michael Portillo in Balbriggan Now On DVD----FREE We've had lots of people ask us did we have the Michael Portillo visit to Balbriggan on DVD. Up until now it's been only available available on the BBC iPlayer and YouTube but now, thanks to our technical department, it's now available FREE from Wishes Gifts on Dublin Street. If they have a "Poor Box" there, maybe make a donation. We have now decided that the charity to benifit will be Balbriggan Meals on wheels. Click on the thumbnail to see what the disc looks like. 09.02.12
Two "Husky" Pups Found Here is a message from our FaceBook Page," there are two cream colour akita/husky cross puppies roaming around my estate bremore court this past half hour, 1 has a collar but no id the other has no collar , they are both bitches likely sisters from the same litter about 7 or 8 months old, i cannot take them in as i have 2 bitches but surely someone is missing them ???? does anyone know whos they are if so can you let them know they are out roaming the streets :( " Call 086-8054 275. Dogs Reunited Now
Willie McMahon & JF McMahon Firstly, Mick O'Gorman, the man looking for information on Willie McMahon is over the moon with the reaction he got, emails from Holland and England and through the Face Book page. Secondly, many thanks for all the calls about JF McMahon, the man in the photo below, even a call from his son in California on our mobile, thanks Anthony, we got your voicemail, see you in a few weeks. Today, we bring you a school photo that we last brought you in 2006 courtesy of Anthony McMahon. We can't remember if we got the names so we'll give it another go. We've broken the photo into 3 photos to help with identification. We presume it's from the early 1950's. Click on the thumbnail to view. 09.02.12
Who is This Man?
While looking for photos of Willie McMahon, see below, we came across this photo. We think Anthony McMahon, ( a champion Boxer and lived on Georges Square) gave it to us in 2004 and we presume it is his Grandfather. Can anyone help here, we know Anthony lives in California and is a regular visitor to the site so hopefully he can help. But in the meantime, if you know who this man is please call us on 086-8054 275 or by email. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge this great quality photo. 08.02.12
Photo of Willie McMahon Within minutes of us posting the email below, our Joe went trawling through the vast Benton/Curtis Collection to see if he could find a photo of Willie McMahon and this is the photo he came up with. It was taken during a peace rally in the town and Willie is clearly visible and arrowed. We see on our Face Book page that Eric, Trish, Declan and Fiona have given us more details about Willie and where his grave is. We've emailed the sender of the original email, Mick O'Gorman but it looks like he's on hols from work at the moment but we are sure he'll be delighted with the response. Thanks Joe for finding this photo. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. 08.02.12
Who Remembers Willie McMahon of Hampton Place Here is a lovely email we received, "Hello there, My name is Mick O’Gorman and I lived in Balbriggan from 1979 to 1985. In that time I made friends with a gentleman called Willie McMahon, who at the time was 94 years of age.He live in a house in Hampton Place, which was part of a house and shop on Hampton Street/Hampton Place. Although I was in my early twenties and Willie was 94, on my visits to him in his home he frequently exhausted me with his energy, enthusiasm and razor-sharp memory. I thoroughly enjoyed his company, and sadly had moved away from Balbriggan when he passed on, and that was the end of that. Willie is buried in Balbriggan but I cannot locate his grave. He is buried with his wife and an infant child that they lost very early on. He was an employee of Smyth’s Hosiery most of his life. more
Balbriggan Maritime Museum
This Thursday in the Bracken Court Hotel, from 9am to 9pm, there will be a
pop up Maritime Museum. It has been initiated to show Fingal CoCo, elected Representatives and the Heritage Council how a Maritime Museum might operate in Balbriggan and is aimed at getting funding to establish a permanent museum in the town. Such a tourist facility would enhance visitor numbers to the town.
