and Ann Darragh together 50 years.
and Ann Darragh celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.
family gathering was held on a weekend at the Riverside Park Hotel
Enniscorthy attended by their children and grandchildren. A blessing
performed by Fr Michael Carey formerly a Curate in Balbriggan. At
on a presentation was made to the happy couple. A memorable time
was had by all. We have to add a big thank "Thank You"
to Des for helping out one of the team recently. Des & Ann,
may we at B.net wish you both much happiness and good health for
many a year to come. Click on the thumbnail to view several photos
of the happy couple.
Community College Reunion (The Tech) 1984.
We received the following email "Dear Tony, Wondering if
you could put a mention on the news page for a school reunion that
is happening on the 7th of September in the Harvest Bar Balbriggan
from 8pm. The reunion is for the entrance classes of 1982 into Balbriggan
Community College (or the Tech as we loved to call it back then!!).
There was about 5 classes of first years in 1982. I have attached
a photo of my class taken in 1984 the year we would have done our
Inter Cert. It would be great to see a mention on the site for this
our 25 year reunion and I promise to send some photos of the reunion
night. thanks and regards Sandra McGrath(nee Harford)" It's
our pleasure Sandra to help, maybe some of the B.net team will attend
the reunion and take some photos and maybe even bring the laptop
and a microphone and record some pupils reminiscing of the good
oul days. Click on the thumbnail to see the photo enlarged.
We are back "On The Air"
As you will have noticed, we returned to the "Airwaves"
last Sunday with photos of Linda & Phil's wedding. We have literally
hundreds of photographs to bring you over the coming weeks, so please,
if you sent us in some photos and they haven't appeared yet, they
will soon. We have another hour or so of Jack Benton and others
volunteering to be recorded for the site.
Updated. Click HERE
Here is part of a photograph given to us recently by David O'Connor.
There are over a hundred people in the photo but if we brought you
the entire photo it would be difficult to identify anyone. Because
of this, we have zoomed in on a section to see if anyone recognises
anyone. It looks like the late1950's. 21.08.07
Heads in Sydney.
Here is a photo from an email sent recently, "Just a snap
from the palace in coogee, Sydney at Nico le bros Sydney stag party
he will be home in three weeks for the balbriggan one, also Gerry
Prout and Dermot fox in this picture" Great picture lads,
love the hats!!!!20.08.07
Bank Manager Retires.
Mr Cox was a Bank Manager in the town in the 1940's and this photograph
shows his retirement presentation. We have most of the names and
we even know where the photograph was taken. It was taken on High
St. where you now drive into the Tesco car park. The photograph
is from the Benton/Curtis collection. We have a backlog of photos
to bring you over the coming weeks so watch this space. 20.08.07
Fanning Marries Phillip Scannell
Saturday 18th August 2007 was Linda Fanning & Phillip Scannell's
Big Day. Linda, daughter of Martin & Kathleen, looked stunning
as she arrived at the church with her very proud Dad. Linda's sister,
Denise McMahon was Bridesmaid, a role reversal from her own wedding
here last November. Also present were Phil's parents, Nora &
Patrick along with Jack & Chris Benton and Brian & Irene
Howley. The best man was Justin Kavanagh, who was excellent. Celebrating
the Marriage was Fr. Michael Carey, once a priest in Balbriggan.
Then it was off to Gormanston Castle for photographs and, as if
the gods were looking down, the rain stopped and some beautiful
photographs were taken by Lynnette McNally. The focus then turned
to the new City North Hotel in Stamullen, where following a lovely
meal the guests partied the night away to local band “The
Great Escape”. We at balbriggan.net wish Linda & Phil
health, happiness and love for the rest of their lives.
Click on thumbnail to view several photos taken by local wedding
photographers Lynnette McNally & Tony Healy. PhotographyPlus.net
Benton Remembers---The Messenger Boy.
Due to the fact that B.net will be "Off The Air" for a
week or so we thought we'd spoil you with some more of our Jack.
In today's episode he talks about how nobody knew what time it was,
he talks about his friends, Billy Dowling and Christy Coyle and
how he was a messenger boy for Dillions Grocery shop. Enjoy the
next ten minutes with Sir Jack. Click on thumbnail and wait about
a minute to download. Broadband required. 06.08.07
Benton Remembers---The Cinemas.
Here is the first of many, we hope, interviews with local people
and who better to start with, only, Jack Benton. Jack has been hugely
instrumental in making B.net so popular by supplying us with literally
hundreds of photographs of Balbriggan in years gone by. We suggest
you boil the kettle, make yourself a cup of coffee and sit back
and listen to the tender tones of Jack Benton. Click on the thumbnail,
its 10mb so it could take a minute or two to download. Enjoy.05.08.07TH.
photographs which you may find interesting of local people in Balbriggan
in the "Young Days !! " See how many of them you can recognise!!
Balbriggan.net would like to thank Helen, Mylene & Marion for
the selection of photographs - Photos from the "Martin Fanning"
McGilvery hits the big 50.
Well known local man, Mick McGilvery celebrated his 50th birthday
in style in McCormack Lounge on the 27th of July. Judging by the
photographs, a great time was had by all. We have to thank Mylene
Delahoyde for emailing us the photos, thanks Mylene. Click on the
thumbnail to see the photos. 05.08.07
|A short audio
message from Tony.
since it was suggested to record some of the locals, our Tony has
started to test some equipment he has from his radio days. We want
to record locals who have stories to tell of Balbriggan years ago.
