Christmas Cards now available.
One of the team had a few hours to spare recently, and wanting to
promote Balbriggan, decided to bring out, not one, but two Christmas
cards. Both are festive scenes showing Dublin street and St. Georges
square from around the 1920's. The cards are available from McGoverns
Gift Shop and House of Gifts(Goffs) both on Dublin street and also
Dave's Newsagents on the square. .Click on thumbnail to see both
Tom O'Neill has asked us to let you all know of up and coming fund
raising events in aid of the association. This is a very worthy
cause as without these trained dogs, life would be so much more
difficult for those with impaired sight. Click on the thumbnail
of Kola & Unice to enlarge the photo and see what various fund
raising events are taking place over the coming weeks.14.11.07
We have done
this slide show slightly different, added some animation and although
there are photographs of the harbour, there are also some from other
parts of the town. For those of you who experienced difficulty in
opening our previous slide shows, we have not "zipped"
it so once you double click on the icon, select save, and it will
download in less than a minute. For those in work, your company
server may block it thinking it a virus. We welcome your comments
on this slide show to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you enjoy the
next 5 minutes. 03.11.07
Pinch of Clarke's White Cap Snuff.
In today's installment, Jack talks about the popularity of "Snuff"
tobacco especially amongst the women of the town. As smoking was
banned in the mills, snuff became popular and jack talks about how
he would be sent down to the shops to Bernard Reilly to get "thruppence
worth of Clarke's White Cap Snuff". Click on the thumbnail
to see Jack during our recent recording session. 01.11.07
"Time To Think" & Dublin-Belfast-Dublin Maracycle
Here is a recent remail "Hello There,I recently logged into
the Guest book at Balbriggan.Net and attempted to paste a copy of
some photographs. Please find attached a copy of the photographs
which relate to the guest book entry posted today the 19th October
2007.Many Thanks Niall Mathews" Apologies Niall for the delay
in posting this. 28.10.07
Ryley in 1972 Balbriggan.
Here is an email received recently, Hello:Attached are photos of
Balbriggan in 1972 when my Great Grandmother visited there. Her
name was Rebecca Ryley. She was born in Balbriggan in 1889. Her
father was Reu Ryley and mother was Alice Burrows. She was the youngest
four with brothers, Raymond, Rolland and Reu. They lived on Drogheda
St. and attended St. George's church. My family says that Reu worked
at the Post Office. The whole family emigrated to Canada in 1905
and settled in Edmonton. In particular, I was wondering if anyone
can help me identify the young woman in red dress talking to my
great grandmother in front of the school(St. George's School?) She
was the schoolteacher at the time ('72). My Great Grandma had been
a student at that same school. The other two pictures are one of
a classroom (the teacher was nice enough to let her inside during
class) and another one which I believe is near the town square.
If anyone can tell me who the young teacher is or let me know how
to reach her now, it would be greatly appreciated. I'm very curious
to know if she still lives in or around Balbriggan. Please feel
free to post these photos if you like--all I ask is for some
help identifying the teacher. Thanks very much, Eric Buhr Middleton,
WI, USA. Click on the thumbnail to see the photos.28.10.07
Carnegie Library at Halloween.
Here is a photograph taken recently and with some slight manipulations,
our special effects department have created an erie effect where
the full moon is over the town. Our
Roger has penned a poem to go with the photo called "Not Easy
Being a Witch". A reminder to all to keep pets indoors as they
can become terrified when fireworks are exploding.
View from Australia.
wont believe what you are about to see here, it's definitely not
for those who suffer from vertigo. You can even pan across the photograph
with your mouse. We must try this from the viaduct but we have a
feeling it wont look as good as this!!!!!!. 23.10.07
One of the
B.net team was working for a local newspaper on Sunday night and
who did he bump into only "The Richardson's." They were
celebrating the fact that their brother Francis was home from the
US for a holiday. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.23.10.07
Artist Martina Coyle invites ex-employees of Smith and Co. to an
informal chat about their
time working in the factory.She is particularly interested in hearing
about materials and working methods used throughout the years.The
meeting will take place in the Smith and Co. buildings. Tea and
coffee will be served. Meet in front of factory (now Trax Cafe)
at 3.30 Thursday 25th of October. Martina Coyle has been commissioned
by Fingal County Council to produce a Public Artwork relating to
|One Act Drama
Balbriggan Dramatic Society
have asked us to remind all about the up and coming One Act Festival
in The Bracken Court Hotel. Click HERE
for more details.
Act Play--Halloween Night
are holding a fundraiser for the Heritage Centre, Balrothery, on
Halloween night at 9pm in the Heritage Centre. There will be a half
hour performance from Storyteller Mr Miceal Ross, a short interval
including complimentary mulled wine and soft drinks, followed by
a one Act play called the Remains. Tickets are €12, please
come along for a different Halloween. (not suitable for children
under 12). Click on thumbnail to enlarge.22.10.07
Craze Dance School.