Click on the thumbnail for more details. 07.02.12
1980's St Mologas & Castlelands No reaction to yesterday's photo, not one name supplied, maybe they aren't Balbriggan people??? Today, we have two 1980's photos, the first showing the construction of St. Mologas School and the second shows Joe Wade's house at Castleland. Click on the thumbnail to view. 07.02.12
Mr Brady's 100th Birthday Photos Firstly, we have lots of stuff to put on the site, photos, news items and upcoming events but due to heavy workload we'll have to wait another day or so, please bear with us. Today, we bring you two more photos from Mr. Brady's 100th birthday celebrations. See if you can help us with names, click on the thumbnail to view. 06.02.12
Hard Luck Eric But Well Done Sharon For those of you abroad who didn't see "The Voice of Ireland" can we tell you that Eric was unsuccessful but Sharon, his wife got through to the next round. As Eric said "Hi Tony, Well it didnt work out for me but Sharon got through and what a performance she gave.. Kian Egan from Westlife chose her and there is so much more to come and it's epic!! I'm sending you links from our blind auditions if you'd like to post them. Nice to see a local girl doing well. Thanks Tony,Eric." To see Eric's audition click HERE and to see Sharon's audition click HERE
Balbriggan Couple On The Voice of Ireland This Sunday The very talented Eric Campbell and his wife Sharon will appear on this Sunday night's show, The Voice of Ireland on RTE 1 at 6.30pm They are not allowed to say how they did, you'll just have to watch. What we can show you is as Eric says "The Voice have stuck up a link that they did with us backstage before the auditions!" which you can see by clicking on the thumbnail. Thanks Eric & Sharon, we look forward to seeing you both on Sunday night. 03.02.12
Train Derailed in 1989 Seeing as it was all trains of late, today we bring you a photo from 1989 when a train derailed in Balbriggan. What makes this photo even better is the fact that the signal box is also in view, it's an awful shame this was demolished without the public being told beforehand. Does anyone know the year it was demolished? Click on the thumbnail to view. 03.02.12
Balbriggan, A Charming, Charming Place Those are the words uttered by Michael Portillo as he got off the train at Balbriggan and we have to agree with him, it really is one of the nicest views in Ireland. Would people agree with that? Has anyone any comments about the show, feel free to share them on our Face Book page or Guest Book. Maybe Gerard Bisette, the lad who spoke to Michael on the train might like to share what happened etc. This YouTube video has proved very popular with over 500 views in about 18 hours.
Cardy Marina, A Sunrise & A Bench Firstly, if you sent us items for the site, please bear with us for a few days until we get through our workload. Secondly, we have three photos for you this morning, the first is from the 1980's and shows the Cardy Marina. The second photo is a beautiful sunrise by Martin McNamara and the third one is from Gareth McGaughey and is a lovely composition of a Bench with the Lighthouse also visible. Thanks lads for the photos, keep them coming. Click on the thumbnail to view. 02.02.12
Fire at Laragh Firstly, Thank Crunchy it's February, Secondly, can we thank everyone who contributes through our Face Book page which has almost 1800 "Likes" and nearly 600 talking about us, many thanks. Who remembers this house on the corner of Church/Hampton Street. The first photo shows the house "Laragh" probably in the early '80's and the second photo is probably from the late '80's. It was eventually demolished in the early '90's where 12 Townhouses were eventually built there. It looked a fine house in its day, click on the thumbnail to view both photos. 01.02.12.
Portillo Eventually Arrives in Balbriggan Well, did everyone see Michael Portillo finally make it to Balbriggan? We thought it was great and Alex Mckenna and others were great and the Bissette lad on the train speaking to him was also great to see. If you missed it, don't worry, balbriggan.net have uploaded it to YouTube for your convenience. Click on the thumbnail to watch 6 minutes of the show. 31.01.12
Sheila Dunne RIP
Sheila Dunne (nee Kiernan) from Chapel Street, Balbriggan died on Sunday 29th January 2012. The funeral arrangements are: she is reposing at her daughter Catherine Kenny's house on Dublin Road on Tuesday 31st January. She will be arriving at St. Peter & Paul's Church on Wednesday 1st February at 10am. Thanks to Lisa for the information and photo. Our condolences to your family. RIP Sheila. 31.01.12
Mr Howarth, Email From His Grand Daughter
Here is an email we received in relation to this photo from last week, "Hi tony that photo is my grandad James Howarth snr. Its also hanging in the bar of my dads pub in Skerries,the Gladstone Inn. He was born in oct 1917 in Radcliff near Manchester, to an Irish mother and English father,1 brother Vincent. He joined the Royal Navy at a young age and served in the 2nd world war based in the mediterranean, was torpedoed several times, nearly died on one occasion, and seen very gruesome casualties of war, which he was reluctant to speak about. He was awarded 6 medals, which my cousins and aunts have. He married Alice Manders and moved to Ireland in 1952 to help his aunts Mamie and Jane Bissett (Balrothery) with the upkeep of their land.more
Storm Hits Balbriggan Harbour Two photographs for you this Tuesday Morning. They are both from 1979 and they show the damaged Harbour which collapsed after been hit by a huge wave. Do you remember this happening? Share your memories with us on Face Book or through the Guest Book. Click on the thumbnail to view. 31.01.12
No Show Balbriggan on Beeb. We believe Balbriggan didn't feature in Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys last night and we can only surmise that he missed the train.......? Let's hope he make it tonight and that he gets there good and early to catch the train this time. So a reminder, if you're not at home tonight, set the Sky+ for BBC 2 at 6.30pm. Fingers crossed. 31.01.12
Another 1976 Pioneers Photo Another gem of a photo for you today as we come to the end of another month, where did that one go? There are 19 people in this photo and it would be great to get all the names. We can see Maura & Pat Levins but who are the others? As usual, click on the thumbnail to view todays photo. 30.01.12 Update. Thanks to everyone who submitted names through our Face Book page, we've added them under the photo although we are still missing a few. 31.01.12
Balbriggan Featured on Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys The program is called "Great British Railway Journeys" and all this week he is in Ireland. Monday's show is the one that really interests us when he stops at Balbriggan and gives some of the history of Smyco etc. Balbriggan.net have supplied the program with lots of material especially the Smyco brochure from the 1940's as have The Historical Society and Alex McKenna. We look forward to the show, lets hope it brings some British tourists to the town. 29.01.12
Jimmy Howarth At Work On Quay Street Car Park Just one Balbriggan photo for you today, Friday, and it's of a man whose name we do have. Jimmy Howard, obviously a brick layer, can be seen here at work on the wall of the Quay Street car park. We've no idea of the year so if you do, or you know anything about this man, please let us know. Click on the thumbnail to view this photo. 28.01.12. Update. We'll have more about Jimmy Howarth on Monday morning. Also the photo was reversed so we've fixed that now.