Ask your Granny or Granddad would they like to share their memories
with people all over the world, we are nice people at B.net and
we will make the recording session a bit of fun as well. Technically,
we want the quality to be top notch and want to make sure that everybody
can open the MP3 files. So can you download this short test and
let us know how the quality is and how easy it was to open. Click
7-A-Side 1950's Photograph.
Colin Whelan brings us another classic photo. Colin rang the B.net
this morning saying he had a great negative of the pioneers and
was wondered if we could scan negatives. At B.net, we can do anything
with negatives, glass plate photos. positives, very old and small
photos and enlarge them to almost any size. This photograph is taken
in the early 50's and who happens to be in it only Charlie Corr
of the hardware shop in the town. Also there is Brexie Guildea and
Freddie Harper of whom the Credit Union building is named after.
Click on thumbnail to enjoy. Thanks again to Colin Whelan for this
After speaking to Charlie Corr we now know the photo was taken in
Ardee in 1957
welcome from home and abroad.
believe, because people tell us many times that B.net is the best
web site, by far in Balbriggan and probably one of the best community
sites in the country. Trying to maintain the high standards isn't
always easy so this is where we are looking for your suggestions
on what to put on the site. One suggestion from our Tony has is
to interview some of the towns people who are in their 80's plus
and put the interviews on the site either video or just audio. Some
of these people have great stories to tell about how life was like
in the town during the 30's and during the "Emergency"
and the 50's & 60's. Let us know if you like that suggestion
and submit your suggestions. 04.08.07
is on the move.
B.net is moving to Hampton Green this weekend and because we have
to change phone numbers, set up new broadband connection etc we
will be "Off the Air" for a few days. Hopefully when we
come back we will have some old photos to bring you. We need your
support, do you have any photographs that would be of interest to
B.bet surfers, if so please do contact us, we are running out of
these type of photos. We cant put up on the web what we don't have.
So please, talk to your parents or grand parents and ask them can
we borrow some photographs to scan and return the same day.04.08.07
One of the team was commissioned
to take photographs of the new apartments where spicers used to
be and also a photo showing the views from there. We thank Cumisky
Auctioneers for allowing us to use them. The first photograph shows
the view looking east and the second is looking west. Click on the
thumbnail to view both.04.08.07
Cottage Barnegeara Sold.
This is the house at Bearnageara on the left side of the road just
after the bad bend. It's a large house with about 2 acres of land.
It was sold recently and as one of the team took some of the photographs
for the Auctioneers we have been given access to some of the aerial
photographs that were also taken. We thank Dave O'Connor of O'Connor
Crean for allowing us use them. Click on thumbnail to view.04.08.07
Two of the team have posted a couple of slide
shows relating to Balbriggan on the you tube web site.Martin and
Jack covered the opening of the new roundabout and the launch of
the new sculpture Open Volumes.Martin also covered the Sp.Oly.team
from Pakistan who stayed in Balbriggan in 2003.Other videos also
feature on the site. Just visit you tube and type in Balbriggan
and away you go.We hope you enjoy......23.07.07MF
Chamber of Commerce new web site
The Chamber of commerce have jsut launched
a new web site and they have asked us to give them a mention.
It's our pleasure to do that and we wish them well with the project.Click
on the logo to go to to their site22.07.07
were double celebrations on Sunday night the 15th of July 2007.
Derek Purcell and his wife Toni were celebratiing
their last weekend in Balbriggan with friends before embarking on
their 35 hour trip back to Sydney Austrailia with their children.
It was a great weeks guys, and we will all miss you when you go
Alan and Mariane Cox were out celebrating the arrival of their new
baby boy 4 months ago, and Alans birthday! Congratulations! (Was
this your first night out since the baby was born??)
But most of all, to be fair, to most people in McCormacks that night
they were celebrating the winning of the Leinster Championship by
Dublin over Laois earlier in the day at Croke Park. A brilliant
night was had by all. Click to see a selection of Photos.
for Bernadette (Bernie) Byrne
We received this email, Hiya, Very odd request I'm afraid. My
family and I are visiting soon from South Africa and are trying
to find an old friend (we had a childhood home in Skerries). Her
name is Bernadette (Bernie) Byrne, last I knbew she was living in
Balbriggan with her boyfriend Warren Donnelly. Her parents are Michael
and Dolores Byrne if that helps at all. Oh yeah, she used to work
at The Rig. I'm all googled out and we're there in a month, so any
help you could give us would be great. Best regards, Richard Mulholland.
His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Georges School Photo c1942.
This photo was spotted by chance when our Tony was delivering a
wedding album to Georgina Griffin and didn’t he spot this
picture on the wall. He asked could he borrow it for an hour or
so and Bert & Elizabeth Griffin agreed. As you will see, we
have some of the names as remembered by Bert but we’d like
the rest of them. “Quality Row” (Hampton Place) is visible
in the background. Thanks again Bert for all your help. If you can
add to the names list we’d be grateful. 13.07.07
Bridget Keating. (nee Guildea) aged 91, of
80 Clonard Street, Balbriggan, sadly passed away yesterday evening
11th July 2007. She will be deeply missed by all her surviving relatives
in the Guildea & Reilly Families and her Stepdaughter Marie.
Bridget's remains will be taken from her home on Friday 13th July
2007 at 6.30pm to arrive at St. Peter & Paul's Church for 7.00pm.
The funeral will take place on Saturday Morning 14th July 2007 after
10.00am Mass. Click to enlarge.
Here is a
short 2 minute slide show of Balbriggan with most of the photographs
taken today. Click on the thumbnail to the right and first "Save"
the download. After you have saved the download you need to unzip
the slide show. We hope you enjoy, if you experience difficulties
viewing the show, please let us know. Enjoy. 06.07.07
Guys in Bondi Road Hotel Sydney.