Dance Craze are looking for new members. The classes take place
in St. Theresa's National School in Pinewood. Classes for 11 to
16 years take place at 6.15 to 7.45 for € 5.00. Tuesdays from
4 pm to 5pm is for 4 to 6 year old and costs € 4.50, Tuesdays,
5 to 6.30 is for 7 to 10 year old. Shows throughout the year--Great
Fun--Contact Grace, 087-2033533.
What a night.
ot October was a special night indeed.Alan & Caroline Carey
hosted a fantastic 60's 70's themed fancy dress party. All that
can be said is that is was brilliant.Have a look at the photos for
a laugh. But, if you cannot recognize or figure out who is who,
then hard luck! Anonminity was promised. No names are being!Colin
Whelan. Click on thumbail to see a
few photos. 14.10.07CW
Benton Remembers The Pubs of Balbriggan.
McGowan's, Landys, Mary Jane Halls and McCanns public houses, where
were they? Jack Benton talks on B.net about the pubs, the things
that went on in them, like the day Mr McGowan bought several spittoons
for his pub and the trouble he had trying to get his customers to
use them. He talks about been sent to Landy's to "buy a cane
to be beaten with". For the next 10 minutes enjoy Jack as he
reminisces. Click on the thumbnail to download the audio, it will
take about 30 seconds to download. Enjoy. 14.10.07
Here is a photo that was requested recently by someone in England
who used to go to this school. It can be difficult to take a shot
like this unless you have a special lens. Also, we receive an email
from Rachel Farrell, "To all at Balbriggan.net, anyone
out there have a photo of O'Dwyers GAA 1965 minor team for my father.
Much Appreciated. Rachel." If anyone can help here, let
us know. Click on thumbnail to enlarge photo. 14.10.07
|Our Lad leaves
as they say in Balbriggan, Tony, has said goodbye to Sonopress after
9 years service to move on and do photography full time. Tony was
joined by many of his work colleagues for a drinks night in O'Sheas
and then dance the night away in "After Dark". Thanks
to all who turned up especially the guys from Swords, Drogheda and
Skerries. A special thanks to Martin Fanning, former employee in
Sonopress, for coming along to record the craic. Click on the thumbnail
to view photos. 13.10.07
of 56-57 Reunion in Milestone
Great night was had by all when the class reunion of Peter and Pauls
gang of 56-57 danced and drank the night away in the Milestone on
Fri.night.Judgeing by the photos on the night we think they should
get a few lines "We must do this more often" Photos on
the night by Jack Benton...Click on thumbnail to view photos
storms into the lead.
in London has taken the lead in our "Photo with Celebs"
section with a selection of great photos. Gerry has sent us several
photos, click on the thumbnail to see who was lucky enough to be
photographed with this Balbriggan man. Thanks Gerry for entering
into the spirit of the competition, let us know when you're town
the next time as we'd love to meet up with you for a drink and a
photo. Click on thumbnail to view. 08.10.07
Turner remembers Balbriggan.
Today's offering is a 3 minute talk by George Turner, father to
Roger, who both used to spend summer holidays here. This recording
is very interesting as George explains to Roger about the "Loughreys"
of "Tankerville Lodge" and how one night one of the guys
went out to the Lobster pots but soon after, the weather changed
and he was feared drowned but he was actually ok and made it to
land. A local, thinking his friend was in trouble went out to save
him but sadly lost his own life. Click on the thumbnail to see a
photo and then download the audio which will take about 30 seconds.
year old photo.
We received the following email this morning, Hello, First of
all let me say how much I enjoy your web site and reading all the
news from Balbriggan. My name is Mike Fox and my mother Elizabeth
Dowling came from Balbriggan. My parents immigrated to New Zealand
in the 1950's. Below is a photo that my Uncle, John Fox sent to
me from England. It is over a 100 years old and features the GRIMES
FAMILY from Balbriggan Street, The only FOX in the photo is the
wee boy on the right William Fox from Strand Street Skerries who
was my grandfather,Keep up the great work with your web site, Regards,
Mike Fox, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND. Thanks Mike, hard luck on been
beaten by France. 07.10.07
Remembers Balbriggan in the 1930's
today's talk with Jack Benton, Jack talks about the 1930's when
electricity came to the town ( The Shannon Scheme) and before that
arrived he reminisces about Mr Larkin who used to light the gas
lights around the town and then have to extinguished the light in
the morning. He talks about how they used to buy 2 woodbine and
a match from Dolly Raths on Chapel Street and how sometimes the
match went out and someone would climb the gas lamp and light the
woodbine from the naked flame. Click on the thumbnail to download
Jack Benton and it will take about 2 minutes to download and then
it will start automatically, we hope you enjoy. 07.10.07
|Lets have a
bit of fun at balbriggan.net
is one we at the site have been thinking about for a while.Have
you been taken in a photograph with a celeb, film star, footballer,
actor. poet or politician. Anyone famous excluding the team at balbriggan.net.