Rachel Mooney (Early) We have just been told the sad news that Rachel Mooney, Bremore, has passed away. We will bring you details of funeral arrangements as soon as possible. We at Balbriggan.net extend our sympathies to her family and friends. Rest in peace Rachel. 26.01.12.Update. For those not on Face Book, click HERE to read messages of condolence. Update. We still have no idea of the funeral arrangements so if anyone does know, please contact us. We didn't know Rachel but judging by the messages of condolence, she was an amazing person whom everyone loved and respected. The photo of Rachel was taken in December 2008 when she attended the Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce Gala Ball. Again, we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. To see all the messages of condolence from our Face Book page click HERE
St. Patrick's Brass & Reed Celebrate Mr. Brady's 100th Birthday Here is another great photo from the Benton/Curtis Collection. It was organised as part of Mr. Brady's 100th birthday. We have numbered everybody and even zoomed in on different sections of the photo to help with the identification. Click on the thumbnail to view. 26.01.12
Seascapes from around Balbriggan in Preserved Cafe Here is part of Martin McNamara email, "Martin here. Just to let you know I will be having another photo exhibition in Preserved Cafe from Friday next 27th for the month of Feb. I'm sending on four photos as a preview of the exhibits which will be themed "Seascapes from around Balbriggan". I would appreciate if you would put them on Balbriggan.net and mention Preserved Cafe" No problem Martin, we look forward to seeing the rest of the collection in the Preserved Cafe. Click on the thumbnail to see part of Martin's collection. 26.01.12
Local Lad To Attempt The Yukon Artic Ultra Race Gary Farrell, the son of famous Sean and Marie Farrell is about to attempt the Worlds coldest and toughest ultra race marathon starting at Whitehorse canada.
It is starting February 4th - 12th. It is called The Yukon artic ultra race. Temperatures can reach up to -40*c ( freezing)!!!!!! His last adventure was the Sahara desert ( Marathon Des Sable ) back in March 2009. it was a great success and life worthy achievement. Sisters, Bernadette and Martina and brother John wish him well as do all the extended family. His friends and work colleagues wish him all the best also.26.01.12
SPECSAVERS HITS 40 IN MILLFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE BALBRIGGAN January 19th 2012 – A new Specsavers store has opened today in The Millfield Shopping Centre Balbriggan, creating 15 full and part time jobs for the area. The opening marks a significant milestone for the company as the 40th Specsavers store to open in Ireland since 1991. It is one of two to open in the country this month. Specsavers currently employs 850 people nationwide and most of the 71 store directors, who own and run the businesses, are Irish.more
Cat Reunited With Owner Thanks To B.net Viewer The beautiful white cat found in Castleland Court has been reunited with its owner thanks to a B.net viewer, here is the email, "Hi Tony, I found the owner and the cat is back home. You can remove the ad :-) thanks to your website, the cat was given back." Another success, can we remind everyone with a cat, dog or goldfish to get a metal tag engraved with your phone number and put it on the collar of your pet. The locksmiths beside the hotel do it in 2 minutes. 25.01.12
Balbriggan Maritime Museum needs your HELP ! As you may be aware Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce has been supporting a project to establish a Balbriggan Maritime Museum. This initiative resulted from the last Economic Conference held in Oct 2010. It is envisaged that the Museum will be an important educational repository for the vast maritime history and artifacts associated with Balbriggan and the North Fingal Coast line. In addition the facility will provide a tourist facility that will increase visitor footfall to the town and help raise the profile of Balbriggan nationally and internationally as heritage coastal destination. more
Watch BBC, ITV, CH4, CH5 on iPhone & Saorview Here's an App we have to tell you about, if you have an iPhone and want to watch the English stations, you can for FREE and its legal. It's called "FilmOn" and you can get it through the "App Store" on your phone. We've been using it for several months ago when John Maguire told us and more and more people are using it, especially for Ch5. It lists irish stations but only UTV and BBC NI are there, no RTE yet. Give it a go, you can also use it on your PC but it's best on the iPhone and is probably available for android phones now. On a similar topic, with the turn off of Analog TV in UK and Ireland on the 23rd of October, some people are saying they are going to get the "Saorview". The problem here is that you only get the Irish stations on saorview, our suggestion is that you go for either SKY or UPC. If you go for Saorview, you'll need to get a satellite dish and decoder to get the English stations. Feel free to add to this on our Face Book page. Click on the thumbnail to go to the FilmOn web site. 25.01.12
Balbriggan Soap Box Derby 1985 We had a great reaction when we last brought you some Soap Box Derby photos and this morning, we have 4 more photos for you. Ivan Tolan makes an appearance in two of the photos and we've numbered the photos, 1 to 4, so if anyone wants to identify any of the crowd, please do either using our face book page or Guest Book. We hope you enjoy this mornings gems, click on the thumbnail. 25.11.12
Golly Griffin RIP The Golly Griffin passed away in September last which we announced here. Unfortunately at the time we didn't have a photo of the Golly but yesterday, the Ho Guildea dropped us in this one for the site. Rest in peace Golly. 24.01.12
1991 Balbriggan Golf Club Here's another photo for you this morning, we can see Christy White in the middle but who are the other guys? Use our Face Book page or Guest Book to let us know. A reminder to keep an eye on the Guest Book. 24.01.12.