Gerard Prout has just sent us this cracking photograph of himself
with other Balbriggan "heads" in Sydney Australia. Gerard
has supplied all the names. Thanks a mil Gerry. Click on thumbnail
to view. 04.07.07.
of new Roundabout
Nothing could dampen the spirit of the crowd who gathered at the
new roundabout beside the church in Balbriggan when the newly elected
Cathaoirleach Councillor May Mc Keon in the presence of the Mayor
of Fingal Co.Co Councillor Alan Farrell.Also there to launch his
sculpture Open Volumes was sculptor Mark Ryan.The evening continued
with a reception organised by Town Clerk Brian Murray.Well done
to all concerned.Click on thumbnail to view photos by Jack Benton
and Martin Fanning.....04.07.07MF
Here is a great photograph showing the Bower and the Quarry nearby.
Thanks to The Benton/Curtis Collection we have aerial photographs
of most of the town from the 50's and over the coming days we will
be showing you Craobhin Park, Derham Park. That's of course if you
want to see them. 03.07.07
Photograph of 1950's Balbriggan.
Here is a photograph that we have shown before but this time we
have zoomed in on a particular section. We have added text to help
those new to the town identify certain landmarks. Many thanks to
Benton/Curtis for this gem. Click to enlarge. 03.07.07
8th June saw the relaunch of The Bracken Court Hotel and B.net were
invited along and a great time was had by everybody. Food, drink
and entertainment was supplied by the hotel and we have a few photos
to show the team enjoying themselves. Click on Edele to view photos.
David Brangan Photographs of 1900 Balbriggan.
The first photograph shows workers in Smyco placing the stockings
over a leg shaped piece of card obviously checking for holes etc.
The second photo shows a young lad but we wonder was the photo taken
in Balbriggan. Anybody recognise the wall or the background? Click
on thumbnail to view. 03.07.07
by John Woodhead.A brilliant photograph we received from John Woodhead.What
makes it extra special is we have all the names.Thanks again to
John for sending it for posting on site.You never changed a bit
Woddie. Click to enlarge. 02.07.07MF
& Co(Smyco), the famous Balbriggan factory which was in business
from 1780 to 1980 brought out a brochure in the mid 40's and we
brought you the first 15 pages two years ago. The other day we received
the following email, "Hi, Fantastic site. I just wondered
if you will be giving us the rest of the Smyth's of Balbriggan brochure?
It is really interesting. Thanks again Laura Daly formerly of Hampton
Cove Balbriggan", well, we got busy again and scanned
several more pages and we bring them to you now. Many thanks to
messers Benton & Curtis for supplying same.Click on thumbnail
to view. 02.07.07
Francis pipe band in glasgow looking for help
Dear balbriggan.net, my name is david
plizga, and i am secretay of st francis pipe band here in glasgow.
the band has recently celebrated its 80th anniversay and has just
completed our first CD. we are now looking for information and photographs
to include in a photo-journal which will be published by Christmas
2007. the pipe band used to travel to camp in balbriggan with the
st francis boys guild, around the 1950's. in fact we still have
a priest in our parish who used to organise this annual event! we
would like to publicise in some way that we are looking for old
photographs of the band at this time and i was wondering if you
would be able to help through the use of the balbriggan website.
i would be grateful if you could give it some thought and let me
know if you thinko this may be a worthwile project for you. thank
you in anticipation, david plizga, secretary.
Collage Awards 2007.....
Today we bring you some photos of the awards for outstanding students
in 2007.Overall winner of the Paddy Conway Student of the Year for
2007 which was presented by his daughter Kathleen Fanning went to
Ciaran Halpin...Many thanks to all the teachers and students who
made everyone very welcome on the day....Click on thumbnail to view
photos.....Photos by Martin Fanning .....
Sir/ Madame, I help maintain the web-site www.butlinsmemories.com,
we are currently planning an update which will show aerial views
of both existing and current “holiday resorts”.We have
had success with most other camps except Mosney, both Google and
Microsoft provides no high resolution images of this area. Do you
have any current (After closure) aerial photos of the camp? If you
do would it be possible to show this image on our web-site? We will
be willing to link back to your web-site as a thank you. Many Thanks
Kevin Christoforou Customer Support"
If anyone can help, email us and we will forward on. 01.07.07
fire Brigade Pictures.
anyone help Gary, "to whom it may concern I recently was
going threw your archives and found two pictures of an old and first
fire engine to arrive in balbriggan.
I was wondering if you had any information on the engine or if it
would be possible to contact the person who sent you the pictures.
the reason i am looking for them is for a web site called blues-twos.com
its a web site of all the fire stations and fire engines in ireland
and are always looking for different pictures to put on some of
the pages. if at all possible i would love to hear back from you
with some info thanking you for your time" gary
We received the following Email, "To whom it may concern, I am the development
worker of the Fingal Volunteer Centre. Our Centre
is an independent and free matching service. We provide
information and advice to people interested in volunteering
and to organisations looking for volunteers in the
Fingal area. The centre has opened just a few months
ago. I have attached an article about our centre.
Would it be possible to add this article to your website?"
Click on the logo for more details. 01.07.07.
Damien Prout has email us this
photograph. It's O'Dwyers Minors GAA club in 1991.
We have no names so if you recognise anyone, email
us with the names. Thanks Damien. Click on thumbnail
to enlarge. 01.07.07.
of Balbriggan by Carolyn Kelly.
Caroline has sent us several photographs of the town.