Thats a joke folks.We dont care who took the photo all we need is
the person who sends in the photo must be in the photo. See sample
posted by Martin......As christmas is fast approaching lets see
what we come up with and we will name the winner. We're sure you
will come up with some classics MF06.10.07
Slide show with music.
looked particularly good today, glorious weather, blue sky, just
perfect to capture the town looking its best. We have two versions,
one full screen which has to be downloaded and the second version
is small screen which should play straight away. Click on the thumbnail
to the right and you will then get the choice of which version to
look at. The Full screen version shows the photos at their best.
We hope you enjoy "A Short tour of Balbriggan".
Court Hotel Wedding Fair Photos.
towns hotel held its autumn Wedding Fair last night(4th Oct 07).
One of the B.net team was there and took some photographs of the
lovely models who were there wearing some of Balbriggan
Bridal's finest dresses. Click on the thumbnail to
Photographer Assaulted by 3 elderly gents.
of our photographers was out taking some photos on the back/Skerries
road when for no reason at all, totally unprovoked, was attacked
by elderly gents demanding that their photo appear on B.net today
or else. Our guy wasn't badly injured and so to avoid any more trouble
with them we are placing their photo on the site. Fear is a wonderful
thing. Photos by Joe King.
Lily Canning 25 Dublin Street. Balbriggan Photographs.
Jack & Lily used to live in 25 Dublin
Street and with their home now up for sale, Dave O'Connor of Sherry
Fitz contacted us at B.net to say there was a lot of photographs
about to be dumped but as a regular visitor to this site he offered
them to us, for which we are immensely grateful. Today we bring
you several photos from "The Canning Collection" which
we hope you enjoy and if you can let us know any names.01.10.07
Here is a great
photograph, obviously a wedding, but who's? We can see Jack Canning
of Dublin Street in the photograph but that's about all. Can you
name anyone else? Let us know. 01.10.07
Photo in the Original Town Hall.
is a photo that was given to us by Dave O'Connor and it was taken
in the original Town Hall in what looks like the late 50's. We brought
you a section of this photograph in August to see if anyone could
recognise anyone. We had no names suggested so today we bring you
the photo in its entirety hoping we get some names. email@example.com
if you can help us. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.01.10.07
Baxter hits the BIG 40.
received the following email from Mylene Delahoyd, These are
some of the photos I took on the 18th of Aug in McCormacks lounge
Balbriggan. This time it was the 40th birthday of well known Balbriggan
girl Liz Baxter who is married to tufty Baxter. When the Baxter's
have a party a good time is had by all. Great Family. Click
on the thumbnail to view nearly 30 photos taken by Mylene. If your
photograph is on this web site and you want it removed, simply email
us, letting us know what photo and we will remove it immediately.
Clouds Over Balbriggan.
Here is a photograph we took in August when a thunder cloud come
over the town. It didn't rain but it became very dark and there
were several flashes of lightening which unfortunately we didn't
catch. Click on the thumbnail to view. 30.09.07
Turner's father remembers Balbriggan in the 1950's.
Roger Turner lives in Sheffield and for many a year he spent his
summer holidays in Balbriggan. Not only did Roger spent his holidays
in Balbriggan, but so did his father and also his grandfather. Rogers
story is there to read in the left hand panel of this web page but
today we bring you a recording Roger has made of his father, now
in his 90's, of the time he went out with Paddy Doherty to the Lobster
pots at Cardy. Click on the thumbnail to see Roger on a recent visit
to Balbriggan and then follow instructions to download the audio
file and enjoy.
In today's recording of "Jack Benton Remembers" Jack reminisces
about the "Auction in Larkin's", buying 3 pence worth
of jam, Arthur Wade in Spicers "looking after" those who
weren't working. Jack then breaks into song and gives us a verse
from "Spring time in the rockies" and then he talks about
getting the tip off from Hughie Reilly in Derhams that "there
was a lot of timber on the beach" . We sincerely thank Jack
Benton for sharing his memories his memories with B.net. These recordings
are copyright of B.net and Jack Benton and any use of them should
be checked with the site. Brian Hamilton has very kindly transcribed
the two previous segments so anybody who couldn't listen to Jack
can now read his memories by clicking HERE.
To listen to the third segment of Jack, click on the thumbnail.
It will take a few minutes to download, depending on your broadband
visits local S.Ponsa Bar.....
Lets say Santa Ponsa has its very own
local Balbriggan Bar.....Pride of place on the wall is our
framed photo of Balbriggan harbour and our sign of
1 mile to Balbriggan.The bar Seans Place with Mikey and Dave singing
the night away is worth a visit during your stay.Click on
thumbnail to view photos.14.09.07