Market Green House Fire in 1979 Today we bring you some photos of a house on fire, we just hope no one was injured. It looks like Market Green and we believe the year was 1979. Anyone remember this fire or can identify any of the crowd. Click on the thumbnail to view. 24.01.12
Work on 3rd lane of M1 from Drinan (J3) to Lissenhall (J4) begins on 25th of January Construction of an additional lane in each direction of the M1 between Junction 3 (Drinan) and Junction 4 (Lissenhall) is due to start on Wednesday 25th January next. The works will be carried out in the central median from the northern end of the current M1 Lane Improvement Scheme and construction is expected to be completed by the end of November 2012. For more details click HERE
Local Beauty Clinic Wins Recognition in Sunday Independent Here is the email we just received from Corinna Tolan, "Corinna here from Monica Tolans in Balbriggan. I am very excited to tell you that Monica Tolans No1 Beauty and Skincare Clinic received a fantastic endorsement yesterday from the beauty journalists, Triona McCarthy In the Sunday Independent. You can only imagine our excitement and I couldn’t wait to share such good news with you and all the people of Balbriggan town and surrounding area. In today’s climate I think it is more important than ever to support local business that provide employment locally and Monica Tolans have done that for over 30 years. I would be delighted if you would extend this to as many people as possible and allow the local community to share and know the professional Skincare and beauty clinic that is right on their doorstep. If Triona McCarthy felt this, the whole country should know about us then it is only fitting we should do the same. Kindest Regards, Corinna Tolan" Well done all in Monica Tolans, take a bow. Click on the thumbnail to read the glowing endorsement of this local business. 23.01.12
Cat Found in Castleland Court Here is the email we received, "I found a pure white cat, around 1 year old in castleland court, We've taken him in. He's really friendly and is very good in doors. Please can you help me look for the owners. Thanks balbriggan.net email
Calling all Tidy Towns Volunteers
If you fancy a bit of out door activity & fresh air Balbriggan Tidy Towns (BTT) are in need of some HELP with a significant tree planting project next Saturday 28th Jan between 12.30 and 3.30pm. Fingal CoCo have donated a large number of Yew Trees for planting in currently very barren area as you enter Balbriggan from the Northern side. This would be a great opportunity to give a hand to a local community environmental enhancement project.If you can come along for even an hour it would be a great help we will be based near the Balbriggan Garda Station, .... wellies and a spade would be an advantage !
Credit Union AGM Photos Here are a few photos we took at the Credit Union AGM and we forgot to put them on the web. For the past few weeks, we have been threatened, bullied, bombarded with text and emails from a certain lady who shall remain nameless, to put her photo on the site. WELL, NOW IT'S DONE and we hope you are happy now........written by Joe King. Click on the thumbnail to view the photos. 23.01.12
25th Wedding Anniversary Here we go with another week of great photos courtesy of Benton Curtis. This Monday morning we bring you three photos of a couples 25th Wedding Anniversary party in the Glebe North Clubhouse. At the moment, we've no idea who they are but hopefully that's where you can help. Click on the thumbnail to view. 23.01.12
Missing Roof Last seen on top of the Church Hall. Went missing on Friday 20th, we think. Answers to the name of "Slate", no collar, owner devastated. If you see this missing roof, contact us as soon as possible, Click on the thumbnail to see photos.23.01.12
Margaret GilbertRIP We have received several emails telling us that the death has occurred of Margaret Gilbert, (née McConville) of Craoibhin Park. Reposing at her home. Removal, Sunday, to Ss Peter and Paul's Church, arriving at 6.30pm. Funeral Mass on Monday morning at 11.30am followed by burial in Ss Peter and Paul's Cemetery. We extend our sympathies to margaret's family & friends. Feel free to use the Guest Book to leave messages for the family. Rest in peace Margaret. 22.01.12
Missing Cat!! This is Alfie. He has been missing since yesterday and he was last spotted in Gormanston Village last night at 9pm. He is very tame so we are hoping someone has taken im in and is looking after him. We are all devastated and missing him so much so if anyone has any info, please let us knowxx. Ring the missing Pets hotline 086-8054 275.