In her email she say's "I attached some photographs
that I have taken over the past few months while out
and about around Balbriggan. I hope you like them
as much as I liked taking them." Carolyn
is using a Canon EOS Digital Rebel and got some really
great shots, one in particular we liked is of the
chimney at Seabanks. Thanks Carolyn for sending them
in. Click on thumbnail to view others. 01.07.07
Selection of photographs which
you may find interesting of local people in Balbriggan
in the "Young Days !! " See how many of
them you can recognise!!
Balbriggan.net would like to thank Helen, Mylene &
Marion for the selection of photographs - Photos from
the "Martin Fanning" Collection. 01.07.07.
Can anyone help?.
We received this email from
John Hatton Smyth in Australia, " Dear Tony
I sent you an e-mail in January 04 saying that Joseph
Smyth a founder of Smyco with a Mr Hatton was one
of my great grand fathers - probably No. 4. I referred
to "Smyth & Co Real Balbriggan" written
by Jack Benton and Joe Curtis ( which led me to useful
information) and asked if there is any fund of knowledge
that I could draw upon. You showed my message to one
of the co-authors who said he was willing to see if
he could help: I will be visiting Dublin in September
and am now writing to find out if that generous offer
still stands. more
Many thanks to all for wishing
me a speedy recovery, it's good to be back. I've to
take it easy for the next couple of weeks, stick to
a Gluten-Free diet as I am Coeliac and definitely
not sit at the computer till the early hours of the
morning. We have lots to catch up and put on the web
and may I take this opportunity to thank Colin Whelan
of OMNI Sys for sorting out our computer problems,
4 computers on a network can get very complicated.
Thanks Colin. So, lets get back to keeping B.net the
most popular web site in north county Dublin. Thanks
back but taking it easy.
Great to have our Tony out and
about again.Tony was released early on good behavour,as
the nurses and doctors had threatened to go on official
strike if he was,nt sent home so they could recover
from the pressure of keeking his laptop out of reach
of our Tony.Great to have you back again kid. With
your own private nurse and wife Yvonne to look after
you, it wont be long until you are back as mad as
ever.From the team. Jack, Joe Brian, Ronan, and Martin
and all our wives.01.07.07MF.
|Guest Book Has been
Wayne Walsh Memorial-Tonight(Thursday
28th June)-O'Sheas Balbriggan.
In memory of well known and
well loved local musician---Wayne Walsh..Photo courtesy
of Colin Whelan. Click on the thumbnail to see an
enlarged view of Wayne
back on-Line this weekend.
Our Tony has spent
the past two weeks in hospital but is due out this
weekend so we will update the site. We have lots of
guest book entries, photographs and news items to
catch up on, so check out this page, this coming weekend
1st July. Many thanks. TH. 27.06.07
celebrate 150 years.
Loreto College in Balbriggan
recently celebrated 150 years of education. The mass
(Our Journey) and get together took place on the 8th
of May in St. Peter & Paul’s Church and
then later in the school itself. The mass celebrant
was the most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin.
Our man, Jack Benton was on duty for B.net and he
got some fantastic photographs which we think you
will enjoy and Tony has created an Audio Visual of
the evening. The file is zipped so we recommend you save the file after downloading and
then “run” the show.
We hope you enjoy. Click on the thumbnail to start
downloading which will take about 30 seconds. Broadband required. 16.05.07
night for Clonard St., Fullam St.and Chapel St........
Well done to the Morgan Family
for organising such a great night in the Milestone
Inn, Balbriggan. Music was supplied by the "Odd
Couple" and disco by Bert Cadwell. If there was
a prize for the best dancer on the night, it would
have to go to Rita Browne - fair play to you Rita!!
A special hello to Marion from Canada and Jimmy from
England who made the long journey to attend the reunion.
A brilliant night was had by all. Well done to the
organisers and many thanks for the laughs! Photos
from Martin & Kathleen Fanning Click on thumbnail
to view some great photos. 12.05.07MF
and Paul become Mr & Mrs Mulvaney.
Local couple, Ann Marie Maher,
looking stunning and Paul Mulvaney tied the knot last
weekend in St Peter & Paul's Church Balbriggan.
Then it was off to Ardgillan Castle for photographs
with the parents and bridal party along with the couples
beautiful daughter, Lucy. Fr. Michael Murtagh celebrated
the wedding and then the couple partied the night
away at the Bracken Court Hotel. We wish the couple
a happy life together. We have several photos of the
day for your approval. 11.05.07
This is really aimed at those abroad, it's to show
how the square looks with the election posters on
every pole, they are certainly making the most of
the new poles in the towns centre. We hope that issues
like anti social behaviour, graffiti, a visible police
presence in the town and facilities for the youth
are high on the agenda. Click on the thumbnail to
see who's standing and to see how the new poles have
been put to use. One good thing though, they are all
removed after the election 09.05.07
Glen Russell from Balbriggan
Cricket Club has asked us to give them a mention,
the email goes as follows: "Following on
from the success of the national team in the World
Cup, we are expecting to have a busy and successful
season. The club this year will have two under 11
teams, an under 13 team and an under 15 team in addition
to two Senior teams. Before the season starts, the
club are holding a darts classic in North County on
Friday the 11th of May. Local professional Mick McGowan
will take on a variety of different players ranging
from the very good to the very,very bad!!. The 2nd
team's season starts at home on Saturday 12th of May
at home to Leinster at 1.30 pm, whilst the 1st team
look to begin their campaign for promotion away to
Laois the following day. It will mean a debut for
the club's first professional, Leo Sorensen, and the
club look forward to him helping progress in the right
direction. Updates on the club's fortunes will be
available on the club website ...www.balbriggancc.com.