MBNA Fake Web Site We received an email yesterday from MBNA about our Credit Card and when we clicked on the link we noticed the address at the very top of the page didn't say www.MBNA.ie. The web page looked exaxtly like the genuine one so always have a look at the address bar, at the top of this page reads www.balbriggan.net. This applies to all web sites like AIB, Bank of Ireland etc, so if ever you get an email from one of these banks, it's more than likely a fake and you should not click where they tell you to. Click on the thumbnail to see what we mean. 20.01.12
Another Stray Dog & Guest Book Updated We see we have another stray dog on our Face Book page. There are no details as to where in the town the dog is but we'll put it here to see if anyone recognises it. Also, check our Guest book HERE as we have added more entries. 20.01.12
Black Rock Diving Board & 1991 Bridge Street Three photographs for you this morning from the vast Benton/Curtis Collection. The first shows the Diving Board at Black Rock which was controversially removed by the Council in 1997. The next two photos show Bridge and Drogheda Street respectively, taken in 1991. Who remembers "The Courtyard" and was it there long? Click on the thumbnail to view these gems. 20.01.12
Bremore Castle at Dusk Here are a few photos we took last evening while walking the dogs. We photographed Stephensons's Chimney as a silhouette along with Bremore Castle from the Black Rocks. The Castle is coming along nicely and we notice the roof is almost complete. It will be great to have another attraction for the town. Click on the thumbnail to view these. 19.01.12
1976 Pioneers Presentation & Storm Hits Harbour Wall It's a damp morning in downtown Balbriggan and we've three photo for your approval. The first shows three men at the Pioneer Presentations at Loreto and this time we do know who they are, but do you? The other two photos are from Jan. 1979 when a storm took part of the Harbour wall away. The quality of the later two is amazing as they were scanned from negatives. Click on the thumbnail to view. 19.01.12
Jobs Down Under Thanks for the great response regarding helping Balbriggan people look for jobs down under. One of the comments suggested London and the South East of England which does seem to be recession proof. Anyone else in London want to comment. Anyone, anywhere else that they would recommend people consider for work? Please keep the comments coming in, use the Guest Book or Face Book. For those of you not on FB, click HERE to read the latest suggestion on where to travel to for work. 18.01.12
Mr Brady's 100th Birthday & 1979 Hampton Street Three photographs for you this morning, the first was taken, probably in the early '90's, and it shows Mr Brady with friends following his 100 birthday party. What a fabulous age to reach, anyone know at what age did he eventually reach? The second photo shows Hampton Street with a covering of snow in 1979 and the third photo shows May & Pat McKeon's house as it was in December 2010. Click on the thumbnail to view all three photos. 18.01.12
Are There Jobs Down Under? With the economy the way it is and many a person in Balbriggan on the lookout for jobs, can any of you briggers in Australia or New Zealand let us know if there are jobs there. Would you recommend job seekers in Balbriggan to consider going down under and if so what cities? Also, anyone in Canada looking in, would you suggest Canada is a good place for work. Feel free to reply using our face Book page or the Guest Book. So briggers abroad, please help your fellow job seekers. Thank You. 17.01.12. Update.Thanks for the great response from those of you abroad on our Face Book page, it's really appreciated. For those not on Face Book, we'll bring you the comments here later today.
Boys Will Be Boys This photo brings brings our man back to his youth when he loved to play by the waters edge, with his cousin in Wexford, nearly 40 years ago. It's great now he lives beside the Sea and doesn't have to wait to go on hols to enjoy this treat. The other photos were taken this evening and our Tony got many a strange look from people as he lay on the grass, the sand and even on top of the old lifeguard building to get these shots. Click on the thumbnail to view. 17.01.12
Face Book Stats We just noticed how popular our Face Book page has become compared to other sites. Also, keep an eye on the Guest Book which we have reopened. Thanks to everyone who contribute to keep this site as popular as it is and again we ask if you have any old Balbriggan photos, please contact us. Thank You. 17.01.12
Bringing Home The Fish in 1979 Two fabulous photos for you this morning thanks to messes Benton/Curtis. The first photo is of great interest to us as we have never seen the Harbour and Gas works from this angle. Also of interest is the guy walking away from the camera with two large fish in his hands. There were plastic bags in 1979 and what they used to do was bring a ball of string down to the harbour and the string would be threaded through the gills of the fish and it was known as a "Hank of Fish" and it wasn't uncommon to see certain men carrying about 6 stone of fish home. The second photo is also from 1979 and it shows 2 "locals" working on a boat with another enjoying the sun. Click on the thumbnail to view both photos. 17.01.12
"Tom Russell in Concert" The Heritage Centre Balrothery,Sunday 29th January 2012.
Starts 8.30 pm (Doors open at 7.30 pm)
Tickets €22./Cons €20. (limited seating). Bookings 087 7618282/tickets on sale at the Balrothery Inn (This is Tom Russell's only Dublin Concert,early booking is advisable.) www.tomrussell.com
Two Stray Dogs Spotted Here is an email we received this morning,"Today in Balbriggan across from the church I saw 2 stray dogs, one was a small young yorkie mix light brown with no collar he was very friendly but I wasn't able to take him home unfortunately. I also saw a young jack russel running along the road with no collar either, he was white & brown, he looked terrified. I really wish I could have taken these dogs with me, if you think you know the owner they are in the Balbirggan area, thanks!"
Calling Olly Murray & Eddie Darcy Can Olly & Eddie call us on 086-8054 275. Thanks
Hampton Mills c1973 Many thanks to Eugene Murray for this photo, the quality isn't great but still great to get, here is his email,
"Hi Tony here is a photo taken around 73 in Hampton mills L to R Frank McInerney, Johnny McGarry and Toddy Grant working at the looms Hope it brings some memories". Thanks a mill (no pun intended) Eugene, we are always delighted to get photos for the site. Do you have any old Balbriggan photos you are willing to share on the Balbriggan site, if so please ring us and we'll tell you how easy it is and that you get your photos back within the hour. Call 086-8054 275 anytime. Click on the thumbnail to see this photo. Thanks again Eugene. 16.01.12
1991 Golf Ladies & Bridge Street Two photographs for you this Monday morning. The first is a group of ladies at Balbriggan Golf Club and as usual, we've numbered them to help with identification. The second photo is also from 1991 and it is a view from the Square down Bridge Street. We hope you enjoy both photos this morning, click on the thumbnail to view. 16.01.12
Update on Glebe North Photo Wow, this photo proved very popular with lots of emails supplying all the names and thanks to Adrian Hammond & Myles Walsh for some extra information which we have added under the photo. We have also added another photo of the team which also includes one of the managers so it's either Freddie Harper or Brian Barnett. Also, the photo isn't c1988 but more like 1976 or thereabouts. Click on the thumbnail to see both photos along with two emails. 16.01.12
Dog - Hit & Run On N1 S.Bound We have received this email from a lady who is concerned that someone out there is missing their dog, here is the email, "Hi Tony, Today(Sat) I sadly found a dead female golden Lab Cross. It was a hit and run on the road from Balbriggan to the Apple Green garage. She lay on the left hand side of the road just before the little roundabout (N1 going South bound). I brought her to Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital, Swords. They reckon she was approx 5yrs old. If no micro chip no owner will be notified. If anyone has lost a female Lab cross please call Lissenhall @ 01 8900375 for information." You can also contact us here nd we'll put you in contact with the lady who found the dog.15.01.12
Dead Dog Found
Bran is Home, Here's the Official Story
Hi Tony, Thank you for highlighting Bran’s story on Balbriggan.net, he is now at home and loving the all the attention he is getting from the family and our neighbours.
Bran had been around the estate for quite a while before we took him in, my Dad couldn’t sleep one night knowing he was outside in the snow so he got up and brought him in. As you know my Dad passed away last year and I will take full responsibility that a licence was not obtained and vet visits not followed up on. My Dad would always have looked after our pets affairs and I shouldn’t have overlooked this. My mother had enough on her plate last year and I should have stepped in there and sorted everything out, I can’t apologise enough that this happened.more
Save Bran The save Bran campaign certainly took hold on our Face Book page with things getting heated at times. We now know it was a complicated situation and the latest news we have is that the original owner, who now lives in New Zealand, got in touch. We hope to have more information later today, lots of influential people are working on the situation to bring it to a happy ending. Stay tuned here.