Glenn Russell, Team Secretary, Balbriggan Cricket
Club" Thanks for the email Glen, best of
luck.. The B.net Team.09.05.07
Our Tony was at a party recently
and PJ Corcoran asked him could he give the Pigeon
Club a mention on B.net. So about a week later, Tony
contacted John Campbell to arrange for a good time
to take some photos and the coming friday was agreed
for 5.30pm. Our photographer was there and it was
bedlam in the clubhouse as there were hundreds of
birds to be ringed with a numbered rubber band. Our
guy was made to feel very welcome and in return we
have created an Audio Visual Slide Show on the pigeon
club that we think they will enjoy. The club are always
looking for new members and we will have phone numbers
etc shortly. Click on the thumbnail to download "Stop
the Pigeon"(If anyone has a problem opening
the slide show, let us know)
Lost Our Baby.
Local woman, Siobhán
O'Neill-White, has written a book entitled "We
Lost Our Baby" and Siobhan has requested that
we give it a mention on the web site as it is now
available in Fax & Fiction and it may be beneficial
to others in the same position, the email is as follows: My name is Siobhán O'Neill-White, I am
from Balbriggan. My husband and I have written a book
and it has just been published by The Liffey Press
and we would like to have something mentioned about
it on the website if possible? To read more click
on the thumbnail.
enjoying the sunshine.
Our Tony was out and about with the dogs today(along
with pooper scooper) and he took a few photos of the
Harbour and Lighthouse ( We think he'll eventually
buy it, he loves it that much) and also of some locals
out enjoying the sunshine. Mrs Moran, her daughter
Sally, JJ and others all posed to appear on the towns
most popular web site. Click on the two lovely girls
and help us with the names we are missing. 04.05.07
how the town has changed.
Balbriggan, is one of the towns in Ireland, that has
expanded the most over the past five years and who
would disagree with that. Let's hope it can cope with
the influx of people and that infrastructure doesn't
buckle under the strain. Today we bring you some photos
courtesy of "The Benton/Curtis Collection"
and the pictures show how the Drogheda street and
Dublin street have changed in such a short time. Click to see several photos.04.05.07.
Night For Buckshot......
On monday night the 7th May
there will be a traditional night for the late Patsy
Buckley in the Man of War pub .Patsy passed away in
April. His friends decided to gather to recall his
passing. A number of musicians in the region will
attent. The evening starts at 9.30pm Contact Mylene
at 8411986 for more information.Please note this is
not a fund raising event. 02.05.07
Apologies to all for the lack
of updates on the site, that 4 letter word is the
cause again, work. Anyway, a very interesting guest
book entry about Sunshine House promped us to bring
you these photos. Ivan Higgins writes "I
am proud to say that I was one of these children.
I was one of twelve children and my father did not
work. The fact that my father did not work put my
family in the poor bracket which made us eligible
for ‘Baller" To read Ivans lengthy
guest book entry and poem, click Here and to see several Sunshine photos from 1947, 1960's
and 2004 click on the thumbnail. 30.04.07
Community Directory--Free to download here.
We received the following email. "We have recently completed a community phone
directory for Balbriggan which has details of voluntary
groups, health services, education and training etc.
in the area. As you are probably well aware, it can
be difficult to get information on community activities
in the town and that this is especially an issue for
the many newcomers to the area. This project is an
attempt to somewhat fill this gap." This
is a very comprehensive directory with lots of information
and it's available to download here for free. If you
wish to contact those who compiled the directory,
contact Lisa by email, email@example.com Click on thunbnail to start download of only 331 kb.
Boxing Club 1966.
Here is a photo courtesy of Brian Howley, we may have
already brought you this photograph some time back,
but it's a good one and we have all the names. We
have spotted a good friend of ours, Anthony McMahon,
and Anthony went on to win numerous titles as an amature
cause mayhem in Manchester.
Locals, James Carvin, Chitty Moore and Chris Costello
started a riot in Manchester just before the Roma
match. Here is the email that accompanied the photo,
"Here's a picture from The Daily Mail of
me, Hatchy and Chris Costello outside Old Trafford
last week!! We're in the top left of d photo,.,.I
near got d whacks off d Cops bout 20 seconds b4 this
pic was taken!! Lucky enough the Cops knew who d trouble
makers where!! It was scary s**t!!!!! " James
has told B.net, what he reckons really caused the
riot. Click the thumbnail to view. 21.04.07.
Balbriggan’s First Rock Band
Formed in 1971 by members P.J.Cullen
(Lead Guitar), Bren Dunphy (Drums) and Joe Walsh (Bass
Guitar and Vocals) The Band had a big following and
played mostly in Fingal area. Their original material
and music was greatly influenced by Rory Gallagher,
Thin Lizzy, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Black
Sabbath and many more. Some brilliant photos have
come to light here – the colour ones are from
the Open Air concert in the Glebe North football pitch
in the early 1970’s after the famous 20 mile
Walk for Charity. And what about the ones in black
and white of the lads playing in the old Town Hall,
you can see the old pillars and seats around the sides.
These photos are part of the Brian Howley collection
and come on everybody there must be loads more out
there of the old Town Hall and also of the Charity
Walk- it used to start at the Glebe North/Market Green
Birthday Night for Emmie Hand.......
What a surprise for Emmie Hand when a few of her friends
decided to take her out to the Milestone for a meal
to celebrate her 80th birthday.Little did Emmie know
that her relations and friends were all gathered there
to surprise her on the night.Emmie was also joined
by her sister Nellie,Mike her nephew and Maria Mc
Mahon and many of her friends.Music on the night was
performed by Sean Farrell and Seamus Mc Cann.Mike
joined the lads on the night to play a few tunes on
the mandolin and by all accounts a great night was
had by all.....Photos on the night by Jack Benton.
Click on thumbnail to view photos. 18.04.07MF
National School Principals spanning over 63 years
So if you went to Balrothery National School then
you will remember them all and here we have a photo
of all three together! Joseph Madden Principal from
1944-1975 when school grew from three teachers to
nine. Stephanie O’Connor Principal 1975-2005
-(Class Teacher from 1960-1975) when school grew from
nine to fifteen teachers. And then P.J.Keary -(Class
Teacher from 1975-2005) Principal 2005 right up to
the present and the number of teachers is still growing
! Click to enlarge. 13.04.2007BH
|Invitation to launch
of Balbriggan Community Directory.
Co-operation Fingal, the community
partnership in North Fingal, would like to extend
an open invitation to all members of the community
in Balbriggan and surrounding areas to the launch
of Balbriggan Community Directory. This Directory
will provide information on local activities, promote
community groups in the area and support enhanced
participation for all in their community. The directory
will be available to download from B.net shortly. more 11.04.07
We received this email today "I was just wondering if you would know of
any aerobics classes around Balbriggan?"If
there is, let us know. 11.04.07
Guide Dogs Fundraising Event.
On Saturday 14th April, Balbriggan
North County Dublin branch of Guide Dogs are having
a sale of fundraising merchandise in Balbriggan Shopping
center at the entrance to Tesco's food market. For
sale will be dogs (soft toys), rulers, pencils, door
mats, Frisbees, purses and about another 20 items.
Click on the thumbnail for more details. 11.04.07
Man Keeping Sydney Airport Moving.
We received this photo by email from Joyce & Johnny
McLeer and it goes as follows "Hi, Passing
through Sydney airport recently met Gerard Prout from
Fancourt Heights keeping all the conveyors working.
Gerard is loving the life in Aus and asked us to say
hello to everyone he knows in Balbriggan. Says he
visits Balbriggan.net regularly for news on the old
home town. Regards Joyce and Johnny" Thanks
guys, thats a great photo. Click on to enlarge. 11.04.07
Maggie launch and 60 years a going.
Balbriggan Dramatic Society had a wine reception in
the Bracken Court Hotel on Monday 9th April to launch
their forthcoming production Big Maggie by J B Keane
and also mark their 60 years of drama in Balbriggan.
A great crowd turned up including An Cathaoirleach,
Councillor Monica Harford, Gus & Yvonne Kennedy,
May Mckone, Jack Benton and many others. We have several
photographs of the event and names will be added shortly.
Click on thumbnail to see photos. 11.04.07
of Photographs from Mrs.Laurie Hogan
We have received this collection
of photographs from Laurie and daughter Marian Hogan
of some wavin trips and various other shots covering
lots of Balbriggan people. We think the under 11 football
photo will have you all trying to put names to the
then young boys. See how you get on.Thanks again to
Laurie and Marian for the use of photographs for site.MF08.04.07
Friday around the Harbour.
Our Tony and Ronan were down at the harbour Good Friday
and the place looks great apart from one or two eyesores.
It's not that long since the Council removed several
wrecks but now we have another one and unfortunately
it's right at the Lighthouse and looks terrible. Our
best asset blighted by an unsightly wreck. Tony would
like to thank everyone who wished him well following
his ordeal on Naked Camera. The whole town must have
seen the show. Hello to Tom whom we met at the lighthouse,
nice to meet you. Click on the thumbnail to see a
few photos taken today. Happy Easter to all. 06.04.2007.
Photographs from Kathleen Hammond.
Our good friend, Kathleen Hammond has given us some
photographs to place on the site.
Two photographs today, the first shows Cora Kelly,
May Doyle and Teresa O'Neill along with Kathleen and
the second is a photo with Phyllis Casey and Cora
Hamilton. Thanks Kathleen for these great shots. More
from Kathleen over the coming weeks.05.04.2004
World Cup Jamaica.
We have received this email
from Tommy Geraghty, Attached is a photo of some
of our party outside the cricket stadium in Kingston,
Jamaica on St Patrick's Day, the day we whopped Pakistan.
We were part of approx 150 from the Balbriggan, Balrothery,
The Hills, Skerries areas who made what can only be
described as the trip of a lifetime. There are probably
100's of photos taken of the trip and if any are suitable
I'm sure we can forward some on. Keep up the great
work you guys are doing." Thanks Tommy,
thats a great photo and we would love to receive a
few more.Click to enlarge.05.04.2007.
Lisa & Aidan tie the knot.
Locals from Ashfield, Lisa & Aidan Richard-Scully
celebrated their wedding on Saturday, 31st March in
St. Peter & Paul's church Balbriggan. Beautiful
sunshine all day added to the occasion which was celebrated
by Fr. Michael Murtagh. The couple then headed to
Ardgillan Castle to have their photographs taken and
then on to the Bracken Court Hotel to party the night
away. Beautiful Lisa looked stunning all day and their
daughter, Libby, had the time of her life. Congratulations
to the beautiful couple from B.net. Click on the thumbnail
to view several photos. 04.04.07.
WELCOMES AGREEMENT FROM FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL TO LOCATE
A LITTER BIN ON THE PIER AT BALBRIGGAN. More
Wow, we all saw a terrified Tony last night on TV.