Late 1980's Glebe North Team Photo It's a beautiful, cold, frosty morning in Balbriggan and have we got another gem of a photo for you. The quality is amazing, probably a slide and we think it is from the late '80's. We think we recognise one person but other than that we're in the dark so we are depending on you to help us out. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the photo. 13.01.12
1979 Market Green & 1989 Station Street This morning we bring you two photos, one from '79 and one from '89. The first one was taken at market Green, right where LIDL is now and there a few lads sliding on the ice and we've zoomed in on them to see if we can identify them. The second photo shows Station street and something we never realised is that Noel Heeney's shop was once on this street. Click on the thumbnail to view todays photos. 12.01.12
Still No Sign of Coco Coco went missing a week before Christmas and unfortunately there is still no sign of her. She was last seen in the Westbrooke area here is the owners latest email, "Is there anyway you could repost my missing cat add again since we have had no sightings of her, I have attached a new picture that's better than the last, thank you." If you can help, call our missing pets hotline on 086-8054 275 anytine.12.01.12
GET BACK IN THE GAME
New Football Initiative Aimed at Job-Seekers and Unemployed. Fingal County Council have teamed up with the FAI to launch a new innovative 'Stay Active' programme aimed at men and women aged 18-50 years who are job seekers, unemployed and particularly long-term unemployed . This free programme will take place with weekday recreational 5-a-side football, progressing to FAI Coach education courses for interested participants and finishing with linking to local clubs to assist with coaching underage teams. Chief Executive of the FAI John Delaney said, "The Stay Active League pilot scheme is one that I hope will capture the interest of people who are currently out of work. more
Hare Coursing Protest in 1989 Firstly, with regard the item below, there has been a huge Face Book reaction to Bran and anyone not on Face Book can read the comments HERE. Today, we bring you two photographs from 1989 when Trevor Sargent and others were marching against Hare Coursing. Click on the thumbnail to view todays photos which are courtesy of the Benton/Curtis Collection. 11.01.12
The story of Bran- Bran was strayed by his previous owners in Hampton cove in Balbriggan. Flan, Ronan’s dad who has since sadly passed away took bran into the Kiernan family home were he has been loved and looked after for almost 2 years. Last Thursday the dog warden from Aston pound took Bran from the estate as he had got out of the house and was on the street. The Kiernan’s, worried about the whereabouts of their dog contacted Ashton pound and were told if they produced a dog licence and paid the fine they could have him back. They went to Ashton pound and produced a licence and the cash to pay the fine but they were told they could not have Bran back as they had reports that he is not their dog. Since last Thursday the Kiernan’s have been up to Ashton pound 3 times to try and get Bran back but on each occasion they have been refused. Bran has been cared for and lived in the Kiernan’s family home for almost two years.more
Scoil Chormaic Community National School Castlelands, Balbriggan, Co Dublin. 01-8416948 Invites you and your family to an Enrolment Evening On Tuesday 24th January 2012 at 7pm In Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín. We look forward to meeting you. Application forms are available from the Secretary’s Officeor by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rugby & Wind Surfers From 1984 No reaction to yesterdays photo which we find very strange but let's see if anyone comments today. Today, we bring you two Benton/Curtis photos from 1984, the first being some more wind surfers and if you identify them all we'll give you € 100.00 and the second photo shows a rugby match on the beach which apparently had to be abandoned half way through because the tide came in earlier than expected. Click on the thumbnail to view todays gems. 10.01.12
Horticultural Society Garden Table Quiz Balbriggan and District Horticultural society are holding a Garden Table Quiz on Thursday the 19th of January at 8 30 pm sharp in the Scout Den Balbriggan beside Lidl. All welcome €5 per person. For more information Tel 087 7520506 Thank you, Dominica mckevitt. 087 7520506
Garden Table Quiz
Bridge Street Photo Here is part of a great Benton/Curtis photograph and speaking to Ralph Richardson yesterday he suggested we show this part of the photo and see if we can identify as many as possible. He thinks he can spot the Bulldog McGarry, Chigga kenny and Luke Healy, Spanner Brannigan, Witch Gilsenan and the Gilly Gilbert to name but a few. So, using the numbers, see who name the most and we'll give the first person to name everyone (or the most) a Balbriggan Mug, feck the expense, we'll take the hit. You can enter this competition using our Face Book Page or the Guest Book HERE. Click on the thumbnail to view this photo which we think is from 1972. 09.01.12
More Soap Box Derby Photos Good Monday morning to all, a little later start than normal but here goes. Today we bring you two more Soap Box Derby photos from 1985 courtesy of Messers Benton/Curtis. The first photo is a driver but we've no idea who he is and the second photo is of a race and we see someone in the background with a video camera and we wonder if we can identify this person and see if the video footage is still available. Lots of photos to come this week and maybe even later today. Click on the thumbnail to view todays gems. 09.01.12
Wind Surfers & Soap Box Derby Following up on yesterdays photo of the wind surfers, Joe Curtis has sent us a few more showing that wind surfing was very popular in Balbriggan in the mid '80's. Our second photo is from 1985 and it's of the Soap Box Derby at Pinewood and in this photo you can see how popular it was and that it brought out big crowds. Click on the thumbnail to see todays photos. 06.01.12
Balbriggan Book Club I'm New to Balbriggan and I'm trying to Organise a book club in the hotel on the first Wednesday of every month. I am using the website meetup as a base http://www.meetup.com/Balbriggan-book-Club. I was wondering if I Could advertise on Balbriggan.net, Kind Regards, Rebecca.086-0490705
Missing Lab Missing Black Labrador, Male answers to the name Tyson. Missing since the 3rd January 2012 from the Whitestown, Delahasey area. If anyone has any information please contact. Update. Dog has been reunited with its owner
Could This Be Right? Here is a 1980's photo from Barry Geraghty that we just came across and we wonder does anyone remember people "Wind Surfing" on Balbriggan Beach. We've never seen it before, maybe Skerries or Malahide but Balbriggan?. Can anyone shed any light on this. Click on the thumbnail to view. 05.01.12
Another Eddie Darcy Gem As promised, here is the photo that we gave you a preview of yesterday. We have all the names but to make it more interesting, we have just given you their initials. We don't know the occasion but we will shortly. Click on the thumbnail to view this picture. 05.01.12. Update. We have now added the names to this photo.