There were so many people around when the set-up was
recorded and that is why Tony was whispering, he didn't
want to embarrass the Bride or himself. He thought
the bride was a "weirdo" and was thinking,
"I hope I don't get this wedding. We hope you
enjoyed this video and we sincerely thank Martin Fanning
for setting it up. Thanks Martin. If you misssed the
programme, Tonys' bits are here. Click on thumbnail
to download. 03.04.07
Fool--The Lighthouse is ok.
It's actually expected of us each year now, it just
gets harder and harder to come up with something topical.
It was just a bit of fun. We left it on the site for
an extra day as most people view the site on a weekday.
We believe one person actually went down to see the
Lighthouse but we will spare their blushes and not
give their name.02.04.07
News Flash.---Lighthouse Destroyed.
We have some very sad news to
report, the Balbriggan Lighthouse is gone. It's the
second oldest working Lighthouse on the Island of
Ireland. We are not sure how it happened, as there
were calm seas last night so maybe it's like the harbour
wall, it just collasped as the foundation gave way.
One of our photographers, Tony, got a call early this
morning (Sunday) from an anonymous caller whom was
obviously very upset. Our photographer rushed to the
sceen to see for himself. We have one photo now and
will bring you more very shortly. We presume that
ends the debate on having the dome replaced, it'll
now be "Replace the Lighthouse". Click on
thumbnail to see a very sad sight. 01.04.07
Very Clever Dog.
Here is a video clip that was sent to us by Arthur,
it shows a dog retrieving a ball from a swimming pool,
watch how he does it.
Click HERE to go to our
funny videos page.
Patrick's Day Slide Show----More Photos Added.
Our Slide Show has certainly
hit a nerve with many of you. We have received many
emails from people letting us know that they had a
picture taken by one of our photographers but it never
appeared on the slide show. So now we have tidied
up the slide show and added about 30 more photos so
hopefully that will keep everyone happy. Click on
the thumbnail to start download. 01.04.2007.
for Jill Dempsey.
Emails are certainly flying
in of late. "Do you know any way I can contact
Jill Dempsey? Her father owned John D's Pub. I went
to primary school with Jill at the Loreto from 1974
- 1981. I now live in the United States, I have not
seen Jill since about 1993, I know her parents lived
on the Dublin road but I don't remember the number
of their house. I would really appreciate your help
or any suggestions you have on finding her. I am writing
a book about my boxing career (I was the women's World
Featherweight Boxing Champion in the late 90's) and
I will be writing about Balbriggan (and Drogheda where
I'm originally from). Thanks in advance for any help
you can give me, Deirdre Gogarty." If anyone
can help, contact the web site. 30.03.07
Soccer game in London.
We received the following,
" Hi Martin,I was wondering if you could
give us a mention on the Balbriggan .net web site.
12 (Balbriggan Shamrocks) of us are heading to London
to play an over 40 Soccer game against Peter Connolly's
(Skinners) old team (London Shamrocks) on Friday
30th March. We will be taking in the QPR v West
Brom game on Saturday 31st and returning on Sunday
1st Apr. The following are going on the trip
Peter Connolly, Tony Richardson , Paul O Gorman
, Niall Murray , John Atkinson
Robert Richardson , Flann Carroll , Ben Foley ,
Paul Pollis , John Lacey , Diarmuid Murphy, Denis
McHugh joining from Donegal. Here is a logo , that
we go printed up for the trip." Best of
luck lads, send us a few photos of your trip.30.03.07
Two great photos for you today from Eamonn Byrne who
sent them in by email. Eamonn took these photos using
Kodak Z740 from the apartment block beside the train
station. Spectacular view, many thanks Eamonn.Click
on thumbnail to view. 30.03.07
Kerro is leaving Bracken Court Hotel.
One of the most popular members
of staff, Karin Kerro, is leaving the hotel and heading
back to Europe much to the dissapointment of her work
collegues.Karin is Assistant Banqueting manager and
she has decided to return home and that the 6th of
April will be her last day in work in the hotel. Her
collegues are devistated that she has decided to go
as "she will be greatly missed by all the
hotel staff & management, in particular Lorraine
Gissane her manager who will be lost without her.We
are all genuinely very sad to be losing Karin."
Thanks Hazel for your email. Click on the thumbnail
to enlarge photo. 29.03.07.
|Guest Book updated.
We have added more entries to
the Guest Book so check them out HERE
Dramatic Society are celebrating 60 years of Drama
in Balbriggan this year and It will celebrate by performing
“Big Maggie” by John B Keane in their
new venue the Bracken Court Hotel from Wednesday 18th
April to Sunday 22nd April, 2007 inclusive. Further
details regarding time and tickets will follow. However
in order for us to perform in the hotel we need to
buy a new stage. This will cost us in the region of
€10,000. Our first fund raiser will be a table
quiz in the Bracken Court Hotel next Thursday 29th
March, 2007 at 8.00p.m. Tables of five €50.00.
All welcome. We hope to launch the play and mark the
occasion of our 60 years with a Wine reception the
week before the play and we are appealing to any of
the founder members and indeed any members who were
involved in the early days to come forward so that
we can invite them to our night. I can be contacted
at 087/9436650 for any information regarding the play
or our 60 years.Thanks, Grainne
Parent and Toddler Group
Hi there, I am writing in the
hope that you can advertise the towns Parent and Toddler
Group. We meet on a monday and friday morning from
10a.m until noon in The Order of Malta Hall. All welcome.
Please phone 01 8415388 for more information.I hope
this is ok, please contact me if you need any more
Kind Regards Kelly Stoat
The eircom League of Ireland
launched its anti-racism awareness campaign last Friday
at Bohemian FC. The launch saw the distribution of
3,000 Bohemian FC Show Racism the Red Card posters
in the club catchment area. A panel of Bohemians players
with ex- Ireland International Curtis Fleming took
part in a lively Questions and Answers session with
pupils from local schools in the inner city. Several
local lads from Balbriggan were there althought we
don't have their names at the moment. Click on the
thumbnail to see them. 29.03.07
& pieces catch-up.