Another Eddie Darcy Photo This is the second last in the current series of photos by Eddie Darcy, we've a gem for tomorrow, and its of John Dunne, a Soldier from Chapel Street. Can anyone tell us about John and anything about the photo like when it was taken Click on the thumbnail to view. 04.01.12 To see a preview of tomorrows photo, click HERE
1985 Soap Box Derby Ivan Tolan Two names so far for yesterdays photo, 3 is John Kelly of Lusk and 8 is Jack Kennedy. Today's photo is from 1985 and it shows Ivan Tolan at the Soap Box Derby which took place up in pinewood and it looks like Seamus Murphy was involved with it. Tell us what you remember of this event. Click on the thumbnail to view. 04.01.12
Glebe North Team Photo Firstly, we now have all the names for the Mr Brady Photo, Click Here. Secondly, the Guest Book has sprung into life so keep checking it but don't waste your time using it to have a go at any class of people in the town as we wont publish it. Anyway, today we have another gem thanks to Joe Curtis, it's a Glebe North Photo and we need your help in identifying everyone. We think we see John Kelly from Lusk at number 3 but who are the others. Click on the thumbnail to view. 03.01.12
Storm Clouds over Balbriggan We were traveling into Dublin on St. Stephen's Day when we saw this cloud formation and just had to stop when it was safe to do so to get this photo. We've also included a few photos we took this morning, aren't we just blessed to be by the sea, sometimes we just need to be reminded how lucky we are. Click on the thumbnails to see the photos. 02.01.12.
Brass & Reed Presentation Our Tony took a photo of St. Patrick's Brass & Reed band in their new uniform and he mounted and framed it and presented to the band just before Christmas. We think it looks great with all the names so in a 100 years, they won't be wondering who's who. Click on the thumbnail to see the framed photo and a photo of the presentation at Millfield. 02.01.11
Dog Found On Balbriggan Beach
FOUND: on Balbriggan Beach a male Jack Russell, white and tan. No collar. If you know the owner or if you are the owner, PLease call me at 087-6395049 Yvette. I am waiting for a pic.
Mick McGrath From 1989 Here is a lovely photograph courtesy of the Benton/Curtis Collection and its of Mick McGrath taken in 1989. Can anyone tell us anything about this man? Also, we still haven't received the names for the photo we brought you on the 29th at Mr Bradys Birthday or the photo we brought you on the 23rd of the locals on the square. Someone must know who they are? You can use the Guest Book to send us the names. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge this photo. 01.01.12
Sunrise Photos by Martin McNamara Today we bring you some great photos by Martin McNamara which he took just before Christmas but its only now we're getting around to publishing them. Well done Martin, we especially like the photo with the Heron's. Click on the thumbnail to view. 01.01.12
Bath Road's Patrick Mullen Hello there Tony and all from Balbriggan.net name is Patrick Mullen me from the Bath road, I now live in Plymouth U.K, I have been over here since 1996, I' m a lead singer and bass player in a band called Forbidden Riff, we released a demo album back in 2009 and you were good enough to put it up on Balbrggan.net to get some publicity, anyway we have now released our second demo album called Fields of Misery and I am hoping you may be able to put it up on your site again , what better way to get noticed than the brilliant Balbriggan.net
Where can we hear the song Paddy? All the best. 01.01.12
Well it's finally arrived and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves over the Christmas period, it's back to normality from now on. We have just added the funeral arrangements for Frances Downes below, funeral mass at 10am tomorrow, Monday and burial in Naul Cemetery where Frances will rest in peace. 01.01.12
Frances Downes RIP It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Frances Downes. Originally from Yorkshire, she was married to Gussie and they only celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary in August 2010 to which our man was hired to photograph the occasion. She was a lovely person and indeed a lovely couple and we offer our sincere condolences to Gussie and the rest of the family of 5 daughters and one son. We have no details of the funeral arrangements yet but we'll bring it to you as soon as possible. Rest in peace Frances. 30.12.11. Update. Many people are using the Guest Book to express their condolences, Click HERE to view these messages. Update. Removal tomorrow (Monday)to St. Peter and Paul Church, arriving for 10am Funeral Mass followed by burial in Naul Cemetery.