Again, apologies for not updating the site for a
few days, work and a trip to London have been the
main cause. Received this email, "Hiya
lads,I see you have my dads nick name Bunny Webster
on the list, here is another one for you, my uncle
Jack Murphy known as the Spud Murphy".
Another Email goes as follows "Dear Sirs
I wonder if you could mention & congratulate
the following - our local postman Mick Traynor has
just returned from Helsinki where he has won 2 gold
medals in the European Masters Indoor Championships
- he won the 3,000 metres indoors & the cross
country over a very tough course. Mick retained
his titles that he won 2 years ago in Sweden. A
group of 30 athletes from all over Ireland represented
us at these championships & returned to Ireland
with a medal haul of 13. Kind Regards, Peggy
Rochford. Thanks Peggy for that news. 29.03.07
Camera, Our Tony is in Episode 2, April 2nd
RTE's Naked Camera starts this monday evening but
our Tony will be featured in the second episode, that's
next Monday, 2nd April. We look forward to that.
Patricks Day Parade Slide Show with Music.
Ok, we promised you a slide show with music of this
year’s parade and now we bring it to you. Make
sure you have your speakers turned on and get ready
for 8 and a half minutes of beautiful photography
by the Balbriggan.net team. It’s 24 MB, so you’ll
need broadband (DSL in the states) and it will take
about 3 minutes to download but we think its worth
it. Well done to our photographers, Jack Benton, Martin
Fanning, Brian Howley, Ronan Carey and Tony Healy.
There are over 100 photos in this slide show with
lots of close-up photos of local people. See who you
recognise. For those without broadband, we will try
arrange with some of the shops in the town to give
out a “FREE” CD of the slide show. More
details on this soon. Click on the thumbnail to start
downloading. 18.03.07 Update,
New Slide Show added.
Bridal at Wedding Fair in Bracken Court Hotel.
A wedding Fair took place in the Bracken Court Hotel
on Sunday and Balbriggan Bridal supplied all the
wedding dresses for the occasion. Also there were
local wedding photographers, Lynnette & Tony
and they promised the models that their photo would
appear on B.net and we always keep a promise. Ladies,
you look beautiful and well done to Margaret &
Bridget for all the hard work. Click on the thumbnail
to see some photos. 13.03.07
St. Patrick’s Day Parade promised for Balbriggan
Balbriggan Town Council have organised the traditional
St. Patrick’s Day Parade again this year and
an exciting parade is promised.An Ecumenical Service
will take place in 1.00 p.m. in St. Peter & Paul’s
Church and all are welcome to attend. Balbriggan.net
are the official photographers for this years parade. more
Shines as Elaine Rock marries Keith Whelan.
Balrothery girl, Elaine Rock married Keith Whelan
on Saturday 3rd March '07, in St. Peter & Paul's
Church Balbriggan. The weather on Friday and Sunday
was terrible but on the day of the wedding, the sun
split the skies, Elaine was given away by her father
Michael and in the presence of her sister Susan and
brother Paul. Elaine felt that her mother, Joan, who
sadly passed away last year, was looking after her
on the big day. We wish the happy couple, all the
Click on thumbnail to see 3 photographs from their
big day. 05.03.07
Cannons' 5 Generations.
Here is a great photograph we at B.net were asked
to take recently. It's of Rose Cannon (96) with her
daughter, Kathleen Guildea. Kathleens' daughter, Helen,
is there with her daughter, Catherine, whom was there
with her son, Alex Campbell. Rose, origanally from
Yellowfurz, Co Meath, now lives in Derham Park and
for several years work on a farm at Man O'War.We thank
Rose and all her family and Eddie Guildea for arranging
the photograph to be taken. Click to enlarge. 05.03.07
& Amanda Guildea celebrate the birth of "Molly".
We received the following email from Gerry Guildea,"Just
thought I'd let you know that my wife Amanda gave
birth to our first child, a little girl, Molly Ava
Guildea on January 24th 2007 at 19.11pm weighing in
at 7lb 13oz. Here's a few pictures of Molly at 4 &
5 weeks. We are so lucky as she is a very calm &
happy little girl!" Congratulations to you
both from all of us here.Click to enlarge.05.03.07
Party for Balbrigganers born in 1947
Calling all Balbrigganers
born in 1947! I'm organising a joint 60th birthday
for anyone like myself, Theresa Corcoran, Brian
Lawless, Tony Coyne and Dessie Rooney to name just
a few, who will be the grand auld age of 60 this
year. There are quite a few of us about so if you
are interested please contact me at the e-mail address
below. We plan to organise the party for September
or October 2007 in the Bracken Court Hotel. Hope
to hear from all of you that have reached that ripe
old age. Anne. firstname.lastname@example.org .............Name: Ann Cullen (nee White)
Eclipse from Balbriggan.
Two of the crazier members of the B.net team, Martin
& Tony, decided to photograph the Lunar eclipse
from the car park at Quay Street and they were joined
by lads from the town. Rodney, in particular showed
a particular interest and was fascinated to see how
our photographers could capture the sequence. The
distance from the Earth to the Moon is about 250 thousand
miles and the eclipse was caused by the earth casting
a shadow on the moon. A bit of fun was had by all,
thanks lads. Click on the thumbnail to view the sequence
of photos over the hour. 03.04.2007.